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The WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS ANTHOLOGY is the first ever H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection created specifically for readers on the go.

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On the subway, during lunch, or even under the fluorescent glow of your cubical—there is no escape! Now your slow descent into madness can follow you through the day, as well as the night. The WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS ANTHOLOGY is the first ever H.P. Lovecraft inspired collection created specifically for readers on the go. All 33 spine-chilling tales are concentrated bites of terror which include works by Greg Stolze (Delta Green), Nick Mamatas (Shotguns v. Cthulhu), Tim Pratt (Marla Mason), Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green), Greg Van Eekhout (The Boy at the End of the World), and Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Future Lovecraft).

"Whispers from the Abyss an impressive collection of short stories that are inspired by the Cthulhu Mythos."SFFWorld.com

WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS is a collection of Lovecraft inspired short stories. The anthology was released last year for the Kindle and was well received. Of the entire 01Publishing catalog, we have been consistently asked by fans to bring this title to print. What we need is a $5000 from you (essentially pre-orders) to pay for the printing and shipping of this title.

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  • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    Introduction by Alasdair Stuart.
    "Iden-Inshi" by Greg Stolze
    "Pushing Back" by J.C. Hemphill
    "Nation of Disease: The Rise & Fall of a Canadian Legend" by Jonathan Sharp
    "When We Change" by Mason Ian Bundschuh
    "Nutmeat" by Martin Hill Ortiz
    "The Last Tweet" by Charles Black
    "Secrets In Storage" by Tim Pratt & Greg Van Eekhout
    "The Well" by Tim Jeffreys
    "The Neon Morgue" by Nathan Wunner
    "The Deep" by Corissa Baker
    "Fear And Loathing In Innsmouth: Richard Nixon's Revenge" by Jason Andrew
    "My Friend Fishfinger By Daisy, Age 7" by David Tallerman
    "Chasing Sunset" by A.C. Wise
    "The Thing With Onyx Eyes" by Stephen Brown
    "I Do The Work Of The Bone Queen" by John R. Fultz
    "Suck It Up, Get It Done" by Brandon Barrows
    "The Substance In The Sound" by W.B. Stickel
    "Stone City, Old As Immeasurable Time" by Kelda Crich
    "Hideous Interview With Brief Man" by Nick Mamatas
    "The Sea, Like Glass Unbroken" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
    "The Decorative Water Feature Of Nameless Dread" by James Brogden
    "Henry" by Lance Axt
    "My Stalk" by Aaron J. French
    "Give Me That Old Time Religion" by Lee Finney
    "Afraid Of Dobermans" by Chad Fifer
    "Leviathan" by Nicholas Almand
    "Horrorscope" by Charles Black
    "The Jar Of Aten-Hor" by Kat Rocha
    "The Floor" by Jeff Provine
    "Waiting" by Dennis Detwiller
    "Other People's Houses" by Sarena Ulibarri
    "You Will Never Be The Same" by Erica Satifka
    "Death Wore Greasepaint" by Josh Finney

WORD COUNT: 72,157

The book itself is going to be a 200+ page paperback

WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS features a collection of new, established, and rising talents of the horror genre. Featured authors include:

Novelist and game designer, Stolze is no stranger to the Cthulhu Mythos. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies such as, Cthulhu Lives!, Delta Green: Alien Intelligence, Delta Green: Dark Theatres, and The Unspeakable Oath. He also co-wrote the mythos inspired novel Mask of the Other with Dennis Detwiller.

Nick Mamatas is the author of the Lovecraftian novels Move Under Ground and The Damned Highway (with Brian Keene). His mythos short stories have appeared in anthologies such as Lovecraft Unbound, Black Wings II, Future Lovecraft, and New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird. Nick's fiction has also appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction, Tor.com, Weird Tales, New Haven Review, and Best American Mystery Stories.

Silvia's stories have appeared in places such as Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, The Book of Cthulhu, and Historical Lovecraft: Tales of Horror Through Time. She operates Innsmouth Free Press and has edited several anthologies, including Fungi and Sword & Mythos. Her first collection of work is called This Strange Way of Dying.

Greg van Eekhout is a Nebula Award winner and the author of the YA novels Kid vs. Squid, The Boy at the End of the World, and the fantasy novel Norse Code, as well as about two-dozen short stories. Tor Books has just released Greg's modern-day fantasy trilogy, California Bones.

A rising star in short fiction, A.C. Wise's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Apex and The Best Horror of the Year Vol. 4. Her mythos themed work can be found in anthologies such as Fungi and Future Lovecraft.

Chad Fifer is  a writer, actor, musician, and host of the acclaimed HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast. He is an author of the coming-of-age novel Children in Heat. His mythos fiction has appeared in The Lovecraft Anthology: Vol. II, and Shotguns v. Cthulhu.

For those wanting to go above and beyond simply ordering the book, 01Publishing is offering a number of unique incentives. These include:

  • Star Spawn Poster - A 11x17 poster of the anthology's signature cover art.
  • Rules of Survival Poster - Created by anthology contributor Josh Finney and Call of Cthulhu artist Patrick McEvoy, this 11x17 poster offers a humorous step-by-step guide on how to survive a Lovecraft story... just not necessarily with your sanity intact.
  • Bookmarks - Two side book mark with Elder Sign & Star-Spawn art.
  • Bookplates - Enhance your copy of the Anthology with a limited bookplate!
  • Sketch Bookplate - Have Call of Cthulhu artist, Patrick McEvoy customize your book with an illustration of your favorite mythos creature.
  • Elder Sign Pendant - Protect yourself from the forces of the Great Old Ones with this limited Elder Sign Pendant, made of brass and glass. A Sigil of the Gate version is also available.
  • Join the Esoteric Order of Dagon and receive all manner of cool stuff!


Add Ons! Want something extra with your pledge?

  • An additional copy of the book    $15
  • An additional bookmark               $2
  • An additional bookplate               $2
  • Star Spawn Poster                      $12
  • Rules of Survival Poster              $12
  • Metal Elder Sign Bookmark         $10
  • UNLOCKED! - Stretch Add On: Order of Dagon Lodge Sticker For an extra $2 you can add the Order of Dagon Lodge Sticker to your pledge.
  • UNLOCKED! - Stretch Add On: Elder Sign Sticker For an extra $2 you can add the Elder Sign Sticker to your pledge.

If you are not in the United States, pledged at a digital level, but wish to add an add on you will need to pay an overseas shipping rate.
Physical book $10
Posters $5
Metal bookmark $5
Bookplates, bookmarks and stickers (stretch goal) $1

"All about that moment I love, the moment where something approaches. The moment where you close your eyes and hope it goes away. It will. But there’ll be another story right behind it. And another. And another." –Alasdair Stuart, host of the PSEUDOPOD podcast.

"...this is a solid anthology front to back" Innsmouth Free Press

4½ STARS –Amazon.com

"Whispers From The Abyss is filled with enough creepy treats to keep you hiding under your covers for weeks. If you like H.P. Lovecraft, odd and impending doom-like horror and the smell of fish, this is the collection for you." Geeks of Doom

"...the stories contained within vary widely in tone, with each writer approaching the mythology from a distinctly different angle." –Good Reads

"A great, engrossing and varied anthology of Lovecraftian fiction..."
HellNotes.com

  • UNLOCKED! - Everybody who contributed $20 or more will get their name printed in the book as a patron.
  • UNLOCKED! - Elder Sign Sticker. Everybody who contributed $20 or more will get a sticker of the Elder Sign with their pledge.
  • UNLOCKED! - Stretch Add On: Order of Dagon Lodge Sticker For an extra $2 you can add the Order of Dagon Lodge Sticker to your pledge.
  • $8000 - [LOCKED] -  Enhance your tome of Eldritch horror with these spot illustrations by Call of Cthulhu/Arkham Horror artist Patrick McEvoy. All physical copies of Whispers of the Abyss will now come with these beautiful illustrations throughout the book.
  • $8000 - [LOCKED] - Stretch Add On: Mythos Magnetic Poetry Set! Never read aloud what is written on your fridge! This Magnetic poetry set will channel eldrich horror straight into your kitchen! Just add $5 to your pledge and specify that you want the poetry set in your survey.
  • $10K - [LOCKED] - Hardcover: Everybody's book is upgraded to a hardcover.

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Content for this book has already been created so all that is left is the printing and distribution.
The book will be printed overseas so there could be delays in shipping by boat. That is the only foreseeable risk.

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