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About Konstantine Paradias
Konstantine Paradias is a writer by choice. At the moment, he's published over
100 stories in English, Japanese, Romanian,German, Dutch and Portuguese and has
worked in a freelancing capacity for videogames, screenplays and anthologies.
People tell him he's got a writing problem but he can, like, quit whenever he wants, man.
His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
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This is the world created by author C.J. Henderson who gave readers such modern day pulp heroes as Jack Hagee, Teddy London, Piers Knight, and his most recent creation: Frank Nardi, former N.Y.C. detective, now head of the Arkham Detective Agency. Before C.J. Henderson’s untimely death, many weird fiction authors were invited to this book to play in his world of stoic P.I.s, beautiful dames, and horrible monsters. We are thrilled to bring you the four Frank Nardi stories C.J. finished before his death, and all new stories set in H.P. Lovecraft’s modern day witch-haunted town of Arkham.
Exactly! I've come to tickle your funnybone.
Oh, and also to eat your soul.
In 1928, Weird Tales debuted “The Call of Cthulhu” by H.P. Lovecraft, and the Cthulhu Mythos was born. In the 90 years since, dozens of writers have dared play within HPL’s mind-blowing creation—but never with such terrifyingly funny results. Now top authors lampoon, parody, and subvert Lovecraft’s Mythos. See Cthulhu cut short his nap at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean to invade North Korea! Watch the Unspeakable Eater of Souls solve crimes on the pulpy streets of Innsmouth! And speaking of largish Elder Gods, listen to a plastic Elvis doll dispense folksy advice straight from the heart of the Emperor of Dread! Again Ol’ Tentacle-Face is confronted by frail humans who dare defy the Incarnation of Ultimate Evil—but this time not by brave monster hunters and terrified villagers, but by fan fiction writers, clueless college students, and corporate lawyers (okay, we realize it’s hard to know who to root for in that confrontation).
Twenty-three mirthful manifestations within the Cthulhu Mythos from best-selling and award-winning authors Neil Gaiman, Mike Resnick, Esther Friesner, Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Laura Resnick, Nick Mamatas, and many more!
Guaranteed to leave you howling. Because if you look at it just right, there’s nothing funnier than a soul writhing in cosmic horror before a tentacled maw of malevolence. As HPL himself saith: “From even the greatest of horrors irony is seldom absent.”
At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Praise for the Unidentified Funny Objects anthologies, edited by Alex Shvartsman:
“This book is a delight. There are a lot of giggles here, and every now and then you’ll laugh your head off. This is a hoot from start to finish.”—Galaxy’s Edge
“Shvartsman delivers a wonderful anthology and if you want to broaden your humorous SFF reading, Unidentified Funny Objects is a great place to start.”— A Fantastical Librarian
Praise for Alex Shvartsman:
“Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his.” –Locus
“Alex Shvartsman’s comedy is bright and direct with clever dialogue of both the inner and outer sort.”—Tangent Online
Complete Contributor List:
Jody Lynn Nye
Shaenon K. Garrity
Rachael Klahn Jones
Lucy A. Snyder
Original stories by David Vaughan, Jody Lynn Nye, Mike Resnick, Brian Trent, Yvonne Navarro, G. Scott Huggins, Gini Koch, Aidan Doyle, Amanda Helms, Laura Resnick, Laura Pearlman, Lucy Snyder, and Nick Mamatas.
Reprints by Esther Friesener, Kevin Wetmore, Shaenon K. Garrity, Alex Shvatsman, Ken Liu, Rachael K. Jones, Neil Gaiman, Konstantine Paradias, and Matt Mikalatos.
His private eyes went head-to-head with the horrors of the Lovecraftian mindscape. Their weapons
were fist cuffs, .45s, wise-cracks and harsh language. On occasions they got knocked down by a
tentacle or two, but they got back up again, bruised and battered perhaps, and they kept on fighting.
They were the first Cthulhu Detectives…
In July 2014, C.J. Henderson tragically lost his battle with cancer, but his influence has not dwindled,
and many writers today have followed in his tradition. Cthulhu Detective brings together 12 tales of
the new occult investigators written by many of today’s best known Cthulhu Mythos authors. Spies,
soldiers, private eyes, bounty-hunters, thieves, adventurers and police officers, all taking on the
monsters and madmen in an uncaring universe.
Cthulhu Detective features fiction from C.J. Henderson, Glynn Owen Barrass, David Conyers, Shane
Jiraiya Cummings, Cody Goodfellow, David Kernot, William Meikle, Konstantine Paradias, Robert M.
Price, Peter Rawlik, Brian M. Sammons, Ron Shiflet, and Jeffrey Thomas, with an introduction from
Robert M. Price. All earns from this anthology go to support C.J.’s family.
Included in this collection is a never before published C.J. novella, “The Temporal Deception” co-
written with David Conyers.
Return of the Old Ones will only have one signed edition (deluxe slipcased hardcover) and will feature a similar stamp design to the popular Cthulhu head stamping featured on the World War Cthulhu hardcovers. It will be signed by all contributors and will feature the original color cover artwork by Vincent Chong as color end sheets.
With stories from New York Times Bestseller Selena Kitt, Shirley Jackson Winner Gemma Files, five-time Bram Stoker Award Winner Lucy A. Snyder and more, this collection pushes the boundaries not only of steamy sex but of what defines us as sexual beings.
Explore repressed yet explosive gay erotica in a politically-themed tale, "The Straw Man," by Jessica Freely.
In A. Merc Rustad's "Bodies Like Galaxies," a nonconventional gendered couple engage in consciousness upload.
Jaye Wells ventures into erotic romance with "Aural Sex." A woman explores her obsession with sensual words. Chiaroscuro never sounded so sexy.
Genital piercing has rarely been this orgasmic. Read "Metal" by Lazuli Jones.
Cassie Alexander, the author of "The House: An Erotic Choose Your Own Adventure," brings "Galatea." The myth has never made more sense than in this retelling.
Hugo and Nebula Finalist, Kelly Robson explores the titillating world of aging lesbians and a group penchant for public nudity in "The Desperate Flesh."
Moreover, who doesn't like a good Nazi takedown? Douglas F. Warrick's "The Things I Told the Cops After the Uprising (And a Few Things I Wish I'd Told Them)" is a bittersweet yet beautiful, romantic yet sensual journey through violence and transition.
Focused on acceptance and consent, co-editors, Anna Yeatts & Chris Phillips, hope the stories in NASTY: Fetish Fights Back will help readers see the sexuality & sensuality common to all of us.
Stories from Selena Kitt, Gemma Files, Jaye Wells, A. Merc Rustad, Lucy A. Snyder, Cassandra Khaw, Lucien Soulban, Jessica Freely, Cassie Alexander, Kelly Robson, Jason S. Ridler, Tim Waggoner, Steve Berman, D. F. Warrick, 'Nathan Burgoine, Kaysee Renee Robichaud, Darien Cox, Molly Tanzer, Tom Cardamone, Lazuli Jones, Rose de Fer, Ann Castle, Charles Payseur, Nathan Pettigrew, Robert Brouhard, Konstantine Paradias, and Matthew F. Amati.
Is there wisdom in insanity? Enlightenment in blackest despair? Higher consciousness in the depths of chaos? These are the stories of the men and women who choose to cast off from the shores of our placid island of ignorance and sail the black seas of infinity beyond. Those who would dive into primeval consciousness in search of dark treasures. Thos who would risk the Deadly Light for one reason: it is still light.
Martian Migraine Press presents fifteen diverse tales of enlightenment and horror from some of the best new voices working in Weird Fiction today. Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis features poetry from Bryan Thao Worra, stories by Gord Sellar, Kristi DeMeester, Jayaprakash Satyamurthy, and the groundbreaking Mythos novella from Ruthanna Emrys, The Litany of Earth. With cover art by Alix Branwyn, interior illustrations by Michael Lee Macdonald, and an introduction by editor Scott R Jones (author of When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality), Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis will plunge readers into a seriously entertaining contemplation of the mysticism and magic inherent to Lovecraft's fantastical world of cosmic horror and dread. Take the Cthulhusattva Vow! Enter the Black Gnosis!
Table of Contents
The Pearl in the Shadows — Bryan Thao Worra
Keys in Stranger Deserts — Vrai Kaiser
Mr Johnson and the Old Ones — Jamie Mason
Antinomia — Erica Ruppert
Heiros Gamos — Gord Sellar
Mother’s Nature — Stefanie Elrick
At the Left Hand of Nothing — Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
The Litany of Earth — Ruthanna Emrys
Emperor Eternal — Konstantine Paradias
The Wicked Shall Come Upon Him — Kristi DeMeester
Messages — John Linwood Grant
That Most Foreign of Veils — Luke R J Maynard
We Three Kings — Don Raymond
Feeding the Abyss — Rhoads Brazos
After Randolph Carter — Noah Wareness
- Ernest Hemmingway
In a future of bleakness and roboticism, a totalitarian government enforces upon the people a lifestyle that lulls them into a state of obedience. Your career and social status are predestined and you cannot alter it - this is a reality that walks a fine line between evoking sensations of fear and inducing a sense of futility.
A dystopian reality can sometimes turn out to be as powerful and strong as it can be fragile, collapsing in on itself from one second to the next. As a race, we are fascinated with what comes next, what's over the hill and, inevitably, what happens if we're left all alone. How can things go on? What lessons can we learn?
Broken Worlds takes a peep into an all too possible future. Narration and style change from story to story, but the core of this volume is human emotion. Coloured by their cultures and backgrounds, the storytellers featured in this volume take the idea of a society at extremes and weave a variety of outcomes.
We invite you to read and hope you enjoy this collection.
The Sad Man by Thomas Brown (competition winner)
From the fifth-floor window of his inner-city flat, a man keeps watch for his friend, the Sad Man.
Pioneer by Joe Saxon
Lidia lives in the waterworks, always hungry, until she receives a message from the supervisors of the upper floors.
The Insects by Gavin Bryce
Thia is a city with millions of electronic eyes. On his retirement day, Roman Huxley has planned a special retirement present for the entire megacity.
Screens by Alix Owen
A story inspired by the advent of Google Glass; when one young man contracts a biomechanical disease, he is forced to see what the world has become while everybody else was social networking.
Machinations by Shira Hereld
A marriage is slowly falling apart as both partners become more and more reliant on mechanical Andros for everything from housework to intimacy.
The Architect by Gavin Haran
A local obituarist tracks the sinister transformation of his town through the introduction of mysterious architectural constructions with unexpected consequences
The Deepening Well by Sam Hurcom
Can a state of mind be considered dystopian - how would the end of history affect the last survivng individual?
3AM Job by Mark Schultz
On a future Earth, where absolute free market capitalism controls the globe, a freelance butcher accepts an early morning job which turns out to be far more profitable than it seems at first glance.
The Farm by George Vernon
A farmer and his family are threatened by their rebellious herd.
Vision of Paradise by Clare Banks
In the late 21st Century, a mind-altering drug is added to water supplies to combat global depression, but when a young housekeeper learns about a secret society's ambition to get it removed, her beliefs are challenged as her employer commits suicide to safeguard the group's anonymity.
Some believe it is an entity that traveled to Earth, many thousands of years ago inside a hollow meteor.
Ramsey Campbell, Nick Mamatas, John Goodrich, Robert M. Price, Pete Rawlik, W.H. Pugmire, Edward Morris, Scott R. Jones, Thana Niveau, William Meikle, Orrin Grey, Tom Lynch, Konstantine Paradias, Josh Reynolds, Lee Clarke Zumpe, and Tim Waggoner, these are, The Children of Gla’aki.