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When Eliot first spies the booth at the end of the pier, he wonders what it is. The canvas is faded, the striped pattern barely visible beneath years of dirt. The wooden boards are stained and bare. It’s the crude, handwritten sign that draws him closer, makes him reach out to pull the curtain aside. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.
The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky hinterland between mainstream horror and literary fiction. Publishing bi-annually as a mass market paperback in the style of the old Pan Books of Horror (and as an ebook), it provides a home for all those strange, unsettling stories that are sometimes hard to place, the fictions that fall between the gaps.
In addition to the print journal, The Shadow Booth publishes occasional non-fiction on its website. From book reviews to unsettling memoir, the website continues the magazine’s commitment to the weird and the eerie. Previous articles have included an essay on Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising and spooky encounters in the Deep South.
The website is always open to non-fiction submissions, whole the print journal only occasionally opens its doors to fiction submissions. For the latest updates, and submission guidelines, be sure to check the Submit page on the Shadow Booth website. The website also has details of the latest issue of the journal, while the Shadow Booth store sells paperbacks, ebooks and subscriptions.