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We’ve received the Foreword (or Foreweird, as he appropriately titles it) by Jordan Stratford (author of Mechanicals, Living Gnosticism: An Ancient Way of Knowing, and A Dictionary of Western Alchemy) for Scott R Jones‘ When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality and we gotta tell ya, Migraineers, it is some erudite stuff and no mistake! Stratford describes the work as an exercise in “cryptarchaeoxenotheology”, even. Grok the following excerpt…
“… the Madness of Cthulhu is not clinical dysfunction or psychosis, but a hermeneutic suspension of the pedestrian, rational mind that is required to successfully navigate the waking world. In its place is the supra-rational, the information that comes without the need for communication, egoic disassociation, the disintermediated experience of experience. What Jones refers to here as the Black Gnosis.
If I were to tell you I actually saw a beautifully strange city emerge from the sea, and in its seeing that I gained deep insight into my own psyche, you would have reasonable grounds to demand physical evidence or else have me institutionalized. Yet if I told you I dreamt this, and because of this dream I gained these same insights, you would no doubt nod and take another sip of your coffee. In our Nietzschean age of mechanistic meaninglessness, flensed horses and droning Dawkinistas, where the machine has been scrubbed clean of any ghosts; dreams, apparently, are granted a certain pass.
You can take your head apart with this book if you like, but you will never get it back together again. Unlike the sophomoric tattoo-parlour-flash of Carroll, the lunatic-trickster Bertiaux, or the almost-brilliant Grant – not to mention the gaptoothed carny antics of LaVey, whose Aynrandian quotes are eagerly nodded along-to by Creationist tea-partiers – Jones is not so easy to dismiss.”
We agree. He really isn’t. When The Stars Are Right (with illustrations by Michael Lee Macdonald) is coming soon in paperback and ebook formats and will be available for pre-order. Keep watching this space or follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates.
THE CONQUEROR WOMB Submissions Rolling In…
Submissions for our second annual MMP anthology are beginning to show in our inbox and so far the range of pieces is interesting indeed! For more info on how you can submit your Shub-Niggurath themed weird-smut, please consult our SUBMISSIONS page.
She Blinded Me with Eldritch Science!
We’d like to take a second to give a shout-out to Fred Lubnow, who writes the very smart and interesting Lovecraftian Science blog. Curious about the sexual reproduction of Elder Things? Ever wondered how shoggoths get it on? Fred’s got everything you ever wanted to know about the squamous biology of the Great Old Ones but were (reasonably!) afraid to ask!
Our author S R Jones has finalized the Table of Contents for his upcoming non-fiction work, When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality, and so this morning we present it to you, our discerning and classy Migraineers, in all its perplexing and evocative tease. With a Foreword by Jordan Stratford and interior illos by Michael Lee Macdonald, this book (which we’re producing in our usual e-formats AND the hoary old medium of *gasp* PRINT!) will offer to the reader an interpretation of Lovecraft’s Mythos not yet seen. Serious gnostic text? Crank fundamentalist screed? Psychedelic auto-ethnography? YOU DECIDE. Whatever it is, we hope and plan to have it ready by Christmas time, so you can get your festival on right!
Please pepper us with questions and/or concerns in the comments, and if you’d like to tweet about When The Stars Are Right we encourage you to use the hashtag #keepinitrlyeh And, as long as you’re on Twitter, follow @Cthulhusattva, where Jones is posting excerpts from the work as it is completed. Alright! Enough with the promotional hoo-ha! Here’s the TOC…
Foreword (by Jordan Stratford)
Sunken Bells in the Deep: An Introduction
H P Lovecraft: An Acknowledgement, A Dismissal
The Deadly Light: Examining the Great Old Ones
The Prolonged of Life: Meditations on Yog-Sothoth
Telling the Audient Void: the Voice of Nyarlathotep
The Conqueror Womb: Parsing Shub-Niggurath
A Certain Sort of Men: Dagon & the Deep One Aesthetic
The Cthulhusattva Vow
A Tour of R’lyeh
The Black Gnosis
Beating Nietzsche’s Horse: Notes on the Black Gnosis and Mental Illness
Beyond the Strange Angles
Chilling in the Ghetto with the Deep Down Homies
My Own Private Necronomicon
The Wisdom in the Clay
The Unbearable Strangeness of Being: Sex and the R’lyehian
Through Sunset’s Gate: Death and the R’lyehian
Afterword: Yes, Meridian, There Is A Great Cthulhu
This was our biggest free Kindle book promotion yet and we’ve only just now sat down to tally the results. Over the course of five days, from October 28 through to Thursday November 1, we gave away four of our current titles, to a dollar amount of $1900. Gah. It’s enough to give a body the vapours. Here’s the breakdown, homies…
Soft From All The Blood by S R Jones — 249 copies
Green Fever Dream (Book 2 BLACKSTONE Erotica) by Justine G — 242 copies
Summonings: Anicka and Kamil (a BLACKSTONE Erotica short) by Justine G — 287 copies
R’lyeh Sutra by skawt chonzz — 157 copies
Perhaps obviously, the most downloads went to MMP erotica titles, and, perhaps even more obviously, Justine’s short Summonings: Anicka and Kamil did better business than her longer form smutty novella Green Fever Dream.We think the difference between the two books comes down to the cover graphics: plenty of bare skin and nice lingerie on the Summonings cover v. full latex kink scuba gear on Green Fever Dream. That, and length. It’s always about the length. Yeah, yeah. Jokers. Well, thanks to our graphic design department for at least staying somewhat faithful to the contents of each book. The BLACKSTONE characters need those goddamn scuba masks at the end!
As always, if you’ve downloaded and have enjoyed or are currently enjoying any of the above titles, won’t you please pop on by the Amazon page for said titles, click on the Like button (won’t take a second!) and leave a review? Reviews may take a few more seconds, possibly even a minute or five. Such small temporal sacrifices are greatly appreciated!
In other news, as we slowly ooze on into December expect a little less activity from our authors as they devote their collective hours to new projects. Jones is in the early stages of his non-fiction When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality, as well as pumping out short stories for MMP and (gasp!) other publishers, while Justine is working on two new BLACKSTONE shorts, the third book in the BLACKSTONE series, Yellow Sign Bound, and a stand alone sci-fi/horror erotica short tentatively titled ORGY IN THE VALLEY OF THE LUST LARVAE! There’s even skitterings from skawt recently regarding the release of another dark poetry chapbook…
Finally, we’d like to mention that long-time friend of the show and kick-ass author/holy man Jordan Stratford has a new steampunk book out: MECHANICALS. Folks, we here at MMP were treated to the ARC of Mechanicals months back and we can conclusively state that this? This is an amazing, full-tilt read with engaging characters and an aromatic plot. Right now it’s at the introductory price of $2.99 but that’s only for the next three weeks, we’re told, so if you’re hankering for some para-historical derring-do, now’s the time to hit up Stratford for Mechanicals!
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