Three-Lobed Burning Eye

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About Three-Lobed Burning Eye

About Us
Three-Lobed Burning Eye (3LBE) is a digital magazine of speculative fiction—horror, fantasy, science fiction, plus all the blurs between and cocktails thereof—which has published original stories since 1999 as one of the first online magazines. The magazine is currently released twice per year in ebook and online editions, with some audio readings. A printed anthology collecting four issues with new artwork is released every other year.

We are thrilled and fortunate to have published first and early stories by writers like Laird Barron, Gemma Files, Kelly Barnhill, Mari Ness, Nadia Bulkin, Kristi DeMeester, Gwendolyn Kiste, Cody Goodfellow, and many more. Stories from 3LBE have been reprinted in “Best of” anthologies, and received many accolades.

Why support us?
We have changed over the years, with early editions focused on horror yarns, then seeking more magical realism, and then all kinds of stories. We are committed to sharing new voices in storytelling, and believe in diverse characters and points of view in fiction; and encourage authors of every race, creed, gender, orientation, and ability. We are interested in writers who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and writers from around the world. We believe that good stories are essential components of every culture.

3LBE has been a labor of love for more than two decades, and we need your support to reach our primary goal of paying our authors and artists at pro rates. We also aim to release more issues per year, add more stories and artwork, and to increase our staff. We currently operate with one editor reading all submissions (5–10/day, 3500+/year). Other costs include illustration, recording audio, book design, ebook formatting, web hosting, domain registration, and website development and maintenance. To date, we provide these stories in an advertisement-free reading experience. All revenue and donations go directly to paying our authors and artists first.

Why Patreon?
While many readers enjoy 3LBE online for free, and some readers purchase ebooks or print anthologies, a regular monthly revenue is essential for the magazine to evolve. Even a dollar or two each month would be helpful.

Please review our goals below and see how you can help us continue to bring imaginative fiction to life.
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Sustain us at 2 issues per year (6 stories/issue, 12 stories/year), and author pay for the year (at $100/story).
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