Hi all! I have some pending news I wanted to highlight today, which is a little different from my usual M.O. Those who stop by will note that I like to announce whenever one of my stories is available to read, either online or when the publication drops. Consider this something like a pre-announcement.
My Lovecraft-inspired short story, Through Cryptic Caverns, the Shoggoths Come at Night has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming anthology, Welcome to Miskatonic University brought to you by the fine folks at Broken Eye Books! I had a lot of fun writing for this one; here’s what to expect from the anthology in their own words:
“Welcome to Miskatonic University brings you modern tales of good ol’ MU. Each story shows a slice of college life at this storied and magical institution, steeped in the occult and part of the strange town of Arkham. Come visit this fascinating New England university—where science and magic, tradition and experimentation go hand in hand—and the quiet, secretive town on which it relies.”
My own contribution is the story of Bernice Jackson, a closeted southerner looking to get as far from home as her mother will allow. She takes up residence in Waite Hall, where the campus – and her classmates – are not always what they appear to be…
Unfortunately you can’t read it yet, since this story’s publication is pending funding from their Kickstarter. I’m a firm believer in advertising a product rather than soliciting donations, but if you back the Kickstarter for at least $7 you get a copy of the digital anthology, so this is more like reserving a pre-sale copy. And hey, if you want to spring for a hard copy ($20 – $35) I’d be happy to sign it if you send it my way!
They’re funding two anthologies, with my story appearing in the first volume. I read over the bios of my fellow contributors and their stories looks pretty cool as well. Here’s a little more regarding what types of stories are in the two volumes:
“The first, Welcome to Miskatonic University, represents the first half of that spectrum. These are the tales with the unknown at their core, where relatively normal people in a relatively normal world come face to face with the unknown, and we get to see what happens. These are the stories most tightly anchored to our reality, to what we now. In the second, It Came from Miskatonic University, the setting and mood change a bit. And this isn’t a binary—not an either-or; it’s a spectrum with gradation in how these elements change. In these tales, that next layer of secrets have been stripped away. (It makes perfect sense that, after a century of uncovering secrets, a college might not be the same as it was.)”
If you want to know more about the project you can check out the Kickstarter page, or read up on the publisher’s interviews with A.C. Wise and Hellnotes. Thanks for checking it out, and if it sounds like your cup of tea then I’d encourage you to contribute to the Kickstarter to make sure you get a chance to read it.
Thanks in advance!