Monsters & Mormons: July update

Theric and I have now read all of the 20 or so submissions we have received so far. I’m not going to go in to much detail about them, but I will say that we are pleased with this set of stories as a starting point. Many thanks to everybody who sent work in. It’s been quite entertaining reading. Since the deadline for submissions is still a ways away we aren’t making any final decisions right now. Sadly, it’s the early birds who are going to have to be the most patient.

And yes, there is still plenty of time to submit — we won’t close submissions until Oct. 1. Indeed, you have time even if you haven’t started yet (11 weeks — so get to it). For those still thinking about possibly participating, we have some suggestions for styles/sub-genres to consider. Obviously, the best thing you can do is write an awesome, well-crafted story. An excellent story never faileth (to catch the editor’s eye).

However…

Our cup spilleth over with space opera.

And we could use (more) entries that are…

  • urban fantasy
  • mystery/noir/detective
  • alternate history (that’s not in the future)
  • set in “real” (or alternate) 19th and 20th century settings
  • written from the pov of a female protagonist
  • written from the pov of known church figures (although word is that a few Porter Rockwell submissions are in process so maybe not him*)
  • western (with monster)
  • Professional Adventurer (Doc Savage, Indy Jones [Orson Pratt? Jacob Hamblin?])
  • occult
  • giant monster (Them!, Godzilla)
  • werewolf, mummy or Frankenstein monster
  • ancient horror unleashed
  • horror in general
  • steampunk
  • set in wartime (Civil, WWI, WWII, Vietnam, contemporary…)
  • Dan Brown-style thriller
  • set in a Book of Mormon setting
  • not set in space or the U.S.

We also need illustrations and photographs so if you have something that fits the theme send it in (submission details here). In addition, (or instead) if you have artistic talent and are interested in illustrating one of the stories, drop us a line at monsters AT motleyvision DOT org with an example of your work, and we’ll connect you with a story in October. We have some good ones that we think will be fun to illustrate.

To sum up: Things are on track and going well. We want more stories and illustrations. And this first crop of submissions totally validates the Mormons & Monsters concept. You are going to really enjoy this anthology.

*although, as mentioned, the awesome caveat trumps all

Monsters & Mormons: June progress update

I’m pleased to announce that you all have already submitted 14 short stories and 2 novellas to Monsters & Mormons. Theric and I are, well, we are somewhat surprised and totally delighted and just a wee bit overwhelmed — this is really awesome, guys. Thanks so much.

We’re also ready to start reading, and depending on what the two of us can agree on and the scope/tone/craftsmanship of the stories that have come in, we may announce some early admits to the anthology at the end of summer. We don’t plan on announcing a whole slew of them, and there may be some that we agree should be accepted as soon as we read them in a week or two or five, but hold back on until we do the big reveal after the submissions deadline. And we may just abandon the whole early admit idea. But my hope is that there are 3 or 4 stories that really tie in well to the core vision of this project that we can admit early and (briefly) publicly describe in order to impart the flavor of Monsters & Mormons in a concrete way. Although again: we’re looking for a full range of works here, and we think we’ve presented a fairly broad scope within which to play.

Also please remember that submissions don’t close until Oct. 1 so there’s still plenty of time to get something ready to submit — even if you haven’t started writing yet. And we won’t be sending out final rejections and the bulk of the acceptances until after Oct. 31.

So thank you. Keep writing. And stay tuned for more updates as the weeks fly by.

Monsters & Mormons: Some Free Summer Reading

In the call for submissions for the Monsters & Mormons anthology, Theric and I mention a few authors as possible sources of inspiration. Luckily, because we’re hearkening back to the pulp era, you can find some of their work for free at Project Gutenberg and in a variety of formats, including html, e-book and, in some cases, audio book. Now this only covers the early years because many works are still under copyright, but it’s a good start. So in no particular order:

Feel free to add others in the comments section. I apologize for the lack of female authors — there weren’t many in the early era. However, I do plan on writing a second post that covers some authors whose works are still under copyright (so you’ll need to buy or borrow) but who are worth checking out if you are a) planning on writing something this summer to submit and/or b) simply interested in genre fiction.

Mormons and Monsters: Musing upon one point of editing

M&M.

In editing The Fob Bible, I ignored any agony at including my own work. The constraints of the anthology demanded it. With Monsters and Mormons, I was planning on stepping aside and not filling any pages with my own writing. After all, I have generally found it rather obnoxious when editors include their own work. The first time I remember thinking this was reading a humor collection edited by Louis Untermeyer  (Amazon). The book, he claimed, contained only the best work from the English-speaking world’s funniest writers. And then he included himself. So I judged him by his own standard (only twice as hard) and that’s pretty much what I’ve been doing since. And I’ve read enough anthologies now to know that 75% of the time, the editor’s stories show—not surprisingly—the least editing. Continue reading “Mormons and Monsters: Musing upon one point of editing”

Monsters & Mormons: Call for Submissions

A Motley Vision and Peculiar Pages are pleased to announce a call for submissions for the Monsters & Mormons anthology. Theric and William are very excited about this project and look forward to working with you all. We’ve tried to be as thorough as possible in this call for submissions, but if you have questions, leave them in the comments section below or e-mail monsters@motleyvision.org.

PURPOSE

As Terryl Givens documents in The Viper on the Hearth, from Zane Grey to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mormons served as stock villains in the early days of genre fiction (both pre-pulp and pulp heyday). We propose to recast, reclaim and simply mess with that tradition by making Mormon characters, settings and ideas the protagonists of genre-oriented stories to appear in an anthology simply titled Monsters & Mormons. This is, then, a project of cultural reappropriation. But even more than that, we just want us all to have fun with the concept. Continue reading “Monsters & Mormons: Call for Submissions”

Preannouncement: The Monsters & Mormons Anthology

UPDATE: Call for Submissions

As Terryl Givens documents in The Viper on the Hearth (Amazon), from Zane Grey to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mormons served as stock villains in the early days of genre fiction (both pre-pulp and pulp heyday). We propose to recast, reclaim and simply mess with that tradition by making Mormon characters, settings and ideas the protagonists of genre-oriented stories to appear in an anthology simply titled Monsters & Mormons.

A formal call for submissions will be posted in early April, but we wanted to pre-announce the project now in order to get the creative juices flowing and test if this is of any interest at all to AMV’s readers (and anyone else who gets wind of it).

Three things that I will note now:

  1. Theric Jepson and I will serve as co-principals on the project. It will be published by Peculiar Pages. We don’t have all the details hammered out, but we’re fairly far along, and I’m confident you will own a copy of this book by the end of next year.
  2. We will provide more specific direction in the call to submissions, but we intend for the concept (Monsters & Mormons) to be interpreted across a wide range of genres and art forms and high/low/middle-browness-es.
  3. However, we also envision the project as very much coming out of the key pulp authors and riffing on, building upon, paying homage to and perhaps even satirizing their work. Which doesn’t mean that we are abandoning the literary, either. We hope to build a hybridized anthology with a pulpy core.

Any thoughts? I don’t know that Theric and I will be able to answer all of your questions (assuming ya’ll even have any), but if you have strong desires, radical middle ideas, or simply yeas or nays, cheers or hisses, make them known.

Finally: Yes, this is a project of cultural re-appropriation. I could go on at length about all the reasons I dig the conceptual underpinnings of this concept. But I won’t (and I’ll try to keep things brief in the call for submissions). Because it really doesn’t matter. The most important thing is that we all have fun, and that’s the primary reason I decided to take this project on — it’s time for us to cut loose in the world of Mormon letters.