Somewhere in the world, there is a hotel on an island in the middle of a large river. This hotel was designed and built in the 1980s, and its labyrinthine corridors and structural design make no sense at all to the modern eye. And all the while, the deep, dark, swirling waters of the river conceal its secrets.
Unknown to all but its mad designer, this hotel was built as an altar to the Old God that rests under the dark, flowing current. Whether that altar contains the Old God and ensures his slumber, is built to one day call him from his rest, or has some other nefarious purpose is unknown.
But it’s a heck of a place for a bunch of fans to throw a con.
What horrors or humors will happen at the convention? What’s the gaming room like? What happens at the panels, or in the dealer’s room? Who shows up at the room parties? Where the hotel is, and what sort of story happens within it, is entirely up to the author—but some sort of interaction between the Lovecraftian-style Old God in the river and the convention must be a focal part of the story.
Upon acceptance of the contract from the open call, Impulsive Walrus Books will be paying a semi-pro rate of three cents per word. Impulsive Walrus is planning to run a campaign for the anthology on Kickstarter in early September of 2022. If the Kickstarter funds and does well, there will be a stretch goal tied to raising all accepted authors’ payment to the pro-rate of $.08/word. If the Kickstarter funds and does extremely well, there will also be a stretch goal tied to bonuses for all contributors. However at this time, Impulsive Walrus is only able to guarantee the base $.03/word for accepted open call submissions. The reading period will begin on Nov. 15, 2021, and will end April 15, 2022. We are looking for stories of between 2,000 and 6,000 words. Keep them PG-13, please. Authors will retain all rights to the work, and will only be asked to grant a license for publishing. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable so long as author retains the rights to license the work. Please submit by e-mailing a .doc or .rtf file to email@example.com with the subject line CTHULHU FHCON SUBMISSION.