Check out the art of Jennifer Shepit.

Social media is wonderful for getting acquainted with a variety of new artists to follow, but I must say that my friend Jennifer Shepit’s work has especially struck a chord with me.  Jen is a wonderfully talented (and sometimes darkly inspired) artist from British Columbia, and her work is always engaging and sometimes startling.

She has a unique muse, I think — and I think many people with a taste for horror or dark fantasy would enjoy what she creates.  I hope I get the opportunity to collaborate with her one day.

Below are several of Jen’s recent pieces that I have asked permission to share.  You can find more of her prints, oil paintings and watercolors at her Etsy shop right here:






Call for Submissions — The Bees Are Dead

From The Bees Are Dead:  

“The Bees Are Dead is officially open for business, and this is your official invitation to submit work for publication. Below are our submission guidelines – these will live permanently on our ‘Submissions‘ page. Please read the information below and get submitting!

The Bees Are Dead (BAD) is a new transatlantic webzine focusing on dystopian and post-apocalyptic prose, poetry, art and photography. BAD accepts submissions on an ongoing basis. We are searching for:

– Poems, with no limit on length within reason…
– Prose, preferably less than 6000 words, though longer pieces will be considered if exceptional.
– Photography, please no nudes…
– Reviews of books, single pieces or films/movies/TV shows – preferably under 1000 words.
– Videos and Audio recordings of poetry, prose or reviews.


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Photo credit:  By yumikrum – highwire, CC BY 2.0,

Submit your creative work to “The Bees Are Dead!”

Hey, gang — my colleagues and I over at The Bees Are Dead are just thrilled with the submissions we’ve been receiving after the launch of our transatlantic webzine!  As you might know from my blog right here, we’ve been honored to launch the site with a powerful poem by Scott Thomas Outlar.  And Eddie Skelson’s “Fort Hope” was a wickedly clever post-apocalyptic zombie story.

Again, we’re interested in your very darkest visions of worlds gone bad — the editorial focus of The Bees Are Dead is dystopian and post-apocalyptic prose, poetry, art, photography and reviews.  Our submission guidelines are actually fairly flexible; click here and take a look:

Submissions – The Bees Are Dead

If you have submitted already, thanks!  If you are working on a submission, then keep at it!  And if you enjoy stories or verses about fearsome futures or world-ending catastrophes, then bookmark us and remember to visit!  We hope to keep you entertained!


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Photo credit: By yumikrum – escaping the dome, CC BY 2.0,