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ChiZine Publications is willing to take risks. We’re looking for the unusual, the interesting, the thought-provoking. We look for writers who are also willing to take risks, who want to take dark genre fiction to a new place. CZP wants to startle, to astound, to share the bliss of good writing with our readership.
What’s Dark Genre Fiction?
We say “dark genre fiction” because too much time is spent fighting over SF vs. horror vs. fantasy.
We want stories using speculative elements—magic, technology, insanity, gods, or insane-magic-technology-gods—to show the dark side of human nature. The good guy can feel—and act on—anger, hatred, vengeance, just like the villain. Heroes don’t always win, conclusions don’t always wrap things up nicely, and sometimes things can take a turn that’s just plain weird . . . even for the genre.
Is Genre Fiction Standing Still?
Larger presses are sometimes forced to play it safe: plots and stories we’ve seen before, because that’s what the public seems to crave. Teenage vampire angst; multi-book sword and sorcery series; invading aliens. Sometimes it can feel like we’re all just reading the same stories, over and over. These are “safe” stories—not particularly challenging, and effortless to consume and digest. Because we’re a smaller outfit, we can take some risks—find authors and manuscripts that are trying to move the genre forward.
Come With Us!
CZP wants fiction that takes that next step forward. We want to give our readers stories that, if you removed the genre element, could still stand on their own. Despite any kind of label, above all, we’re out to publish well-written, character-driven stories. The single most important quality we look for at CZP is resonance.
Bottom-line: If you like one CZP book, chances are, you’ll like them all.