Stories based thematically on the loose frame of "The Crimson Pact". A brief description and guidance for writing a Crimson Pact story are here. We are concerned about quality of the story first, then only secondarily about fitting it in the frame. Our editor has to earn their fame and glory somehow, right?
Three volumes are planned and we're anticipating some story arcs to be continued from one anthology to the next with some recurring characters and worlds. The writers of stories that we love (and those who have written stories that are ripe for a sequel or two) will be asked to write for subsequent anthologies.
These stories may be of any genre. Speculative fiction is preferred. We really would love to see stories in the following genres: urban fantasy, mystery, romance, steampunk, and alternate history. Stories rated "R" or below are acceptable; PG-13 and below is preferred. We believe that explicitness is almost always unnecessary to achieve the desired effect.
You may use your own characters and settings as noted in the Crimson Pact section.
Avoid the standard tropes. As always, you can do it, but it better be damn, damn good.
A quick way to win us over: Pulp stories with a literary sensibility.