Gary Hill publishes Music Street Journal, curates Spooky Ventures and runs Tales of Wonder and Dread Publishing. In addition he has authored several books. You can find out about all of these projects, and find links for more information and to purchase books and merchandise here.

Founded in 2018, Poplar Grove, Illnois' Tales of Wonder and Dread Publishing is an imprint devoted to publishing science fiction, horror and generally macabre based books.

Open Calls

General Information: We believe that the story should dictate the length, so generally we do not have arbitrary word counts. Use as many words as needed to tell the story, but don't fill it with a lot of unnecessary text.

We only ask for non-exclusive rights to publish in the one specific work. We accept reprints as long as you own the rights to the work.

While we are open to different file types and formats, .doc and .rtf is preferred as it Times New Roman font.  Pleaes email submissions to TalesofWonderAndDread(at)SpookyVentures(dot)com

Please Note: We are a small imprint. Our focus is less on publishing books that will sell and more on publishing books we want on our bookshelves. That means we can't offer contributor copies or cash payment for submissions because some of our titles never sell more than one or two copies, meaning if we paid upfront we'd be losing money and out of business. We do have two options for submission compensation, though.

Option 1: Contributors can purchase the books diretly from us at our cost (plus the shipping we have to pay) and sell them at a marked up price and keep the profit for themselves.

Option 2: Contributors can receive a portion (actual percentage is dependent on the number of contributors choosing this option) of the royalties from the book (paid via Lulu directly to the contributor via Lulu's policies). Those who choose this option can still purchase the books directly from us at a discounted rate (20 percent above cost - plus the shipping we have to pay).

Spooky Stories
Release Date: September 4th, 2021
Submission deadline - July 8th, 2021
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems with a spooky theme

Horrifying Holidays
Release Date: October, 2021
Submission deadline - August 2021
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems with a wintter holiday horror theme

No More New Years
Release Date: November, 2021
Submission deadline - September 2021
Fiction stories or poems with an apocalyptic theme

Altered Realities
Release Date: February 2022
Submission deadline - October 2021
Fiction stories or poems about alternate universes and realities

Spooky Berwyn 2
Release Date: March 2022
Submission deadline - December 2021
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems about spooky happenings in the greater Chicago area. We are especially interested in stories from a personal perspective, but are looking for stories that don't fit that category, too.

Spooky Stateline
Release Date: March 2022
Submission deadline - December 2021
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems about spooky happenings in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area (outside of the Chicago area). We are especially interested in stories from a personal perspective, but are looking for stories that don't fit that category, too.

Spooky Space
Release Date: September 4th, 2022
Submission deadline - Summer 2022
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems about horrors in space.