Love the atmosphere and it's very inviting
Madison Lunnen
Madison Lunnen
I love coming to this store! Good stock of indie and classic horror. It's clear the owners know their stuff. Very friendly! Also, it's very well decorated. And the kids' section is very cute. Definitely recommend!
David Swisher
David Swisher
I've only had the opportunity to order online, but each order has been a delightful experience. Support this store in confidence!
Dan C
Dan C
This place is great! Owner is super friendly. We need to appreciate businesses that go whole hog on horror.
Brandy Rainey
Brandy Rainey
Wonderful selection horror books. My new favorite book store hands down.
Susan Snyder
Susan Snyder
This store holds a treasure of horror books from non-fiction to children’s books to extreme horror. The owners are absolutely wonderful and welcoming. They have special events as well! You have to check them out!
Cynthia Pelayo
Cynthia Pelayo
Very cool place! Great owner. Great books. They are super nice and knowledgeable. It’s very family friendly here. Just fair warning, The owner likes to dress like his dog. So, you may see him dressed in a dog suit from time to time,
Ghoulish Tales News Writing Opportunities

Reopened for Short Story Submissions: GHOULISH TALES

Yesterday we revealed the table of contents and pre-order information for Ghoulish Tales Issue #2, so we thought today would be the perfect time to announce that we are officially considering submissions for issue #3, which we aim to publish later this summer.

First, if you are not already familiar with the style & tone of the magazine, we highly encourage you to read one of our previous issues.

What we are after: short stories that fit our personal definition of the word GHOULISH, which is “fun horror that aims to celebrate all things spooky.”

Note that we said fun, not funny. Comedic stories are definitely allowed, but it’s not all we’re looking to receive. We want stories that remind us why we love the horror genre. We want to have a perverted little smile across our face while reading. Make us slobber like idiots. Turn us into the Sickos.jpeg meme.

We are also interested in non-fiction about the horror genre.


Deadline: March 29, 2024 (11:59 PM CST)

Word count: 5,000 max (short stories); 2,000 max (non-fiction)

Payment: 10c per word

Simultaneous Submissions: Yes

Multiple Submissions: No (Please only submit one story per open call. If we reject you, do not resubmit until we reopen for the next issue.)

Reprints: No

AI Submissions: No. Please note if you are caught sending us an AI story, you will be blacklisted from ever publishing with us in the future. Don’t do it.

How to submit: Send all stories & essays to ghoulishsubmissions @ gmail dot com with [TITLE] – [ LAST NAME] – [STORY/ESSAY] – [WORD COUNT] in the subject line. Please do not copy/paste the story in the body of the email. We prefer Word doc attachments if possible. All inquiries can also be directed to the same address.

In the meantime, please consider subscribing to our FREE newsletter, which is where we will first post any updates regarding our open call. And, if you happen to also enjoy reading horror magazines, here’s the link to subscribe to the magazine.

As you wait, feel free to come hang out in the GHOULISH discord with 1,000+ other likeminded ghouls.

Thank you and good luck!

Max Booth III

Max Booth III is a writer, publisher, editor, podcaster, and indie bookstore owner. They are the author of numerous works, including I Believe in Mister Bones, Abnormal Statistics, Maggots Screaming!, Touch the Night, and many others too spooky to name here. Their novella, We Need to Do Something, was adapted into a feature film from their own screenplay and distributed by IFC Midnight in 2021 after debuting at the Tribeca Film Festival. Their non-fiction has been published in outlets such as LitReactor, CrimeReads, the San Antonio Current, Film 14, and FANGORIA, and their short stories have been included in 50+ magazines and anthologies. They host three podcasts—GHOULISH, Decayed Tapes, and Dog Ears—and co-run Ghoulish Books, a publisher/bookstore hybrid, with their wife Lori Michelle Booth. Together, the two of them also co-founded the annual Ghoulish Book Festival. Additionally, Max serves as the head editor and publisher of Ghoulish Tales. Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, they now live in San Antonio, TX. Find their work at

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