Deep Cuts in a Lovecraftian Vein is looking for guest-bloggers—specifically women, people of color, LGBTQ+ folk, writers with disabilities—to write brief essays about their experiences with the works of H. P. Lovecraft, the Cthulhu Mythos, and interactions with publishing, fandom, and scholarship.
What I’m Looking For
The title of each piece will be “A ____ Looks At Lovecraft”—fill in your own descriptor. Black? Latinx? Mixed Race? Indigenous? Homosexual? Pansexual? Non-binary? A Woman? Trans? Genderqueer? Hearing-impaired? Neurodivergent? Jewish? Hindu? Muslim? However you define yourself.
For the last five decades, most of the scholarship and criticism on Lovecraft and Mythos fiction, and most of the relayed experiences of being a fan, writer, or scholar in the Lovecraftian milieu, have been from white, male, cisgender, heterosexual, abled, Christian, and American viewpoints. What I’d like is other perspectives. What has been your experience of Lovecraft and the Mythos? How have his works and prejudices, or that of the fandom or editors, impacted your life and interpretation of Lovecraft and Mythos fiction?
Ideal length 1,000-2,000 words.
Compensation & Rights
This is a paid assignment. US$0.10 per word, minimum US$100 paid on acceptance, PayPal preferred (although other arrangements can be made as necessary). This is not work-for-hire; the writer retains the copyright to the work, all I’m buying is the license to use the work on this blog—if you want to post the essay somewhere else, use it in a book, etc. it’s your piece and you can do whatever you want with it. If I ever want to use it anywhere else, I’ll get in touch and we’ll work out a new deal for the new use.
The editorial pass on the essay will be restricted to formatting (for the web), and factual accuracy. It isn’t my place as an editor to comment on subjective assessments (i.e. “Lovecraft sucks!” or “I love Lovecraft!” are both fine)—after all, the whole point of this piece is to get your experience!
Any statements of fact need to be supported by evidence. There are a lot of articles out there on the web which repeat easily-debunked myths and factual misconceptions about Lovecraft & his fiction because the people writing them don’t do their homework and the folks editing them don’t know any better—and as a consequence many folks dismiss those articles. I want to aim a little higher, and so the editing will focus on making sure submissions are factually accurate.
So for example, if an essay claims Lovecraft was misogynist or homophobic, that statement should be accompanied by some supporting material, ideally drawn from Lovecraft’s fiction or letters to support the assertion. There is plenty of material relevant to Lovecraft’s prejudices in his letters and essays, but the support needs to be there to buttress those claims. I’m happy to provide help with quotes from Lovecraft’s letters, essays, etc. in this regard.
No set drop-dead date for submissions. Submit when you’re ready.
Submissions should be in a word document format (.gdoc or .docx) and can be emailed to email@example.com with “A ____ Looks At Lovecraft” as the subject (fill in your own descriptor). Please include your name and a brief bio. Your email will never be shared with anyone else.
While I’m looking for completed pieces, if you want to ask questions or submit a pitch before writing a full piece, you are welcome to do so.
I’ll send you an email acknowledging when I receive the submission. I will get back to you with any editorial comments within one week of reception. There are no hard deadlines on changes or when the final piece is submitted—we can discuss any requested changes. You can withdraw your submission at any time, and nothing will be published without your permission and approval of the final wording.
When the final piece is ready, you’ll be paid via PayPal, and then the piece will be scheduled for publication on Deep Cuts.