Scottish Gothic Horror Storytelling Anthology


Are you an oral storyteller of Gothic horror? Haunt would love to hear from you!

We are putting together an anthology - in audio, digital and print - that provides a glimpse of the various forms of Gothic horror storytelling.

Oral storytelling has a strong tradition in Scotland, with a dark vein of the Gothic running throughout. Although still alive and well in the modern world, it can sometimes be overlooked. Haunt wants to showcase Gothic horror stories and storytellers from across Scotland working in the form today. Whether you’re an historian who delivers chilling tales of the likes of Burke and Hare, a local storyteller who sweeps into pubs and storytelling events, a writer involved with spoken word nights, or someone who creates podcasts, we want to hear from you.

We want stories that build tension. Stories that are mysterious, eerie and creepy. We are also looking for darkly humorous Gothic tales.

Basically, we want stories that haunt the reader long after experiencing them.

Got something in mind? Great!

The specs

Written: Up to 2,000 words. Microsoft Word, double-spaced, any font other than Times New Roman (which makes our eyeballs bleed).

Spoken: An audio sample of up to three minutes. Don’t worry about audio quality - a simple recording from your phone will do!

Language: English or Scots.

Other: We will consider stories that have been previously published and performed. However, we will not consider stories that have been previously recorded for sale.


Friday 1st March 2019 at the witching hour (in other words, before we wake up at 6am Friday morning).

The payment

We will pay £50 total for your written story and recording time (which we will arrange with the “chosen ones”).

How to submit

Simply email the editor, Rebecca, at with:

  • your written story

  • an audio sample of the same story

  • details of oral storytelling events/podcasts you have been involved with

  • a link to your website (if you have one).


If you have absolutely any questions, please get in touch! We don’t bite*.

*We so do.

Please note that we are currently closed to general submissions but will open in 2019!