I have a short horror piece in a new anthology called “Eldritch Embraces: Putting the Love Back in Lovecraft.”
Dragon’s Roost Press is the publisher, and the theme is stories that connect love and romance with the Cthulhu mythos or related cosmic horror. Falling in love is scary, right? You suddenly have more to lose, and might even fear losing yourself. And love can lead to scary things like parenthood. The connection between love and a mind filled with wonder and horror doesn’t seem odd to me.
My story is called “Dark Totem,” and my protagonist is a sheriff in the Old West who is waylaid by love and an ancient horror. As far as I know, mine is the only cowboys-and-Cthulhu tale in the book, but it would be cool if there were more. Hell, that would make a good anthology theme, wouldn’t it?
My good friend TW Williams has a piece in this book, too; his story is called “Changing Station,” and it is one creepy-ass carnival ride.
I have not read any of the other stories yet, but I look forward to receiving my copy. Here is the lineup:
Table of Contents
When The Stars Are Right by Sarah Hans
Where No Dawn Can Reach by Deborah Walker
The Dread Beneath by Gavin Capener
Stone City Old As Immeasurable Time by Kelda Crich
The Collected Fortunes of Linda Pierce by Marek Jones
The Fine Art Of Fortune Telling by Michelle Ann King
The Rise And Fall Of The Hairless Apes by Tom Johnstone
Dark Totem by Steve Goble
The Lengths That He Would Go To by Dale W. Glaser
Date Of The Old Goat by Deborah Walker
Take This, And Eat by Matthew S. Rotundo
Cold Passion Of Three Hearts by Matthew Wilson
From Beyond The Night Songs Of Mirabelle Zann by B.C. Matthews
The Rimerson Composition by Fredrick Obermeyer
Signs And Hortense by Fraser Sherman (Note: I love this title … — Steve)
Pickman’s Canvas by Alexandra Townsend
The Flower Dancer by Simon Bleaken
Last Fall by Mark Hill
What Sorrows May Come by Lee Clark Zumpe
Those Before The Slumber by Brian Fatah Steele
Something Fishy by Vivian Caethe
Enchantment Over Innsmouth by Stefanie Lazer
Alexa by Charles Payseur
What Lay Below by Christine Rains
Beach House On The Moon by Leigh Kimmel
Casteing Couch by Sharon Diane King
In The Old Earth by Ross Smeltzer
Best In Show by Andrew M. Seddon
Addicted To Madness by Justin Joe Sherman
Descent Of The Wayward Sister by Gabrielle Harbowy
Changing Station by TW Williams (Note: I got to read it before you did, so there! — Steve)
Under Violet Skies by Colleen H. Robbins
That is a lot of squishy, squamous, ululating love stories.
Here is how to order.