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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions



Final cover art by the incomparable Dave Felton for the inaugural issue of Vastarien: A Literary Journal. The mock-cover design itself is not final.

All galley proofs have been approved. We're only waiting on interior art and the creation and (hopefully) successful completion of an associated Kickstarter campaign to cover all costs.

I think I can speak for my Co-Editor-In-Chief, Matt Cardin, when I state that this is going to be something unusually special, filled with in-depth non-fiction essays and new weird fiction, terrific poetry, and fascinating hybrid pieces by some of the best authors out there. I know Vastarien has been long in coming, but it should be well worth the wait. We'll keep you posted.

Table of Contents:

Foreword to Teatro Grottesco
(Okultura, 2014)
By Thomas Ligotti

The Nightmare of His Art:
The Horrific Power of the Imagination in “The Troubles of Dr. Thoss and “Gas Station Carnivals”
By W. Silverwood

The Gods in Their Seats, Unblinking
By Kurt Fawver

Affirmation of the Spirit:
Consciousness, Transformation,
and the Fourth World in Film
By Christopher Slatsky

Try the Veal
By Robert Beveridge

How to Construct a Gun
from Your Own Flesh
By Michael Uhall

Notes on a Horror
By Dr. Raymond Thoss

“Eccentric to the Healthy Social Order” :
Inversions of Family, Community,
and Religion in Thomas Ligotti’s
“The Last Feast of Harlequin”
By Michael J. Abolafia

“They say I should kill myself and not try to spoil their enjoyment in being alive”:
An Interview with Thomas Ligotti
By Wojciech Gunia

Wraiths
By Wade German

Eraserhead as Antinatalist Allegory
By Colby Smith

The Alienation of the Self:
Marx, Polanyi, and Ligottian Horror
By S.L. Edwards

The Theatre of Ovid
By Aaron Worth

Infinite Light, Infinite Darkness
By Martin Rose

Night Walks:
The Films of Val Lewton
By Michael Penkas

Solar Flare
By Paul L. Bates

Strange Bird
By Ian Mullins

Nervous Wares & Abnormal Stares
by Devin Goff

My Time at the Drake Clinic
By Jordan Krall

Singing the Song of My Unmaking
By Christopher Ropes

"...the uncanny is to me the defining trait of this strange and terrible world and our strange and terrible minds." --Thomas Ligotti
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