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Old 05-18-2016   #1
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Vastarien. The forbidden tome – an entryway into “…a place where everything was transfixed in the order of the unreal… Each passage he entered in the book both enchanted and appalled him with images and incidents so freakish and chaotic that his usual sense of these terms disintegrated along with everything else. Rampant oddity seemed to be the rule of the realm; imperfection became the source of the miraculous – wonders of deformity and marvels of miscreation. There was horror, undoubtedly. But it was a horror uncompromised by any feeling of lost joy or thwarted redemption; rather, it was a deliverance by damnation. And if Vastarien was a nightmare, it was a nightmare transformed in spirit by the utter absence of refuge: nightmare made normal.”

Editor-in-Chief Matt Cardin and Senior Editors Jon Padgett, Brian Poe and Kevin Moquin are pleased to announce that Vastarien: A Literary Journal is now open for submissions. Vastarien aspires to be a source of critical study and creative response to the corpus of Thomas Ligotti, as well as associated authors and creative work. We plan to do this through scholarly and critical works of nonfiction, literary horror fiction, poetry and artwork. Please visit our website for more information. And stay tuned for more news as we review submissions and head toward a launch date.

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

Congratulations, guys! This are amazing news indeed; I just shared it on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter.

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

Sounds great. Just curious, though- the web site mentions word rates for authors, but i could find no information on payment, however symbolical, for artists?

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

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Sounds great. Just curious, though- the web site mentions word rates for authors, but i could find no information on payment, however symbolical, for artists?
Excellent question. We'll get back to you all with an answer soon.

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

Great news! Always good to see another market open in the genre. I'm going to share your submission call out to https://www.facebook.com/groups/384615034930975/. Apologies up front, you'll likely be swamped with submissions. Here's wishing you all resounding success in this venture. Looking forward to seeing what you put together.
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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

I had no idea that Matt and Jon were behind this.

Huge congrats, gentlemen! This is an incredibly exciting new venture.

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Great news. And good luck with it.

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

This is fantastic news. Fingers crossed for this project.
I can already think of a text worth submitting.

I am glad to see L'école belge de l'étrange made it to the list of possible subjects for submissions.

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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

Will the journal be open-access, or will there be a fee in order to read individual articles and stories?
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Re: Vastarien: A Literary Journal Is Open for Submissions

This sounds great.

I'll definitely be giving this a read, and may well attempt submitting a short story at some point too.
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