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Well, there it is. The cover that will - hopefully - entice readers to take a chance on the anthology that represents the true deviants of horror fiction here on deviant art. I hope it will see all of the authors within get the recognition they deserve and make their soon to be fans hunger for more from them. You guys may not become famous overnight. It'snot going to make you the next king right away. But you shouldn't want that anyway. Each of the voices in this anthology were unique in their own right and deserving of much respect. Consider it a stepping stone on your road to greater things.
It has been my honor working with all of you and being granted the opportunity to bring your work to the world.
And we're almost there.
Just a short wait now.
But with this final barrier breached and the book about to go live soon, it has come time to start filling the pages of the next anthology. And I would like to talk seriously about theme. We had talked before about a collective project, creating a novel with the combined efforts of a few winning authors. And it was before the recent contest on DA that was just announced. It wasn't a new idea as far as these things go, but I think it definitely had merit. While we may still do that, I think we should stick to the formula for now, but how about a central theme wherein all stories involved could, but don't necessarily have to, intersect. In that respect, it would be like a short story collection based during an event that ties them all together.
So what do you say to Deviant Nightmares Anthology: Zombie Edition? Zombies seem to be so popular right now. I myself have two novels nearly finished in the genre, but lets not get all cliche with it. What hasn't been done before? What could be done differently?
The rules are going to be a bit different this time, and it should be easier for artists to come up with art for this without having stories to choose from to illustrate. With a central theme, zombies could populate illustrations and fit right in. of course, as the submissions come in and a set list begins to be defined we will focus on ones that are either generic enough or fit right in with stories.
So what we will be looking for is this...
You do not have to be a member of Deviant-Nightmares to enter this and have your work published. Note us with a deviation that you want entered and we will add it to the folder if you don't want to join. Or submit right to the DNA2013-Fiction [link] or DNA2013-Illustration [link] folder. They will be open to the public.
- 1. Short stories 3000 - 8000 words long. (Shorter stories may be considered, but try to stay within the limits for a definite shot.)
- 2. NO FAN FICTION!!! None! No excuses! If it gives me flashbacks from 38 days later, it's not original enough. Original work only.
- 3. Stories should take place (and this is a very loose restriction on your creativity) during the summer or early fall. The reason is continuity. We want to be able to put these stories together and have people believe, or at least wonder if, they could be happening simultaneously in the world. Second part of that. Use dates but not years. This allows for a better chance of having the stories be related. And it allows the stories to be immortal. 40 years from now without a year specified, people can imagine these things happening in their current time while reading. Obviously there will be some signs of the time when it was written. that can't be helped, but let's do our best.
- 4. Go all out. Don't hold back. Characters in this zombie apocalypse do not have to be good or bad. Desperate times bring desperate actions, and not all people handle stress and survival situations the same way. There will be cowards and there will be heroes. There will be those who take advantage of the weak and take what they have instead of working for their own. The story doesn't always have to come through the eyes of a good guy. And what of the zombies? What kind, you ask? Well that is up to you. An introduction can easily be written explaining away mutations or evolution. There is literally no end to what you could accomplish here.
- 5. Illustrations: Go wild. But all illustrations should be at least 5 inches wide in print size at 300 dpi which translates to about 1500 pixels wide. Full page illustrations should be about 5x8 inches. This allows for a bit of resizing without degrading the image quality.
- 6. Cover Illustrations: Go crazy with that. With a zombie apocalypse story collection you should be able to come up with a lot before the stories are even decided upon. Let's showcase the artistic talent of our deviants as well this time.
- 7. Deadline To be announced. It may be sooner, it may be later. Just know that the clock is ticking. I will announce the deadline in a month, so you know you have at least that long, but don't wait. Get started as soon as you can. Let's kick this one in the ass. I don't want it to take as long this time around. It's not really fair to you guys who will be waiting for your work to be published.