Not since the first Freakpunk (think carnivals and clowns) issue has The Were-Traveler had such a popular theme for writers. "My Job is a Hellhole!" closed submissions last night at midnight with 121 stories in the queue. I'm going to need some slush-reading help with this one. If you are an author who submitted a story to this, please be patient with me, it's going to take some time.
The theme is devils, imps, demons, etc in the workplace or working for Old Scratch hisdamnedself. I need to narrow 121 spots down to about 12 or so...ain't gonna be easy!
Why this theme? In two parts: I once submitted a story to a general demon anthology about a demon who got cast out of hell and de-horned who becomes a babysitter for Satan's half-human daughter...never got published. I'm not putting it in this issue. I need to revisit it and revise it and submit it to a magazine other than my damn own. So that story started the seed idea. Then a few months ago I watched an old X-Files episode with a similar premise .
As far as when the issue will be published on the site, we'll have to see how long it takes to get through these submissions.
This is a preview of one of the possible images for the issue art.
Current Submission Call is open (until filled) for Curst & Twysted Tarot. I am not opening for submissions for any other issues until Hellhole is published.