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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.
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
Editors Justine Geoffrey and Scott R Jones, along with everyone else at MMP HQ, are very pleased to announce the authors who’ll be gracing the pages of the premiere issue of NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica! But before we get to those names, we’d like to also present the amazing cover art we’ve commissioned from Vancouver-based artist and illustrator Michael “Alchemichael” Lee Macdonald!
Our intention with NECRONOMICUM is to showcase transgressive weird-erotic stories that go beyond the usual expectations, stories that aren’t simply “monster sex” or be-tentacled parodies of erotica. We want the magazine to push the boundaries of weird-erotica while still honouring the traditions that have built this very specific genre, and to do it all with a certain class. If you think you’ve seen enough hentai to know where we’re going, we’d like to ask you to think again. We also wanted to pay homage to the mythical book of Cthulhu Mythos magic and madness that the magazine’s name puns on. So: sex, horror, and contact with divine (if unholy) beings… the ecstasy of encountering the wholly Other… how to pull that off, and do it in a classy way?
Enter Gian Lorenzo Bernini and his The Ecstasy of St Teresa…
Thanks, you naughty Christians saints, you! It’s that kind of transcendent confrontation with another realm of Being that we want to highlight in NECRONOMICUM (with the occasional break for funny bits!) and so we turned to Macdonald (who provided the interior illustrations for Jones’ When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality earlier this year) and asked him if he could, y’know, give Teresa of Avila a splendidly squamous dose of Lovecraft.
As it turns out, he could. Boy, could he ever.
Sure, sure… the angel and the arrow are gone. But do you really miss them? Nah!
And now, below, the pretty-much-final cover for NECRONOMICUM #1! You’ll notice we have some authors listed here, and we’re very proud to see their names on this fantastic piece of art and design. The magazine will have stories by Christine Morgan, Sean Hoade (with the funny bit mentioned above!), Jessica McHugh, Konstantine Paradias, and the legendary Ramsey Campbell! There will also be steamy poetry selections from Portland’s own Pattie Palmer-Baker and Richard King Perkins II, as well as an illuminating short essay by Bobby Derie (author of Sex & the Cthulhu Mythos) on our literary-smut mag predecessor, the short-lived but memorable CthulhuSex magazine. And of course, a brief letter of introduction from our editrix Justine Geoffrey.
NECRONOMICUM: The Magazine of Weird Erotica Issue #1 will be online and available for pre-order purchase as an e-magazine (in multiple formats) from the MMP Bookstore and Amazon by the first week of October, and officially drops THURSDAY OCTOBER 23, just in time for Halloween. The magazine will be released electronically three times a year, with a planned best-of collection each autumn. We hope you’ll join us for the ride!