With our second anthology, The Nightside Codex, available for preorder and nearing its release date (8/24), you may be wondering what’s next for SMM. For our 2020 open call, we’re putting a temporary hold on Mysterium Tremendum to publish a more-than-deserved tribute anthology that readers and writers alike have demanded for quite a while now.
We are excited to present Hymns of Abomination: Secret Songs of Leeds, a tribute to Matthew M. Bartlett (author of The Stay-Awake Men and Other Unstable Entities, Creeping Waves, and Gateways to Abomination). The chance to honor this singular voice in weird fiction is a thrill to us, and we’ve already found a host of esteemed authors who agree. So far, contributors include John Langan, Nathan Ballingrud, Gemma Files, S.P. Miskowski, Brian Evenson, Jonathan Raab, Tom Breen, S.L. Edwards, John Linwood Grant, and a collaboration between Robert Wilson and Jon Padgett. And this is just the beginning, people—we’re expecting many more to join the ranks!
Much of Hymns’ TOC will be left open to public submissions. Due to the size and profile of this anthology, it’s necessary for us to employ the help of a modest Kickstarter campaign. Upon the success of the Kickstarter, we will be able to offer professional rates to public submissions, an expanded TOC, and interior illustrations. Additional tiered benefits will be announced in the Kickstarter, which should begin within the next couple of weeks.
We understand, of course, that times have been exceptionally difficult for everyone. We ask that you please refrain from contributing to the Kickstarter if you aren’t in the position to do so. To those who are able to contribute, we feel that it is more important now than ever to maintain professional rates for writers in this uncertain economic climate. Any support you are able to show this endeavor is greatly appreciated.
Stay tuned for the development of Hymns of Abomination! We’ll be announcing the Kickstarter here as soon as we’re able to formulate a reasonable goal.