Peanut butter and chocolate. Marshmallows and graham
crackers. King Kong and Godzilla.
Spanking and Stratego. If you’re
anything like us, you enjoy taking two things that are awesome on their own and
mashing them up to make something even more incredible.
If you’re further like us, you’re a) a bipedal humanoid and
b) a fan of the great fictional characters that populated the Victorian era and
essentially created genre literature.
Sherlock Holmes. Dracula. Doctor Frankenstein. Captain Nemo. H.G. Wells’
unnamed time traveler. We’re looking for
stories and poems that combine two or more of these and other literary legends from
the Victorian era in tales and verse perfect for JDP’s peculiar vibe. Use
anyone you want from that era as long as they’re in the public domain. We’ll even stretch the time period a bit to
accommodate Lovecraftian types who are dying to see Phileas Fogg go up against
a Cthulhu cult.
Just for this issue, we’ll give you up to 8,000 words to
tell your story, but we’d also be quite content with something much, much
shorter. Set your stories anywhere and anytime you want. Back in the 1800s certainly works, but so
does a thousand years in the future on the Saturnine moons, or anytime in
between. (Dracula vs. Dr. Moreau in the
Sixties? We’d read that.)
Use whatever voice you’re comfortable with. If you think you can pull off full-blown
pastiche, go for it. But we’re also more
than cool with a modern take on these classic characters.
Finally, we inherently love stories with strong female leads,
so if you want to give some of the women of the Victorian era their due, have
at it. Been itching to write that story where Mina Harker and Irene Adler kick
Jack the Ripper’s ass? Now’s your chance.
Submissions must be received by 11:58 p.m. EDT on July 7th. Accepted stories will be published in our
August Issue. Send your story or up to
three poems through this dedicated portal on Submittable only. (Only one submission per person please.)
That’s it. And if
you’re wondering, yes, yes, we really do miss Penny Dreadful.