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‘Chthonic: Weird Tales of Inner Earth’ News

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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 February 5. 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.

Cthulhusattva Full Cover Reveal

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The artwork? Stunning, distinctive, strangely thrilling: a Mythos take on The Devil trump card of the traditional tarot. A mystical Cthulhu figure, wings spread and seated comfortably, haloed in a sickly golden glow, a ghastly divine energy bleeding out from the gaps in its monstrous form. One wrist is chained, the other free and raised in some unspeakable benediction. The recipients of this blessing (a woman, a man) kneel below, naked, but uncowed, gazing with unflinching eyes upon this vision of Enlightenment and Horror. The artwork is by Alix Branwyn; the cover design is simple, uncluttered (so as to let the artwork speak at proper volume); and the book that will lie between these covers? That book is Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis. We give you the full frontal view…

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and the back cover … note that ISBN, Migraineers, it’s one you’ll be wanting to jot down for your local bookstores and libraries …

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… and finally, for the completists out there, the full meal deal …

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Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis will be available for pre-order directly from MMP on Wednesday April 6. Keep watching this space, Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter @MartianMigraine for updates as they occur!

Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis
edited by Scott R Jones
5.5×8.5″ trade paperback and electronic book formats
ISBN 978-1-927673-16-4
Publication date: May 23, 2016
Distributed to the trade by Ingram

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Cthulhusattva ToC Announcement

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Is there wisdom in insanity? Enlightenment in blackest despair? Higher consciousness in the depths of chaos? These are the questions we asked of authors who submitted stories to the Martian Migraine Press anthology for 2016. And we here at MMP, along with project editor Scott R Jones, are thrilled to announce that the book (after many months of work, and nearly 400 stories read) is finally complete. With cover art by Alix Branwyn, the groundbreaking novella by Ruthanna Emrys, The Litany of Earth, and stories from some of the finest established writers working in Weird Fiction today, along with several new and exciting voices, Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis, releases officially on Monday May 23, 2016, with pre-orders soon available. Keep watching this space, follow MMP on Twitter @MartianMigraine, and of course Like us on Facebook for updates, contests, and author interviews.

In the meantime, enjoy our editors’ meditative antics as he announces the roster of writers that will fill the pages of Cthulhusattva. Or spare yourself some appalling amateur theatre and drop below the video for the full ToC. It should be noted that the story order for the anthology as it appears here is not yet finalized, but it’s very close. (Every day we be shufflin’ as we Keep It R’lyeh at MMP HQ!)

Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis
Table of Contents

The Pearl in the Shadows — Bryan Thao Worra
Keys in Stranger Deserts — Vrai Kaiser
Mr Johnson and the Old Ones — Jamie Mason
Antinomia — Erica Ruppert
Heiros Gamos — Gord Sellar
Mother’s Nature — Stefanie Elrick
At the Left Hand of Nothing — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Litany of Earth — Ruthanna Emrys
Emperor Eternal — Konstantine Paradias
The Wicked Shall Come Upon Him — Kristi DeMeester
Messages — John Linwood Grant
That Most Foreign of Veils — Luke R J Maynard
We Three Kings — Don Raymond
Feeding the Abyss — Rhoads Brazos
After Randolph Carter — Noah Wareness

Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis
edited by Scott R Jones
5.5×8.5″ trade paperback and electronic book formats
ISBN 978-1-927673-16-4
Publication date: May 23, 2016
Distributed to the trade by Ingram

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