Fiction – Horror
Greetings, Migraineers, and please accept our apologies for the long-ish delay between updates! Were it only possible, we’d plant our eldritch kiesters here in the molten core of MMP HQ permanently and only ever make excellent books for your edutainment and enemafication but as more than a few of you already know, we’re a boutique operation (ie. small, with the time constraints common to that state of being). That being said, part of this update is a bit of less-than-good news…
The publication date of Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner Earth is going to be delayed a couple of months. The book will now be the first anthology released in 2018. On-sale date will be Tuesday February 20. As with every other MMP anthology, we just want to be able to produce the best possible experience for our readers and our authors.
To that end, we’re happy to officially announce that Chthonic will be the first MMP anthology to feature full page illustrations for six of the stories within! We’ve been working with noted German illustrator Fufu Frauenwahl and the results have been very satisfying. Illustrations are complete for the stories Some Corner of a Dorset Field That Is Forever Arabia by David Stevens, Gemma Files’ The Harrow, John Linwood Grant’s Where All Is Night, and Starless, as well as A Song for Granite Khronos by Aaron Besson, Nadia Bulkin’s Pugelbone, and Ramsey Campbell’s claustrophobic classic The End of a Summer’s Day. Below are clips from each illustration to whet your weird whistle.
So, again, apologies to our readers, our authors. As far as deadlines go, we acknowledge that we bit off more than we could chew with this one. Getting out two books within the same calendar year, especially with the second one coming out at the start of the holiday season, was an unreasonable expectation. A hard realization to come to, but there it is. We hope Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner Earth will be worth the delay. Thanks for your patience. And please stay tuned via MMP on Twitter and FB for news of the 2018 anthology submission call.
The selection process for the next MMP anthology reflected the theme, Migraineers. There was a sensation of compression, a certain claustrophobia to our reading of the (literally teeming, like worms, or molemen!) submissions, a shortness of breath, a distinct impression that time, and air, and light were in short supply. And, like light glimpsed dimly in some noisome cavern world, the stand out tales were instantly attractive, obvious choices. So, we reached out and grasped them, bringing them into our little book of underground terrors and marvels! Here they are, then, the authors and their stories, some well known, some new, as is our custom, and in no particular order as yet. We’ll release the final order of the ToC closer to the on-sale date, which, incidentally, will be 5 December 2017, with pre-orders becoming available a month previous to the on-sale date. Also, please stay tuned to MMP for the next open submissions call for the first of our 2018 anthologies! That announcement before the end of this week. Thanks for reading with Martian Migraine Press!
CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth ToC
H. P. Lovecraft
The Rats in the Walls
John Linwood Grant
Where All Is Night, and Starless
A Song for Granite Khronos
Nivel del Mar
S. L. Edwards
Volver Al Monte
The Dragons Beneath
Tending the Core
The End of a Summer’s Day
Some Corner of a Dorset Field That Is Forever Arabia
“The nethermost caverns … are not for the fathoming of eyes that see; for their marvels are strange and terrific … out of corruption horrid life springs, and the dull scavengers of earth wax crafty to vex it and swell monstrous to plague it. Great holes secretly are digged where earth’s pores ought to suffice, and things have learnt to walk that ought to crawl.”
— H. P. Lovecraft, The Festival
We’re excited to open submissions to our sixth anthology…
The full title of this book will be
CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth
Pelucidar. The Hollow Earth. DEROS, and the Shaver Mysteries. Blue-litten K’n-yan, red Yoth, and black, lightless N’kai. The Amigara Fault. Derinkuyu. Agartha. The world (and worlds) below. Inner earth, a near infinite space of vast, echoing potential … our (possible?) birthplace, and the place where we all return, either as corpses, or something other? … the churning, chaotic underworld, and true home of all that is weird, unconscious, and forbidden. Descend with us in this anthology of weird fiction; descend to the realms CHTHONIC.
We are looking for weird fiction that explores the mystique and terror of caverns, abyssal spaces, and subterranean worlds. As with previous MMP anthologies, we will be including a seed story from H. P. Lovecraft’s oeuvre (in this case, The Rats in the Walls, though many of his stories went underground). We want to see bizarre civilizations, mind-boggling physical and biological phenomena, horrific rituals, mad science and madder sorcery. We want to feel the tunnel floors beneath our feet shake with the passage of beasts, machines, and gods that have never seen the light of the sun; sentient oils, intelligent muck, living rock, molemen, formless spawn and Efts of the Prime, worms, Dholes, and ghastlier things. But CHTHONIC won’t be just a serving of pop culture “surface” material, if you’ll pardon the pun. We like to see stories with depth (oh god, another one, sorry!); emotional and psychological explorations of the internal spaces of the human mind and soul, as well as the ground below. Write us stories that induce crushing claustrophobia or open us wide to new dimensions of thought and being. If your story can do both, so much the better.
Final story count for the anthology will be determined based on quality and number of submissions. CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth will be released as a softcover paperback and as an electronic book in multiple formats.
Submission period closes JULY 31, 2017. The anthology will be released in early December of 2017.
Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously.
We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.
To submit a story to CHTHONIC: Weird Tales of Inner Earth send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line: CHTHONIC, title of your story, and your name.
For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 7,000 words.
FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…
All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as two contributor copies (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to electronic copies of three additional Martian Migraine Press titles of their choosing.
Replies and Queries
We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on July 31, 2017 and we should be responding to all submissions, yes or no, throughout the submission period and no later than August 2017. We do our best to ensure that all submissions are contacted and kept up-to-date, but sometimes items fall through cracks, so, if you haven’t heard from us by September 15 2017, please query.