Hellscape Press is an new online journal published bi-annually currently accepting submissions for their second issue. “We are looking for l'appeldu vide; work that evokes sublime horror & dread without any of those tired tropes. We want work that reveals the true terror of human existence.”
I wondered how and why this journal came to be, so I asked co-editor in chief Rhodes Thompson and they kindly replied. See my interview with Thompson and submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Hellsape Press.
THOMPSON: Hellscape is a bi-annual literary & art journal run by a handful George Mason University MFA students. Hellscape is the mind’s internal landscape made external. It’s looking into your morning coffee & recognizing the impermanence of your existence & not knowing how to deal. Everyone’s Hellscape is different, we want to read about yours.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Hellscape Press originally started?
THOMPSON: We began this project with the hopes of creating a platform to talk about living with mental illness & the trauma of consciousness. Our current political climate is in many ways a Hellscape too. We feel the time ripe for these sorts of stories to arise.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
THOMPSON: Hellscape is looking for work which is truly frightening but does not rely on the tropes of the horror genre, we call this "horror without the artifice." By this we mean, we are looking for work which explores terror in the mundane.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
THOMPSON: We’d love to see more mixed form and hybrid pieces! We’d love to see some more nonfiction too.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite journals?
THOMPSON: There are so many wonderful lit mags! We love So to Speak for its dedication to intersectional feminism, Bad Pony for its unapologetically kitsch & twee aesthetics, OCCULUM for it's unorthodox.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
THOMPSON: Submissions should be sent to our email (email@example.com). Submitting is free & open until January 1st. All of our submission guidelines can be found on our website.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: January 1, 2018
FORMAT: digitally online
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: We charge no reading fee for submissions, but unfortunately cannot pay contributors at this time.
FORMS: art, comics, poetry, flash fiction, & micro-essays