S. Kay Nash

S. Kay Nash is a writer, artist, unapologetic nerd and bibliophile. During the day she is a professional business writer. After dark, weird things crawl out of her mind and find homes in her poetry and short fiction.

Published: 67 articles

Feed the Beast: Horror Submissions are Open!

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The Digital Horror Fiction open submission call for reprint horror fiction is open until August 31, so get your stories in! I’m looking for short fiction that keeps me up at night. Send your screeching ghosts, creeping terrors, monsters, murderous mayhem, and weird cosmic horrors to infect my brain. Scare me. Thrill me. Surprise me. Kick me in the feels. Horror is universal and I want to hear from authors whose experiences and voices reflect the diversity of our world.

We’re looking for both pro and up-and-coming authors to showcase, so send your very best previously published work. Reprint short stories must have a length of between 3,500 and 7,500 words to be considered, and must not be available for free on the web (but podcasts not available in print are fine). Visit the Digital Horror Fiction Submittable page for all the details. 

StokerCon 2017

If you’re a writer of dark worlds or intent on giving your readers a case of the squirming heebie-jeebies, you owe it to yourself to attend the next StokerCon. I knew I had to attend in 2017 because of the venue. I mean, 500 or so horror fans and writers running amok on a haunted ship for four days? You know it’s gonna be good.

My primary reason for going this year were the great workshops offered through Horror University. Alas, the class I really wanted to take was canceled, so I had to make some last-minute substitutions. Read More →

Inhuman Resources

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A short story.

After a year working at home—alone save for three cats, two dogs, and my spouse—I had a bad case of cabin fever. I’d always talked to the cats, but I had moved on to holding long conversations with my household appliances. The sweeper robot wasn’t really glitching; it was sulking because I hadn’t cleaned it properly in three months and its brushes hadn’t been replaced in, I dunno, two years? Read More →

Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

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Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

Ruthanna Emrys takes Lovecraft’s legacy into the lives, blood, and fears of the people of Innsmouth. But unlike Lovecraft, this isn’t a horror novel; it’s a detective thriller involving spies, occultists, Miskatonic University, concentration camps and some of the most well-imagined magic I’ve read in years. Read More →

Black Feathers edited by Ellen Datlow

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I know two people who are terrified of birds. One can’t explain it, just, “birds freak me out.” Another says, “They’re dinosaurs just waiting to peck my eyes out.” Birds have a wealth of symbolism attached to them: piety, spirits, freedom, joy, sorrow, danger. They are a perfect theme for a horror anthology. Read More →

Texas Writers! Open Call for Road Kill Vol. 2

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I attended a meetup today and got information on an open call for Texas-based writers (either born here or living here) for Road Kill: Texas Horror from Texas Writers, Vol. 2. They are eager to hear from authors who have been traditionally marginalized, excluded, or unrepresented because Texas has many voices and it’s important to include everyone. Read More →

Submissions are Open!

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I’m thrilled to be working with Suzie Wargo Lockhart on a second volume of Killing it Softly The Best Women in Horror, Book 2, forthcoming from Digital Fiction Publishing, Inc. This is a reprint market, so submit your best of the past, and let your work have a chance at a second stab at life.

Killing it Softly is a success, and we’re certain that book two will follow in its footsteps. Suzie is the managing editor, and I’m returning to the selection committee and will be copyediting the final manuscript. I’d love to see more stories and authors that reflect the diversity of our global society, so don’t self-reject. We want your stories.


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Ellen Datlow is a master curator of fiction, and though she calls herself a “horror enthusiast,” I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she is one of the guiding hands of the genre. Her Best Horror of the Year anthologies are a snapshot of current trends in horror, offering readers a sampling of new and established authors in one volume. Nightmares refines those best-of collections and this book represents Datlow’s favorite short fiction from the years spanning 2005 to 2015. Read More →

Review: Cthulhu Armageddon by C.T. Phipps

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cthulhuarma_coverC.T. Phipps has a knack for writing entertaining novels with memorable characters and plenty of snark and dry humor. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed his Supervillainy Saga, and since I’m both a post-apoc and horror fiction fan, decided to give Cthulhu Armageddon a try. I was not disappointed. Read More →