“There are so many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream, we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and proasic with the poison of life.”
― H.P. Lovecraft, Celephaïs
What We Want
An integral part of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft dealt with forays into, and results from explorations of, a dream realm. A frequent traveler to that realm, Randolph Carter, brought back many tales of his experiences – of the fantastic cities, the exotic peoples, and the terrible dangers. We want you to tell us more about those realms, but we want the stories to be true to the Lovecraft ideas. If you haven’t already, we suggest you read or become familiar with at least a few of the following stories: Celephais, Hypnos, Ex Oblivione, The Dreams in the Witch House, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, The Silver Key, The White Ship, and Through the Gates of the Silver Key. These stories are all available to read for free at the H. P. Lovecraft Archive online (http://www.hplovecraft.com/).
There are some things to consider, however. When relating your story, you will be walking a fine line between psychological and blatant horror. The following issues will cause your story to be instantly rejected:
Sexual content not inherent to the story line, pornography, or erotic fiction.
Explicit description of torture or sacrifice, human or otherwise.
Violence or abuse against a minor, infant to teenager.
Overuse of profane language.
Hate language against a race, creed, or
Quoting previously published material not in the public domain.
Lead editor for this anthology is Herika R. Raymer. The anthology is open to submissions now. This is a single anthology that has no regular release date, though we may use the idea again in the future.
Deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019.
Reading begins after this deadline.
Its format is paperback with a color cover and b&w interior.
Please be advised, any stories that do not meet these guidelines will be deleted unread.
Stories must be between 3000 and 7500 words (query for longer) and double-spaced, 12 pt New Roman Font. We prefer paragraph indents to tabs.
We are not considering reprints, simultaneous, or multiple submissions for this anthology.
Payment will be a contributor copy of the book and $25.00 per story regardless of word count and will be made via PayPal whenever possible. If not, please advise upon receipt of contract as to preferred method.
How to Submit
Submit your work to [email protected]
Be sure to put DREAM-REALM and the title of your story in the subject line.
“DREAM-REALM – Lovecraft– Nightmares”
The first page of your manuscript must contain your name, mailing address, and word count.
CONTACT INFORMATION EXAMPLE
685 Shadow Lane
Warwick, RI 02889
paypal: [email protected]
Word Count: 4501
If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
Your email must contain a short biography (no more than 200 words), word count, and contact information. Please do not include more than three previous publications in the bio.
Submit your work in RTF or DOC format only. Absolutely no DOCX files.
Please, do not put any fancy formatting into your submissions, such as adding your name, title and page number randomly throughout the story, headers and footers, or anything else that might take away from reading and editing. This is because it can cause problems with both reading and editing your submission. It is important to note that style is much different than the above and centering certain parts, bold, or italicized type is acceptable. It takes a great deal of time to read and edit things properly, so if we see things like this Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.
We seek FNASR and exclusive print and electronic rights for one year after date of publication. Email all submissions to [email protected] with manuscript as an attachment. Do not include the story in the body of the email. Any questions can be directed to this email as well.
Looking forward to seeing your work!