Is your story too heavy and hardcore for other “best of” anthologies? Then you’ve come to the right place because Comet Press is now accepting stories for YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR VOL. 3, a yearly collection intended to give recognition to the extreme, harder side of horror, stories that break boundaries and trash taboos.

Editors: Randy Chandler and Cheryl Mullenax.

Requirements: The story was (or will be) published in a 2017 anthology, single author collection, magazine, or online magazine. Self-published anthologies and collections are acceptable as well.

Deadline: December 31, 2017.

Length: Up to 8000 words. Word count is flexible and longer works will be considered but please note the max payment is $80.00.

Payment: 1 cent a word. ($80 max)

What to Send


In the body of an email:

  • Author name
  • Story title
  • Name of anthology or magazine or online magazine it was (or will be) published in:
    • If the book is available on Amazon and your story credit appears somewhere on the page, send us the link. If not, send a link to the best source with that information (publisher’s page, etc).
    • If the story was in a magazine, send us a web link to the issue TOC where your story appears, or if that’s not available send us a scan of the table of contents (print magazines, etc.).
  • A bio
  • A short description of the story.
  • Attach the entire manuscript in rtf, doc format, or a PDF or mobi of the magazine or book it appears in. Note: if sending a doc or rtf, please make sure this is the final version of your story, exactly as it appears in the published version.

Important Note: Make sure your contract allows you to publish the story in a “best of” anthology. If you’re not sure, check with your publisher. If necessary, ask them for a waiver.


In an email include the following:

  • Author name and story title(s) for consideration
  • Name of publication and publisher, date published and format (print, ebook, magazine, etc)
  • A pdf, doc, rtf, or mobi of the publication.


Include in the Email subject line: YEAR’S BEST HARDCORE HORROR

We’ll send a notification within 48 hours that we received your submission. If you don’t get this, please inquire. We may not have received it.

Email to ybhh [at] cometpress.us


Stories originally published in 2016

Michael A. Arnzen “55 Ways I’d Prefer Not to Die”

Jasper Bark “Bed of Crimson Joy”

Christa Carmen “The Girl Who Loved Bruce Campbell”

Marvin Brown “The Field”

Adam Cesare “Please Subscribe”

Matthew Chabin “Father of Dread”

Jose Cruz “American Gods, American Monsters”

Andrew Darlington “Coming of the Darkula”

Paolo Di Orazio “The Contract”

Stefanie Elrick “Mother’s Nature”

William Grabowski “Out Hunting for Teeth”

Sarah L. Johnson “Little Sister, Little Brother”

Eric LaRocca “Miss_Vertebrae”

Alessandro Manzetti “Kozmic Blues”

Tim Miller “Backne”

Alexandra Renwick “Redux”

Bryan Smith “Implant”

Jeremy Thompson “The Hallowfiend Remembers”

Tim Waggoner “A Face in the Crowd”

Wrath James White “Ownership”

Stephanie M. Wytovich “On This Side of Bloodletting” & selected poems from “Brothel”