Deadline: June 30th, 2022
Payment: $0.04/word and a contributor’s copy
Theme: Dark Speculative fiction which combine humor and something from the Cthulhu Mythos.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: LOLcraft: An Compendium of Eldritch Humor
“Comedy and horror are opposite sides of the same coin.” Robert Bloch
There is a long history of blending comedy and horror, two genres which shouldn’t work together, but movies from Beetlejuice to Cabin in the Woods show that they can. Both genres evoke visceral, physical reactions. Horror generates fear and dread. Our hearts race. The stress rises and we feel the need for a release, to scream. Humor generates similar physical reactions, but the release comes in the form of laughter. When done well, the feelings don’t leave us when the story is finished, they stay with us.
And this is what we want from you. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Reduce us to maddened, mindless, lumps of goo.
Make us long for that release, whether it be in the form of laughter or shrieking in dread.
In Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft we were looking stories which combined the elements of the Cthulhu Mythos and romance. This time around we want you to mix humor with your favorite Mythos elements.