DOOMED MEDDLER CENTRAL The Home of ODQ

Welcome to Occult Detective Quarterly (or ODQ, as the hip kids call it), where the doomed meddlers lurk. This page and other entries will keep you up to speed on what’s happening with ODQ – submission openings, new writers joining us, progress on each issue and what’s going on in general.

Occult Detective Quarterly is a quarterly magazine with fiction, articles, reviews and art. Print is our first priority, but e-formats will be available as we go along.

CURRENT ISSUE STATUS AND OPEN CALL STATUS CAN BE CHECKED AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE

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THE MAGAZINE

Issue One is out now in hard copy. At this stage, the e-format version is available only to those kind souls who supported our successful Kickstarter, as a special reward. It will be available to all in due time.

We proudly feature new and upcoming writers plus established names, with a heady mix of content, both fiction and non-fiction. Check out the contents of Issue One to get the idea:

  • DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU – Fiction by Adrian Cole
  • WHEN SOFT VOICES DIE – Fiction by Amanda DeWees; iIllustrated by Bob Freeman
  • MONOCHROME – Fiction (novelette) by Ted E Grau; illustrated by Dave Felton
  • GOT MY MOJO RISING – Fiction by Willie Meikle & David T Wilbanks; illustrated by M Wayne Miller
  • ORBIS TERTIUS – Fiction by Joshua M Reynolds; illustrated by Mutartis Boswell
  • THE BARON OF BOURBON STREET –  Fiction by Aaron Vlek
  • THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLACK DOG – Fiction by Oscar Dowson

Plus these special features, exclusive to ODQ:

  • The Occult Legion Part 1 – Linked fiction by multiple authors, starting with Willie Meikle’s THE NEST.
  • Dr Spector, and An Interview with Don Glut – Articles by Charles R Rutledge
  • How to be a Victorian Ghost Hunter – Article by Tim Prasil
  • Reviews by Dave Brzeski & James Bojaciuk

All the above, nearly one hundred pages perfect bound for the print edition. You can order your own copy through the link below the image.

exclusive cover for odq 1 by terry pavlet

Purchase ODQ 1

odq at electric pentacle press

SHIPPING NOTE: The initial hard copy run of #1 was launched with the assistance of a US printer. Initial UK/European have now shipped, as of 7th February. For future issues we will look at simultaneous distribution, so thanks for your patience

THE CONCEPT

Don’t be fooled. This is no ordinary foray into the world of occult detectives. We are looking for great stories of psychic investigators, worn-out private eyes, supernatural sleuths and doomed meddlers of every kind in every setting. We want protagonists and antagonists who challenge us, who set old standards on their heads as well.

We still offer a home for the amateur sleuth in his tweeds, creeping through the cursed house, but next to him we want his counterparts:

  • the cynical socialite in thirties Berlin with a luger in her bag;
  • the gay French police detective daring to enter the catacombs of Paris in the sixties;
  • the black investigator learning the true history of her brother and the Chicago slaughterhouses;
  • the Hindu priest facing weirdness amongst the remains of British forts in India;
  • the South American bruja who finds that Montevideo has a heart of darkness.

We welcome weird explorations of what it might mean to face the unnatural, including what many call ‘literary’ horror. At the same time we have room for classic adventure, folk-horror and out-and-out ghosts. Anything, in fact, which has an occult investigation in some form at its core!

SUBMISSIONS

The latest submission guidelines can be downloaded as a pdf here:

ODQ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2.1

KEEPING IN TOUCH

You can take part in discussions, get a feel for what we like, and find more news on-line by joining the Occult Detective Quarterly Facebook Group:

odq on facebook

And you can contact ODQ directly via email:

occultdetectivequarterly@yahoo.com


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Our team also includes a number of talented readers and consultants, headed by our Consulting Editor, Dave Brzeski


CURRENT STATUS – FEBRUARY 2017

ISSUES:   #1 available in print via link above

SUBMISSIONS: OPEN 1st – 28th February 2017

ERRATUM (added 7th February): For anyone who received a PRINT copy with the second page of Tim Prasil’s article missing.

Sadly some text disappeared under an illo at the printers when we added more content at the last minute. This doesn’t affect the e-format version of Issue One, which is correct. Apologies. A downloadable/printable .pdf page with that text is provided below:

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