Fear is one of the strongest, base human emotions. It is a driving force, an ancient instinct our primate ancestors evolved to ensure the survival of our species. When faced with danger or perceived threats, a physiological reaction - the fight-or-flight response - is triggered. This floods the body with hormones and chemicals that can help one survive by either running away, or fighting the danger.
Although most of us no longer encounter wild predators trying to eat us these days, the legacy of that primal fear remains, giving modern Man all kinds of neurotic anxieties, irrational phobias and a host of other stress related diseases. Yet it seems many of us continuously seek out stimuli that trigger those fight-or-flight signals.
Humanity’s morbid fascination with the dark side is as old as we are as a species, and an inherent part of our heritage. Throughout our history, a transcendental fear of the unknown has been the fertile soil that has birthed all sorts of horrors. As we have evolved, so have our fears: from yarns whispered around a fire, dark tales told by traveling bards, to the abundance of nightmarish conceptions in literature, radio, film and on the internet today.
Some of us have also taken to physical thrills, and for many, it is a rite of passage as well. Whether it’s visiting a haunted house attraction with hidden ghouls and zombies jumping out at you, riding a death-defying roller coaster or jumping out of a plane with a parachute, the sensory experience elicits a physical and emotional release. The brain produces adrenaline, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin, powerful chemicals that replace fear with intense relief and satisfaction.
Facing our fears fulfils a deep psychological need that allows for the expression and confrontation of the dark unconscious. It is no wonder so many seek it out. We may find it enjoyable to explore and experience fear in a safe setting, or derive gratification from pushing ourselves to extremes.
But for us, the artistic intensity of evocative prose with the power to keep us in the thrall of terror remains incomparable, unmatched by any other medium. We relish being huddled over a story that builds tension and apprehension in our minds, with twists and turns that challenge our assumptions. We thrive on the exhilarating intrigue and the nail-biting suspense of unknown dangers the protagonist faces. We crave being on the edge of our seats, guessing and dreading the possible outcomes, yet being unable to put the book down.
So we’re going to keep this contest category flexible. Let’s not get technical about all the different genres and subgenres right now - we just want you to fill us with deep dread, to make our hair stand on end, to set our hearts pounding. Transport us to a world where the bogeyman exists, and could very well come after us. We dare you to scare the living bejeezus out of us.
Accepting submissions: 1 Sep 2017, 00:00 EST
Closing date: 30 Sep 2017, 23:59:59 EST
Results: 16 Nov 2017
- Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
- All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long. Publishizer will only accept unpublished works for all contests. If an entry has previously been published in any way, the entry will be disqualified.
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- Each campaign will have a total of 30 days, and the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold in 30 days wins the cash prize of USD1000.
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- In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the campaign with the most number of readers registered on their campaign. If the number of readers are tied as well, the tied campaigns will have a further 24 hours to obtain more readers. The campaign with the most readers at the end of the 24 hours wins.
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