Founded in 2012, Hypnos Magazine strives to promote the best weird fiction in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, Lord Dunsany, Algernon Blackwood, Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Arthur Machen.
Dismayed by the state of contemporary weird fiction and the lack of respect it has fostered, we seek to encourage bold, thought-provoking literature that looks beyond the vampires, werewolves, and goblins that have become the staples of the genre.
With these goals in mind, we publish four issues of Hypnos Magazine every year, one for every season. In addition to reprints from the golden age of weird fiction, each issue contains new works of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.
To encourage innovation in the genre, Hypnos accepts unsolicited submissions by both published and unpublished authors, and unlike most publications, we prefer longer, more complex works. In our opinion, too many great works, including H.P. Lovecraft's masterpiece At the Mountains of Madness, have been rejected due to their length.
GROWTH AND EXPANSION
Though other magazines are slowly dying, Hypnos is growing. We now publish four issues a year, one at the end of each quarter.
The new issues are digest size (6 x 9) and one hundred and twenty pages in length.
Submissions are due on March 31 for the spring issue, June 30 for the summer, September 30 for the fall, and December 31 for the winter. The window to submit never closes.
Most literary magazines reject all religious, spiritual, and mystical works as a matter of course. We, however, are encouraging our contributors to explore religious controversies through the genre of weird fiction.
We are not necessarily requesting testimonials or devotionals. We are seeking more innovative forms that probe religious themes within the context of fantasy, science fiction, or horror. The works of Arthur Machen, George MacDonald, J. R. R. Tolkien, Philip Pullman, and H. P. Lovecraft demonstrate how subtly religious themes can be woven into imaginative fiction.
With that said, contributors are not limited to religious themes. We do not publish themed issues, and we always consider all submissions.
Our offices in Radium Town overlook the old Main Street, now a deserted thoroughfare. Famous at the turn of the century for its radium bathhouses, the city today consists of nothing more than boarded-up shops and crumbling bathhouses. Though obscured by pecan trees, the last remaining bathhouse is visible from our offices. The radium water, once the pride of the city, now bubbles up out of the ditches.
In addition to promoting the genre, we hope to make the chore of submitting fiction less stressful, less complex, and more enjoyable. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please email us. We look forward to hearing from our contributors.