That is what horror is. It reaches into your very soul and turns you inside-out.
Short stories are the compressed, distilled versions of those feelings. No room for long, flowy text. No room for extra characters. You get to the meat of the horror and take it down in one shot.
Here are magazines that share up the best of the best for horror.
Black Static takes submissions up to 10,000 words. They must be first run and no simultaneous submissions are allowed. Only one submission can be sent at a time.
Dark Moon Digest
Dark Moon Digest pays one cent per word along with a free copy of the issue you're in. They should range between 1500 and 5000 words long. You can send a simultaneous submission but let them know immediately if you are accepted elsewhere. You can send up to 3 stories per issue for consideration.
Nightmare has specific periods of open calls so you need to watch for when those are. They only take one story at a time and it cannot be a simultaneous submission with other locations. You must wait 7 days before submitting something new. They pay 6 cents/word for first-run and 1 cent/word for reprints.
Red Sun pays $100 for stories under 15,000 words and $150 for those between 15,000 and 17,000 words. They do not take reprints nor simultaneous submissions. They publish on a three-times-a-year cycle so it's good to watch for when a cycle is coming close and submitting then, vs submitting early and having to wait months for a response.
Lamplight is only open for submissions from 3/15 to 5/15 and then from 9/15 to 11/15 so plan accordingly. They pay 3c/word for first rights and 1c/word for reprints. They do take simultaneous submissions but only one work per period. They take works up to 7,000 words.
Gamut takes fiction from 500 to 5,000 words and pays 10c/word for first run fiction over 2000 words. They only take one submission per cycle but multiple submissions are ok. Their cycle begins at midnight at the beginning of each new month.
Sanitarium is a monthly magazine which pays $5 per story run, regardless of its length.They are currently not accepting new submissions.
Splatterpunk also has specific submission open days and, as you can tell from their name, a quite specific genre. Check in to see when they're accepting work.
Let me know if you know of any other short story markets for horror.
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