Sunday, October 26, 2014

OPEN CALL FOR ‘ELDRITCH FOR HIRE’ DIGEST ANTHOLOGY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

JAMES PALMER’S OCCULT PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR HANGS SHINGLE AT PRO SE PRODUCTIONS

Known as an innovator in Genre Fiction, Pro Se Productions prides itself on searching out properties that belong in the publisher’s already stellar lineup of titles. Often those concepts come from writers already familiar to Pro Se and its readers. Author James Palmer’s Sam Eldritch appeared in an issue of Pro Se Presents, Pro Se’s now discontinued magazine, and left his mark on the fiction world. And now, Pro Se Productions announces an open call for submissions as Sam returns to Pro Se in Eldritch for Hire, a digest anthology.

“What makes Sam Eldritch stand out,” says Tommy Hancock, “is more about how James writes it and envisions the storytelling. Not only is Sam a master of the comeback, but the entire world in which he lives is set on high wit and sarcasm. The monsters are scary, the mysteries need to be solid, but even with that Sam is that unique character who doesn’t take himself too seriously, yet plays as hard boiled as well as he does humorous and supernatural. Eldritch will be right at home with Pro Se and we’re glad to have a character like Sam from a fantastically talented creator like James Palmer.

Sam Eldritch, Occult Investigator for Hire, is witty, offbeat period pulp about a different kind of gumshoe, a guy who trades insults with gangsters as easily as he faces down tentacled horrors from beyond space-time. Sam’s ultimate goal is to track down the demon that killed his partner and gave him second sight. He hopes that he’ll not only have his revenge but a few answers about himself. Sam Eldritch is Dashiell Hammett meets H.P. Lovecraft on the mean streets of New York City. Anything goes. Vampires. Ghosts. Cthulhu-inspired horrors.

“Sam Eldritch,” says Palmer, “is my favorite character I have created, and I'm excited about turning him over to other writers. Pro Se is a leader in the New Pulp field, and regularly publishes attractive books and e-books, so I am thrilled to have found a home for Sam with them.”

James Palmer is an author and editor who has written for Pro Se Productions, Airship 27, and White Rocket Books. James is also the man behind Mechanoid Press, a New Pulp Publisher. He edited (with Jim Beard) the giant monster anthology Monster Earth and its sequel as well as the weird western anthology Strange Trails. His work appears in Gideon Cain: Demon Hunter, Blackthorn: Thunder on Mars, and Mars McCoy: Space Ranger Vol. 2. as well as various issues of Pro Se Presents and a collection of his short stories, published by his own Mechanoid Press. He is also the author of Slow Djinn, a Sam Eldritch ebook. A recovering comic book addict, James lives in Northeast Georgia with his wife and daughter.

Stories for Eldritch for Hire must be 10,000 words in length. A query showing interest is necessary. At that point, reference material for this project will be sent to the writers interested. If those authors choose to submit, 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.

Eldritch for Hire is scheduled for publication in 2015 by Pro Se Productions.

Any questions concerning this submissions call, please contact Morgan McKay, Pro Se’s Director of Corporate Operations at DirectorofCorporateOperations@prose-press.com. For more information on Pro Se, go to www.prose-press.com and like Pro Se on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProSeProductions.