This week, I’m delighted to have editors of the quarterly anthology One Buck Horror here at the Dark Dimensions. Read below to hear about their influences, the future, and some insight into the world of anthology editors.
1. How did One Buck Horror come into being?
We’ve both been lifelong avid readers and horror fans. Chris is also a writer himself. Ebooks presented an opportunity to pull all those interests together and bring short horror fiction to a broad audience. Really, we just decided to put together an anthology that we would want to read ourselves, and the rest just fell into place.
2. What are some anthologies and magazines that have inspired both of you?
When we were younger, we both really enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock Presents anthologies, and we try to capture the same sense of macabre fun that they had in our own books. The original Twilight Zone TV series made a huge impact on us both as well.
3. What’s on the agenda for One Buck Horror over 2012?
Well, so far we’re on track to do at least four new issues in 2012. We have some other ideas we’re excited about and interested in pursuing, but they’ll depend in large part on how many readers we have as the year goes on. But so far, the future’s looking really bright!
4. What is the most important thing an author should know before submitting?
We’re very selective about what we publish. Our acceptance rate is only around 2%, so if you submit to us, definitely bring your “A” game. Make sure your stories are well-written, and your characters are strong. And above all, be scary!
5. What is the best part about editing One Buck Horror?
The best part has been helping to find an audience for a truly deserving group of writers. We’ve worked with new writers and bestselling authors alike, and every one of them has written something special that we’re proud to have published. They’re a great group of people, too, and they’ve been fantastic to work with.
6. What do you think makes a story stand out among all the others?
We look for stories that are effectively written and scary. Beyond that, we want stories that surprise us on some level, whether that’s with a completely original concept, a new take on a familiar idea, or a twist that we just don’t see coming. If you can send us something that covers all those bases, you have a good chance of getting accepted.
7. What is a small little known fact about you that fans of yours and readers of this blog may like to know?
It probably comes as no surprise that Halloween is our favorite holiday, but what most people do not know is that we actually met at a Halloween party. Chris was dressed as a wizard. Kris was wearing a sari. Our choices in costumes probably say something about us as individuals, but we’ll leave that open for speculation.
Many thanks to the both of you for taking the time to hang out in the Dark Dimensions. I look forward to the next volume of One Buck Horror!