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Apotheosis – Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the Elder Gods.
Apotheosis – Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the Elder Gods.
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Apotheosis – Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the Elder Gods.

For tens of thousands of years, humanity struggled to grow and evolve, but forever in the shadow of a dread threat known only to a devoted few. When the stars are right, it is said, the Old Ones will return to claim utter dominion of the world…and now this terrible prediction is reality. This anthology features stories about humanity’s new struggle for survival under the reign of the Elder Gods and ancient terrors. It is inspired by the Lovecraft Mythos stories that often climax at the moment of the fateful return of the Elder Gods, but that the audience to ponder at what might happen next. Those questions are answered here, in Apotheosis! This anthology will be available in e-book and print-on-demand (POD) formats. 

Title: Apotheosis
Tagline: Stories of human survival and defiance in a world subjugated by the Elder Gods.
Word-Count: 85,000 to 100,000 words 
Publication Date: August 2015
Publisher: Simian Publishing

Simian Publishing is committed to this project and we’ve already funded a portion of this anthology. The following aspects of the project have already been paid for before this Kickstarter.

  • The brilliant cover art by Mark Kelly.
  • Funds will be budgeted to pay writers 1 cent per word, and all associated printing costs. Reaching our Kickstarter funding goal of $1,890 will allow us to increase our author payment to 3 cents per word. 

TYPES OF STORIES WE’RE LOOKING FOR 

We’re looking for character-driven stories set during a time in the future where the ancient terrors that once ruled the Earth have claimed complete and utter dominion of the planet. We’re less concerned about the strict interpretation of the Elder Gods and the Lovecraft Mythos than with good stories that deal with real human concerns. 

  • How do people survive such a cataclysm? 
  • How does life change, and how do these changes affect people?
  • Will people accept their new gods or will they rebel? 
  • What will it mean to be human in such a world of gods and monsters?

Surprise us! Don’t give us stories that we’ve read before: we want worlds that feel real, populated by characters from different cultures, genders, and ethnicities. Avoid cultural appropriation. Do your homework. We recommend that you read our last anthology to see the types of stories we enjoy. For more information about submissions, please see the Apotheosis submission guidelines

What do we mean by Lovecraft Mythos stories in relation to Apotheosis? We’re looking for stories inspired by the stories of H.P. Lovecraft and associated writers such as August Derleth, Clark Ashton Smit , Robert E. Howard , Robert Bloch , Henry Kuttner, and Frank Belknap Long. We’re also interested in writers that inspired Lovecraft such as Edgar Allan Poe, Algernon Blackwood and Lord Dunsany. We’re interested in classic mythos gods and monsters and originals that have inspired by the mythos.

STRETCH GOALS 

Our basic goal is to elevate our payment to our writers from 1 cent per word to 3 cents per word. If we hit $3,000, we will elevate that payment to 5 cents per word.

If we hit $4890, we will open a second themed anthology for open call submission in late 2015. (The current plan is to consider a superhero anthology.) We are planning a payment scale for this anthology at 3 cents per word. If we hit $6,000, we will open a third themed anthology for open call submission in early 2016. We are planning a payment scale for this anthology at 3 cents per word.

ABOUT THE REWARD TIERS 

We've priced our reward tiers so that if you contribute to our Kickstarter, you're essentially placing a pre-order for a copy of the book. Almost every backer who selects one of our rewards will get a copy of the anthology in either electronic or print format (and often both!)

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Editor Jason Andrew has previously completed three speculative anthologies for Simian Publishing: Gods and Monsters, Into the Dreamlands, and The Future Embodied.

Risks and challenges

Editor Jason Andrew has completed four anthologies and has the experience to ensure that this one is completed. Life may cause a delay, but only by a month or two at the latest. There is no chance that the project will not be completed.

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    A print hardcover copy of Apotheosis (signed by the editor) and an e-copy of Apotheosis in a variety of formats (PDF, Kobo, Kindle, or Nook). In addition, you will have the option of a future tuckerization in a story written by Jason Andrew. That’s right your name will appear in a future story written by the editor of this anthology and likely be assigned to a character that will be horribly murdered. (Jason will discuss with you the details ahead of time.)

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    A print hardcover copy of Apotheosis (signed by the editor) and an e-copy of Apotheosis in a variety of formats (PDF, Kobo, Kindle, or Nook). In addition, the editor of Apotheosis will critique/edit one of your stories (up to 10,000 words). Obviously, this pledge level does not guarantee or promise publication. Said story may not be submitted to Apotheosis.

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