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.
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.