Bowery Gothic

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Inspired by a reading series at a haunted bar on the Bowery, the Bowery Gothic is a literary journal seeking to publish the highest quality literature and art. We look for stories—both real and imagined—that exist in that liminal space: between the seen and unseen; between entertainment and fear. We are excited by work that stands at the threshold and looks into the unknown. We are excited by the sublimity of terror.

We are not interested in gore, violence, or perversion. Instead, send us literary work that transcends genre, that scares us and makes us think: Damn, that was fresh. We are drawn to literature that conjures up tales told by our favorite writers—from Henry James to Kelly Link; Shirley Jackson to Octavia E. Butler—stories that entice, amaze, terrify. 

Find that sweet spot where literary work soars to an unexpected place or where the unexpected is beautifully told. Be it a tale about ghosts, aliens, monsters, alternate universes, dystopias, paranormal behaviors, etc.—whatever it is, make it your best.

The loose theme for our next issue, Winter 2024, is (appropriately enough) "WINTER GHOSTS." 

Bowery Gothic