Beyond the Outer Realm: New Releases, Submissions, & More

Welcome back! First of all, we hope you’re staying safe and healthy out there. Second, I just wanted to take a moment of your time to update you on all the things going on with Aphotic Realm.

New Releases


Where Dragon Flies Dance

A.A. Medina’s second novella, Where Dragonflies Dance, is available now and has been met with rave reviews. This all-new story continues to build and expand the world of Claybrook County from his first novella, Siphon. However, it is not necessary for you to have read Siphon to understand and enjoy this novella.

Grab a copy for yourself today!


Our 9th issue has arrived! This issue marks our three year anniversary and with it a special change. Notice the cover? As much as we loved the classic logo, we were bumping up into limitations that we wanted to free ourselves from which resulted in the re-design. Overall, we’re proud of this issue and excited to be providing our readers with Strange and Sinister content for THREE YEARS! You are the best!

Grab your copy of Interstellar today!


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Aphotic Realm Issue # 10

Submission Deadline: EXTENDED! May 3, 2020, end of day.

Theme: Hardboiled fiction with a supernatural twist.

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Aphotic Realm Issue # 11

Submission Deadline: October 1st, 2020–end of day.

Theme: Giant monsters terrorize civilization.

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Aphotic Realm Issue # 12

Submission Deadline: January 1st, 2021–end of day.

Theme: Self-explanatory. Animorphs with a bloody twist. Be creative.

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In addition to the typical pdf or digital copy we’ve provided in the past, This year, starting with issue 9, our Three Year anniversary, we’re going to be able to offer token payments or provide physical copies (contributor’s choice) to folks that submit to us. Please read the submission guidelines for specifics.


While it feels like we’ve still got a long way to go, we’re on track with where we want to be on the novella submissions after a phenomenal response. We’re through the first phase and have our shortlist. We’ll be sending out responses to everyone over the next week or so and the folks that move on to phase two will be asked to send us their full manuscript and for those that don’t we sincerely thank you for your time. We are truly excited about this new chapter for Aphotic Realm and we’re thankful for all the folks that continue to stand by us.

Until next time,

Stay Strange.