Shawn Klimek GOG Vol. 1 Meet The Authors #grumpyoldgods #anthology #mythology

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What happens when gods wane, retire, or just decide they need a change of employment? 

13 writers took up the challenge and let their imaginations run wild in this anthology that is nearly-always amusing, somewhat insightful, and completely irreverent as we imagine the gods of yore in retirement. Volume 1.

Meet The Author of Zeus Really Needs To Go

Zeus Really Needs To Go by Shawn Klimek: Lactose intolerance and a distinct lack of a statute of limitations combine to give the former King of Olympus one very bad day. 

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About Shawn Klimek

Shawn M. Klimek joined college on a fine arts scholarship which was why his professors were dismayed to find him constantly in the drama department.  When they demanded he choose between an artist’s life of poverty, alienation and endless isolation mitigated by friends demanding free portraits and tattoos; or an actor’s life of poverty, hunger for validation, and the companionship of noisy, delusional extroverts forever needing to crash on a couch they will be too busy to help you move, he decided to become a writer instead.

He took the long path to becoming a writer, beginning as a journalist in the U.S. Army.  Thirty more years of stuff happened, including a wife, a talented* puppy, an assignment in Japan, and writing on the side—all part of the wild, Cinderella story culminating in his becoming published in this anthology.

Noneko

 [*his puppy Noneko (the name means “non-cat”) pictured here, is the author of the following random characters (edited for brevity): 32111`]

More About Shawn Klimek

Shawn M. Klimek is a globetrotting, U.S. military spouse, butler to a Maltese puppy, and creative writer, whose other recent anthologies include: “World War Four” and “Flash Fiction Addiction”, by Zombie Pirate Publishing, “Gold: The Best of Clarendon House Anthologies, Vol. 1, 2017/2018”, and coming soon, “Curses & Cauldrons: Tiny Tales Vol. 1” by Blood Song Books. Purchase these and more at Amazon  or Clarendon House Books;find an index of all his published works, including free reads, at Jot in the Dark : and follow his ongoing writing adventures at Facebook.

We are adding an author a day to this meet the author series starting March 23-April 4th as a kick off to our launch. Grumpy Old Gods vol. 1 releasing March 30th. So be sure to check back and read about the other authors too. We have all kinds of surprises that show up randomly. Don’t miss them. You can read about the other authors HERE.

Andrew Dunlop GOG Vol. 1 Meet The Authors #grumpyoldgods #anthology #mythology

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What happens when gods wane, retire, or just decide they need a change of employment? 

13 writers took up the challenge and let their imaginations run wild in this anthology that is nearly-always amusing, somewhat insightful, and completely irreverent as we imagine the gods of yore in retirement. Volume 1.

Meet The Author of For Want of a Feather

For Want of a Feather by Andrew Dunlop: When the God in charge of afterlife management goes AWOL, two intrepid (if somewhat dead) souls and a talking cat set off to find him. What they find isn’t exactly what they anticipated. 

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Andrew Dunlop

Andrew Dunlop is a writer from Oakville Ontario Canada, and writes short and novel-length fiction, as well as poetry, in the themes of humorous horror and fantasy. He lives with his very patient partner and a pet philodendron with the unlikely name of Scruffles. Still trying to make his big break in the field of fantasy fiction, he has short fiction and poetry in a handful of other anthologies, and one drink recipe book.

More of his work is available in the form of an online serial, a ‘fantasy noir’ murder mystery (and occasional additional pieces of poetry and short fiction) available at Patreon The Pooka in the Hat! as well as an ongoing audiobook recording of same available to anyone who drops by!

You can also find him on Tumblr

Scruffles pet philodendron

We are adding an author a day to this meet the author series starting March 23-April 4th as a kick off to our launch. Grumpy Old Gods vol. 1 releasing March 30th. So be sure to check back and read about the other authors too. We have all kinds of surprises that show up randomly. Don’t miss them. You can read about the other authors HERE.

Spooky Myths Call for Submissions. Grumpy Old Gods Vol. 3 Halloween Edition

The Grumpy Gods are back for another round, and this time, we’re celebrating all those spooky myths! That’s right! Ancient cultures might not have celebrated Halloween exactly, but every mythology has stories that can be mined for great scary tales.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
We’re looking for stories from 3000-4000 words in length, concerning ghosts, ghouls, underworlds, and just plain creepy critters that give you the heebie-jeebies. Ideally, this anthology will have a great mix of the wit and humor our readers crave and enough chills and thrills to make it a fun Halloween read.

We want stories of cantankerous gods, aging heroes, and creepy critters that are about to get a whole barrel of well-earned karma.

Ghosts that get the last laugh, curses gone awry. Just make sure there is an aging, waning, defunct, or otherwise AWOL god or goddess in the mix.

Is that a tall order? 

Sure. 

You might even say it is a Herculean task. But we know you guys are up to it! 

SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Submissions are due June 29th, 2019 with an eye to releasing the anthology mid-to-late September.

Genre: Speculative Fiction.

What is Speculative Fiction? Well, Wikipedia says… “It encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.”

Words: 3000-4000

Rating: PG13-PG17

Theme: Spooky Myth, Legend, Haunting involving Grumpy Gods (See what we are looking for above.) This is the Halloween Edition.

Deadline for Submissions: June 29th, 2019 for Grumpy Old Gods Volume 3 Spooky Myths Halloween Edition

Submission Format: Word Doc or PDF (No Google Docs please, but we’re willing to work with you if you need to submit in a different format, just contact us!)

Publication: Mid-to-late September 2019

What rights are we asking for? We’re asking for the right to print the stories in the anthology, but the writers will retain everything else.

Payment: All authors who participate in the collection will receive an equal portion of the profit, paid quarterly via paypal. None of the startup costs for the book (book cover, formatting, etc…) will be deducted from the proceeds. 

Submit togrumpyanthology@gmail.com

Editors: Vanessa Wells and Juneta Key.

Who we are:

Juneta Key: You know her as the woman who puts together the Storytime Blog posts. The social media skills are strong with this one. Editor of two previous anthologies Grumpy Old Gods Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Vanessa Wells: Self-professed short story junkie and editor of four previous anthologies Spirit and Trick or Treat and Grumpy Old Gods Volume 1 and Volume 2.

DETAILS:

  • Must be your original work. You own all copyrights.
  • You can create your own god. Made up welcomed. Must be your original work.
  • Spooky Myth or theme required. Made up welcomed.
  • A character must interact with a grumpy god(s) in some fashion. An immortal character will probably work best, but if you can make it work in the scenario where grumpy god is involved we will consider it. It must fit the theme and tone of the anthology. Read what we are looking for above, if still unsure, email us.)
  • Any pantheon is okay as long as it is not in violation of any copyrights laws. e.g. copyright has expired considered part of public domain. We would especially be happy to see some stories for the Egyptian pantheon.
  • We prefer first-run rights, but we will consider reprints if the story is really good and fits the anthology theme.
  • No dual submissions. If you have submitted your piece to someone else do not submit to us.
  • If you have an idea you think fits the theme but is not outlined or a question about it email us at grumpyanthology@gmail.com
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