“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil!–prophet still, if bird or devil!
Whether tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate, yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted–
On this home by horror haunted–tell me truly, I implore:
Is there–is there balm in Gilead?–tell me–tell me I implore!”
Quoth the raven, “Nevermore.”

-Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven

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About

The Rosette Maleficarum began in 2017, a few weeks after the autumn equinox. This literary journal shows the beautiful, yet depraved nature that lies within reality, both in humanity and the environment surrounding us. From dark, Gothic fairy tales, to dream-laced poems, the Maleficarum dances between the boundaries of life and death itself.

The one who started this journal, Robin Goodfellow, first became interested in writing when she was three, scribbling all over her parents’ walls and imagining herself in old tales while walking in her father’s garden. Since then, she has published in journals such as Faith, Hope, and Fiction, the Haiku Journal, and Nature Writing, as well as Black Poppy Review and the Danse Macabre. Masquerade and Letters are also products of her childish mind. She is now a book reviewer for Black Magic Reviews.

Short Stories

“We all dream dreams of unity, of purity; we all dream that there’s an authoritative voice out there that will explain things, including ourselves. If it wasn’t for our longing for these things, I doubt the novel or the short story would exist in its current form. I’m not going to say much more on the topic. Just remember: In dictatorships, only one person is really allowed to speak. And when I write a book or a story, I too am the only one speaking, no matter how I hide behind my characters.”

― Junot Díaz


Short stories are brief, heavenly windows of consciousness. They provide a certain comfort in a sea of endless words. They can teach us more than any other book, and can hide more secrets than a novel. The shorter the work, the more thought there is to weave the story together.

It’s why we love them so.

Below are the list of short story authors whom the Rosette has published.

Anette Dinh 

Autumn Chills 

Jenean McBrearty

Kierran Campbell

Robert Bockstael 

Timothy Hobbs 

 

Poetry

“I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.”
― Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets

Poetry is a way to pour out your emotions, thoughts, delusions, anything at all polite society would otherwise deem unacceptable. It is often considered the boundaries between the innocence of youth and the cruelties of the adult world. Its words are laced in rusted allusions, metaphors, alliterations, anything at all that the writer has fallen in love with.

Below are the poets featured in this journal:

Bruce Majors

Edgar Allen Poe 

Jenny Keto 

John Cosmos Aller 

John Grey 

José Duarte 

Juleigh Howard-Hobson 

Kate Garett 

Linda M. Crate 

Norman Klein

Richard King Perkins II

Robbie Masso 

Sandy Hiss

Tricia Knoll

Prose

“Always be a poet, even in prose.”
― Charles Baudelaire

Prose is a technique in which an incredibly beautiful array of words manifests itself into a work of art. There are many different kinds of proses, from prose poetry to alliterative prose. Describing things of immaculate grandiose tends to lend itself to prose as well, from the majesty of the things we can see, to even the tiniest insects that we may not see at first. Prose allows you to convey emotions that other forms of writing might not allow.

Below are the list of prose authors who are featured in this journal.

Frederick Foote 

Submission Guidelines

The Rosette Maleficarum prides itself on literary works that promote the darker aspects of life. From a dilapidated doll that watched her owner abandon her, to the ghost of a soldier  who wanders the battlefield, the journal records to struggles of humanity. Even so, I’m open to little innocent lights, ones that bring back the nostalgia of our youth. But who knows? Just send a piece in, and perhaps it could be published here.

General Submissions

The Rosette will accept short stories of 1,000 to 8,000 words, poetry of up to about 40 lines, and prose between 200 to 5,000 words. Send your works in PDF, doc, or Epub format to Robin_Goodfellow12@hotmail.com. Place on the subjects line “Submissions”. You can send up to five pieces, but please, submit only once per month, as to give others a chance to submit.

General submissions are open year round. Simultaneous submissions are fine, as long as you credit the Rosette Maleficarum as first publisher.

Call for Specific Submissions

~For Issue #1, the Rosette is considering submissions for the theme, “Mother Earth.”

The journal will be looking for short stories, poetry, and prose about nature. Whether it be the earth taking back what it rightfully belongs, or simple observations of what goes on in life, send me your wonderful works. From these submissions, I will which works will go into the first issue. I will be accepting submissions until November 15th, 2017.  In the subject line, type in “Mother Earth” so I won’t confuse you for regular submissions.

-For poets who are in this first issue, I will send them a PDF copy of the issue, “Mother Earth”, as well as include their poetry as part of the Rosette. For those who didn’t quite make the cut, I will still include their poetry in the Rosette.