Awesome announcements: “What the Ocean Knows” and “Sea Legs” accepted!

Scusset Beach Cape Cod -- Ghostly Footprints and Ribbons September 23, 2022

This washed-up eel grass and the ghostly prints of my boots inspired my short story, “What the Ocean Knows.” This photo was taken at Scusset Beach, Sandwich, MA, September 23, 2022.

My newest short story, “What the Ocean Knows,” has been accepted for publication in Sirens Call eZine Issue 60, Winter 2022! In “What the Ocean Knows”: A grieving Mavis finds comfort in afternoons spent talking to the sea… until the day the sea talks back.

This is a free online ’zine that has loads of good fiction, so I’ll let you know when it’s released and you can download your copy.

Sea Legs Winner -- HPLFF Colorful Cosmic Logo

In addition, my microfiction, “Sea Legs,” was one of thirteen winners in the 2022 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival and Cthuluthon Microfiction Contest, and will be published in Lovecraftian Microfiction Volume 8!

In “Sea Legs”: On a North Sea island, villagers are grateful for what the sea goddess gives—until what She tries to take in return may force one of them to go to unusual extremes.

The book will be available to order soon (and at a price making it a PERFECT stocking stuffer for the cosmic horror lover in your life). I’ll keep you posted! Here’s the ToC:

OVERALL WINNER: Mack W. Mani “The Dweller in the Smoke”

Lisah Walden – “Mouth of the Faceless”

Russell Smeaton – “Eye See You”

Kristi Pertersen Schoonover – “Sea Legs”

Felicia Martinez – “Always and Forever”

Therese Walton – “The Siblings”

Maxwell Marais – “Proliferation”

James McRobert – “Floaters”

Selina Field – “Strange Treasure”

Yeshoshua Reyez – “Diaspora”

Aaron Besson – “But is it art?”

Bob Brinkman – “Amen”

Christiane Merritt – “The Restorer”

I have been virtually attending this festival since 2020, and it’s a treat every year. I was pleased to see, in the winner announcements, that a couple of the films I particularly loved made the winner’s circle, particularly the Italian adaptation, Whistle and I’ll Come to You.

For a full list of festival winners, visit here and mark your calendars for October 6—8, 2023! As of now, my friend Kristina and I plan to spend that weekend watching the festival together. We already can’t wait!

About kristipetersenschoonover

A ghost story writer who still sleeps with the lights on, Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies; her traditionally published books include a short story collection, THE SHADOWS BEHIND. She was the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony Residencies and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She serves as co-host of the DARK DISCUSSIONS podcast, as founding editor of the dark literary journal 34 ORCHARD, and is a member of the New England Horror Writers. Follow her adventures at

Posted on October 26, 2022, in Ghost Stories, Horror Stories, News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wonderful news, Kristi, congratulations!

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