Take the kind of story that Lovecraft, Merritt, Dunsany, Chambers or your other favorite pre-Derlethian weird writer would’ve told and tell it without any irony, any deconstruction, any tongue-in-cheek, any post-modern moralizing or mockery.
Tell a good classic pulpy science fiction story with a twinge of existentialist horror via alien and isolating elements. Or take a heroic fantasy approach to the Mythos; tell a story of the naked apes struggling to survive in the world ruled by Elder Gods and Old Ones.
Ironic hipster parodies and Cthululz have been the norm for decades. Those need to be destroyed, not Lovecraft, and I’m willing to pay good money to authors who’ll do it.
More of this:
Less of this:
Please no dropping nukes on Cthulhu. Note that modern and contemporary ::fingerquote:: “Lovecraftian” fiction or detective noir pastiches will be rejected unless you really bring something great to the table.
It will be a few months (probably April) before Cirsova officially opens submissions for issue #2, but consider this a heads up. We pay .01 per word with a bonus .01 for the first 2500 words.
Yes, there will be a 2nd Issue. More on that soon…