The Great Race to the Frontier
I have a few more photos of BEA, but I'm waiting for the camera to arrive before I post them. In the meanwhile, I thought I'd write about a topic that came up at BEA. While there, a few people asked about the upcoming title Frontier Cthulhu. This is an anthology that I edited for Chaosium, and one that spans a variety of places in North America -- each spot being a frontier at the time. As it is a Lovecraftian collection, the stories venture into the frontiers of cosmic horror as well.
The premise for the anthology stems from H.P. Lovecraft's (co-authored) story "The Mound." I suppose it could be said this story is as close to a "western" that Lovecraft comes -- although it is more a "hollow Earth" adventure. Expanding from this, the stories in the anthology move from the early American settlements in the East to the lonely towns in the West, jumping through the centuries as it goes.
Also, I've learned from at BEA and from a few emails that there is a "author hunt" going on for the anthology. That is to say, people are attempting to put together the names of the writers in the collection. To assist the intrigue, I will mention a few -- but not enough to complete the list. There is no particular order:
Darrell Schweitzer, Ron Shiflet, Stewart Sternberg, Tim Curran.
I do have the titles of the stories, but I'll leave uncovering those to the clever investigators. Actually, I don't think there is any one contributor to the anthology who knows all of the names. Some things are simply unknowable. :)
There are over 10 contributors, but less than 20, and 1 cover artist, and 1 editor. The book is expected to be released sometime in mid to late summer.
And to further stir the pot, I'll send a copy to the first person who comes up with the most authors and titles before the book is listed with a complete table of contents.
**Addendum: Yes, the lists or partial lists can be posted in the comments. It will help others, and the person who helps the most will also get a copy of the anthology.