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.


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


THE CONCEPT

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“One of the most important new fantasy magazines of the decade.”

Black Gate Online


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 sleuths in their tweeds, creeping through the cursed house, but we want to go wild as well:

  • 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 15th century nun on a mission to take down the darkness;
  • the South American brujo 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, whilst dark and urban fantasy are fair game too. At the same time we have room for classic adventure, pulp, folk-horror and out-and-out ghosts.  Anything which has an occult investigation of some form at its core


ISSUE 2 OUT NOW

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ODQ #2 on Amazon UK

ODQ #2 on Amazon US


THE MAGAZINE

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. We proudly feature new and upcoming writers plus great established names, with a heady mix of content, both fiction and non-fiction.

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All the above, one hundred or more pages perfect bound for the print edition, plus terrific art in each issues, most of which is commissioned for specific stories.

c. Sebastian Cabrol
c. Sebastian Cabrol

Want to know more? Then here are a couple of extracts – the start of Brandon Barrows’ ‘Arcana of the Alleys’, and the start of Kelly A Harmon’s ‘Light, from Pure Digestion Bred’ to give you a taste. Click on the links for an exclusive taste.

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exclusive cover for odq 1 by terry pavlet

The second printing of ODQ #1 is on Amazon now:

ODQ #1 on Amazon UK

ODQ #1 on Amazon US

You can still order your own copy of the first printing through the link below.  PHYSICAL STOCKS ARE VERY LOW . Purchase ODQ #1 (first printing) in print or pdf formats:

odq at electric pentacle press


SUBMISSIONS

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

ODQ SUBMISSION GUIDELINES 2.2


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. The Group also discusses our sort of fiction and new releases in general. It’s the best way to get to know us.

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And you can contact ODQ directly via email:

occultdetectivequarterly@yahoo.com


CURRENT STATUS – AUGUST 2017

ISSUES

  #1 available in print through Amazon

#2 available in print through Amazon

Kindle editions expected late Summer

#3 due September/October 2017

SUBMISSIONS

Opening 15th September to 15th October 2017. Anything sent outside that period may not be read.


ERRATUM (added 7th February)
For anyone who received a PRINT copy of ODQ #1 with the second page of Tim Prasil’s article missing.

This doesn’t affect the e-format version of Issue One or the 2nd printing, which are correct. A downloadable/printable .pdf page with that text is provided below:

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