Publishings by R A Riekki

This is a list of more than 100 paying horror magazines.  You’ll want to check on their site to see if I have the $ correct.  (I did this quickly, so I’ll make corrections as I find them and update when I can.  Just wanted to help out writers.)  Send them your best work.


            PRO MARKET

90¢/word -- The Fog Horn (pays $1000)

25¢/wd -- Magazine

12½¢ -- Fireside Magazine (flash under 1000w, story 1000-4000w)

10¢ -- Buzzy Magazine

10¢ -- Clarkesworld Magazine (do a 5000w-ish story for them)

10¢ -- Heliotrope Magazine (5000w max, currently closed)

8¢ -- Strange Horizons (under 5000w, speculative fiction, not a horror market)

7¢ -- Chizine (permanently closed?)

6¢ -- Apex Magazine

6¢ -- Beneath Ceaseless Skies

6¢ -- Bewildering Stories (10,000w max)

6¢ -- Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show

6¢ -- Waylines (currently closed)

6¢ -- Wily Writers (1000-3000w)



5¢ -- Ares Magazine (action scifi, closed to other fiction)

5¢ -- Cemetery Dance (closed permanently?)

5¢ -- Horror D’ouevres/Dark Fuse (99-999 words)

5¢ -- One Buck Horror (on haitus)

5¢ -- The Pedestal Magazine

5¢ (min $50)-- Shimmer (prefers 4000w, up to 7500w)

5¢ -- Shock Totem (Aug 1 reopens)

5¢ -- Unlikely Story

5¢ -- Vestal Review (Aug reopens)

3-5¢ -- Black Static (10,000w max)

3¢ ($150 max) -- The Dark Magazine (not graphic, violent; up to 5000w)

3¢ -- Dark Recesses Press (500-5000w)

3¢ -- Eye to the Telescope

3¢ -- Greatest Uncommon Denominator

3¢ -- Ideomancer

3¢ -- Midnight Echo Magazine

3-4¢ -- Space Suits and Six Guns

3¢ -- Three-Lobed Burning Eye, 3 cents/wd; 7000w max, 500-1000w flash, literary/pulpy (not experimental, not extreme), original; if rejected, pays $35 max

3-5¢ -- Weird Tales

2½¢ ($25-$150) -- The Strand Magazine (2000-6000w, flash 1000w, based in MI, have to SASE to P.O. Box 1418, Birmingham MI 48102-1418)

2¢ -- Aercastle Narratives (paypal or money order, $10 for 500w/$40 for 2000 ws max)

2¢ -- Betwixt (currently closed)

2¢ -- Blood Reign Literary Magazine (micro 100w; flash 1000w; short 7500w), have to register

2¢ -- Fictionvale Magazine (5000w max, also flash and micro)

2-5¢ -- Flesh & Blood Magazine (5000w max) 4 subms per author per yr, emails might not make it to them, so they prefer snail mail

2¢ -- Mythic Delirium (Aug reopens)

2¢ -- On Spec Magazine (currently closed to subm)

1.25¢ ($20 minimum) -- Andromeda Springs/Andromeda Spaceways (up to 10,000w, not graphic, light adventure, no modern day America, trim 10-20% from first draft)



1¢ -- Aghast/Kraken Press (novels/novellas, stories 1500-5000w)

1-6¢ ($20-$60 per 1000w) -- Aurealis: Australian Fantasy & Science Fiction (2000-8000w, not crime, only stories set in New Zealand or Australia)

1¢ -- Bete Noire Magazine (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec subm only)

1¢ -- Beware the Dark (closed, recheck in Jul/Aug)

1¢ -- Big Pulp (closed, recheck in Jun/Jul)

1¢ ($25 CAD)-- Black Treacle: a free magazine of Horror, Dark Fantasy, and Speculative Fiction (by paypal)

1¢ ($25 max)-- Blight Digest/One Eye Press (closed until fall, 2000-2500w)

1¢ -- Bloodbond (3000-8000w on vampires/werewolves/shapeshifters)

1¢ -- Cast of Wonders (10,000w max, podcast for 12-17yos—H Potter/H Games-ish, high fantasy of elves/dragons/magic)

1¢ -- Cover of Darkness/White Cat Publications (2000-8000w or flash up to 1100w)

1¢ -- Dark Moon Digest (currently closed)

1¢ -- Disturbed Digest (adult)

1¢ -- The Edge (wants novels)

1¢ ($10 paypal) -- Fiction Vortex (5000w max)

1¢ -- Geek Force Five (1000-10,000w)

1¢ ($25) -- The Horrors of Church Hill (must query first, must be set in Richmond, VA); also NINETALES ($5 by paypal)

1¢ ($15-25) -- Inaccurate Realities (YA w/prompt given, 2000-5000w)

1¢ -- Inkspill Magazine (currently closed, 750-3000w)

1¢ -- Monster Corral (1000w max; 5cents for non-fiction, 500w max; by paypal)

1¢ -- Plasma Frequency Magazine (5000w max, likes flash 1000w max)

1¢ -- Postscripts of Darkness (late 2014 reopens)

1¢ -- Reality’s Edge (currently closed, probably late 2014 reopen?)

1¢ -- The Red Penny Papers (currently closed)

1¢ -- Shroud Magazine (accepts flash, submit 2 stories)

1¢ -- Spinetinglers: The Horror Tree (5000w max)

1¢ ($50 by paypal) -- T Gene Davis’s Speculative Blog (any length)

1¢ -- Ticon4 (closed, permanently?)

1¢ -- Trysts of Fate (paranormal romance)

1¢ ($10 total by paypal) -- Voluted Tales (max 7000 words)

1¢ by paypal -- Wicked Words Quarterly (flash)

¾¢ (6 euro or @$8.19/1000w) -- Albedo One (2500-8000w)

½¢ -- Bizarrocast

½¢ ($5 paypal) -- Dark Futures Fiction (500-2000w)

½¢ -- The Dribblecast (verify name)

½¢ ($5) – Niteblade

½¢ ($15) -- SQ Mag: International Speculative Fiction eZine (any length up to 7500w)

½¢ -- Trembles (currently closed)



OTHERS include (unsure if pay though--I'll update when I can):

Black Petals

Blue Blood  

Cherry Bleeds

Danse Macabre

Dark Realms

Deadman's Tome

Death Throes


Electric Spec

Electric Velocipede


Fear Magazine






Hellfire Crossroads

Horror Garage

Horror Zine /


Infernal Ink Magazine

Inner Sins

Innsmouth Magazine



Midnight Street

Monster Zine

Morbid Outlook

Morpheus Tales

Not One of Us


Rue Morgue /  

Sanitarium /

Scars /

Schlock /

Scibal Tales /

Screaming Dreams /

Screem Magazine

SNM Horror

Something Wicked

Splatter Punk

Subterranean Press

Suspense Magazine

Tales of Blood and Roses

The Dream People

The Future Fire

The Stray Branch


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I thought I'd put some of my ghost story/horror/supernatural stuff below so people can check 'em out.  I'll try to put up direct links later, but for now for many of these you can do an internet search to read some of my writing in this genre.  A good starting point is "XING" in Loch Raven Review (& upcoming in Tales to Terrify) at  If you like it, check out my other writing too.


"'Ambulance' Means 'Walking,' 'Christmas' Means 'Dead,'" Voluted Tales, 2014

"Clown," Mad Swirl, 2014

"The Fear of Public Speaking," Hello, Horror, 2014

"I Used to Be a Paramedic and One of the Paramedics Used to Eat the Patients," Literary Orphans, 2014

“It’s a Simple Thing, Distance,” Out of the Gutter: Pulp Fiction & More Online, 2014

“XING,” Loch Raven Review, 2014, and as audio for Tales to Terrify: The Audio Horror Fiction Magazine, 2014

“Air,” “The Baby in the Air,” Connotation Press, 2014 (and their featured writer for the month of April)

“American Education at the Community College,” Santa Fe Literary Journal, 2014

“Airway,” H_NGM_N, 2014

“He Knows What It Means,” Pithead Chapel, 2014

“Forty Year Later: You Probably Heard about It on the News,” Cease, Cows, 2014

 “Chrome,” Nailpolish Stories, 2014

“We Tried to Sacrifice Ed to the Devil,” The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works, Wayne State University Press, 2013

“ÈR,” Amarillo Bay Literary Journal, 2013

“World War A,” Microhorror, 2013

“Towards It,” Sleipnir, 2013

"From Now On I'll Just Tell Them to Read This and Then I Don't Have It Say It Anymore" in Inch Magazine, 2011



 Coffeehouse Philosophy and the Pain It Causes, Central MichigaUniversity’s Theatre-on-the-Side (1996, full production); Mary-Arrchie Theatre (2003, full production)

Arbor Day, WMU’s New Plays Festival II (2006, partial production); Theatre Entropy (2007, partial production); National Comedy Theater (2008, reading)

All Saints’ Day aka 44 Poems about Jeffrey Jones, Ruckus Theater (2011, full production)

Good Behavior, The Renaissance Guild: San Antonio’s Black Theatre Company (2010, full production)

Carol at Stageworks/Hudson (2011, full equity production); published by Smith and Kraus, Best Ten Minute Plays 2012 (2013)

Your Map is Wrong: A Collection of Plays Set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (published by the Center for U.P. Studies, 2012, including my plays Ghost Writers: Backseat Driver and US-41)

Night of the Living Dead adaptation, written for Central Michigan University (2013)

We Tried to Sacrifice Ed to the Devil, finalist for Wildclaw Theatre’s International Festival of Radio Plays (2013)



"Corpse Mistaken for Halloween Decoration," Red Fez, 2014

"The Hitchhiker," Kentucky Review, online 2014, print 2014

“The Morgue Supervisor,” the kitchen poets/Underground Books, 2014

“My Ex-Girlfriend Wouldn’t Let Me Celebrate Halloween,” 2013, in Toasted Cheese Literary Review

 “Demon” in Michigan State University Press’s The OffBeat

“High on Psilocybin Mushrooms, Seeing the Negaunee Graveyard Coming to Life,” The Fib Review, 2013

“Working for Nine Dollars an Hour at the Haunted Hayride” (audio), Collective Exile, 2013

“Reap I,” Carcinogenic Poetry, 2013

“Reap I” (re-published) and “Working the Night Shift in the E.R.,” Chantarelle’s Notebook, 2013

 “The Blood I’ve Seen (a memoir),” Thick With Conviction, 2013

“Love Poem, Cincinnati,” Toe Good Poetry, 2013

“Kutna Hora” in Tower Journal, 2010

“Working for Nine Dollars an Hour at a Haunted Hayride,” summer 2010 in Salit Magazine, featured poet, 2011

“He Shot His Hand Off” in H.O.D., Halloween issue 2010

 “I See Ghosts” in Message in a Bottle, Winter 2010

“I Lived in a Mausoleum Once” in The Whistling Fire, 2010

Translation of Alfred Garneau’s “Devant la grille du cimetière” in Languageandculture, Winter/Spring 2011, and Lucid Rhythms, 2010

“Villanelle: Aghast” in Tilt-A-Whirl, 2010


                AND HERE'S INFO ON MY NOVEL U.P.



This is an ambitious literary novel stripped

down to utter rawness.

   -- from Todd Mercer's review in Foreword Magazine


I wish Kurt Vonnegut were alive to read U.P.  He'd love it.  He'd love it as much as he loved Breece Pancake and Deborah Eisenberg.  I'm not just guessing.  On my own hook I can say that R.A. Riekki's novel is a brilliant fierce rush--sometimes harsh, sometimes funny, always so immediate you can hear it.  This book is alive.

   -- National Book Award winner John Casey, author of Spartina


Sean [Penn] took a look at the book and was very impressed [ . . .] Sean has been making U.P. jokes ever since. 'Oh, Steve's not cold. He's from the U.P.!'..."

   -- Steven Wiig, article in The Mining Journal


This book is fantastic. It's a novel about Michigan's near-empty Upper Peninsula that turns the stereotype of a tranquil country upbringing on its head; it's a novel about four deeply wounded young men who make fantastic, interesting, compelling, sympathetic, and frightening characters; It's funny as hell, the structure works to support the story, and the ending is absolutely incredible.
I polished this one sitting in a backwoods deer blind in northern Michigan. I read the ending again. And again as I sat in the dusk snow darkening around me.
I've rarely been so affected by a moment spent with a book.

   -- Ryan P. Dolley's review on


"I reallyreallyreally liked the book."

   -- Canadian book blogger Callie on blog Handle Like Hendrix


Cräig’s sections emerge as carwreck


  -- from Todd Mercer's review in Foreword Magazine


The boys in "U.P." are Craig, Hollow, J, and Antony. Two are seniors in high school and two are juniors, and the story they have to tell transpires over that period of their lives. They take turns writing, and each voice is distinct, becoming more distinct as the story moves along. Some entries - each a chapter - take on a lyrical quality, like poetry, like a song [. . .] there's an authenticity to this type of writing, and there's an authenticity to it in "U.P." that makes me wonder how Riekki did it without going crazy. Because in "U.P." things do get crazy. And it's almost as if the crazier it gets the more lyrical it gets, as if OK, I'm writing gibberish but see, it makes sense. In this world, in Antony's world or Craig's world - in my world - it makes sense. And that's the truly scary thing - because Antony and Craig did not create the world they live in. And Riekki did not create this world. We did

    -- from Leslie Allen's An Upper Peninsula Journal


Ron Riekki takes us to Michigan's Upper Peninsula and shows us a world that is at once banal and horrific.  Part Celine, part Henry Miller, part Cormac McCarthy, Riekki delivers his vision with high intelligence and relentlessly powerful prose.

   -- Christopher Tilghman, author of Mason's Retreat


Their voices

are frenetic and exhilarating. They hate everything;

they are passionately apathetic; and

they have a thing or two to tell you about how

the world works. They are the kind of Angry

Young Men who contemporary authors have

struggled to free from post-Holden Caulfield

anxiety. But Riekki carries none of that baggage

into the novel. He hands his narrative

over to his characters completely, and in doing

so he gives us narrators who are at once intimately

familiar and entirely new.

  --from Kevin Allardice's review in Meridian


"R.A. Riekki's new book 'U.P.' is available on Ghost Road Press.  It's really the best book that I've read since the first time I read 'Choke'  I'm not just blowing smoke up his ass.  It's really that good."

   -- WFNP radio host DJ Scully


Despite Riekki’s perfectly authentic rendering

of the Upper Peninsula’s unique conditions, the

style isn’t as much Midwestern as it is Southern

grit-lit. Think of a still-developing version of the

great Larry Brown, or the cockeyed perspectives

of Harry Crews and George Singleton, minus a

bit of the humor. The approach seems counterintuitive

but it works beautifully

   -- from Todd Mercer's review in Foreword Magazine


 Auburn University English professor R. A. Riekki has wowed critics with his novel U.P.

  -- from Edward Reynolds review in Alabama Writers' Forum


Rarely will I read a book and can't wait to read it again but that was the case with U.P. and so I'm really looking forward to reading U.P. again, which is now one of my favorite books.

  -- from Canadian book blogger Callie from blog Handle Like Hendrix


R.A. Riekki is a talented and heartfelt writer who puts you not only in his world but in his neighborhood through his words and writing.  His story is one of finding your self and figuring your place in the world.  It is brilliant, funny, and sharp.  A great read.

  -- M.C. Serch, producer of Nas's The Illmatic, Def Jam recording artist, and VH1 TV show host


   I loved your novel. It showed me a side to the UP that I haven't seen, one beyond the beauty of the peninsula and the prosperous niches of Marquette and Lake Superior, as well as the dirty underbelly of mining, what it offers and what it leaves behind.

   -- from Yvonne Osborne at The Organic Writer


 Charles Bukowski flirts with Jack Kerouac while Holden Caulfield looks on in amusement when not beating his head against (or urinating on) a brick wall. Descriptions of teenage life and the accompanying juvenile conversations are coarse, crude depictions of kids hanging on to their youth as they make the leap to adulthood in the bleakness that defines the Upper Peninsula. The book works on one level because of the discomforting intensity of its realism and will no doubt prompt memories of many readers’ personal reflections of adolescent behavior.

   -- from Edward Reynolds review in Alabama Writers' Forum


I love it.  It is the most unworkshop-like novel I can imagine, and every word--every comma--rings true.

  -- Ann Beattie, author of Chilly Scenes of Winter


Hollow tells readers “If it were not for friendships,

we would all self-destruct.” Staking his

claim to an under-populated corner of Realism

with this iron-hard debut novel, Riekki lets us

know that even friendship or good intentions

don’t always prevent a fall into the bottomless


   -- from Todd Mercer's review in Foreword Magazine


People throw around the word "original" to mean a lot of things, but U.P.--R.A. Riekki's fighting new novel--is original in the best sense.  It constantly surprised me, and made me want to keep reading, and made me more sure of it.  This novel is a winner.  You won't read anything else like it this year.

   -- Laura Dave, author of The Divorce Party


 the author has some hilarious, weird bits that work well. In one chapter, Hollow describes his gang’s mothers, a generation apparently trapped in the same Upper Peninsula hopelessness that has ensnared their children. Riekki writes, “Antony’s mother dislikes Craig’s mother because Craig’s mother slit Antony’s back bike tire when Antony wore muddy shoes in her house.” Hollow’s mother and J’s mother are friends, however. The two women attended Ishpeming High together “until J’s mother got pregnant and dropped out so [Hollow’s] mother would skip classes to go to her house where they would eat oranges and smoke Kents because the two went well together.” When Riekki evokes such images, he charms, including the delightful description of one Ishpeming kid who has “been out and in of jail more times than a Monopoly thimble.”

   -- from Edward Reynolds review in Alabama Writers' Forum


   I finished your novel over the weekend. It had me by the throat.  I read it in the car and in bed and over my morning coffee. Your tragic, over-the-edge characters broke my heart.

   -- from Yvonne Osborne at The Organic Writer


Good prose is pretty. But great prose is

schizophrenic; it is a sentence that fights

against itself, language that exists in a state of

contradiction. Riekki pushes the vulgar into a

state of ecstatic poetry, and the more inarticulate

his characters seem to think they are—the

greater the smokescreen they put up in front

of the reader—the more revealing their prose

becomes. Comedy and pathos play tug-of-war

with every word of this novel. The characters

are both charming and offensive at the same

time, as when Craig tells us, “My favorite

thing about people is when you get to have sex

with them. That rules, especially if they don’t

have AIDS. That makes it even more special,

and romantic.”

Hollow’s opening chapter ends with, “But

let’s begin at the beginning of the end, which,

really, was a year ago, eleven months, an eleven

months that whizzed by like trees through a

car window,” which gives us the ominous

sense of impending doom, of a series of events

that will lead inexorably to tragedy, but after

that Riekki seems less concerned with “hooking”

the reader with a runaway-train plot and

more concerned with giving it over to four

runaway-train narrators. Riekki points to the

dark horizon but is in no rush to get there. He

cedes control to the narrators, letting all sense

of plot disappear into their profane, tangential,

recursive stories. We learn about another

Yooper hitting Antony with a baseball bat,

about J. getting his first tattoo with his dad

and wanting to go to college, about Craig

working at a graveyard selling plots when what

he really wants to do is dig them. The reader is

pulled through by voice, not plot, only to discover

in the final chapters that what might

have seemed haphazard or discursive has really

been elliptical; this whole time Riekki has

been quietly circling, in ever-tightening loops,

the novel’s tragic and inevitable climax.

   -- from Kevin Allardice's review in Meridian 


   My favorite book of 2009 was U.P. by R.A. Riekki.

   -- comment posted by Callie (Canada) to Presenting Lenore's "My Favorite Reads of 2009"


I only read the Mining Journal when old classmates are convicted of extortion, so it was days after Renee Prusi’s article was published that got the opportunity to read it.  The article sparked my interest, but by this time all the local bookstores had sold out of their copies.  I had to put in an order at Snowbound and impatiently wait the weekend.  Why hadn’t I ever heard of this book?  When I googled it, I read a review by MC Serch.  It was even more intriguing to think that MC Serch, Mr. Kick ‘em in the Grill, Gas Face Derelict Hip Hop Legend had read a book about my hometown.  Thanks to Ron Riekki, MC Serch has heard of Negaunee.  U.P. is the most impacting book I’ve read in sometime; I haven’t been able to shake it for over a week.  It’s affected me in a way few books have.  And had it not been for Renee’s article I probably wouldn’t have heard of it.  And had it not been for Steve Wiig’s approval, I probably wouldn’t have taken the time to read it.  I’ve written off most local literature as bullshit.  But I don’t mean that as a judgment of quality.  I mean folklore, tall tales, fiction.  If you’re from the U.P, you know at least three bullshitters.  But it’s not a bad thing, it’s often a term of endearment.  We love stories and the people who tell them.  It’s expected to receive a certain degree of opinion with the facts.  All truth should be amusing, or at the very least entertaining.  I’ve pushed my way through enough of the existing embellished history and pseudo fantasy fiction comedy and felt little cultural connection. Riekki is an excellent story teller, but no bullshiter.  Until now, nobody has written about the U.P. with such honesty.  It’s the realest fiction I’ve ever read.  I know this book is real because it’s about my hometown.  It’s about my friends and it’s about me.  It’s about the first 20 years of my life. [. . .]

  -- facebook post by Erik Dahlstrom [probably my favorite review of them all]