Submissions Are Now Open For Cthulhurotica 2!

Volume two is now open for submissions. From the guidelines:

We want to expand on the first book, without discarding any of it. The stories from Cthulhurotica are bold, sexy, creepy, empowering and frightening. What we’re looking for now is more … We want stories which use more of Lovecraft’s settings and characters. We’ve got Innsmouth and Arkham, but what about the mountains, the Artic, aboard the Emma? We met Nyarlathotep, the Mi Go, and the King in Yellow, but what about Ithaqua, or the Hounds of Tindalos? Tell us about Charles Dexter Ward’s neighbor, or the secretary in Professor Peaslee’s office.

What if Richard Upton Pickman painted pinup girls too?

Read more about what we’re looking for, and submit your unpublished original story, HERE

Submissions Guidelines for Cthulhurotica 2

What is Erotica?

Erotica [ih-rot-i-kuh] is literature or art intended to arouse sexual desire. It is not pornography, which is understood to have sexual arousal as its main purpose. Erotica includes a sexual aspect but it is only one part of the larger aesthetic. In other words, writing erotica is not about graphic descriptions of people having sex, it’s about making your reader want to have sex. It’s a tease, a flirt, a seduction …

Who is Cthulhu?

H.P. Lovecraft wrote smart, surreal, supernatural horror stories in the early 20th century. Cthulhu is one of several fictional creatures created by Lovecraft in the early 20th century. Lovecraft’s stories, and some of the works of his followers, outline what we now call the “Cthulhu Mythos”. Mythos characters include both the monsters and the men who discovered them.

Cthulhurotica is the place where sex and madness meet.

What are we hoping to get from Volume 2?

We want to expand on the first book, without discarding any of it. The stories from Cthulhurotica are bold, sexy, creepy, empowering and frightening. What we’re looking for now is more … We want stories which use more of Lovecraft’s settings and characters. We’ve got Innsmouth and Arkham, but what about the mountains, the Artic, aboard the Emma? We met Nyarlathotep, the Mi Go, and the King in Yellow, but what about Ithaqua, or the Hounds of Tindalos? Tell us about Charles Dexter Ward’s neighbor, or the secretary in Professor Peaslee’s office.

What if Richard Upton Pickman painted pinup girls too?

There is so much, both in Lovecraft’s work and in the associated Mythos stories by other authors, which hasn’t yet been explored. If you do want to revisit a location or monster from the first book, make sure you do so in a completely new way.

More importantly, we want to see more variations on the human theme. Female main characters, people of color, queer folk, polyamorous families, people with disabilities – if they exist in the real world, they should exist in Lovecraft’s world as well. (Yes, you can still send us a story with a straight, white, upper-middle class male as your main character if you want to.)

Some references which might help:

http://www.hplovecraft.com/creation/whoswho.asp – A Who’s Who of Lovecraft’s characters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu_Mythos – The Cthulhu Mythos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lovecraftian_horror – The Style of Lovecraft

What do we want to avoid:

Non-consensual sex, underage characters, slash fiction which features actual people (you can’t use August Derleth as a character in your story if he’s participating in any sex acts), poetry.

What we’re buying:

Stories of up to 4,500 words. Must be original; no reprints, no simultaneous submissions. Worldwide print and ebook rights (exclusive for 6 months, non-exclusive for an additional 30 months).

What we’re paying:

2 cents per word, paid within 90 days after publication. Contributor copy of print and ebook (can choose between .epub or .mobi/Kindle versions).

Submissions open May 1, 2012, and will close at 11:59 EST on July 31, 2012. Please submit your story as a .doc or .odt file. Use 12 pt font, do not insert two spaces at the end of each sentence (one is sufficient), and your story must include your name, address, telephone number, email address, and approximate word count on the first page.

Buy Cthulhurotica and Get a Chance to Win Books!

Vodka not included.

Author and small press fan Simon C. Larter is hosting a giveaway on his blog. Purchase a copy of Cthulhurotica before 12/15/11, and send him proof of that purchase, and you’re in the running to win:

  • AMERICAN GODS, by Neil Gaiman (signed hardback, 10th Anniversary Edition, mint condition)
  • NEVERWHERE, by Neil Gaiman (paperback, I-read-it condition)
  • GOOD OMENS, by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (paperback, I-read-it condition)
  • SURPRISE RANDOM BOOK FROM MY BOOKSHELVES, by Someone-or-Other (probably paperback, I-read-it condition)

Read more about his contest here.

Cthulhurotica is currently available 3 ways:

344 page, 5″ x 8″ paperback. $13.99 US, plus shipping

ISBN-10 0983137307 (ISBN-13 9780983137306)

KINDLE edition, $3.99

ASIN: B004GKMID2

.EPUB (for Nook, iBooks, and many more!) Instant download, and only $3.99!

ISBN-10 0-9831373-1-5 (ISBN-13 978-0-9831373-1-3)

(Please note: When opening the .epub on a Nook, you need to place it in the “My Documents” section, and not in the “My Library” section.)

New: Request a signature through Kindlegraph!

Do you have a Kindle version of Cthulhurotica? If so, you can get a it “signed” by our editor, Carrie Cuinn, digitally … free! Go to Kindlegraph.com and search for “Cthulhurotica”, or click on this link, and you’ll be able to request a signature. At this time the service is only allowing a single signature per book, but as soon as it opens to multiple authors we’ll try to get as many of our contributors on board as we can.

If you don’t have a Kindle and would still like signature page to go with your ebook, click on the image below to see the larger version, and then save it to your computer.

Or get it as a PDF by right-clicking here and saving the linked file.

Update on Submissions for Cthulhurotica 2

Due to a change in the 2012 publishing schedule at Dagan Books, our open submissions period for the second book in this series will begin at noon EST on May 1, 2012, and go through July 31, 2012. This will allow us to have the book available for purchase at the end of 2012.

Cthulhurotica 2 – Coming Soon!

Thanks to the success of Cthulhurotica and the support of its readers, we have decided to go ahead with plans to produce a second volume. This will be an open anthology, though we hope to invite back some of our favorite authors from the first book.

Submissions will open later this year, and there will be plenty of news and ideas posted here before then. If you think you might want to submit, but haven’t read Cthulhurotica yet, please pick up a copy today! Our 344 page paperback is only $13.99, available here from Amazon. Both the Kindle and .epub versions of the book are still only $3.99. Get yours today!

Looking For Reviews and Interviews about Cthulhurotica?

We keep a list of our book’s reviews, and interviews in which the editor or authors talk about Cthulhurotica, HERE

Some of our recent reviews include:

April 26, 2011 – “I would like to go on record as to say Cthulhurotica may well be the first great original Mythos story collection of the 21st Century. Read it!” J. Keith Haney, Innsmouth Free Press

May 6, 2011 – “Cthulhurotica is as close as I’ve seen to adult Mythos fiction done right.” Yog-Sothoth

May 12, 2011 – “This anthology of 20 plus stories is about stimulation of types defined by you the reader- terrifying, creepy, arousing, provocative- take your pick.” Boston Book Bums

We appreciate anyone who takes the time to read and review this assemblage of delightfully creepy stories. If you’ve got a review that we’ve missed, please let us know by emailing the links to inquiries _at_ dagabooks _dot_ com.

You can also keep up with us on Twitter at @cthulhurotica and on our Facebook page.

Coming soon … Cthulhurotica 2.

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From now until thru Feb 14, you can buy an EPUB of Cthulhurotica for the tiny little price of only $2.14, US.

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(Please note: When opening the .epub on a Nook, you need to place it in the “My Documents” section, and not in the “My Library” section.)

 

Tentacled Heart image by Galen Dara

Now Available! Cthulhurotica in Print, EPUB and Kindle

Today’s the day! With our official launch on Amazon.com, Cthulhurotica is currently available 3 ways:

 

344 page, 5″ x 8″ paperback. $16.99 US, plus shipping

ISBN-10 0983137307 (ISBN-13 9780983137306)

 

KINDLE edition, $6.99

ASIN: B004GKMID2

 

.EPUB (for Nook, iBooks, and many more!) Instant download, and only $6.99!

ISBN-10 0-9831373-1-5 (ISBN-13 978-0-9831373-1-3)

(Please note: When opening the .epub on a Nook, you need to place it in the “My Documents” section, and not in the “My Library” section.)