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Deadline: until full

Payment:Exposure and Royalties

Short stories up to 7,000 words; Longer stories will also be considered.

Reprints: just in some restricted, limited cases, as long as you hold the rights.



Xenobiology: the study of synthesizing and manipulating biological devices and systems. From the Greek word xenos, which means "stranger", it indicates a form of biology that is not (yet) familiar to science and is not usually available in nature. It may also indicate  biological systems and biochemistries that differ from the  DNA system we all know.


Xenobiologists: scientists that aim at the detection or design of forms of life with a different biochemistry or different genetic code than on planet Earth.


Think, for example, of:


“Cryptoterrestrials spotted here or on other planets, Xeno-Humans, or Xenoids that willingly underwent significant genetic changes to be more similar to the models of lifeforms they had on their mind, Half-Human/Half-Alien intelligent beings built for bloody actions, Hybrids that were made up with genetic materials - in part from Earth and in part from other worlds…- with very different genetic codes purposely re-written, unbelievable Cryptids that are just a product of a directed evolution or come from a secret process meant for engineering the environment, Cybrids that are partly humans and in a small part mixed with alien machines with xeno nucleic acids (XNA) and some alternative forms of DNA, or just the opposite, Bioarmor made for wars in space,  and cells that have been constructed to include one or more of men’s features along with traits from alien animals.  And were they born by chance or were there constraints that ruled out other types of chemistries we know here on Earth? What about these new biological systems that we supposed  not to be present on our planet,  but that might be a reality, though unexplainably? Is this still unknown biotechnology a possible threat to human health? Or to the health of hidden alien creatures that live somewhere, unbeknownst to all the people…?”




Submission guidelines: Please include your name, address, e-mail address, the title of your story and its word count in your covering e-mail. Please submit your manuscript as a *.rtf or *.doc file (all other formats will automatically be rejected. Contact us prior to submitting if this presents an issue for you.)

Font and formatting: Please submit in Times New Roman, 12 point font; single line spacing. Please format the document to 1st line indentation of 1″. The page margin should be set to .1″ on all sides.

No headers, footers or page numbers.

Please check grammar.

Upon acceptance into the Anthology, we ask that Horrified Press holds exclusive publishing rights for one year from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Horrified Press retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted Anthology.

This title will be available as an e-book and trade quality paperback.

Michele “bottomdweller” DUTCHER, as main Editor and Sergio “ente per ente” PALUMBO, as co-editor, will be presiding over this Anthology.

The title will be published by Rogue Planet Press, an Imprint of Horrified Press, under the supervision of Gavin CHAPPELL.

Email your submission as an attachment to: associazione (AT)

The email subject line must read “SUBMISSION— XENOBIOLOGY – STRANGER CREATURES – ‘your story title’” or your submission will not be considered for this Anthology.

Successful applicants will be notified before the deadline has expired, or as soon as possible.

Cover ( and Back-cover) Art: by American artist John “DavidsonHero” Rose.

There may well be some beautiful Sci-Fi/Horror themed black and white illustrations lurking on the inside as well, art by comics artists Davide “Atog” MARESCOTTI and Sara DELLACASA.

Waiting for Your best-ever-entries, of course!!!

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