If you’ve ever finished reading a story and thought, “Well, that was unusual,” then you’re only a block away from Black Dandy. In this corner of the neighbourhood, we’re looking for literary fiction that grips readers with vivid characters under unusual pressures. Bizarre, dreamy, unsettling.
Although we like a slow burn, we want stories to intrigue us from the start. Set the tone early, even if the story’s unusual nature takes time to unfold. Magic realism and surrealism are compass points. Perhaps your most compelling character is a place, a meadow, a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere. Or perhaps your characters believe that all is normal while the world around them spins out of control – how do they go about their affairs in such a world? Your story will leave us feeling jarred, shaken by the collision of the familiar and unfamiliar.
As a literary journal, we are not a traditional horror or fantasy market, but we are open to stories where beautifully realised characters may find themselves in horrific or fantastic situations. In other words, no demons, dragons, or fanged beasts.
Fiction we can’t forget:
Nights in the Gardens of Spain, Witi Ihimaera Rene’s Flesh, Virgilio Piñera Already Dead, Denis Johnson Mrs God, Peter Straub Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury Maldoror, Comte de Lautréamont Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella Encounters, Juan Garcia Ponce The Master & Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
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88.37%(21.05% of rejections are personal)
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