death in the mouth

THE BEST OF CONTEMPORARY HORROR


I ka ‘ōlelo ke ola, i ka ‘ōlelo ka make.

“There is life in the mouth and death in the mouth.”

Original horrors and manifestations of dread, grief, fear, and anxiety. Embodiments of mania and displacements of faith. Harrowing ecstasy and debilitating hope. Transgressions of the body, the spirit, and the community. Unique and terrifying alien mythology from the future. Weird and unsettling urban legends from secondary worlds. Stories that fracture and re-frame their structure, stitching together new terrors from the fragments.


DEATH IN THE MOUTH is a horror anthology open exclusively to writers and artists around the world who are BIPOC, part of the Global South, ethnic minorities, or from culturally marginalized groups.

The Kickstarter will launch August 1st and, upon funding, will open to short fiction (up to 6k words) and art submissions for a period of two months. Payment will be standard professional rates: 8c/word for writers and $250/black and white 6x9 illustration for artists. Our tentative goal is to feature 20 short stories with accompanying illustrations by a variety of artists.

What do we want to see? Stories written from places of boldness and fear, loneliness and delirium. Intentionality over gratuity. Willingness to experiment and shirk popular traditional narratives. The more multifaceted, sincere, and unique, the better. If the above sounds too broad, that's on purpose. The limits are few and far between besides the indulgence of and mediation on horror and its adjacent states.

Examples of writers with the vibe we're aiming for: Tananarive Due, Helen Oyeymi, Kazuo Umezu, Augustina Bazterrica, Brian Evenson, Yoko Ogawa, Nathan Ballingrund, Carmen Maria Machado, Toni Morrison, Richard Van Camp, Octavia Butler, Stephen Graham Jones, Samuel R Delaney, Junji Ito


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Questions or concerns? Please don't hesitate to reach out to us at deathinthemouth@gmail.com