Announcing The Cackle of Cthulhu Anthology


I’ve been sitting on this news for months. It’s the secret project I was hinting at in my anthology update a few weeks ago. But now that the contract is signed, I can finally announce that I will be editing an anthology for Baen!

The Cackle of Cthulhu will be an anthology of Lovecraftian humor, half reprints and half original fiction. This is a topic I know a thing or two about. There are a number of great Lovecraftian humor stories out there and I will endeavor to collect a fun variety of them in this book, as well as to solicit a number of new ones.

There won’t be an open submission window for this anthology, but if you know of a great Lovecraftian humor story you feel I should take a close look at, please let me know about it in the comments or via social media.





11 Responses to Announcing The Cackle of Cthulhu Anthology

  1. Allow me to recommend my story “In the Shadows of Broadway,” a pastiche of both Damon Runyon and H.P. Lovecraft.

  2. Neil Gaiman’s Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      This is very much on my list, as long as I can get the reprint rights. Definitely the sort of story I’m looking to collect in this book. “I, Cthulhu” is a good option, too.

  3. Douglas Draa says:

    Will you be reprinting PJ Farmer’s “The Freshman”?

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      This is an excellent suggestion. I’ll have to reprint it and also look into who handles Farmer’s estate.

  4. Michael says:

    I’ve noticed the hinting of this every so often. Good title & I want to read that book…… Secondly your cover of UFO 5 inspired me to write a story. Not too sure of the character names yet but the story is in my head. I’m about to ink up the outline of the story.😀

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      Thanks, and good luck with the story! Don’t let the inertia slow you down — get at least some version of it on the page, you can always revise/expand later. Otherwise it can wither and die as an idea.

  5. Rick Siem says:

    I have written a tongue-in-cheek sequel to The Thing on the Doorstep I would be interested in sharing with you.

    • Alex Shvartsman says:

      For now I’m only seeking suggestions for interesting and high profile reprints (along the likes of Farmer and Gaiman stories mentioned above). Original story submissions for this one will be by invitation only, I’m afraid.

  6. fjbergmann says:

    Anything from the collection Scream for Jeeves (an excellent and hilarious pastiche of Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse).

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