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 Stateline Two
Release Date: September 4, 2023
Submission deadline - June 14, 2023
Fiction and/or or non-fiction and poems centered around the greater Rockford, Illinois area.

Spooky Berwyn Three
Release Date: September 4, 2023
Submission deadline - June 14, 2023
Fiction and/or or non-fiction and poems centered around the greater Chicago area

Tales of Wonder and Dread
Release Date: September 4, 2023
Submission deadline - June 14, 2023
A New Collection of Science Fiction and Horror tales.

Spooky and Weird
Release Date: September 4, 2023
Submission deadline - June 21, 2023
Weird Fiction Anthology

Sing a Song of Dread (Music Horror Anthology)
Release Date: October 1st, 2023
Submission deadline - July 29, 2023
Fiction and/or or poems (horror) that involve music.

Horrifying Holidays Two
Release Date: November, 2023
Submission deadline - September, 2023
Fiction, non-fiction and/or or poems pertaining to winter holiday horror.

Spirit of the Heroic Age
Release Date: November, 2023
Submission deadline - September, 2023
Science fiction stories that have a heroic angle

Hearts of Horror
Release Date: January 4, 2024
Submission deadline - September 20, 2023
Fiction and/or non-fiction stories or poems with a heart angle to them.

Altered Realities: Stories of Alternate Universes
Release Date: February, 21, 2024
Submission deadline - October 25, 2023
Fiction and/or or poems about alternate universes.

AI Tales
Release Date: April 2024
Submission deadline - December 12, 2023
Fiction and/or or poems about AI - both horror and science fiction will be accepted.