Open Call: Mechanical Miscreants

Anthology: Mechanical Miscreants 

Ah, those lovable robots, androids, and cyborgs, performing plenty of chores and dangerous jobs so us humans can remain out of harm’s way.

But…What happens when something goes wrong? If your computer has a hardware fault, would it kill you in your sleep? Would your microwave turn on only when it was opened? What about robots living a life of crime, Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics be damned?

The only real requirements for this anthology will be that a major character must be mechanical or electronic in nature and they’re doing something nefarious. All submitted stories must have a dark undertone to qualify for the HWA. Humor is welcome, as long as something is causing some harm or damage to those pesky “organics”. Stories must be 5,000 words to 10,000 words. Query for longer, shorter stories will not be entertained. Tortured, maybe, but that’s a hard minimum.

Modified Shunn format (see blind reading note): (Times New Roman 12pt font; .docx/.doc/.rtf formats only; single paragraph spacing; one space after a period; do not use tabs to indent; American quote mark usage; both American and UK English acceptable.) No reading fee.

BLIND READING RULES: These will be read blind, so put your name, address, phone, email(s), and a 100-200 word bio on a cover page and do not put any identifying information on the rest of the manuscript. Include a running page count starting with page #2 (cover page will be #1).

Payment on publication, scheduled for first quarter 2019.

Submission period: September 22, 2018 through November 30, 2018 (which is during NaNoWriMo, so hit two birds with one Nerf stone.)

No simultaneous submissions, acceptances will be on a rolling basis until December 15, 2018, when all acceptances should be finalized. A paper copy will be produced first, with a Kindle version planned afterwards. Contact Annik . Valkanberg @ ascarystory . com with any questions or cannot submit via Submittable.

This project is designed to be a qualifying market for the Horror Writers Association, paying $25 per accepted story and a digital copy when it is produced to allow folks to join or move up to the Affiliate level of HWA membership.

Authors will be able to purchase books at a 40% discount from cover price + shipping.

This anthology will feature some original artwork from several artists.

We will be using several new production methods with this anthology, including switching over to Ingram LightningSource.

ISBN: TBD
To submit, go to: https://villainouspress.submittable.com/submit or email Annik.

Report submissions to The Submissions Grinder and Duotrope.

 

CreateSpace to Ingram LightningSource/Spark

Transitional work is in progress on moving all titles from CreateSpace to IngramSpark and Ingram LightningSource. Since CreateSpace is going away and will be absorbed by Amazon’s KDP system, we felt it to be in our best interest to diversify our printing and distribution.

In the past we have had excellent results when contacting CreateSpace to correct any issues. Unfortunately, KDP has made multiple errors and odd demands including for one author to have a contract with himself to publish his own book under his own name. We have no trust in the KDP system so we will just use them to sell Kindle and Amazon hard copies of our books in print.

Ingram will handle all other hard copy outlets including Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell’s, and any bookstore near you.

Adventures in Zookeeping Anthology

Adventures in Zookeeping, an anthology that will support MileHiCon Denver with the net proceeds, will be released on October 28, 2016 at MileHiCon.

Adventures in Zookeeping CoverAt MileHiCon 47, several authors, publishers, and editors headed a panel called So You Want to Be in an Anthology? The audience selected the theme for the anthology, and only the people who attended the panel were eligible to submit short stories for publication. The authors would experience having their manuscript run through the editing process and receiving a contract, which included notes about what to watch out for when reading a contract. The stories in the anthology will be copyrighted in the author’s name.

All proceeds beyond actual costs will go to support MileHiCon.

Don’t forget, MileHiCon 48 will be held in Denver on October 28-30, 2016. There will not be an anthology for 2017.

ISBN: 978-1-62225-198-8
Cover design by Sam Knight

The Contributors:

Edited by Sam Knight

  • Foreword – Sam Knight
  • Zookeeper’s Dilemma – Beverly Coutts
  • Eternity’s Ark – J.L. Zenor
  • The Jeweled Black Quaver – C.S. Peterson
  • Bound by Death – Ashley Vasquez
  • Picket Line – Sheila Hartney
  • The Corpse Flower – Carolyn Kay
  • So Who Would You Tell? – Aylah Foureste & Deena Larsen
  • The Niwotlei Fund Raiser – Ian Brazee-Cannon
  • Nightmare Menagerie – Jessica Lauren Gabarron
  • Plant a Zoo & Watch It Grow – Aaron Spriggs
  • The Menace of Markenshire – N. Alan Miller
  • Love Hunters – Rod Spurgeon
  • Ari’s Song – Rick Duffy
  • All in a Day’s Work – Tonya L. De Marco
  • Sanctuary – Susan Adams
  • A Tale of an African Zoo – Sean Jones
  • The Glass Fairy – Sage Gabarron
  • The Lost Phoenix – Jodi M. Franklin
  • The Looking Glass – Patrick F. Smythe
  • The ReligioZoo – Lisa Mahoney
  • The Fourth Lemur – Sarena Ulibarri
  • Monsters of Yesterday – Alicia Cay
  • Afterword – Guy Anthony De Marco

The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram

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For those who love the weird and mysterious, this novel will bring a creepy thrill. Roger Locke, successful composer, buys a Connecticut farm. On the first night after he moves in, he is startled by two nocturnal visitors: one a “thing of dread” and the other apparently bent on saving his life from it. Up to the very last the suspense is sustained without a break, until in a sudden flash the whole astounding truth is revealed. The reader may take their choice of either an occult or scientific explanation of the matter.

  • Foreword by Annik Valkanberg.
  • 204 pages.
  • ISBN 9781622254705

Available in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Sidekicks Anthology

Sidekicks, an anthology that will support MileHiCon Denver with the net proceeds, will be released on October 23, 2015 at MileHiCon.

At MileHiCon 46, several authors, publishers, and editors headed a panel called So You Want to Be in an Anthology? The audience selected the theme for the anthology, and only the people who attended the panel were eligible to submit short stories for publication. The authors would experience having their manuscript run through the editing process and receiving a contract, which included notes about what to watch out for when reading a contract. The stories in the anthology will be copyrighted in the author’s name.Sidekicks - Front Cover V1-72dpi

Originally, the contributors were to receive an ebook version, but the principles decided to switch it to a physical copy so the contributors could sign each other’s copy at MileHiCon 47. The authors will also be able to pick up additional copies at a discount should they decide to pick up books for selling at a convention or for Christmas presents.

All proceeds beyond actual costs will go to support MileHiCon.

Don’t forget, MileHiCon 47 will be held in Denver on October 23-25, 2015. We will be running another panel for the 2016 anthology on Saturday, October 24th in the Mesa Verde B room at noon. You must be in attendance and sign the attendance sheet to have the opportunity to contribute to next year’s anthology.

We’ll see you in Denver!

 

The Contributors:

Edited by Sam Knight

  • Foreword by Sam Knight
  • A Matter of Measure by Holly Roberds
  • Mourning Bell by Benjamin Jacobson
  • Cupcakes and Villainy by Stephanie Parriott
  • The Chamber by Patrick Smythe
  • The Devil’s Contract by Rod Spurgeon
  • Transcript Attached by Sheila Hartney
  • Tracking the Trickster by Carolyn Kay
  • Job Security by Jodi M Franklin
  • Regarding the Incident on the Yellow Planet by Sarena Ulibarri
  • Ether and Chrome by Jessica Lauren Gabarron
  • The Pale Horse by Susan Adams
  • Mutualistic Sidekicks by Aaron Spriggs
  • Bragging Rights by Kenneth Ray Hager
  • The Goblin’s Guide to Being Fabulous by DM Daniel
  • Sidekick for Hire by Jess Roth
  • Afterword by Guy Anthony De Marco

Kindle, Amazon

Available for Kindle Universe.

Steampunk: The Other Worlds

The anthology STEAMPUNK: The Other Worlds will officially debut at AnomalyCon in Denver, Colorado on March 28, 2015. Edited by Sam Knight, senior editor at Villainous Press, this collection of steampunk-themed stories go beyond the typical boring Victorian earth-based confines.

  • Black Box by Peter J. Wacks
  • Odd Goods by Jessica Brawner
  • Apprentice in the Steam Library by Daniel Ausema
  • Eggs Full of Flame by K. C. Shaw
  • The Chaos Specimen by Matthew Pedersen
  • Under a Shattered Sky by Chris Wong Sick Hong
  • Ayelen by Igor Rendic
  • The Intuition of Future Truths by David Boop
  • Willowrunner by B. J. Beck
  • Venerian Twilight by DJ Tyrer
  • Keeping It Fresh by R. Joseph Maas
  • The Perfect Pastry by J. A. Campbell
  • Burying Engines by Marilyn K. Martin
  • Crystalline Clouds by Sam Knight

Cover designed by Peter J. Wacks.

STEAMPUNK: The Other Worlds
233 Pages, Print Edition
ISBN: 978-1-62225-253-4

Available on Amazon on March 30, 2015.

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Listed in Bowker’s Books in Print database and available from any reputable book dealer. This book will debut at AnomalyCon in Denver, CO.

Freakend Madness Volume 1 Released

The charity anthology Freakend Madness was released on February 1, 2015. Edited by Villainous Press Senior Editor Sam Knight, with an afterword by Bram Stoker Award® Finalist Guy Anthony De Marco, this book will benefit Asbury House, a battered woman’s shelter in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The original idea for this anthology came about from a bored author stuck in a hotel room. He put out a challenge to write a dark story in a single weekend. Many answered the call, but only a handful followed through. When the original author became unable to assemble the final stories into a finished anthology, Villainous Press was asked to take over the project. For many of the authors, this was a chance to go through a full editing experience and to receive some training on manuscripts and contracts.

Freakend Madness will be a recurring charity anthology series to help new authors get published alongside their more experienced peers.

Freakend Madness, Volume 1
122 pages, Print Edition

  • ISBN-10: 1622252527
  • ISBN-13: 9781622252527

Available on Amazon.

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Ancient Terrors Volume 3

Available now at bookstores and Amazon.

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Ancient Terrors (Volume 3)
Edited by Guy Anthony De Marco

An anthology of atmospheric horror and creepy ghost stories.

Editor Guy Anthony De Marco selected a wide range of author styles for this volume. This is the third volume of an ongoing series of eerie horror and ghost stories. Look for additional volumes of Ancient Terrors in January 2014.

ISBN: 978-1-62225-112-4

$12.95US

Ancient Terrors Volume 2

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Available now at bookstores and Amazon.

Ancient Terrors (Volume 2)

Edited by Guy Anthony De Marco

An anthology of atmospheric horror and creepy ghost stories.

Editor Guy Anthony De Marco selected a wide range of atmospheric stories for this volume. This is the second volume of an ongoing series of eerie horror and ghost stories. Look for additional volumes of Ancient Terrors in December 2013.

ISBN: 978-1-62225-111-7

$12.95US