Magazine: Diabolical Plots

You’ve probably heard me mention the submissions grinder website before, as that’s where I found the majority of the magazines I’ve reviewed.  It’s an excellent tool for short story authors, as it will list magazines that are currently accepting submissions of a story’s genre and length.  Also, if you log your submissions there, it will filter out magazines that you’ve already submitted that story to.

The website also publishes a story each week or two, under the name diabolical plots.  While I’m a big fan of the grinder, I can’t say I’m a fan of the diabolical plots short stories.  I read eight of them, giving only two three-star ratings, and no four or five-star ratings.

The Entropy of a Small Town (#31B) by Thomas Carpenter.  A gay teen can trade his memories to fix things.

Strung (#31A) by Xinyi Wang.  A young boy (or possibly girl, it was a bit confusing) can see red cords that lead between soulmates.

Typical Heroes (#30B) by Theo Kogod.  10% superhero story, 90% fast-food worker whining about his life.

For Now, Sideways (#30A) by A Merc Rustad.  A vignette about a soldier right after a war ends.

The Shadow Over His Mouth (#29B) by Aidan Doyle.  A food blogger ends up in a horror story.  Told in the form of blog posts.

Monster of the Soup Cans (#29A) by Elizabeth Barron.  There is a monster in the cupboard.  That’s about it.

Regarding the Robot Raccoons Attached to the Hull of My Ship (#28B) by Rachael Jones and Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali.  One sister wants to drop a “terraforming nuke” on Mars.  The other sister wants to stop her.  If you like family drama, this is a pretty good one.

The Existentialist Men (#28A) by Gwendolyn Clare.  The league of people with useless superpowers.


  1. I like that useless superheroes idea. If there are mutants they won’t all be super successful.

    1. The useless powers in this story are too over-the-top to be explained by mutation. The only possible explanation would be a god/gods who enjoy mildly tormenting people.

    2. You could have fun worldbuilding with powers that are useless for traditional superhero stuff but that people still figure out to make a living with. You have the power to kill vegetation? You’ll make a killing in kudzu removal in the South.

      1. It would be fun to do. Superpowers won’t solve the problem, the willpower and mentality will. The powers could lend a hand during the process.

  2. […] The magazines contributing to this cluster:  Analog, Asimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Uncanny, and Worlds Without […]

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