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Taking Submissions: The Fall of Cthulhu

February 28, 2015

Deadline: February 28th, 2015
Payment: Exposure and Royalties

Short Stories – 3,000 – 5,000 words

H. P. Lovecraft never stuck to any serious continuity with his Mythos. It has always been simply accepted that the return of Cthulhu and the other Elder Gods was an inevitability.

So a while back I was rereading Lovecraft’s “The Shadow out of Time” and came across the following passage….

“I shivered at the mysteries the past may conceal, and trembled at the menaces the future may bring forth. What was hinted in the speech of post-human entities of the fate of mankind produced such an effect on me that I will not set it down here. After man there would be the mighty beetle civilisation, the bodies of whose members the cream of the Great Race would seize when the monstrous doom overtook the elder world. Later, as the earth’s span closed, the transferred minds would again migrate through time and space—to another stopping-place in the bodies of the bulbous vegetable entities of Mercury. But there would be races after them, clinging pathetically to the cold planet and burrowing to its horror-filled core, before the utter end.”

Now this can easily be interpreted as stating that Cthulhu and the Others do not return during Humanity’s time on Earth!

Why don’t they return? What happens that stops them?

This is a focused idea that leaves lots of room to the imagination.

Did we stop them?
Did some one else stop them?
Were the stars never right?
They decided not come?
Did Cthulhu over sleep?

It’s all up to you!

So get your writing caps on and let those eldritch juices flow!

We’re open to all styles of writing. Be it Pulp, Noir, Literary, SF, Gothic or what ever you feel appropriate.

Just make it entertaining!

Submission guidelines:

Please submit your manuscript as a *.rtf, *.doc or *.docx file (all other formats will automatically be rejected. Contact me prior to submitting if this presents an issue for you.)

Font and formatting: Please submit in Times New Roman, 12 point font; single line spacing. Please format the document to 1st line indentation of 1″. The page margin should be set to .1″ on all sides.

No headers, footers or page numbers.

Please check grammar.

Upon acceptance into the anthology, we ask that Horrified Press holds exclusive publishing rights for six months from the date of publication; after that date has passed, all intellectual property rights revert to the author with the proviso that Horrified Press retains distribution rights in the format of the contracted anthology.

This title will be available as an e-book and trade quality paperback.

Douglas Draa will be presiding over this anthology.

Email your submission as an attachment to: [email protected]
The email subject line must read “SUBMISSION – The Fall of Cthulhu – ‘your story title’” or your submission will not be considered for this anthology.

Successful applicants will be notified before the deadline has expired.

Via: Horrified Press.


February 28, 2015