Disturbed Digest

Welcome to the dark side.

Nightmarish creatures stalk innocent mortals from the shadows. Maddened killers laugh as they tear their prey apart. Ancestral ghosts locked in candles come forth to take the dead into their ever growing family. Zombies fall in love and find their way to meet their – still living – parents. These, then are just a handful of the stories that can be found within the pages of Disturbed. We want the dark and the strange, the twisted and the macabre, even the humorous, so long as it will leave readers with a chill and hesitant to turn off the lights before bed. So dig deep into that ancestral memory and find those dark, clawing things, those primal fears, those blood soaked memories and put them to the page. Come forth, children, and unleash hell and beyond, for even the darkness must have its stories told.

What We Want

Disturbed Digest publishes original dark fantasy and horror short stories, poems, articles, and art. While we prefer fantasy stories and terrifying horror stories, we also accept things with no fantasy or paranormal elements at all. What’s most important are stories that have characters the reader cares about. While we might accept a slasher movie style story where you’re rooting for the “villain”, it would have to be a really good read, and we’d prefer that we have a protagonist that people care about and want to win – even if they and sometimes because they don’t. We want strong plots and subplots if you need them, and great descriptives that draw the reader into the world you’ve created.

Publishing Details

Edited by Bill Otto, this is a quarterly digest published in March, June, September, and December.

Its format is perfect-bound trade paperback, 6×9, color cover and b&w interior.

We recommend you check out our previous publications to get a better idea of what we’re looking for.

You can pick up cheaper, older issues here:

Submission Details

  • Stories
  • Disturbed Digest considers stories between 3,000 and 8,000 words long. We pay $20 for original stories, $10 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

  • Flash Fiction
  • We consider flash fiction to be stories of 1200 words or less. We pay $8 for originals but have no interest in reprints.

  • Poems
  • Disturbed Digest considers poems between 12 and 100 lines long. We pay $4.00 for original poems, $2.00 for reprints. At most, we will publish one reprint per issue.

  • Art
  • Disturbed Digest considers color cover art and interior art (interior art will be published in b&w). We pay $20 for cover art, $6 for interior illustrations. We prefer art that suggests a story, rather than “portrait” art. If you have a gallery we can browse just send us the link and we’ll check it out and get back to you.

  • Articles
  • Disturbed Digest considers articles, which includes reviews and interviews as well as essays having something to do with fantasy, horror, paranormal, or vampire. We are not interested in summaries, or copies of information from the Internet. Pick a topic – fantasy, horror, paranormal, vampire, movie, book, or person [interview] – and tell us what you think about it. Go into detail. If appropriate, cite examples. If you are doing a review, state your position on it. If you disliked something, say so. Be fair but be accurate. Reviews of movies do not need to be timely.

    We consider articles between 1,500 and 8,000 words long. We pay $10 for original articles.

    In addition to the above payments, each contributor also receives one contributor’s copy of the issue in which their work appears.

      How to Submit

    Submit your work to disturbeddigest@yahoo.com
    In the subject line of the e-mail, put Submission, your last name, and the title of the work submitted. If you’ve submitted poems instead of stories, simply put POEMS where the title of a story would go instead.

    Here’s an example: “Submission – Dahmer – A Special Dinner”

    Submit your story as an rtf, doc, or docx attachment.

    Submit poem[s] either in the body of the e-mail or in an attachment.

    Submit art as a jpeg or png attachment.

    Next, make sure your contact information is in the upper left corner of your manuscript and in your email. Put the approximate word count in the upper right corner of your manuscript.

    Contact information example:

    J.H. Tobin Word Count: 6884
    14 N Moore St
    New York, New York 10013
    paypal [if any]: muchloot@wallet.com

    If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

    Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. It is important to note that style is much different than the above, and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable.

    An example of what we don’t want:

    Story story story story. “Story, story?”

    Author Name / Story Title / Page Number

    Story. Story story story story.

    It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.