Call for Short Story Editor!

Coffin Bell is seeking a third short story editor. Read 10-15 short stories per week, and vote yes or no for first round. Ideal candidate will be familiar with Coffin Bell‘s aesthetic and past publications, and be a reader and / or writer of dark literature. To apply, please send your resume / CV with relevant experience to along with a paragraph including your favorite Coffin Bell short story and why you think you’d be a great fit. Please use “APPLICATION: SHORT STORY EDITOR” for the subject line. This is an unpaid, volunteer appointment. We are accepting applications until November 14, 2020.

Call for Poetry Editors

Coffin Bell Journal is currently seeking two poetry editors for immediate start. Poetry editor duties are as follows:

Duties and Responsibilities of the Poetry Editor

1. Reading submissions. Poetry Editors will read between 5-15 poetry submissions per week using Submittable, casting votes on each and leaving feedback where appropriate.
2. Proofreading. Poetry editor may be assigned light proofreading duties prior to issue launch in place of weekly reading assignments.
3. Feedback. Poetry editor will be required, on occasion, to provide written feedback on assigned reading.

Interested? Please send your CV, any relevant experience, and a paragraph summation of why you would be a good fit for Coffin Bell to Editor positions will be filled as soon as possible.

Call for Editors: Social Media Editor & Blog / Newsletter Editor

Coffin Bell is seeking two creative and organized individuals to join the masthead as Social Media Editor, and Blog / Newsletter Editor. Duties are outlined below.

To apply, please send an email to with subject line: Application: [position title] by midnight on August 18, 2019. Please include your resume, your social media handles, a paragraph explaining why you would be a good fit for the position, and a brief bio. If applying for Blog / Newsletter Editor position, include a couple of hypothetical blog post subjects that correspond to the type of content you’d like to write.

For Social Media Editor, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts are required and familiarity with LinkTree a plus.

For Blog / Newsletter Editor, familiarity with MailChimp and WordPress preferred.


Social Media Editor Duties
  • Follow editorial calendar to promote published work on dates provided using Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (you will be given Coffin Bell‘s login credentials).
  • Twitter: Engage followers by posting dark artwork (always credit the artist), horror-themed trivia, and retweeting other journals and calls for submissions by accounts we follow. Promote weekly blog posts by Blog / Newsletter editor by tweeting a link to the post (day of publish preferred). Retweet all tweets that mention us (excepting replies to such tweets, e.g. “Thank you!”).
  • Facebook: Engage page followers by posting questions, calls for submissions, random dark art and trivia, and other appropriate content. Promote blog posts by Blog / Newsletter editor by posting the link.
  • Instagram: Engage followers by posting dark artwork, dark author quotations, etc., our calls for submission, and promote weekly blog posts by Blog / Newsletter Editor with artwork from post header and link in bio. Use LinkTree to keep the link to our pre-order page active.
  • If you are an artist / photographer with a dark aesthetic, feel free to promote your own work so long as it loosely adheres to our aesthetic / mission.
  • For issue launches, post countdown-to-launch on all three platforms starting three days out from launch date. Issues go live on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1.


Blog / Newsletter Editor Duties
  • Update Coffin Bell‘s blog each week on Monday at 8AM. (You may make the post at any time prior to that and schedule the post to publish at that time.) What you post there is up to you, as long as it’s pertinent to the literary community and adheres to our dark aesthetic. (Examples might include reviews of horror books, histories of horror [with sourced cited], aesthetically dark “roundups” of books, art, or products, dark art / photography [you may run a feature on the artist], weird / bizarre news, or guest posts by writers whom you solicit.)
  • All blog posts must adhere to site style, using featured images and justified text. Art will be supplied to you, or you may find and use art that pertains to each post for the post header. (If an art feature, use some of the artist’s work.)
  • All blog posts will be promoted by the Social Media Editor, so you will email that editor each week with the link to your post, and cc the EIC on that email.
  • Newsletter Duties: Once a month, Coffin Bell sends via MailChimp our newsletter titled “Lucky Thirteen.” Predictably, it goes out on the thirteenth of each month. We will provide you our MailChimp credentials and previous newsletters for reference. Part of your duties will include emailing contributors with interview requests (questions will be provided to you, but we encourage tailoring them to address the specific work of that author) in time to run two new interviews in each newsletter. Author email addresses will be provided to you.
  • Design each newsletter in MailChimp and schedule send. A walk-through will be provided if you are unfamiliar with the interface.


Are you creative, organized, able to meet deadlines, interested in the literary world, and darkly dispositioned? If so, we’d like to hear from you! Please follow the directions listed above to apply by August 18, 2019 at midnight.

Welcome Peter Ramos and Desmond White to the masthead!

Coffin Bell is beyond excited to announce that we have added two more editors to the masthead! Dr. Peter Ramos joins us as our new Poetry Editor, and Desmond White joins us as an Assistant Editor. We look forward to working with them both!


Peter Ramos’s poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Painted Bride Quarterly, Verse, Fugue, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, Mississippi Review (online), and other journals.  Nominated five times for a Pushcart Prize, Peter is the author of one book of poetry, Please Do Not Feed the Ghost (BlazeVox Books, 2008), and three shorter collections: Television Snow (Back Pages Books 2015), Watching Late-Night Hitchcock & Other Poems (handwritten press 2004), and Short Waves (White Eagle Coffee Store Press 2003). Peter has also published criticism on Kate Chopin, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda and Langston Hughes, James Wright and César Vallejo, modern and contemporary Latin American poetry, and William Carlos Williams.  He has been invited as a poetry fellow to the following artist colonies: the CoLab Residency at St. Mary’s College of Maryland; the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA), and the Constance Saltonstall Foundation.  He holds graduate degrees from George Mason University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. An associate professor of English at Buffalo State College, Peter teaches courses in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature.



Desmond White teaches rhetoric and writes when his students aren’t looking. His speculative fiction has appeared in HeartWood, Kasma, The Tishman Review, Literally Stories, Rue Scribe, Ghost Parachute, and Z Publishing’s America’s Emerging Writers. Be wary of his blog and steer away from mindless tweets @desmondwrite.

Welcome McKenzie Lemhouse to the Masthead!

We at Coffin Bell are thrilled to announce the addition of McKenzie Lemhouse to our masthead as our new Nonfiction Editor!

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McKenzie Miller Lemhouse hails from South Carolina, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Language at Winthrop University. She is currently pursuing her Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Her career is in archives and libraries, but she has had a lifelong love of stories. She is an avid reader, and loves finding the personal, gritty, and sometimes inspiring stories hidden in the collections that she works to preserve and share with others. When she is not researching, writing, or roaming the stacks, she enjoys finding creative ways to make her husband, Zach, laugh. The pair have one dog, June, and two cats, Archer and Wolfie.


We are thrilled to have McKenzie on board and look forward to her contributions!