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Happy New Year from Night Terror Novels, plus a Submissions Round-up!

“🎉𝘏𝘢𝘱𝘱𝘺 𝘕𝘦𝘸 𝘠𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘧𝘳𝘰𝘮 𝘕𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘛𝘦𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘳 𝘕𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘴, 𝘱𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘢 𝘚𝘶𝘣𝘮𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘙𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘥-𝘶𝘱!🎉”

🎉 Happy New Year from Night Terror Novels! 🎉

Greetings all!

We at Night Terror Novels just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a slightly belated but very happy New Year, whoever and wherever you are, and extend a humongous and heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported us throughout our first year of operation and as we continue into our second. To those of you who have liked our posts, followed this website and our social media pages, or even simply spared a moment to read our reviews and writings, we appreciate it immensely.

Since this website launched on the 19th October, 2020, Night Terror Novels has evolved from a simple blogsite for reviews and the occasional flash fiction piece to a fully-fledged publishing house of independent, dark fiction. On the 30th October, 2021, we officially entered the world of publishing with our debut anthology, Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story), and just over two months on, we’ve had some terrific feedback and reviews from readers! 2021 also saw a number of personal highlights, including the release of my debut short story and several follow-ups, the details for all of which can be found elsewhere on this site. With a couple more already in the pipeline as well, I’m hoping this coming year can be even more productive than the last.

Just as last year, we’ve had a terrific time meeting, engaging, and interacting with the lovely folks of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter’s bookish communities, and had the opportunity to connect with some truly wonderful readers, reviewers, writers and publishers. In the gallery above are a selection of highlights from there. Besides Josh’s updated Instagram author page, @jdkauthor, we can also be found in an official capacity as NTN, @nightterrornovels, and we’d love to connect with you there too.

So what have we got planned for the coming year ahead? First things first; we have a variety of submission calls currently open or planned for the very near future. All of these can be found on our dedicated submissions page here, but we wanted to offer a comprehensive run-down here in this post for those of you that might’ve missed our announcement posts—you can check those out just below.

Tomorrow will also see the return of Flash Fiction Fridays to the site, and will mark the launch of our ongoing flash fiction series, The Theatre Phantasmagoria. We will be kicking things off with Mia Dalia’s piece, titled Primal Scream, so keep an eye out for that! Book features and reviews took a bit of a backseat over the holiday period, but you can expect to see those returning very soon as well.

Anthology & Flash Fiction Open Calls

The Theatre Phantasmagoria—Opens and closes on the first and last day of every month. We are accepting ongoing flash fiction submissions to be published as part of a new series titled The Theatre Phantasmagoria. More details on the current month’s theme, including the full guidelines on how to submit your story, can be found here …

Nerve-Janglers: Thirteen Tales of Terror—Open from 1st November, 2021, closes on 31st March, 2021. We are seeking submissions for our second anthology and first young adult anthology, titled Nerve-Janglers: Thirteen Tales of Terror, to be published as part of a new and ongoing teen-grade young adult anthology series in the vein of Fear Street and Point Horror, titled Nerve-Janglers. More details, including the full guidelines on how to submit your story, can be found here …

There Used to be a House Here—Open from 1st December, 2021, closes on 31st May, 2022. We are seeking submissions for our third anthology and first charity anthology, titled There Used to Be a House Here. 100% of proceeds from the sale of this anthology will be going directly to the UK-based charity, Shelter. Shelter is a charity that does terrific work across England and Scotland to help combat poor housing conditions and homelessness. More details, including the full guidelines on how to submit your story, can be found here

Standalone Open Calls

Nightmarish Novelettes Book Series—Open from 1st January, 2022 and ongoing. is now accepting novelette-length (around 15,000 to 25,000 words, or thereabouts) submissions to be published as part of a new and ongoing book series, titled Nightmarish Novelettes. More details, including the full guidelines on how to submit your story, can be found here

As you can see, we’re venturing into quite a busy 2022, with even more planned for the road ahead. Please do check out our open calls and see if any catch your eye. In the meantime, we hope you all had a wonderful holiday period and new year, and we look forward to creating more nightmares for you soon …

Cheers and all the best to you and yours! 🥂

By J. D. Keown | Night Terror Novels

JOSHUA KEOWN lives on the outskirts of the North York Moors with his feral little hound of hell, Lola. Despite his proximity to Whitby and a lifetime aversion to being out in the sun, he would like it to be known that he is definitely not a vampire. Joshua has always been an avid enthusiast of the horror genre in all its forms, and he now writes ghastly, ghoulish stories of his own. His debut short story “Krodha” can be found in the Wild Violence anthology from Blood Rites Horror, his second short story “What Ye Sow” can be found in Issue #X of All World’s Wayfarer, and a third titled “Whisper, Whisper” appears in Issue #63 of Dark Dossier. Joshua is also the founder of Night Terror Novels and edited its debut anthology, Ceci n’est pas une histoire d’horreur (This is Not a Horror Story) in 2021. His debut novella, Maggot Brain, is coming soon, for which the full details can be found on the Night Terror Novels website. Joshua can be found prowling almost every corner of the internet in some capacity, but is most easily reached through his business email address,, or via Instagram or Twitter, @JDKAuthor.

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