Oz Horror Con 

"Heaven to Some, Hell to Others"

Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id (2018)

Book three in our 'Things in the Well' series will be called

"Behind the Mask - Tales from the Id" and is expected for release early 2018.


Callout for Submissions


Standards:

The lead story for Masks is 'Sex, Death and Starshine' by Clive Barker, so we've set the bar high.

 Deadline: November 30th, 2017

Expected word count: between 6,000 and 10,000 but we'll jiggle it if the story warrants it.

Submissions: Email [email protected] with synopsis, or send a draft.

Format: Use simple formatting (we can easily reformat) but use "double-quotes" for speech.


Why masks?

 Physical or otherwise, masks are used to protect us from ourselves, or prevent our detection by others. We hide behind them, gain strength and courage from them, deflect others'

judgement with them, and so on. 


Theme

The theme is quite open so long as it's memorable, dark, frightening (psychological or supernatural horror preferred,) and a mask of some sort must be central to the story. We're not interested in torture-porn, gore-for-gore sake, or stories that are supportive of bigotry of any kind, or present abuse or self-harm in a positive way. We're thinking theatrical masks; clowns - for example Jimmy Stewart's character Buttons in 'The Greatest Show on Earth;' cosmetic surgery (consensual or otherwise, but please no body horror or torture porn without a great story that justifies it; face make-up, whether that is to hide behind, or for transformation such as gender-identification; roleplay; acting; Jeckyll and Hyde scenarios; it could extend to concealment by religious or traditional costume, etc.

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