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Cthulhusattva Full Cover Reveal


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…


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


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


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

Martian Migraine Press: the Best Kind of Headache

Cthulhusattva ToC Announcement


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

Martian Migraine Press: the Best Kind of Headache!

Are YOU A Cthulhusattva?


Martian Migraine Press is now open to submissions for our fourth annual anthology


When it comes to Lovecraftian fiction, readers are already well familiar with the standard protagonists. Men of Science. Hardened, world-weary investigators. Sensitive artists, and the like. All of whom eventually learn too much, as they come into contact with forbidden books, foul thaumaturgies, and the human (and not-so-human!) servants of the Great Old Ones. Through curiosity, stupidity, hubris (and oftentimes a combination of these) such foolhardy individuals are blasted to madness in the deadly light that breaks through into their existence when they dare tread the shadowed paths of the Mythos! Surely death would be preferable! And so on, and so forth…


What of the opposite numbers to your standard Lovecraftian hero? What of those servants of the Great Old Ones? The cultists. Sorcerers. Witches. Lone madmen and women. What of those who go seeking that dark enlightenment of their own free will? What of the individuals who choose to cast off from the shores of humanity’s placid island of ignorance, who choose to voyage far on those black seas of infinity that surround that island?

Whatever else can be said about the Mythos (within the Lovecraftian world-view, naturally) it remains that the madness which underlies it is THE TRUTH OF EXISTENCE. The light may be deadly, yes, but it is still light, and it still reveals! Remember, too, that the Great Old Ones and their servants, have been around for a very long time. What wisdom, what insights into Life, Death, and Reality might be gained by currying their favour? What would be the price of that wisdom, and more… would it be worth it?

For Cthulhusattva: Lovecraftian Tales of the Black Gnosis, we are looking for stories that explore these themes, and these intrepid, intelligent, and yes, more than a little insane characters! However, we’re not interested in dyed-in-their-woolen-robes hooded cultists or card-carrying gibbering lunatics with knives behind their backs, laying in wait for the Randolph Carters and Professor Armitages of the world. Instead, give us stories that examine what it means to truly learn the nature of the Universe and come out the other side, smiling! Remember, the Old Ones are apathetic to human needs and desires, and are as likely to ignore a supplicant as devour them. So, consider how one might go mad at contact with them, but still live and move and have an affect in the world. We want to see tales of Mythos mystics, spiritual sorcerers, monstrous monks, and preternatural philosophers, and we want to see them in a diverse range of settings, not just Arkham. The world is vast and strange: show us the bizarre and mind-expanding traditions of far-flung locales! Take us from the deep past to the unimagined future! Give us stories that prove you can hear the Call of Cthulhu… and return as a Cthulhusattva!

We’ll be open to submissions of stories up to 7000 words. Payment will be .03CAD per word + contributor copy (paperback and ebook). We’ll close to submissions on December 15, 2015. More details can be found at our Submissions page.

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