It’s the magic word of conjurers and magicians. Today, it’s often associated with stage magicians, and it’s typically uttered in jest, Abracadabra. However, the word abracadabra has a complex history. The origin of the actual word is unknown. Some believe that it came from the Aramaic words Ab (Father), Bar (Son) and Ru’ach Acadach (Holy Spirit). There is evidence of the word abracadabra being used by Cabalists in the second century CE to ward off negativity and evil spirits.


During the Middle Ages, a protective amulet with the word ‘abracadabra’ written as an upside down pyramid was worn around the neck. The word was written out eleven times, first the full word, followed by an instance with one letter being dropped each time. These amulets were often written on paper and were thought to cure fevers, toothaches and a variety of illnesses, bad luck, and were thought to protect against the plague.


After wearing the amulet for nine days it would be discarded over one’s left shoulder before the sunrise into a stream, preferably that flowed west to east. The left side was used as it’s believed the left is related to the Devil, and the west to east water flow was believed to symbolically carry evil and replace it by the good created by the rising sun.
In addition to wearing the amulet, some people also believed that simply saying the word abracadabra out loud could summon supernatural energies.


So, the next time you feel evil energies creeping up on you, or you feel the hot breath of the Devil on your neck just utter the magic word Abracadabra! And poof, all evil will be vanquished.



We are well into another year and have news!


So we’ve been playing catch up, lots of it as the holidays left us scrambling. There are a few announcements and a few changes.

The most important change is that we will not be publishing a Gothic Blue Book this year.

This year, we will publish one new short story per month. However, now, our monthly short story author will receive payment for their story.

We do apologize that there is no Gothic Blue Book planned for this year, and we have a very reasonable excuse that we can’t quite disclose publicly yet.  It’s good news, life changing news, and we will share soon.

Additionally, weekly blog posts will increase, and we will continue the focus in discussing all things folklore, legend, superstition and myth.

The submissions listings will be updated shortly.

We thank you for understanding.



Chicago Books Expo 2015

EXPO Banner 2015

Stop by and visit Burial Day Books at the Chicago Book Expo

Saturday, November 21, 2015
Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL
For immediate release
Photos and press kit available
Lynn Haller or John K. Wilson
CBE_logo_2015_OL_HRBuy local and read local at the Chicago Book Expo on Sat. Nov. 21

The fourth annual Chicago Book Expo, the leading literary event devoted solely to Chicago-area writers and publishers, will be held on Saturday, November 21, 11am-5pm at Columbia College, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago.  This free celebration of Chicago’s literary community features 19 programs and workshops with local authors, plus almost 100 exhibitors selling books from local presses, writers, and literary organizations.

The Expo floor will feature Pixiehammer Press, which writes personalized love and hate letters, and the Chicago literacy organization Open Books, who will be selling used books and running a book drive, with attendees encouraged to bring in used books to donate, especially children’s books.

This year, the Book Expo will include 19 programs, featuring award-winning novelists Joe Meno and Rebecca Makkai talking about music and fiction, and a conversation between Chicago food icons Doug Sohn (Hot Doug’s: The Book) and Ina Pinkney (Taste Memories: Recipes for Life and Breakfast).

History will be a major component of the Book Expo, with Richard Cahan discussing his latest book, Richard Nickel Dangerous Years, on the Chicago architectural preservationist Richard Nickel. Nike Whitcomb, executive director of the soon-to-open American Writers Museum, and Chicago History Museum’s John Russick, curator of its Chicago Authored exhibit, will discuss the challenges of curating and presenting exhibitions focusing on writers. The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame will explore 100 years of Chicago literary history, with well-known Chicago writers reading short passages from books written by past Hall of Fame inductees. And historical mystery writers D. M. Pirrone, Susanna Calkins, Charles Finch, and Michael Raleigh will discuss their work.

The Poetry Foundation is helping to sponsor the Chicago Book Expo and its poetry exhibitors and programs, including a 40th anniversary celebration and poetry reading from RHINO Poetry; a reading with poets Angela Jackson and Parneshia Jones; a poetry workshop; the launch of the latest issue of Fifth Wednesday magazine with a poetry reading; and a discussion about literary magazines with the editors of The Little Magazine in Contemporary America and Don Share, the editor of Poetry.

For more information about this free event, go to www.ChicagoBookExpo.org.



First, I have to say I can’t believe this is our 5th book. When we started Burial Day Books 5 years ago we did it to give people a platform where they could share their traditional horror tales. Now, here we are, 5 years later and we have continued to grow. Each year we see more submissions and each year I get less and less sleep in reading your great stories, fighting with the Undertaker as to which story to publish, and of course formatting and editing the books.

I do admit, it’s gotten harder each year, but each time I step back and look at the finished product I’m so proud; I’m proud of our writers and I’m proud of myself that I can put this together so quickly. As many of you know, we take submissions, read them and publish the edition in less than a year’s time – a pretty fast turnaround for publishing.

We are excited to have a wonderful collection of poetry by Stephanie M. Wytovich, and fantastic fiction by Maria Alexander, Max Booth III, K. Trap Jones, Jennifer A. Smith, Kerry G.S. Lipp, and so many more.

Again, I’d like to thank our authors, and I especially want to thank all those that submitted and our supporters. I’m beyond thrilled that we’re still here after 5 years, and I’m thrilled that you all have continued to reach out to us, say hello, submit your stories, and enjoy our collections.

Print Edition

eBook Edition

Thank you so much.

Cynthia (cina) Pelayo
Burial Day Books


Which Reality Are We?

Melissa Franco has completed a variety of poetry. Her work has appeared in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Infernal Ink, Twisted Dreams Magazine, and lastly, Tales of the Undead: Suffer Eternal. 


Which Reality Are We?

Melissa Franco

Dreams are just dreams
Reality is just reality


Dreams are reality
Reality are Dreams


A reflection of a reflection
A bloodline within a timeline


What is time but minutes, hours, and days
We work the cruel reality and chase our beloved dreams
We power dreams and soon forget these realities


Sanity is insanity within the reality of forgotten dreams
Travelers of reality run into corruption and greed
We walk into dreams only in time to eventually become lost


Soon we forget ourselves in a corrupt society of sin
Soon we forget the dreams we once powered within


So what is a dream, but something that does come from the hidden realities
A family bloodline cascading through the timelines of the forgotten dreams