Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Grey Freeman....where are you?

Are you that author who impressed us all those months back with your story, "Kids"? Are you Grey Freeman? If so, please contact BeteNoireMagazine. We loved your story and would love to put it into the priemere issue of Bete Noire Magazine.

....A.W. and I were really impressed with this story, and have tried a number of things to contact the author. It was one of those stories that just really dug in deep into your psyche and spooked you...I, personally loved it, and loved the creep factor of it...A.W. did as well...

Be sure to get your submissions in September 1st!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010


This is just a reminder that a call for submissions starts Wednesday, September 1st through September 30th. Bring us your darker sides of everything...horror, mystery, science fiction, poetry, artwork...

for submission guidelines please visit our site at http://www.betenoiremagazine.com/

Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Face of Stone and Light...

The first cover for the premier issue of Bete Noire Magazine is done. On a recent trip to lovely and historic Paris, France, A.W. and I spent several hours slowing creeping through the beautiful monuments of an old church undergoing restoration. The Eglise Saint Jean de Montmartre, notable for being the first example of reinforced concrete construction, sits in Paris on the Rue des Abbesses.  Seeing the face of one statue in particular, her angelic face caressed by the new morning sun, we couldn't resist in capturing a small part of her soul.

I love cemeteries and old churches,(in truth old dilapidated buildings in general), reading the epitaphs of the long forgotten and the never-were's. Tragic and beautiful; it oddly makes me appreciate my own mortality.

So, the cover is done.

And in better news, A.W. sold several photographs to House of Horror. They'll appear in issue #15, due out August 30th. A perfect way to celebrate the first open reading period of Bete Noire Magazine.

Open Season, Website, and hold the Sparkles

Thank you all for stopping by the new blog for Bete Noire Magazine, brought to you by CharmNoirOmnimedia. Bete Noire Magazine is the brainchild of A.W. Gifford and Jennifer L. Gifford, writers and editors. Bete Noire will contain the best in dark, speculative ficiton bringing the world's best up and coming writers to the mainstream.

The new website is finally up, and its pretty sweet if I don't say so myself. Check it out at: http://www.betenoiremagazine.com/

We've been busy making new guidelines and creating writing periods. After much speculation, we've been encouraged to make the magazine a quarterly publication, rather than simply three times a year. It's refreshing to know the magazine already has such a following and its not even in print yet, which brings me to my next topic: reading periods.

The new reading period starts in a few weeks, September 1st, and ends September 30th. So, put pen to paper, quill to ink, or fingers to the laptop and get cracking. We love the off beat, the odd. We like dark humor as well. We like vampires, as long as they don't sparkle. If you think Stephanie Meyer's vampires are original, you may not want to send us your vampire story. Give us the unique approach. Victorian horror and Alfred Hitchcockian stories will be given a second glance. We don't care if your Stephen Jerkowitz or Stephen King; we are NOT a magazine that only publishes based on name. Bete Noire wants stories of merit, not just namesakes. Any other questions, please feel free to contact us.