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Lordofthehunt
01-06-2012, 06:24 AM
Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous



Edited by



Tim Marquitz





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Is there a monster in you? Nows the time to let it out.



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The light has failed: the era of man is at its end.


Born of darkness and forced from the world, the creatures of myth, legend, and nightmare have long called the shadows home. Now, with the cruel touch of the sun a fading memory, theyve returned to claim their rightful place amidst humanity; as its masters.


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Mankind has long feared the dark; and for good reason. For all our science, for all our faith, we know so little of the world, so little of what lurks just beyond the flickering reach of the light. What might we encounter should the sun fail to rise; what terrors might crawl from the bowels of the earth or oceans? Are there creatures or beings out there, patiently waiting for their moment to strike, or are they already among us, devouring us from within?


Im looking for quality stories that answer these questions; stories that explore the darkest corners of our existence, from the undiscovered wilds to the depths of the ocean, the supernatural realm to the mundane, and beyond.



Submissions should be between 3,000 and 5,000 words.
Submissions open on January 15, 2012, and close at midnight, May 15, 2012. The anthology will be tentatively published on September 1, 2012, through Damnation Books.
Submissions and queries can be sent to fadinglightantho@gmail.com.
Payment is in the form of shared royalties (40% electronic, 25% print), all contracts through Damnation Books.
All stories must be typed in standard manuscript format, double-spaced, in a legible font (Size 12: Courier, Arial, Times New Roman), and must be either .doc or .docx file format. (Exceptions can be made for other formats that are easily opened and edited in Microsoft Word, but DO NOT send PDF, Notepad, or any other format that requires extra effort just for me to look at your submission)
Acceptances/rejections will be sent as time allows, but the target range will be three to five weeks from submission date. Feel free to send a status query after the fifth week if you have not heard back.
Ive no problem with vampire, werewolf, ghost, zombie, serial killer, or any of the more common monstrous story types, but I will be very selective when choosing to include such stories in the anthology. Im looking for authors to go beyond the norm and reach for a more creatively unique idea.
I will not limit topics, but stories that include rape, pedophilia, racism, or sexism simply for the shock factor will be rejected. If these topics are used in a way that blends them logically and faithfully within the theme of the story, Ill gladly give the story a chance. I want quality story-telling, not gore-porn.
No reprints will be accepted.
Multiple submissions ARE NOT allowed. Simultaneous submissions ARE allowed, but please inform me if your submission is being considered elsewhere, and be sure to let me know if it has been accepted somewhere else during the process. (After a rejection, authors are free to submit a new work for consideration.)
Be warned: I will not have time to provide personalized rejections. If your story is something I enjoyed but feel needs a little work, I will say so and offer the opportunity to resubmit it. If your rejection does not offer such an opportunity, please, do not resubmit the same story as it will be rejected again without consideration.

areteus
01-06-2012, 03:27 PM
Sounds good. Would this not be better off in the Paying markets forum?

BunnyMaz
01-06-2012, 04:03 PM
Interesting. Saving this one for consideration.

Lordofthehunt
01-06-2012, 11:29 PM
Sounds good. Would this not be better off in the Paying markets forum?

Probably, but it didn't occur to me to put it there until you said something. :)

Lordofthehunt
01-06-2012, 11:30 PM
Interesting. Saving this one for consideration.


Cool. Hope to see a submission from you.

areteus
01-06-2012, 11:42 PM
I thought I'd get in early before someone else made that point :)

I'm definitely thinking about this antho, though...

Maryn
01-07-2012, 01:39 AM
Lordofthehunt, if you'll send a PM to the board's moderator, this post can be merged into your post at Paying Markets, which is where it goes.

Hope you get great subs.

Maryn

MysteryRiter
01-07-2012, 02:19 AM
Interesting... If you don't mind me asking a stupid question: do these stories absolutely have to have a supernatural element? I have a dark horror piece that does explore a futuristic "what if?" I would submit but it doesn't have supernatural elements. Should I submit it and see if you think it'll fit or is this an absolute no? Thanks and good luck with the project. :)

Lordofthehunt
01-07-2012, 02:41 AM
Lordofthehunt, if you'll send a PM to the board's moderator, this post can be merged into your post at Paying Markets, which is where it goes.

Hope you get great subs.

Maryn

Thank you. Will do.

Lordofthehunt
01-07-2012, 02:48 AM
Interesting... If you don't mind me asking a stupid question: do these stories absolutely have to have a supernatural element? I have a dark horror piece that does explore a futuristic "what if?" I would submit but it doesn't have supernatural elements. Should I submit it and see if you think it'll fit or is this an absolute no? Thanks and good luck with the project. :)

Not at all. The basic theme is what happens when the lights go out? The interpretation is fairly loose, and doesn't need to be as apocalyptic/supernatural as I've built it up to be, but then again, it could be.

I really want authors to explore the idea of monsters and monstrous behavior from a different angle; the idea that something significant in the world has been altered and has allowed these creatures/people/beings to come out of hiding.

Hope that helps clear it up a little, and I'm looking forward to seeing the submissions.

alexshvartsman
01-08-2012, 10:03 PM
Dear Tim,

This is a cool concept, I'll have to see if I can come up with something suitable.

Could you please let us know which rights you are seeking, for accepted stories?

Lordofthehunt
01-09-2012, 06:11 AM
Dear Tim,

This is a cool concept, I'll have to see if I can come up with something suitable.

Could you please let us know which rights you are seeking, for accepted stories?

Thank you. Looking forward to it.

The contracts will be through Damnation Books, and they're looking for worldwide electronic and print rights, which I believe they want for 3 years. I'll have to check the last part as their normal time frame is 5 years. I'll let you know for sure here shortly.

Nexus
01-09-2012, 10:18 AM
Thank you. Looking forward to it.

The contracts will be through Damnation Books, and they're looking for worldwide electronic and print rights, which I believe they want for 3 years. I'll have to check the last part as their normal time frame is 5 years. I'll let you know for sure here shortly.

Three to five years is really long to retain rights, am I right? (Correct me if I am wrong, please.)

Also, you mentioned 40% royalties. You cannot possibly mean to each contributor - this means 40% divided by the number of contributing offers per each issue sold?

So if an anthology sells for 5 dollars, and there are 10 authors in the anthology, each sale will net 2 dollars for the 10 authors. Therefore each author would make 20 cents an issue?

I'm almost certain that is what you meant by shared royalties. Just wanted to clarify.

Lordofthehunt
01-09-2012, 09:34 PM
Three to five years is really long to retain rights, am I right? (Correct me if I am wrong, please.)

Also, you mentioned 40% royalties. You cannot possibly mean to each contributor - this means 40% divided by the number of contributing offers per each issue sold?

So if an anthology sells for 5 dollars, and there are 10 authors in the anthology, each sale will net 2 dollars for the 10 authors. Therefore each author would make 20 cents an issue?

I'm almost certain that is what you meant by shared royalties. Just wanted to clarify.

It is certainly a bit on the long side, but each author can negotiate as they wish before signing the contract. As I'm not the person in charge of the contracts, I don't have any control over them, unfortunately.

And yes, shared royalties means that the money is split between all of the authors published in the anthology. Again, not a perfect situation.

The ideal plan, however realistic, is to have a few larger named authors to help draw interest and increase sales. That said, the success of the anthology is up in the air, as are all books, and sadly, the potential income from the book is also uncertain.

Filigree
01-09-2012, 11:25 PM
I have a story that might work for this. Thanks for the post!

swgamble
01-11-2012, 01:08 AM
I would be very interested in this. Thanks for the heads up.

Lordofthehunt
01-11-2012, 05:17 AM
swgamble & Filigree: You're both welcome. Can't wait to see what kind of stories I get.

MysteryRiter
01-14-2012, 09:38 PM
So this begins tomorrow, huh? I'll need to get out my submission quickly, before the rest of the crowd. :D

PEBKAC
01-15-2012, 12:27 AM
Question on this. How are you handling possible inconsistencies? Say I write a story based on the lack of sunlight because of X and somebody else says Y is the reason? Or I write a story where the sun does suddenly and unexpectedly come up, but a different story explains the missing sun as blown up or permanently snuffed out?

Maybe I'm just overcomplicating hints :-)

Lordofthehunt
01-15-2012, 06:44 AM
So this begins tomorrow, huh? I'll need to get out my submission quickly, before the rest of the crowd. :D

I'll be waiting. :)

Lordofthehunt
01-15-2012, 06:49 AM
Question on this. How are you handling possible inconsistencies? Say I write a story based on the lack of sunlight because of X and somebody else says Y is the reason? Or I write a story where the sun does suddenly and unexpectedly come up, but a different story explains the missing sun as blown up or permanently snuffed out?

Maybe I'm just overcomplicating hints :-)

Yeah, you're stressing yourself out over nothing. As the stories aren't inter-connected beyond the basic premise, they can be contradictory without it causing a problem.

You also don't need to take the sun failing to rise so literally. The idea is more like what sort of monsters might come out should the lights go out, be it simply night coming around, a massive storm, volcano, etc. It can be apocalyptic, but it doesn't have to be.

Lordofthehunt
01-20-2012, 01:59 AM
Correction on the contract time: It's two years that rights are retained.

Filigree
01-20-2012, 06:42 AM
Submitted mine.