Mirrormaze A Dreampunk Anthology
From Alice to Don Quixote to Gilgamesh and back into prehistory, dreams have always played a special role in storytelling. In modern times, we find ourselves caught in an explosion of technology whose ramifications confound our understanding of the natural world, the real world. Never before has reality felt so plastic, so unreal.
The crystallization of cyberpunk in the 1980s (heralded by the film Blade Runner, the novel Neuromancer, and the anthology Mirrorshades) led to a variety of “punk” genres with little in common other than a certain ineffable feeling: a sense of wonder at the power of human contrivance mingled with an overwhelming dread of the same.
We now find ourselves in a very strange place. Technology is embedded so deeply in our lives that it no longer feels separate; it’s taken for granted, like breathing. Whatever can be imagined can be experienced, if not in the “real” world then somewhere else. This is our new reality. We live inside our heads, in our dreams.
Millennia in the making, the time has come for the first-ever dreampunk anthology: Mirrormaze.
The open call for submissions has officially closed, but you’re welcome to connect with me on social media and send me a message explaining why I should make an exception for your story. We’re still looking for a publisher, so there may be time to squeeze you in.
- We’re looking for unpublished short stories, ideally between 2,000 and 5,000 words.
- Entries should revolve around some form of dreaming, but this could include any altered or illusory state of consciousness: a mystic vision, a psychedelic trip, a fantastical delusion, an immersive simulation… You get the idea.
- Adult themes are fine, but we’re not looking for anything gratuitously violent or explicit.
Tentative Listing of Stories
|Alex Pilalis||“Hidden Features”||4,500|
|Anna Tizard||“Kiss of Fire”||2,900|
|Catherine Dufour||“Alice Under Marmalade Skies”||3,700|
|Charles C. Mitchell||“Domestic Animals I Have Known”||2,100|
|Chris McCallister||“Perchance to Dream”||3,000|
|Cliff Jones Jr.||“A Bottle of Jinn”||4,500|
|“Dorothy in the Land of Poppies”||1,800|
|Courtney LoCicero||“The Future Is Milk”||1,100|
|Dez Schwartz||“Thatcher Maugden and the Dream Witch”||3,600|
|David Michael Williams||“Drifters”||5,900|
|Elizabeth Roderick||“Happy Birthday, Tinkerbell”||2,000|
|Jeb R. Sherrill||“Sleepwalker”||1,600|
|Jim Hardison||“The End of Michael Clement”||5,600|
|L. B. Shimaira||“Visual Snow”||2,400|
|M. Crane Hana||“Two Roads”||3,300|
|Michael D. Nadeau||“Walking in Dreams”||2,200|
|Ragnar Martinson||“Chrome, Reflected”||2,100|
|Stephen Coghlan||“Flight of the Universe”||4,100|
|Steven R. Brandt||“Martian Spirit Quest”||4,000|
|Tessa B. Dick||“The Mirror Cracked”||2,000|