Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous

Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous

Edited by

Tim Marquitz


Is there a monster in you? Now’s the time to let it out.


The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.

Born of darkness and forced from the world, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun a fading memory, they’ve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity; as its masters.


Mankind has long feared the dark; and for good reason. For all our science, for all our faith, we know so little of the world, so little of what lurks just beyond the flickering reach of the light. What might we encounter should the sun fail to rise; what terrors might crawl from the bowels of the earth or oceans? Are there creatures or beings out there, patiently waiting for their moment to strike, or are they already among us, devouring us from within?

I’m looking for quality stories that answer these questions; stories that explore the darkest corners of our existence, from the undiscovered wilds to the depths of the ocean, the supernatural realm to the mundane, and beyond.

  • Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Submissions open on January 15, 2012, and close at midnight, May 15, 2012. The anthology will be tentatively published on September 1, 2012, through Angelic Knight Press.
  • Submissions and queries can be sent to fadinglightantho@gmail.com.
  • Payment is in the form of shared royalties (55% electronic, 25% print), all contracts through Angelic Knight Press.
  • All stories must be typed in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, in a legible font (Size 12: Courier, Arial, Times New Roman), and must be either .doc or .docx file format. (Exceptions can be made for other formats that are easily opened and edited in Microsoft Word, but DO NOT send PDF, Notepad, or any other format that requires extra effort just for me to look at your submission)
  • Acceptances/rejections will be sent as time allows, but the target range will be three to five weeks from submission date. Feel free to send a status query after the fifth week if you have not heard back.
  • I’ve no problem with vampire, werewolf, ghost, zombie, serial killer, or any of the more common monstrous story types, but I will be very selective when choosing to include such stories in the anthology. I’m looking for authors to go beyond the norm and reach for a more creatively unique idea.
  • I will not limit topics, but stories that include rape, pedophilia, racism, or sexism simply for the shock factor will be rejected. If these topics are used in a way that blends them logically and faithfully within the theme of the story, I’ll gladly give the story a chance. I want quality story-telling, not gore-porn.
  • No reprints will be accepted.
  • Multiple submissions ARE NOT allowed. Simultaneous submissions ARE allowed, but please inform me if your submission is being considered elsewhere, and be sure to let me know if it has been accepted somewhere else during the process. (After a rejection, authors are free to submit a new work for consideration.)
  • Be warned: I will not have time to provide personalized rejections. If your story is something I enjoyed but feel needs a little work, I will say so and offer the opportunity to resubmit it. If your rejection does not offer such an opportunity, please, do not resubmit the same story as it will be rejected again without consideration.
  • For published pieces, Damnation Books takes first, worldwide electronic and print rights, for a period of two(2) years. As a shared royalty anthology, there is no guarantee of any specific payment amount. All stories published in Fading Light will be considered as reprints after the fact, and will limit future use and financial opportunities once the Damnation Books contract expires.




About Tim Marquitz

Grave digger turned horror author
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23 Responses to Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous

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  2. Hmmmm…sounds darkly enticing. Pun intended. And edited by the very talented Mr Marquitz. Nice, very nice.

  3. ajfrench says:

    Cool idea. I might have something for this. More dark fantasy based, or horror preferred?

  4. Ash Hartwell says:

    Hi Tim, might have something for this but it was originally aimed at another market and is therefore written as a first person view. Ie one of the protagonists re telling the story of his experience. A lot of publications do not like first person so is it okay to submitt to you? I need to re edit it first.

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  6. Shawn says:

    Is humor amidst the monstrous apocalypse a submission killer?

  7. Blaze McRob says:

    I have some great ideas already, buddy! This will be monstrous fun! Unique you will get from Blaze!

    Flame on!


  8. Can we submit in .rtf file? Thanks.

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  10. Thanks for that information, Tim. I’m looking forward to submitting to the anthology.

  11. Thomas Pryce says:

    Prepare yourself for White Light. It’s almost upon you. Think Matrix with a side order of Sigmund Freud.

  12. Olivia says:

    Hi, I was wondering if this anthology is specifically focused on stories taking place within our world? Would something set in a different universe be acceptable, assuming it’s not completely alien?

  13. Tim says:

    Do you want to keep it fairly non graphic? Real locales infected by something monstrous within the guidlines?
    Sounds like a fascinating anthology, I hope I can delve deep in my own darkness and come up with something

    • Tim Marquitz says:

      It can be as graphic as you’d like. We’re writing for adults, so I’m not worried about how gruesome a story is as long as its woven into the context of the story.

  14. Rudy Ch. Garcia says:

    Did you receive sufficient submissions before the deadline?

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