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The last quarter of 2018 saw some delays and general hold-ups here at MMP HQ, but we’re happy to announce that operations are back on track and the two anthologies that were planned for 2019 are still on their way. The first book will be Innsmouthbreathers: Cautionary Tales of Cthulhu Mythos Fandom.
Here’s the Table of Contents, replete with riffs and re-presentations on classic Lovecraftian themes, sassy takes on social justice, and liberal sprinklings of satire and parody. There are authors herein that we’ve had the pleasure of publishing before and a good many new names as well that we’re excited to introduce…
The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft — Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt
The Yuggoth Club — John Linwood Grant
Beautiful In Their Sins — Lawrence Berry
Two Aunts and the Cornwall Horror — K. G. Anderson
The Weird Shadow Over Melrose — Tom Breen
The Theory of the Weird Fiction Critic — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Last Cultist — Helen E. Davis
The Incorrect Translations of Juan Romero — K. Sullivan
The Statement of Randy Carter — Patrick Berry
The Bane of Robin Butler — Rose Banks
The Referendum Over Innsmouth — S. L. Edwards
Migraineers, we think you’ll get a serious kick out of this one. If you’re a fan of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, but more importantly, a fan with a sense of humour about yourself and this… thing that we all love, then you’ll find much to enjoy in this anthology of cautionary tales. Innsmouthbreathers has a release date of TUESDAY 16 APRIL 2019, and pre-orders will be available soon. We’ll be keeping you updated on all related news, so if you haven’t done so already, Like us on the ol’ Facebook and follow us on the Twitter.
The second 2019 anthology is, of course, the much anticipated Monstrous Outlines, a book of camouflage-themed horror. The slush reading for this one has been challenging, but we are currently (finally!) getting into the shallow end of that pool. There is no final story count for this book, not yet, but we have confirmed three authors so far, and the Maybe file is healthy. Authors, if you’ve received a rejection for your submission, we’d like to apologize for the lengthy wait times. If you haven’t heard from us, yay or nay, take heart, as we expect to be done with all the subs within two weeks. Thank you for your patience.
Martian Migraine Press is now open to submissions for our 2019 anthology project…
“Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not;
and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Dunwich Horror
Monstrous Outlines will be an anthology of horror and weird fiction with a focus on the theme of camouflage: people, entities, monsters, gods, even concepts, that masquerade as things other than themselves. Predators in plain sight, deities on their down time, sublime extra-dimensional terrors slumming in 4D. We want to see stories of exceptionally well done camouflage, all the more baffling and frightening for its seamless nature. We want to see stories of seeming where the hidden thing is poorly hidden for a number of reasons: perhaps there are layers to its camouflage, or perhaps it doesn’t care how well it hides. Imagine the moment when the perfectly hidden thing reveals itself. When the poorly hidden thing reveals itself. We’re also interested in duplicates, doppelgangers, and shapeshifters. Think John W. Campbell’s Who Goes There? and its cinematic offspring, The Thing, for the latter. The seed story for this anthology will be Algernon Blackwood’s classic tale, The Willows, a story of two worlds touching, of men meeting the unnameable through the medium of the nearest natural analogue, the titular willow trees.
Submission period closes 31 NOVEMBER 2018. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and electronic book formats in early March 2019.
SUBMISSIONS GUIDELINES may be found here
There are folks for whom the question of whether Cthulhu has two eyes or six is a vitally important one. Individuals that believe, somehow, that a dinner of tinned spaghetti and ice cream with a reanimated H. P. Lovecraft would be the height of both culinary and intellectual pleasure. Scholars who feel that The Horror at Red Hook is a timely warning about, well, you know… those other people. Esteemed biographers of weird fiction luminaries who reveal their foaming insecurity at the changing of the guard, or the form of a literary award. Entities who dissolve with glee at the slapping of some tentacles on a meme, thus rendering it “Lovecraftian”.
Yes, they’re out there, in their seeming thousands, trolling social media, fawning over the dead, podcasting their paranoia. Yes, they are slouching roughly towards Arkham and Providence and fabled Y’ha-nthlei, to dwell in fossilized canon and geeky glory, forever.
Martian Migraine Press announces an open call for submissions to our latest anthology project, INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! We are looking for humourous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. (The 20th, for those keeping track of such things!) We’re looking for tales that pit Innsmouthbreathers against all manner of real and imagined horrors: shoggoths with Social Justice agendas, politically active Deep Ones, enlightened Mi-Go, and Nick Mamatas*. Make them lovable, make them loathsome, make us feel their triumphs and defeats! Put us in their basements, their garrets, their comic shops and conventions and pop-culture covens, and put us in their Cthulhu parody t-shirts while you’re at it. Mmm, is that a cotton/poly blend? Only in black, you say? SOLD.
INNSMOUTHBREATHERS will be a mostly funny book. We’re going for light-hearted ribbing here, a send-up, a roast. Stories that are outright mean and nasty won’t play well within these pages. Remember, let they who have not geeked out over Lovecraft, even a little, even once, throw the first Shining Trapezohedron into the bay! And sure, we’re asking for yuks, but please don’t feel you need to dial back the weird horror. Mix it up, thrill us, chill us, make us laugh at ourselves.
Submission period closes 31 JULY 2018. The anthology will be released in early October 2018. Details at our SUBMISSIONS PAGE.