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Cthulhusattva Pre-Order Contest

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Ladies and ghouCthulhusattva_3D_cover_smallls and gentle-entities, Migraineers of all shapes sizes and dimensional vibrations, we are happy to announce to all that the Pre-Order Contest for the MMP 2016 anthology project, Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis, is officially open! Below you’ll find 3 OPTIONS for delivery of this topical tome of eldritch enlightenment, all of which include shipping & handling AND offer the book to you at a reduced price of $13.99 (regular retail will be $16.99 but this includes the physical and electronic editions of the book) … all of which is fine, surely, but what of the contest? you ask! And you are right to ask it. Yes. Here, friends and weirdos, are the details…

The first 100 PRE-ORDERS (made before Monday May 23 2016) will be placed in a random drawing for the following four Cthulhusattva Prize Packs

PRIZE PACK the FOURTH
The winner of this prize pack receives their copy of Cthulhusattva (in both the physical and digital formats) and will also receive a digital copy of both the 2015 anthology RESONATOR and When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality! Electronic books! Not just for electronic book nerds anymore!

PRIZE PACK the THIRD
The winner of this prize pack receives their copy of Cthulhusattva as above and will also receive a physical copy of both the 2015 anthology RESONATOR and When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality! Because you can’t show off an e-book on your shelves, now, can you? Nuh uh.

PRIZE PACK the SECOND
The winner of this prize pack receives their copy of Cthulhusattva as above, physical copies of RESONATOR and When The Stars Are Right and a special limited edition t-shirt (the design for which we are keeping secret for now, but, if you know the roster of MMP artists, you know it’s gonna be great!)

PRIZE PACK the FIRST
This is it. True enlightenment. The Black Gnosis in its most potent form. The searing blasts of the Deadly Light brought to bear fully upon the hallowed winner. A copy of Cthulhusattva (physical and digital). Copies of RESONATOR and When The Stars Are Right. The special limited edition t-shirt. And a signed print of the cover art by Alix Branwyn. Nuff said.

100 will enter R’lyeh. Only FOUR will win cool bonus swag. And the rest will receive our finest anthology yet. (So, really, all win. Win!)

If you’re in the USA or CANADA, select that option from the drop-down menu below and click the button below that to be whisked away to PayPal for processing! Likewise if you’re in the UK or EUROPE. Why, there’s even an option for folks who live even further afield than that! So, get clicking, pre-order up, and stay tuned to Martian Migraine Press for updates on this contest, interviews with Cthulhusattva authors, and news as it happens!

UPDATE: Contest has closed, as of midnight Friday May 13 (purchasing options have moved to the Cthulhusattva page, here). Winners of the four prize packs are listed below:

4th Prize — KAREN ESTES of Berkely CA USA
3rd Prize — STEVE ROSENSTEIN of Arlington MA USA
2nd Prize — MAYA MADSEN of North Highlands CA USA
1st Prize — GREG BLANCHETTE of Tofino BC Canada

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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 Update and Some Clarifications

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Cthulhusattva cover art (detail)A good Sunday evening to all! Scott Jones here, editor of the upcoming Martian Migraine Press anthology, Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis. It’s been some time since any updates were posted here (what with Christmas, and day jobs, and so on… you know the drill) and for that I apologize. Work has been progressing on the annual anthology for 2016, and the following is a brief post to bring Migraineers up to speed on that progress. Thank you all (readers, authors, artists, family and friends and sundry other supporters) for your patience, understanding, and good will.

The submissions window for the anthology closed on 15 December 2015. We received close to 200 submissions between August and December. Nearly every one of these stories has been read; I have five left to go over. Most of the rejections have been sent out already, and there are a few more coming. I’d like to thank each and every writer who took a chance on sending something in; I know the feeling of taking a risk and also the discomfort of rejection, but this is the business (as it is, and more on that below) and not everyone can be in the book. But… a shortlist (of 32 tales) has been made, and from these I hope and plan to have the final ToC put together by the end of this month.

I will readily confess here that the reading process for this anthology has been rougher than previous projects. Fitting stories to the theme has proven to be slippery, a fact which I find personally embarrassing, as I’m the guy who wrote the book on #KeepingItRlyeh. (I should take that as a good lesson in R’lyehian Spirituality: just when you think you’ve got the angles right, the thing — a book of stories, an idea about the world, a life, etc. — shifts and mutates and shows another boggling facet of its multifarious self.) The act of balancing horror, mysticism, and a kind of “awed lightness” with these shortlisted stories has been a tricky one, and I’ve gone back and forth and back again on many of them several times. The next two weeks I expect to be especially harrowing. I know, I know: no sympathy. I do this to myself. But I love it, after a fashion, so there.

I am very excited about this book. I have already purchased a long novella that perfectly exemplifies the theme, and on the other end of the ruler, a short poem that is a perfect jewel of #KeepingItRlyeh thought. Also, the cover art has been bought and paid for, a wonderful piece by Seattle artist Alix Branwyn. She has been a real pleasure to work with.

Note that I’ve mentioned purchases and items being bought and paid for. If you follow the triumphs and travails of the horror-and-weird-fiction small press at all, you have likely heard of the recent implosion of a small press in the UK. I have not followed this item too closely, but from what I have picked up, it appears that the outfit in question fell from the sky due to a combination of bad business practices, debt, health issues, and social media outrage (much of the latter entirely justified). Authors were not paid, or waited an unreasonably long time to be paid what they were owed; readers did not receive their books; snark and dishonesty and general weirdness appeared to be the norm.

This has made me uncomfortable for a number of reasons, not least of which is the pain of seeing a small operation showing its belly and issuing forth a death rattle. If you’ve been a Migraineer for any length of time, you’ve likely sussed that this is a one-entity operation, with all the stresses and doubts that incurs. I can hardly even call myself a micropress, let alone a small press. It’s been suggested by wiser heads that MMP is something of a “boutique” operation, and I’m OK with that. Certainly the one or two releases a year qualifies the press for that descriptor. I try to carefully curate a small selection of niche titles, and the annual anthology — Conqueror Womb in 2014, RESONATOR last year, and of course the upcoming Cthulhusattva — are the highlight of the MMP publishing schedule. Would I like to work with more authors, “build the line-up”, and put out more titles? Yes. Can I? No. I know this. To over-extend myself like that would be unfair, to authors, to readers, to myself.

I’d like to stress, though, in the wake of the unfortunate news out of the UK, that MMP authors do get paid. Due to the niche nature of MMP titles, royalties are not a reasonable option (at this time, anyway). For Conqueror Womb (back when MMP was starting out and only doing ebook releases) the payment rate was a flat fee plus a copy of the ebook and three other MMP titles of the authors choice, paid within a month of publication, if not long before at the time of contract. For RESONATOR (which was released as a trade paperback and an ebook) the pay rate was .01 a word plus two contributor copies (and in the case of one author, six copies for their friends and family), also paid out within a month after the book dropped. This year, authors with stories in Cthulhusattva will be paid semi-pro rates (.03 a word) and with some of the shortlisted stories coming in at around 7k words, that’s no small chunk of change (and I should mention that not one dollar is kickstarted or indiego-go’d or what have you) … but by now I’m sure you can see the progression I’m attempting. MMP is evolving, learning from our betters, and becoming more of what I believe it can be,

I don’t say all this to toot my own horn. I’m Canadian, and they freeze that trait out of us up here. I say it to confirm my commitment to doing the best I can with what I’ve got, despite the tiny size of my endeavour here, and to honour the relationship between myself as editor and the hard-working writers who take a chance on the Martian Migraine experience. There are no “gentlemen’s agreements” here: there are contracts and deadlines, payouts and commitments. With this years anthology, I will also be promoting the book better and wider, to indie bookstores across North America and the UK, and getting it into the hands of more reviewers. I’m genuinely excited about Cthulhusattva, and I hope that excitement and pleasure will be reflected once the thing is born and out in the world.

Which, as mentioned, will be happening soon! Stay tuned for official release dates, pre-order information, and other promotional goodies. And again, thank you, Migraineers, for your patience, good will, and of course for reading MMP books and #KeepingItRlyeh.

Vive le Boutique!

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S R JonesScott R Jones is the author of the short story collections Soft from All the Blood and The Ecdysiasts, as well as the non-fiction When the Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R’lyehian Spirituality. His poetry and prose have appeared in Innsmouth Magazine, Cthulhu Haiku II, Broken City Mag, Flesh Like Smoke, Cthulhu Fhtagn!, Broken Worlds, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and upcoming in The Children of Gla’aki.

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