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    There are folks for whom the question of whether Cthulhu has two eyes or six is a vitally important one. Individuals that believe, somehow, that a dinner of tinned spaghetti and ice cream with a reanimated H. P. Lovecraft would be the height of both culinary and intellectual pleasure. Scholars who feel that The Horror at Red Hook is a timely warning about, well, you know… those other people. Esteemed biographers of weird fiction luminaries who reveal their foaming insecurity at the changing of the guard, or the form of a literary award. Entities who dissolve with glee at the slapping of some tentacles on a meme, thus rendering it “Lovecraftian”.
    Yes, they’re out there, in their seeming thousands, trolling social media, fawning over the dead, podcasting their paranoia. Yes, they are slouching roughly towards Arkham and Providence and fabled Y’ha-nthlei, to dwell in fossilized canon and geeky glory, forever.

    Martian Migraine Press announces an open call for submissions to our latest anthology project, INNSMOUTHBREATHERS: Cautionary Fables of Mythos Fandom! We are looking for humourous stories of a certain kind of Cthulhu Mythos fan: the rabid Lovecraft worshipper, the defender of the outmoded and outclassed, the pulp reader for whom Weird Fiction peaked somewhere in the middle of the last century. (The 20th, for those keeping track of such things!) We’re looking for tales that pit Innsmouthbreathers against all manner of real and imagined horrors: shoggoths with Social Justice agendas, politically active Deep Ones, enlightened Mi-Go, and Nick Mamatas*. Make them lovable, make them loathsome, make us feel their triumphs and defeats! Put us in their basements, their garrets, their comic shops and conventions and pop-culture covens, and put us in their Cthulhu parody t-shirts while you’re at it. Mmm, is that a cotton/poly blend? Only in black, you say? SOLD. INNSMOUTHBREATHERS will be a mostly funny book. We’re going for light-hearted ribbing here, a send-up, a roast. Stories that are outright mean and nasty won’t play well within these pages. Remember, let they who have not geeked out over Lovecraft, even a little, even once, throw the first Shining Trapezohedron into the bay! And sure, we’re asking for yuks, but please don’t feel you need to dial back the weird horror. Mix it up, thrill us, chill us, make us laugh at ourselves. Submission period closes 31 JULY 2018. The anthology will be released in early October 2018.

    Please use Standard Manuscript format when submitting. That’s double spaced, left justified, Times New Roman or Courier or something at least readable, a header on the first page (at least) with your author info and word count and… well, you know the drill. RTF or DOC files preferred, but DOCx and text files also accepted. Obviously, you could send us something that’s not in Standard Manuscript format, but it will lower your chances of it being looked at seriously. We will look at both original work and REPRINTS.
    To submit a story to INNSMOUTHBREATHERS send an e-mail (with the story file attached, not in the body of the email) to:, with subject line: INNSMOUTH, title of your story, and your name. Length

    For short fiction, we’d like to see anything from 1,500 to 5,000 words. If your story goes over 5k, please inquire first. Honestly, we’d prefer to see shorter, punchier stories.
    FLASH FICTION: got something under 1500 words? Send it in. However, the following still applies…

    All accepted submissions will be paid .03CAD per word, via Paypal, as well as a contributor copy (paperback) of the anthology, and copies in all electronic formats (mobi, EPUB, and PDF). Authors are also entitled to complete access to all titles in the MMP ebook catalogue Replies and Queries

    We will try to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week of its arrival in our inbox. The submission period itself will close on 31 JULY 2018 and we should be responding to all submissions, yay or nay, by early August 2018. If you haven’t heard from us by 15 September 2018, please query.
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    Open for submissions from
    April 1, 2018 – August 1, 2018

    Canadian Dreadful will be a collection of short stories between 2,500 and 10,000 words, each one set in one of the provinces or territories of Canada. We are looking for horror stories written by Canadians that employ elements of dark fantasy or magical realism. We welcome new authors and well experienced authors.
    Dark Fantasy combines fantasy and horror and creates a suspenseful, dread-inducing mood for the reader. A movie like “Pan’s Labyrinth” is an excellent example of this genre. You are welcome to utilize the darker elements of fantasy just as long as the story takes place the real world, not a mythical one.
    Magical Realism or “The Unreliable Narrator” is a style of fiction where magical, fantastical, or supernatural elements are brought into the “real world” of the story—and by the end of it, your reader will have to decide whether or not the magical events actually took place or not. Is the narrator crazy, telling the truth, or deliberately lying? Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” is an example of this. So are the novels (and movies) “The Life of Pi” by Yann Martel and “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson. Another movie that employs magical realism is “Big Fish”, directed by Tim Burton. Tell us a horror story that leaves the reader questioning whether or not the narrator was reliable. Leave “clues” for the reader to interpret as either confirmations or negations of the narrative. And most of all, let your reader feel a weighing sense of dread from the first to the last page.
    Another goal for this anthology is to educate readers about Canada—include content that somehow relates to Canada’s history, culture, politics, or geography as a crucial element to the plot. If you pique your reader’s interest and get them looking up references to learn more about your Canadiana, you’ve done your job. The idea is for your reader to not only be entertained (and scared), but also to walk away from your story a little smarter than they were before.


    Born in Northern British Columbia, David Tocher now lives in Vancouver, BC, where he divides his time between writing professional fiction and working construction. He is well versed in short fiction horror and has a number of short stories in several anthologies, as well as numerous editing projects. He appreciates literature that explores the paranormal and the dark side of human nature. He also loves heavy metal music and tattoos.


     Please do not query before submitting.
     Email all submissions to
     To ensure your submission does not get deleted please place in the subject line
    Anthology Submisson – (Title of Story) and (Your Name)
     Submissions are ONLY open to Canadians and expat Canadians.
     Please do not describe or summarize the story in the email.
     Follow William Shunn’s manuscript format:
    Any variance away from this format will mean an automatic rejection.
     Keep your stories between 2,500 to 10,000 words.
     On the first page of your manuscript, tell us the province/territory the story takes place in.
     Despite the stories being fictional, there needs to be an element of truth, whether that is from a historical, cultural, geographical or political aspect, if your story contains any of these.
     No reprints. Original stories only.
     Payment: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a one time, upfront fee for your story. We will be offering a royalty percentage to those who are selected for the anthology.
     Please use Canadian or British spelling, no American spelling.

    If you have further questions about the anthology please contact

    Publication: Fall 2019 (trade paperback & e-Book).
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      Nexxus Fantasy - Anthology Call

      Nexxus Fantasy has posted an anthology call for "Corporate Shadows". They're looking for stories of 2000 to 15,000 words inspired by recent net neutrality rulings. Acceptable genres are speculative fiction, suspense/thriller, supernatural horror, and science fiction. The deadline is July 1, 2018 and payment is 1cent a word. You can find the details here, they come up as a pdf file.
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