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Deadline: December 1, 2020
Word count: 2,000-8,000; a little above and a little below will be acceptable

There’s a club on the outskirts of town. The neon lights outside flicker over silhouetted forms smoking. Inside, a rat bartender watches forms dancing, glares exchanged, and drinks sloshing. The bass is loud, and the dancers strip more and more...and more. Welcome to the Electric Sewer.

This anthology is set in a neonpunk world in the 90s. You can take your characters anywhere. This is pretty open world! The only rules are these: 1. It has to be furry erotic horror. 2. You have to at least mention the nightclub Electric Sewer, even if no one goes there! 3. Carlos is the name of the pink rat bartender and owner of the Electric Sewer. He can be in your story, but just know his personality is stoic, more of a sinister watcher than a participant in what goes on at the club, very terse. 4. The club is having a week of "boogie nights" during the plot of your story. So feel free to play with that added aesthetic and music. Other than those three things, you have free rein! 5. Andre is the burly boar bouncer of the club (at least for this week). He's always up to gossip but is also known for being on dangerous drugs and going on angry, rage-filled hookups with patrons. Same with Carlos the bartender, you don't have to even mention him, but he is the head bouncer at least for Boogie Nights Week!

What is neonpunk?

First of all, think of what cyberpunk is and does. It’s often progressive and alternative and based on a digital sci fi technological world. Now, move that world backward in time to the 80s/90s. So examples aesthetically would be Stranger Things, Caravan Palace’s Lone Digger music video, the neon chapter of the video game Infamous Second Son, elements of the music video Into the Night by Nero, etc. In a nutshell, it has this neon aesthetic, and characters can be whatever species and whacky colors you want! It has a setting in the 80s / 90s. And it’s still punk!

Possible stories might include things like this: a slasher is killing strippers at the club and a gay gang leader is on the case, a long distance polyam trio decide to meet for the first time at the club and two of them have a gun, or even a new sex drug has hit the streets and it gives permanent erections. These are just ideas to start giving inspiration but feel free to use!

I encourage all kinds of horror: sci fi horror, slashers, creature horror, body horror, etc.

TIPS FROM THE EDITOR: “In volume one, we only accepted seven stories. Most of the rejections happened because the author tried to make the world a lot more specific, giving it a specific city and a specific staff and history (which was problematic because it will naturally contradict others’ pieces); the story wasn’t horror; the story wasn’t erotic; or the story missed the neonpunk aesthetic of the setting. Also, note that with every single one of the accepted stories, I requested edits that upped the f***-ed up nature of the story. If you were to look at the submitted stories vs the final, you would see the following additions: explicit descriptions of snuff films, concrete-encased gimps, dubious consent, necrophilia, etc. I want to hammer in for people submitting that this is a very, VERY dark anthology. I said earlier we accepted seven stories, but people who have read the book know there are six in the book. One author pulled after edits, after artwork had been discussed, saying they felt uncomfortable being published in a book this dark. If that could potentially be you, please save us both the trouble. Hope these tips help!”

We will NOT accept:

  • Racism, sexism, or discrimination presented in a positive light.
  • Pedophilia or sex with characters under the age of 18 presented in a positive light.
  • Rape, torture, dubious consent, forced seduction presented in a positive light.
  • Snuff or Necrophilia presented in a positive light
  • Bestiality presented in a positive light
  • If you are in doubt, ASK. Better to ask then to get a straight up rejection! If you are unsure, just shoot me an email at jonathan.thurstonhowlpub@gmail.com.(restrictions borrowed from Voice: https://t.co/MWykJ6RY36)

 You can submit up to three stories, but we will only accept one per author (if any).
Reprints are fine, but you have to own full permission of the work in order for us to consider it.
We will not accept simultaneous submissions.
Payment: Authors will receive 10 USD per story accepted and discount on author copies. This book will be illustrated.
We will inform all authors regarding decisions within a week or two after the deadline.

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