Last week, my story “The Eater of Stars” was accepted by the anthology Ride the Star Wind. This is exciting as it should qualify as my second SFWA sale, along with the story coming soon to Escape Pod.
Ride the Star Wind: Where Space Opera Meets Cosmic Horror is a Cthulhu-themed space opera anthology from Broken Eye Books. Here’s a description from the anthology call:
Send us into space, away from earth, and bring the weird! Give us adventure and wonder, spaceships and monsters, tentacles and insanity, determined struggle and starborne terror…
We want diverse stories with modern sensibilities from many different voices that show the immense and diverging possibilities ahead for weird horror…
For mixing elements of space opera and cosmic weird horror, the short story “Boojum” by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette is a great touchstone…
You can read the full call here.
The anthology also has a (successful) Kickstarter project to fund interior artwork to go with the vivid, full color cover. The project just minutes ago made its first stretch goal where it will physical 3×5 illustrations to all backers.
A second stretch goal will be a free audiobook of the entire anthology, so by no means is it too late to become a backer and get your hardcover edition. Be sure to check out the Kickstarter.
My story uses the same setting as most of my other stories. Cosmic entities have been part of the backstory of that universe since the start, although Lovecraftean themes aren’t the primary driver behind the world-building.
Let’s not give the plot away, but the story has a couple abrupt, ninety-degree turns and perspective shifts that fit its themes of self and other, the unknown and the unknowable. As a tease, here’s the invented epigraph from the beginning of the story:
“Who’s afraid of science? The word means only knowledge. Science is the light of the mind. It is magic you should dread, that boundless infinite beyond all understanding and the instruments of our reason. Fear not the unknown but the unknowable.”
– The Book That Never Sleeps