Sunday, May 11, 2014

CALL OPEN FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR PRO SE’S FORAY INTO ‘SHUDDER PULP’!

Known as a leading publisher of New Pulp, Pro Se Productions announces a call for submissions today for an anthology that harkens back to a genre popular in the Golden Age of Pulp Fiction. Bizarre villains, horrific crimes, and brutal torture typified what many refer to as ‘weird menace’ stories. Now, Pro Se invites writers to try their hand at this classic Pulp trope in its latest anthology- SHUDDER PULP.

“Horror,” says Tommy Hancock, Editor in Chief of and Partner in Pro Se Productions, “is a genre that has thrilled and chilled fans since the first stories about monsters and men were told around campfires way back when. It reached a high point, many fans believe, in the era of the Shudder Pulps. Tales that aimed to terrify as well as enthrall readers with action and over the top storylines reached brand new highs- or lows, depending on your point of view- in the 1930s with the development and popularity of the Weird Menace sort of tales. And even though the horror genre has gone a variety of other directions since, there is still something about the formula of those classic Pulp tales that makes doing SHUDDER PULP exciting.”

The formula for stories that would fit into SHUDDER PULP may include an extremely malevolent villain, be it a scientist, supernatural being, etc., with a plot to bring horrible evil upon the world. Also, stories usually include a hero/heroine who has to not only uncover the plot of his/her nemesis, but also must save someone from horrific, unimaginable torture at the hands of the villain. Cults, high tech threats that seem to be supernatural and archaic, torture, murder, and sadistic acts calculated to scare readers, with a decent dose of heroic action and mystery thrown in, can all also be a part of stories for this anthology.

One requirement for SHUDDER PULP is that all elements of the stories must be original and created by the author. Public domain characters or concepts, such as the Lovecraftian mythos, are not to be a part of the submitted stories. The stories must be completely original.

Stories for SHUDDER PULP must be 10,000 words in length. A proposal of 100-500 words must be submitted to submissions@prose-press.com. Authors not previously published by Pro Se Productions must submit a writing sample of at least two pages with their proposals. Authors whose proposals are accepted must submit the first four pages of their accepted stories as quickly as possible for review by Pro Se staff. Final deadline for completed stories is 90 days following acceptance of proposals.

SHUDDER PULP is scheduled for publication in 2015 by Pro Se Productions.

For more information on this title, contact Morgan Minor, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations, at directorofcorporateoperations@prose-press.com.

To learn more about Pro Se Productions, go to www.prose-press.com. Like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.