The Healing Monsters Cover Reveal!

TheHealingMonstersCoverAnd here it is, folks. We’d like to thank Sean Frasier for all of his time, effort, and energy in creating this cover for us. It rules, he rules. This all just rules.

We’ve been busy-busy putting The Healing Monsters together, and by “monster,” I really mean monster. We’re looking at thirty-one authors, and over thirty-one stories and poems–as it stands, we’re looking at at least 450 pages. Should it have been this huge? Probably not. But here’s a fact: too many people wanted to be part of this in order to help out Dustin and Katherine. And when something like that happens, you just don’t cut stuff out for the sake of brevity. Screw that. So, when this puppy goes up sale, and you drop your hard-earned cash for it, you’ll be doing two things: 1) You’ll be contributing to helping out Dustin LaValley with his healthcare costs and Katherine Ludwig’s family in support of her son, Max, and 2) You will definitely be getting your money’s worth. You’ll be getting righteous stories by the horror authors you know, discover some you don’t, and you’ll get a literary taste of some of your favorite metal folks’ writerly pursuits. Let’s just take a look back on that Table of Contents:

Dustin LaValley (Human WreckageDespumation 1)

Katherine Ludwig (Metal Maniacs)

Mike IX Williams (Corrections House, EYEHATEGOD)

Adam Cesare (The First One You Expect)

Sean Frasier (Hipster Massacre, Decibel)

Brian Serven (Backstabbers Inc)

Mathias Jansson (Despumation 1 & 2)

Jesse Bullington (Brothers Grossbart, Despumation 1)

Dean Swinford (The Inverted Katabasis, Despumation 1)

JR Hayes (Pig Destroyer)

James Newman (Ugly As Sin)

Shawn Macomber (Fangoria, Decibel, etc.)

Stephanie M. Wytovich (HYSTERIA, Mourning Jewelry)

Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing)

Shane Mehling (Decibel)

Marc Ciccarone (Blood Bound Books)

Ryan McKenney (Trap Them)

Matthew Widener (Cretin)

Kriscinda Lee Everitt (Despumation Press)

John Boden (Dominoes, Shock Totem)

John Edward Lawson (Tempting Disaster, Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Andrew Bonazelli (Decibel)

Jeremy Wagner (The Armageddon Chord, Broken Hope)

Karyn Crisis (Gospel of the Witches)

Dutch Pearce (Decibel)

Billups Allen (Razorcake)

K. Allen Wood (Shock Totem)

John Palisano (Nerves)

Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun, Orange is the New Black)

Lewis Dimmick (This Music)

Larissa Glasser (Hekseri)

We’d like to thank Decibel and Fangoria for helping us roll out this cover reveal–much, much appreciated. \m/

Despumation V:2/#1 TOC and Cover Reveal!

Despumation2CoverPreviewThe wheels at Despumation Press turn awfully slow. This is true. But they never stop turning. We’re finally gearing up to release our second issue. We’re proud to be featuring on our cover this fine, fine artwork by Philip R. Rogers, and within our pages the fine, fine writing of:

Allen Griffin

Christopher Ropes

Elle Nash

Shawn Macomber

Corey Beasom

Bryan Nickelberry

Sean Frasier

Freedom Chevalier

Stephen Jansen

John Boden

Dutch Pearce

Vince Darcangelo

Ulrike Serowy

Lewis Dimmick

Mathias Jansson

Katherine Ludwig

LudwigEditor

We here at Despumation Press are deeply sadden to hear and relate that Katherine Ludwig passed away this afternoon. It was announced via her Facebook page:

Dear Friends of Katherine, we want to share that K passed today a little after 1pm at Cayuga Medical Center. She passed very quickly and peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. She would want you all to know how very much she valued your love, friendship and support.

As you know, we’ve been working on The Healing Monsters benefit anthology that would jointly assist both Katherine and Dustin LaValley with their respective medical bills. That will continue to go forward. We’re grateful to add that, in the last couple of weeks, Katherine was able to contribute a piece titled Raised to Be a Good Boy–we’re honored to be able to put that out for you all to enjoy.

Personally, as metal-related editors, we salute Katherine as a true pioneer and comrade. Speaking for myself specifically, as a woman, she paved the way for me and I’m acutely aware of that fact. I can only hope and strive to be as well respected.

Good-night! good-night! as we so oft have said
Beneath this roof at midnight, in the days
That are no more, and shall no more return.
Thou hast but taken up thy lamp and gone to bed;
I stay a little longer, as one stays
To cover up the embers that still burn.

                             -Longfellow

Call For Submissions: Novelettes, Novellas, and Novels

MetalBookBindingThat’s right in 2015, we’ll be gearing up for 2016. We will be opening up to submissions for novelettes, novellas, and novels starting April 1st and ending June 30th. We’re letting you know now so that if you’re working on something that fits our criteria, then you’ve got a deadline to work towards, as opposed to just crapping something out at the last minute. No one wants that. This is for a projected publication in early 2016.

We are looking for literary fiction full of metal characters, settings, and storylines—longer works that take place in the world of heavy metal. We want complex characters with a purpose, plots that move forward steadily, subtext, and language that is engaging and artful.

We are also looking for straight up literary fiction that isn’t metal. Same characteristics apply.

(We are not looking for genre fiction at this time, but will be open to it at a later date.)

We will only be putting out one or two books a year, which is purposely few. We intend to be very selective, and once a manuscript is accepted, the author should expect a long, close, detailed working relationship with us. Lots of attention.

The Guidelines

-No wacky fonts. The editor prefers Baskerville or Georgia. 12pt min. 1.5 line space. Use italics, not underlining. We expect professional submissions–do not send us your first, unread, unproofed draft.

-Novelettes: 10K-18K words.

-Novellas: 18K-40K words.

-Novels: 65K-90K words.

-Please include page numbers. Also, your name, title of the piece, approx. word count, and contact info on the title page.

-Docx or doc only, thank you.

-Simultaneous submissions are okay (just let us know if a piece has been accepted elsewhere), but please nothing that has been published previously.

Send to: editor@despumationpress.com (electronic subs only)

-Subject line: Novelette Sub, or Novella Sub, or Novel Sub. Please indicate if your MS is metal, or non-metal lit fic.

Again, the open submission period for novelettes, novellas, and novels is April 1, 2015 to June 30, 2015.

Also…swing on by our updated guidelines for our journal sub dates.

The Healing Monsters TOC!

Here's a little sneak preview of the cover art, by our very own Sean Frasier.

Here’s a little sneak preview of the cover art, by our very own Sean Frasier.

Every time we stop and take a look over this TOC, we’re like, “Really?”

So, we announced last month that we’d be putting out a benefit anthology, chock full o’ metal and horror–and metal horror. Today, we present you with the full, final table of contents. I think you’ll agree, this is a pretty impressive once-in-a-lifetime line-up here of writers, musicians, and editors. And we couldn’t be more excited to be facilitating this volume of awesomeness in honor of the horror and metal communities’ own, Dustin LaValley and Katherine Ludwig. Without further ado, in no particular order…

Mathias Jansson (Despumation 1 & 2)

Lewis Dimmick (This Music)

Stephanie Wytovich (HYSTERIA, Mourning Jewelry)

Karyn Crisis (Gospel of the Witches)

Jessica Pimentel (Alekhine’s Gun, Orange is the New Black)

Mike IX Williams (Corrections House, EYEHATEGOD)

John Palisano (Nerves)

Dustin LaValley (Human WreckageDespumation 1)

Jesse Bullington (Brothers Grossbart, Despumation 1)

Adam Cesare (The First One You Expect)

Billups Allen (Razorcake)

JR Hayes (Pig Destroyer)

Andrew Bonazelli (Decibel)

John Boden (Dominoes, Shock Totem)

K. Allen Wood (Shock Totem)

Tim Deal (Shroud Publishing)

James Newman (Ugly As Sin)

Sean Frasier (Hipster Massacre, Decibel)

Larissa Glasser (Hekseri)

Shane Mehling (Decibel)

Marc Ciccarone (Blood Bound Books)

John Edward Lawson (Tempting Disaster, Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Dutch Pearce (Decibel)

Matthew Widener (Cretin)

Brian Serven (Backstabbers Incorporated)

Ryan McKenney (Trap Them)

Shawn Macomber (Fangoria, Decibel, etc.)

Jeremy Wagner (The Armageddon Chord, Broken Hope)

Dean Swinford (The Inverted Katabasis, Despumation 1)

Right? I love it when a plan comes together. Shawn and I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s gotten involved and contributed a piece. Readers, keep an eye out. We’re looking at a March 2015 release, which is closer than it seems. We’ll be making progress announcements and such. Spread the word–this is a benefit project! All proceeds go to the medical funds of LaValley and Ludwig, so, let’s get the word out. No time like the present!

Workin, Workin, Workin…

Hey there Readers,

This is just a note to assure everyone that we haven’t disappeared. I realize it can get pretty quiet around here. Rest easy knowing that we’re working. We’re working on the second issue of Despumation, and we’re working on the Dustin LaValley/Katherine Ludwig benefit anthology (co-edited by myself and Decibel’s/Fango’s/Rue’s own Shawn Macomber, who’s been tireless in his efforts).

Expect things to pick up a bit around here, what with cover reveals and final TOCs a-comin.’

Furthermore, Despumation Press, in general, will be undergoing a few changes in the coming year, so feel free to start anticipating that with bated breath, or what have you.

In the meantime…

The Healing Monsters: A Benefit Anthology

AUTHORS-DustinLaValley

LudwigAs some of you may or may not know, Metal Maniacs co-founder and former editor, Katherine Ludwig, has been battling non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and dark fiction writer, screenwriter, and metal/hardcore enthusiast, Dustin LaValley, has been struggling with some very serious Crohn’s/IBD issues. These things cost money, and I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall the last time I had the cash to just throw at some monster threatening your life, trying to bribe it to go away.

A little while ago, Shawn Macomber (Decibel, Fangoria, Rue Morgue, etc.) approached me with the fantastic idea of potentially putting together a benefit anthology for these two individuals who’ve given the metal and horror communities so much. Although we hadn’t planned quite yet to start releasing books apart from the usual Despumation mag issues, how could we say no to this? We couldn’t.

We’re far enough along at this point to announce it and put the word out. As in stands, we’re looking at a January 31, 2015 launch date. As of this post, we’ve received pieces by Mathias Jansson (Desp 1/2), Lewis Dimmick (This Music), John Palisano (Nerves), Jesse Bullington (The Folly of the World), Adam Cesare (The First One You Expect), Dutch Pearce (Decibel), Dean Swinford (The Inverted Katabasis), John Boden (Shock Totem), Billups Allen (Razorcake), JR Hayes (Pig Destroyer), Andrew Bonazelli (Decibel), James Newman (Ugly As Sin), and of course, Dustin LaValley. And we’re expecting more, which I will announce here as they come in.

The result will be a collection of poetry and prose that is sometimes metal, sometimes horror, and often both. Everything, words and art, have been generously donated, for which we are supremely grateful. All proceeds above production costs (which we’re trying to keep as low as humanly possible) will be split evenly between LaValley’s and Ludwig’s respective medical funds. Keep your eyeballs here for more information…