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House of Soul Cakes

Book & Magazine Publisher

New Release

Sing Our Bones Eternal
(March 29, 2023)

A young woman, stranded on a strange isle, discovers her true nature in this deliciously dark debut, perfect for gothic fantasy and folk horror fans. Through the mist and the fog, cloven bodies wash ashore. Sinister songs haunt the tide pools, and burnt offerings rise from the sea cliffs.

Senga Goldie is an outcast on Hourglass Isle. Her father is wicked. Her mother is beguiled. Bound by a covenant to a hungry god, Senga has all the trappings of a huntress, but her world is shattered when a mirror-wielding mermaid befriends her. Caught between blood and water, she must choose between the only life she’s ever known and the deep dark nether.

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Praise & Reviews

Everything House of Soul Cakes releases is darkly beautiful, high-quality, and takes me back to those nostalgic, gothic times when life was more fun because of macabre stories!

James Greening
"Sundown Halloween"



House of Soul Cakes is only accepting submissions for the following current calls:

The Spirit Season
Release Date: September 1, 2023
Submission Due Date: January 31, 2023


House of Soul Cakes, in collaboration with Sundown Halloween ( is seeking submissions for an annual magazine called "The Spirit Season".

The magazine celebrates the ancient festival of the spirit season, when the veil between worlds is thinnest.  With nature creeping back into the soil itself, winter's cold temperatures and grey clouds allow ghosts, goblins, and ghouls to leap into our world during the time from October to the night of Epiphany (January 6th).

This inaugural issue will be a children's magazine for grownups, combining a Halloween Highlights magazine with nostalgic aesthetic from decades past. 


The magazine will only feature creative works that focus on this year's theme AND occur during a holiday or day between October 1st and January 6th.  Holidays can include any special day celebrated around the world in any country, religion, historical event, etc.  


The theme for 2023's release is: Ghosts.

We are seeking the following items, suitable for children ages 8 and up, but that will also appease adults interested in these same themes:

1) Short Ghost Stories - Max 15,000 Words in Length

2) Poems - Any Length

3) Historical Essays - Max 15,000 Words in Length

4) Interviews - Max 3,000 Words in Length

5) Oral History - Max 10,000 Words in Length

6) Crossword Puzzles

7) Jokes/Riddles - Appropriate for 8 and Up

8) Illustrations or Drawings

9) Art Piece (Paintings, Graphics, Etc)

10) Photos or Photo Essay

11) Activities/Games for one of the Holidays

12) Recipes

13) Coloring Pages

14) Movie/Book/Product Reviews

15) Top 10 Lists or Quick Facts

16) Pictures of Your Creepy Collections

17) Something Creative You Have That Just Might Fit!

Please email all submissions to the following email address by January 31, 2023 at 11:59pm EST:

All photos should be submitted as JPGs.  All written pieces should be submitted as PDFs or DOCX.

Please title your email "Spirit Season Submission", and include your contact information, social media links, website link, and any details pertaining to your submission.

Timely submission does not guarantee appearance in the publication.

All submissions will be reviewed and approved by a three-person panel.

Approved submissions will not be paid.

Approved submissions will receive a free physical copy of the publication and social media promotion by Sundown Halloween several times from September 1, 2023 to January 6, 2024.


About House of Soul Cakes

House of Soul Cakes is an independent press dedicated to dark and stormy fiction.

We seek the gorgeously grotesque, the magically macabre, and the strangely speculative.

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