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Hellbore - Issue on Summoning - Deadline: 2021-06-21
« on: June 13, 2021, 01:59:13 PM »
Hellbore: THE SUMMONING ISSUE - Samhain 2021

Of all the secrets of witches and sorcerers, the act of calling a supernatural agent is perhaps the one outsiders regard with the most fear. Spirits, angels, deities, and demons are summoned for power, knowledge, healing, or wisdom in rituals that are often elaborate and only known to the initiated.

In The Summoning Issue we’ll explore the history of acts of conjuration, what they say about our desires and needs, why they evoke fear and reverence. We’ll look at how fiction regards these rituals, with characters driven by their thirst for forbidden knowledge, and we’ll reflect on the power of the spoken word, the power of the gaze, the importance of a ritual, of defining boundaries, and of using symbols.



We’re looking for well-researched non-fiction pieces (approx. 2000 words) with an academic flair, directed at a popular audience, on the theme of Summoning as described above. It’s important that your piece preserves the mystery and enchantment of the themes we’re dealing with. If you’re unsure about the tone, please refer to our previous issues.

We love:
-Articles about weird history, folklore, archaeology, or beliefs which have influenced or directly feature in folk horror and occult fiction.
-Cultural history of folk horror and occult fiction.
-Psychogeography of remote corners of the UK, rooted in history and folklore, with references to the themes that drive the issue.

We’re NOT looking for:
-Film, book, music, or videogame reviews.
-Pieces that discuss why a film, book, or cultural product are/aren’t folk horror.
-Your personal experiences of magic, folklore, or the occult.
-Poetry or fiction.

HELLEBORE is a love letter to the British landscape and the beliefs it inspires. We’re interested in how beliefs from other cultures may have influenced British culture and in post-colonial perspectives, but ultimately we remain focused on Britain.


Send us a short pitch, including your references and sources, a short bio, and links to your published work, to, with SUMMONING WRITING as the subject, before June 21st.

We’re a very (very) small team, so please understand that we can’t provide individual feedback. If we’re interested in publishing your piece, we’ll contact you by June 27th. If you haven’t heard from us by then, please understand your submission hasn’t been successful this time. All contributors are paid. Articles will be due by 31st July.