Anthology Title: Azathoth: Ordo ab Chao
Edited by Aaron J. French
Based on The Gods of HP Lovecraft
Publisher: JournalStone Publishing
This project will be the first in a series of anthologies focusing on each of the Lovecraftian gods featured in the wildly successful The Gods of HP Lovecraft (published in 2015 by JournalStone Publishing). This first anthology begins with primal origins and the god Azathoth, who represents primordial chaos in the world of the Lovecraftian Mythos. H.P. Lovecraft described Azathoth as a demon king ruling from a dark throne in the middle of the fiery cosmic void, out of which all created things emanated. Surrounding this orbiting spiral of infinite chaos and creation sounded the repetitive notes from an incessant flute. This is a reference to the god Pan in Greek mythology and the symbol of created chaos behind the apparent orderliness of the natural world. Taking this imagery as our departure, the stories presented in this first anthology will deal with the notion of “order out of chaos” (Latin: Ordo ab Chao) and will engage with the cosmic demon Azathoth as ruler standing over this endless chaotic process.
Stories must include Azathoth in some shape or form, the more creative and different the better. Furthermore, some aspect of the story must include the theme of order out of chaos. How this looks and develops in the story is up to the author. Not interested in overt Lovecraft pastiche. Elements of occultism, esotericism, and magic are very much appreciated.
Submission Guidelines – Submissions Now Open
Seeking stories: 5000 to 7000 words
Format: double-spaced, 12 pt. Times New Roman font
Payment: 5 cents a word and a copy of the book
No reprints, simultaneous, or multiple submissions
Email all submissions as DOC(X) or RTF attachments to: [email protected]
Email subject line: “Story submission – [title]”
Include a short biography
Deadline for submissions: May 31st, 2022
Tentative publication date: October 2022