Monday Markets - Midian Unmade: Tales of Clive Barker's Nightbreed - September 30, 2013 (via @Jnassise)

I love Clive Barker's work, and the monsters of Cabal (and the movie-version, Nightbreed) have stuck with me from my youth (yes, I was young then). The only link I have is to a Facebook page, and I appreciate not everyone has Facebook (I don't like it myself at all), so I'll be pasting a lot more text than usual, as well as contact details at the bottom.

We’ve all felt it at one time or another – that sense of unbelonging, of being isolated, possibly even shunned because of our differences; not for anything that we’ve done but for simply being who we are. We’ve all felt it - in childhood and adolescence, certainly, but even as adults as well, when the winds of change blow through our lives and we discover that those things we thought immutable are, in reality, anything but.

When this happens we all become like changeling children, at odds with those around us as well as with ourselves, looking to distant horizons for fresh comprehension of our purpose, sometimes even of our very nature.

And so:

MIDIAN UNMADE: TALES OF CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED picks up where CABAL left off, chronicling the lives of the 'Breed as they disperse into the world after the fall of Midian. We’re looking for stories of struggle and despair, of hope and sanctification, as the former inhabitants of Midian try to adapt to the world from which they retreated years before. A world that does not want them. A world that will hound them, hunt them, simply for the crime of being different. Writers have Clive’s permission to use the existing members of the Breed that appear in the novella Cabal, in the film Nightbreed, and in the companion volume, The Nightbreed Chronicles, published by Titan Books. Writers also have the option of creating their own unique and fantastical creatures that fit the Nightbreed mold. We’re seeking original horror and dark fantasy stories. We pay five cents per word up to 5,000 words, with 30% paid on acceptance and the remainder to be paid after the complete manuscript has been accepted by the publisher.

One thing to note is this: You are basically writing authorised fan fiction, and so:

(Please note that this is [a] work for hire project as Clive owns the world in which the project is set. Writers may use their stories in this anthology and have permission to use them in collections of their own works or in annual best-of anthologies, but they may not write and submit additional stories featuring the characters they create for this project to publishing projects elsewhere.)

This is pretty exciting stuff, and pro rates are always great. Competition will, of course, be strong. Get thinking, time is short!

Here are the contact details:

Story submissions should be sent to either Joe Nassise ( or Del Howison (, using the subject line MIDIAN STORY ENCLOSED. If the subject line is not used, we cannot guarantee receipt of the story, as we will both be using email filters to isolate all Midian submissions from our regular mail. Stories should be submitted before September 30th, 2013.

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