Got Crime? Uncommon Assassins Antho Still Open

Got crime?  Violence?  Mystery?  Thrillers?  Monday night’s email brought  another acceptance from an anthology called UNCOMMON ASSASSINS, to be published by Smart Rhino Publications.  This one is not for horror as such, but “thriller/suspense stories in which the central character is a hired killer, assassin, hitman/woman, vigilante, sniper, or someone forced to kill for circumstances beyond his/her control.   . . .  a mix of stories:  noir, contemporary crime fiction, police procedural, historical fiction, dark fiction, steampunk, or even a hybrid of genres.  Use your imagination!  The emphasis is on ‘uncommon’ here.”  And so this was the reply to my submission, “The Wellmaster’s Daughter,” an ethnic tale of the Sahara Desert and a father forced to turn wrong to right at a horrific cost, originally published in ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S MYSTERY MAGAZINE in November 1991:  “I enjoyed the story and, although it is quite different from the hitman/paid assassin stories currently in the anthology, I would like to accept the story.  I think the readers will enjoy it!”

UNCOMMON ASSASSINS will be officially open for submissions until June 30, but could fill up sooner so any interested should start considering things to send now.  Publication is tentatively scheduled for Fall 2012.  What is not wanted are simple serial killer stories – characters here “should be paid killers or assassins working from a moral or political motivation . . . they are doing this more for others than themselves.”  Also not wanted are supernatural horror stories – “the focus here is on suspense/thriller fiction, not horror.  Futuristic or science fiction will be considered as long as suspense/thriller elements are evident.”  UNCOMMON ASSASSINS also pays, granted not much but a little, and while preferring original work will also consider reprints from 2500 to 8000 words (with a preference for shorter over longer).

If intrigued, complete guidelines are available here.

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