London 1992. Four ex-psychiatric patients are bequeathed a Victorian asylum by their psychoanalyst. Jerusalem Lamb, madman, lurks in the Church of Rust, a magpie-faced God chooses his victims, the Voices cheer him on. Devastation and secrets unfurl. And the circus is coming to town…
‘A dark and twisted slant on the lunatics running the asylum, including a serial killer who would have Michael Meyers running for his mother.’
‘It’s as if Monty Python decided to produce Peake’s Gormenghast. Other times, it’s Lewis Carroll’s version of Silence of the Lambs. …There’s nothing quite like it.’
‘This account of madness, violence and other wordly is expansive and self aware. …Ghastly, ridiculous, poignant and beautiful.’
Farren Miller Locus Magazine
‘A remarkable, haunting and atmospheric novel.’
Following on from the Paragenesis and Para Imminence anthologies of Wraeththu Mythos stories, this new collection will focus upon the enigmas that might be found within the disparate tribes of this androgynous race – how Wraeththu might have – or will – develop in strange and unimagined ways.
We are calling for submissions to this anthology, of stories between 3,000 and 10,000 words. As with the former anthologies, we are mainly looking for pieces that do not involve characters from the original Wraeththu books, although such characters may have ‘cameo appearances’ if it suits the story. Writers who were included in the previous collections may also expand upon characters (or their descendants or ancestors) who they created for their earlier stories, if they so wish.
This collection gives writers a broad canvas for their ideas. Contributors can explore how the mutation from human to har might have unforeseen consequences; how new strains of hara might have come into being with unusual attributes; how tribes might have developed in hidden corners of the world that are vastly different to the mainstream population. Or even within ‘regular’ Wraeththu communities, harlings might be born who are different in some way, who might have additional mutations to their parents, thus taking them further away from their human progenitors.
Are hara as they exist within their world the ‘finished product’ or are they perhaps a stage on the way to further evolution? Or would some harlings born to hara be throwbacks to their earlier human roots? They are many avenues to explore, no matter how strange.
Please let us know if you are interested in contributing and provide a short synopsis of your idea, by mailing Storm at the above email address. The deadline for completed submissions is 31st August 2013. As before, there will be a one off payment of $25 per story. Contributors are welcome to submit more than one.
If you know of anyone who might like to contribute, please feel free to pass this document to them.