Attention horror writers and acolytes of H.P. Lovecraft! 01 Publishing has recently announced an open call for submissions for their upcoming prose anthology WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS. An H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection, WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS is seeking short fiction that pays homage to the godfather of modern horror. Here are the details…
“Whispers from the Abyss.”An H.P. Lovecraft Inspired Anthology
A penny per word up to 2500 words and a digital copy of the anthology.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
What we are looking for is flash fiction, meaning short stories no more than 2500 words. We want authors hungry to play in the twisted universe envisioned by H.P. Lovecraft, or write tales that are in the spirit of his mythos. Like Lovecraft’s own work, the horror in this anthology aims to be subtle and subjective. The mind and its inner working are a far more terrifying place than the actual corridors of R’lyeh or the Mountains of Madness.
Ideally this anthology should hit readers like a really good mix tape (or iMix for those of you too young to remember what a cassette is). We want a variety of styles, themes, and moods that hook the readers fast, creep the hell out of them, and leave them wanting more. Experimentation is highly encouraged –especially unconventional narrative styles, meta-fiction, genre mash-ups, even sick humor. Of course, don’t be afraid to stick with the tried and true “ravings of a madman,” if that’s your jones.
Multiple submissions are fine.
WHAT WE’RE NOT LOOKING FOR:
Consider this anthology to have a hard R rating. That said, please no stories involving graphic rape or child molestation. Excessive gore is fine, but must function to further the story. Here is a list of themes and elements that will get your story instantly rejected:
1. Cthulhu taking center stage. The big cheese can appear in dreams, statues, visions, etc. Characters can even come across the aftermath of someplace Cthulhu has destroyed. Just as long as we never “see” old squid face we’re happy.
2. No story that features action akin to a Hollywood big budget disaster film. In fact, Hollywood-isms are best to be avoided.
3. No Steampunk, no Nazis, no “it was all a dream” plots. Please.
WHERE WILL THIS BE PUBLISHED:
This anthology will be published digitally on the Kindle as well as available as a downloadable PDF.
We retain the right to print your story for Whispers from the Abyss Vol. 1 in digital format (kindle, pdf, etc.). If we wish to print your story in a printed format at a later date you will be contacted and paid an additional $25 and will receive two printed copies. We require a three month period of exclusivity from the date of publication.
All Submissions Must Be In By May 30, 2013
All stories must be submitted to the following email address:
All submissions must be saved in a Rich Text Format
All submission emails must be entitled “HPL Submission: your story title” each story must be submitted in it’s own email.
All submission emails must include your name and email address.
If your submission has previously been published please let us know the publication name and date. Previously published works are welcome but we would like to know where it was seen first and how long ago.
Publication date is Summer 2013
More info at www.01publishing.com