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a quarterly magazine of horror, fantasy and science fiction short stories

infinity plus note: Sadly, Peeping Tom appears to have folded, after several years of publishing horror fiction of a consistently high standard. (June 2000)

Peeping Tom has published stories by...

Ramsey CampbellBrian Lumley Stephen Gallagher
Stephen LawsChristopher Fowler Mark Chadbourn
Steve HarrisIan Watson Graham Joyce
Simon ClarkKeith Brooke Guy N Smith
Mark MorrisNicholas Royle Ben Leech
Brian StablefordMichael Marshall Smith D F Lewis

...and a whole brood of new horror writers.

Peeping Tom cover Peeping Tom #34 is available now, bringing you:
  • "My Vampire Cake" by Ian Watson
  • "Dirty Pipes" by Tim Lebbon and D F Lewis
...and stories by Allen Ashley, Tahsin Guner, Jane Fell and PC Attaway.

Twice winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press Magazine.

Stories from Peeping Tom are regularly selected for the various Year's Best anthologies.

"Peeping Tom remains a showcase for uncompromising horror fiction. It boasts a printing schedule that has yet to fall behind."
Dementia 13

"Peeping Tom draws the reader into the magazine, playing to our inquisitive nature and the darker, more illicit side of our character."

"One in the eye for those who perceive such titles as ghettos for the sub-literate … there's no denying the professional approach of its written content."
The Dark Side


Peeping Tom is available for:

UK only
(payment in US dollar bills preferred)
£2.55 (single issue)
$7.00 (single issue)
£9.00 (4 issues)
$25.00 (4 issues)

SPECIAL OFFER: mention infinity plus when you place a subscription and get five issues for the price of four!

Please make cheques payable to 'Peeping Tom Magazine'. (US orders are welcome in dollar bills, as this makes it easier for us to pay American contributors.)

Send your order to:

Stuart Hughes, 4 Pottery Close, Belper, Derbyshire, DE 56 0HU, UK

All enquiries to Stuart Hughes.

The Peeping Tom Internet Circulation List

Peeping Tom is pleased to announce that its Internet Circulation List is now up and running. PeepNet is a free service (unless you pay your own phone bills) and offers an opportunity for like-minded individuals to discuss all aspects of the genre -- reading, writing, publishing, editing etc -- by email.

If you think you might be interested in joining the PeepNet Circulation List, then email Stuart Hughes for the PeepNet Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), containing more information and details of how to join.


Peeping Tom welcomes stories of 100 to 3,000 words, though we occasionally use longer stories if they are exceptional. We pay approximately 2.50 per thousand words plus a complimentary copy. Artists receive two complimentary copies.

Editor David Bell writes:

Twice winner of the British Fantasy Award, Peeping Tom primarily publishes horror and dark fantasy, although fantasy, humour and science fiction will be considered. I am looking for stories with strong characters where the story line evolves naturally out of the characters and the situations they find themselves in. The truth is that I don't really know what sort of story I want until I read it. If your story has believable characters and is a good, entertaining read, I want to read it.

If your story falls loosely into the horror/dark fantasy/science fiction or fantasy categories, please feel free to send it along. I am also keen to receive humorous submissions (I don't get anywhere near enough) so long as the humour evolves naturally out of the characters and the situations they find themselves in.


  1. Stories should be typed, double spaced on one side of A4 white paper, and must be accompanied by an SSAE of adequate size if you want a reply.
  2. Include your name, address and the word length of your story on the first page of your story, and include your pen name (if using one).
  3. Do not send your submission by recorded delivery. If you require confirmation of receipt, enclose another SSAE.
  4. If you reside in the UK then short stories should be submitted in the traditional (snail mail) way as 1 - 3 above. The editorial address is:
    David Bell, Yew Tree House, 15 Nottingham Road, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1DJ, UK
  5. We would also prefer for contributors living outside the UK to submit stories in the traditional way, but will accept email submissions (one at a time only please) from non-UK residents.
  6. Although your submission will be handled carefully, we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage.
  7. Length should be between 100 and 3,500 words. Longer stories of exceptional quality will be considered.
  8. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but please have the courtesy to inform us that your manuscript is being submitted elsewhere.
  9. We buy First British Serial Rights and pay approximately 2.50 per 1,000 words on publication. Copyright reverts to the author after one time use.
  10. We will consider reprints providing the story has not been previously published in the UK. Please include the story's full publishing history in your cover letter.
  11. All submissions are considered and selected for publication on their own merits. We do not object to multiple submissions, but please limit yourself to two or three stories at a time.
  12. Peeping Tom uses a panel of Assistant Editors. If your story is unsuitable for publication it will be returned promptly by an Assistant Editor - usually within six weeks - however if your story is recommended to the Editor then the selection process could take up to three months. Please be patient.
  13. When writing to Peeping Tom, the simple Golden Rule is: always enclose an SSAE if you want a reply.
  14. I regret that the Peeping Tom editorial team is unable to provide feedback on individual stories; however, we do offer subscribers free membership of Midnight Oil - a writer's postal forum which allows you to receive constructive feedback from other aspiring writers.
The best way to discover the sort of stories I'm looking for is to read a copy of Peeping Tom.

Midnight Oil
The Peeping Tom Writers' Forum

Midnight Oil is a postal meeting place for writers, giving them the chance to offer advice and help to their fellows whilst in return receiving help and advice from others. There is perhaps no greater aid in the construction of a piece of writing than the opinion of another person, especially someone with a vested interest in the field in which you write. Sometimes, this option is not easily available, so Midnight Oil is being established to give writers the opportunity to both help and be helped.

The premise of Midnight Oil is simple. You send in a short story manuscript. We send it on to another member to read, analyse and constructively critique. In return, you will be sent a manuscript to read, analyse and constructively critique yourself. Once you've done that, we'll return your manuscript along with the comments and suggestions made by the writer who has critiqued it.

  • You must be a subscriber to Peeping Tom to use this service. Manuscripts from non-subscribers will be returned.
  • Look at it another way. Midnight Oil provides the writer with a valuable service. You can join for £8.00 a year and for that you'll also receive a free Peeping Tom subscription!
  • All cheques made payable to 'Peeping Tom Magazine'.
  • Members' identities will remain anonymous; under no circumstances will members' addresses be given to other members.
  • All manuscripts must be returned to Midnight Oil within seven to ten days.
Full details from:
Midnight Oil, 110 Furlong Avenue, Arnold, Nottingham, NG5 7AQ, UK

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