Storm Moon Press (QUILTBAG erotica and erotic romance)
Love in the Time of Zombies
Zombies and love stories? Why not? Nothing says Halloween like a good scare—and there's no reason that scare can't be sexy, too.
For Love in the Time of Zombies, we're looking for QUILTBAG love stories set during the zombie apocalypse. From there your imagination is the limit. What camp do your zombies fall into? Do they run or can they do little more than crawl? What happened to them? Is there a virus spread by air or do you need to be bitten to become a zombie? What does it mean for the world that zombies exist? Are people living side-by-side with the zombies like a minor inconvenience or is it the end of the world?
Give us sleep-with-the-lights-on scary, give us laugh-until-you-cry funny, and above all give us love, romance, and steamy erotica. The stories in this line must feature GLBT main characters, a level of horror (a scare factor), and a romantic or erotic sub-plot. Length must be 20,000 words or higher. Please do not include any actual necrophilia in the submissions.
Deadline for Love in the Time of Zombies is August 15th, 2014 to allow time for selection and editing, as all stories will be released throughout October 2014.
A warm fire burning and a hot beverage in hand—nothing quite says it's holiday time like the crackle of a burning log and the smell of cinnamon and spice. Whether it's a kiss under the mistletoe or a chance meeting at the office holiday party, year-end celebrations often have romance in the air. The holidays can also bring up tension. Families that are barely on speaking terms coming together for the only time each year, old sibling rivalries reignited, and of course the first time you bring a partner home to meet the family.
We're looking for tales of holiday seduction, featuring QUILTBAG characters. Give us your best, most seasonally evocative stories. We want to smell the pine trees as we read. Must haves are a winter or holiday theme, star GLBT characters, erotic and romantic content, and there must be a happy, heart-warming ending. This is all about the good of this season, so keep that in mind. There can be bittersweet notes to the submissions, but those bittersweet notes must be singing joyful hymns by the end. Stories must be between 15,000 and 20,000 words.
Deadline for Fireside Seduction is October 15th, 2014 to allow time for selection and editing, as all stories will be released throughout December 2014.
Boys On Film
Ridiculed, envied, misunderstood, and coveted, the men of the porn industry work hard for every scrap they're given. Gay-for-pay, safe sex on camera, and the complications of their personal lives, choosing the route of a porn star isn't easy. From having to come on cue to endless takes that require he stay hard, guys in the pornography industry have a lot on their shoulders.
In our Boys on Film line, we want to explore the lives and loves of the men of the gay porn industry. What it's like to perform, to take direction while a dozen people look on. How about those who participate in dorm living with cameras following their every move? From orgies to fetishes, amateur to softcore, how does the life of a porn star impact the reality of the man once the cameras are turned off?
Storm Moon Press is looking for submissions of 20,000 words or more that focus on men in porn and their relationships off the camera. There must be a GLBT romance at the core of these stories, and happy endings are a must.
Greek, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian, Norse, Chinese, Japanese—the list of cultures with rich mythologies seems almost endless. In our Divinity line, we're seeking submissions that explore the key figures of those mythological stories: gods and goddesses. Zeus, Brighid, Mars, Daoji, Uzume, or any number of gods, goddesses, deities, and demigods have immense potential.
Storm Moon Press is looking for submissions of 20,000 words or more with a core GLBT romance between a god or goddess and another creature—be it another god or goddess, a mortal, or even mythological creature—that have elements of adventure, heroism, and mythological grandeur. We are not seeking retellings of common myths, but new tales from imaginative minds given free rein over fantastical, immortal beings with immense power.
Forced seduction, dubious consent, non-violent intimidation, pre-negotiated fantasy -- these are all shades of gray in the gradient that is non-consensual sex. These scenes push the boundaries of consent: not verbally giving it but not protesting what is happening either; the passion and arousal of the act overpowers all boundaries.
Let it be clear that we are not looking for stories that are outright rape, where one party physically forces themselves on the other, traumatizing them and committing a crime. We want don't want to break boundaries, we just want to play with them a little. The individuals must consent in their own way. This can be any variety of situations: BDSM rape-fantasy, a boss having sex with a worker, or even a character who has trouble submitting being forced to submit.
We want to see authors explore the gray areas of consent, contrasting physical enjoyment with emotional hang-ups, abuse of authority, what society deems proper, or anything else. Clarity in the fact that both parties must consent, whether or not this comes in the form of admitting it to their partner, is an absolute requirement. It can be whatever form you like, as long as we know by the end of the story that the characters did consent to the situation.
Stories must be 20,000 words or longer, and we're looking for strong GLBT main characters. While we really do prefer happy endings, no happily ever after is required for this line. Even so, please avoid full-out rape, abuse, or main character deaths, as we want shades of gray rather than black.
Can you really trust anyone? Can you even trust your own senses? From a simple con to serious mental manipulation, some people just seem to get off on screwing with other people's minds. What drives that sort of person? Can anyone get the best of them, or is it all part of an even more elaborate game?
This line is focused on mind games and the players that play them. A mystery/thriller setup is common for such a story, but we are open to any genre, from sci-fi and fantasy to steampunk and historical. The key elements must be a character or characters driven to deception on a staggering level, GLBT main characters, and a romantic or erotic sub-plot.
Stories should be 20,000 words or more.
Since 1764, Gothic fiction has captivated the imagination of authors and readers, traditionally combining elements of both horror and romance. The Gothic novel tempers the lighter nature of romance with liberal application of darkness and horror, mixes in the passion and restlessness of the Romantics, and frequently includes nods to the supernatural, whether real or imagined. In addition, the setting in Gothic fiction is typically as much of a character as anyone else, described and explored to the point of becoming almost a living, breathing thing. Not limited to a particular historical period, Gothic fiction as a genre is more about style and motif, and boasts authors such as Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, Gaston Leroux, H.P. Lovecraft, Flannery O'Connor, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.
With our Gothic Moon line, Storm Moon Press branches into the Gothic realm by bringing a touch of the erotic into the classic mix. We are looking for novellas and short novels (30,000 - 65,000 words) that embody the excesses and melodrama of the Gothic while raising the bar on the sensuality and the terror. Stories can be historical, contemporary, or even futuristic so long as the conventions and themes of Gothic fiction are faithfully represented. Both QUILTBAG-oriented and heterosexual romances are welcome for this line.
Life takes us down a very twisted path, but one thing nearly everyone attempts along the road is to make their bodies reflect who they feel they are on the inside. For some, that means piercings. For others, it means extensive tattoos. And for a select few, it means more extreme modifications, from splitting the tongue to long-term corsetry to horn or whisker implants. In the world of body modification, there are few limits to the changes that can be made to the human form. In our open line, Modified, we're seeking stories that explore and celebrate the broad expanse of body modification.
This line has endless possibilities spanning all genres. Feel free to play with the aspect of body modification as 'other' in a horror, science fiction, or worldpunk setting. You can play with the practices being ritualistic or otherworldly. Perhaps a horrific accident that left a character scarred makes them uniquely beautiful on another planet, where the natives practice scarification. What if a member of the royal navy takes great pleasure in tattooing or branding a certain pirate? We'd love to see the extreme body mods as well, so don't shy away from the subdermal or extraocular implants, ear shaping, or even genital alterations. Controversial modifications are also welcome and can carry realistic consequences to the characters, but always remember to keep the story's romantic and erotic elements in the forefront. So long as everything is presented in a positive, respectful manner with an eye for beauty and acceptance, we would love to see it!
Your imagination is your only limitation: every part of the QUILTBAG is welcome for this line, and we are especially looking forward to seeing some of the less common letters represented in your submissions! Just make sure the story is 20,000 words or more.
On the Edge
Most of the BDSM that can be found in books is tame: handcuffs, light bondage, floggers, sometimes even whips. While this type of BDSM has its place, what we are looking for is stories that go beyond what is considered normal. We want to see edgeplay, because nothing is hotter than people pushing and exploring the boundaries of what they view as safe, sane, and consensual. This means things that are not light kink: breathplay, knifeplay, fireplay, gunplay, bloodplay, sensory deprivation, and other things that do not necessarily fall under the heading of safe or sane.
That said, we do very much want the consensual part. Healthy edgeplay requires a safe, caring environment and a good amount of aftercare, so we will be looking forward to seeing these things in your story. Stories need to be 20,000 words or longer, and we're looking for strong GLBT main characters. Happy endings are not necessary for this line, though they are strongly encouraged.
Renegades, Rebels, and Rogues
There's just something about a bad boy. Not evil exactly, but rough, coarse, and doesn't give a damn about things like civility or etiquette or speed limits. You know the type. These are the men you don't take home to meet Mother, who oftentimes have a rap sheet, and leave a trail of broken hearts in their wake.
Storm Moon Press is seeking submissions 20,000 words or more filled with the dark, dangerous world and romances of the bad boy. Any genre is welcome, but GLBT main characters, strong erotic content, and a thoroughly fleshed out world are a necessity. We want to feel for these bad boys with hearts of gold, and we want to see them get a relatively happy, satisfying ending to their stories.
There is something forbidden, something untouchable about men and women of the cloth. Society sets them on a pedestal of moral and ethical greatness. They are closer to the divine, beyond earthly desires, bound by vows to keep their lives according to a strict code. But what happens when that code contradicts the loves and passions they feel? Is resisting temptation truly the most holy path?
In this collection, we want to see stories that focus on characters considered to be amongst the religious elite. While you can choose any religion or ideology you like, we ask that you try to remain respectful of the religious beliefs in order to paint a realistic picture of your main characters' struggles. Feel free to touch on anything from a specific sect of Christianity all the way to Hinduism or Paganism. This is your chance to play around with priests or priestesses, monks, nuns, clerics, rabbis, gurus, or even shamans and tell their stories of romance and passion.
Stories submitted for this collection should be 20,000 words or longer (novella or novel length). Key required elements: a GLBT main character who struggles to balance religious beliefs with personal desires, a strong romantic and erotic plot, and at least a happily-for-now ending.
Twice Upon A Time
We've all heard the stories, damsels in distress being saved by knights in shining armor, little people the size of your thumb, a cloak-bedecked girl talking to a stranger, children finding a candy house in the woods. These days, most of the fairytales we were told as children have been remade several times, romanticized for what some may deem a more fragile generation. However, be it Grimm, H.C. Andersen, or local folktales, these stories linger, and in this line of releases, we're looking for fairytales retold with an erotic, GLBT twist.
Switch characters' sexes, change motivations, add twists and turns to answer those 'what if's surrounding the story's original conclusion. Set it in another world, introduce a magic spell that changes the entire story as we know it, turn everything topsy turvy! Just ensure we can recognize the original story and see where you departed from it to include the erotic and GLBT themes. We want to be swept up and see your creativity!
Stories in this line must be 20,000 words or longer (novella or novel length).
The term 'cyberpunk' is now over 30 years old – old enough that the "future" settings of some early stories in the genre are now actually in the past. Still, the fascination with cyberpunk and its derivatives (like steampunk) continues to grow. Those historical and furturistic settings, gritty and fantastical, are what we're looking for with Worldpunk.
This line is for -punk stories: steampunk, cyberpunk, dieselpunk, clockpunk, atompunk... even ironpunk or bronzepunk if you think you can pull it off. While we will accept the steampunk submissions, we're actually eager to see authors stretch themselves and attempt the other -punks out there! Submissions must be 20,000 words or more, have GLBT main characters, contain a great romance with steamy aspects, and have a satisfactory ending.