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It’s getting dark earlier, and there’s a nip in the air. October is the month when creepy crawlies come out to play, things go bump in the night, and readers find themselves in the mood for ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, horrors, and the like. If you write in these ghoulish genres, you’ll love sinking your fangs into this list of lurid literary journals.
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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine: Stories from top-notch authors across the mystery genres. We’ve got chills!
Andromeda Spaceways: Sci-fi, fantasy, and horror—especially when the genres converge.
Apex: A great market for horror writers who are serious about their craft. It is horrifyingly gorgeous to look at too.
Big Pulp: A bold, genre-bending literary journal that embraces smart writing from the pulpiest of perspectives.
Crimespree: More than just a literary journal; the folks at Crimespree embrace mystery across many mediums.
Crimson Streets: Features indulgently pulpy writing from horror, mystery, and sci-fi writers—and boasts some gorgeous artwork.
The Dark: Not for the faint of heart—but that doesn’t mean its editors are looking for explicit violence. Instead, send smart, risk-taking stories of horror and speculative fiction.
The Five-Two: This online lit mag has been publishing weekly poems since 2011—and all of the poetry submissions are about crime!
Gamut: Neo-noir—think classic noir tropes with a strong literary bent.
Mystery Weekly: Just what it sounds like. Oh, and they pay.
Occult Detective Quarterly: For writers who love the “weird menace” subgenre of thrillers/mysteries. If your detective is hunting a serial killer who might not be human, check this mag out.
Spinetingler Magazine: Welcomes submissions from new writers as it forges new paradigms in publishing but stays true to horror, mystery, and thriller roots!
Suspense: Serious about scaring people, and good at what it does. Take a quick gander at the big-time writers who talk up this magazine, and then submit—if you dare!