Darkness Wired – Modern Lovecraftian Horror

Darkness Wired, Illustration by Luke Spooner

Cover for the Darkness Wired anthology

New tech, meet Old Gods. Who’d win?

After all the Old Gods are sooo yesterday. Modern technology can tell us it rains diamonds on Saturn, it provides for artificial hearts and other medical marvels. Modern technology can bring about unparalleled destruction or miracles. What’s an Old God to that?

Find out in this exciting anthology, where our writers take on Lovecraftian Mythos and older Gods with modern technology!

Join in!

Cosmic evil has tainted and corrupted humanity and a new disease that turns people to living bone is loose on the world. Lurker in the Comments will tell you all about it. Yet one more war has broken out and is tearing the planet apart under the corrupted gaze of Nyarlathotep,  the fight rages on in Dark Iliad!

Black Fish Wind Talking pits orcas and AI against sea monsters.
Madness in the Fluid takes a modern twist to the Wendigos, and in Skewed Perception find out how augmented reality helps a team of soldiers cross over into a new dimension with stolen technology.

In Patient Zero read about a disease that slowly turns you to bone and drives you mad with hallucinations.

An oceanographer with a gift for music and audio in Ethereal Neural Guitar completes the score of Erich Zann finds in the hope to bring peace on hearth.

In GateHunt meet up with a carnivorous airplane. Or is it a hungry shape shifter?

And at last The Woman with the Bleeding Eyes takes us to Mars to malevolent titans.

New original fiction delivered by uniquely talented authors. Enjoy, tell your friends and let us know what you think!


How to Win our Contests, Five Tips

Darkness Wired Illustration by Luke Spooner

We want good writers to win.
We love to read too!

We want writers to win the contest or submit a manuscript to our anthology that will be accepted. Decline notices are not fun and neither is reading a piece of fiction done by an author who very clearly didn’t read the guidelines or throws random submissions in the hope something will be accepted.

In that vein let us offer some advice.

  1. READ the guidelines.
    • The Contest/Anthology is on-theme.
    • Submissions not following the guidelines will be deleted without a reply.
  2. We are readers as well as publishers. NPH created this contest, to read, love and publish original diverse voices. Gives us a fresh 21st century takes on an established mythology.
  3. Commit to the story, even if we don’t accept it, if it’s good the next publisher you submit it to, very well might.
  4. Write compelling unique characters.
  5. Submit a well edited piece.

We can’t guarantee that you, dear writer, will be the winning author, but it’ll greatly improve your odds.

Thank  you!


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Additional Reading From the Web

Anthology and Contest Resources Pt.1

Darkness Wired is about the intersection of old monster, even older Gods and mythologies and human innovation in technology and medicine. For you writers who do not normally peruse technical sites, our CEO, Notch has grabbed some handy links that might inspire you.

Technology Resources

Ars Technica
Popular Mechanics
Medical Xpress
Tech Xplore

How to get accepted into the anthology, or improve your likelihood of winning the contest

Read the requirements!

The short stories should include or take place during the events in the timeline provided. Modern or future technology should be a part of it, as much as Lovecraftian mythology.

Fiction that has nothing at all to do with the theme and requirements will not be accepted.

Check out tried and true strategies!

Judges tend to know what they’re looking for and we’re no exception. These submissions must match the theme but you can still utilize recommended techniques for all story writing.  You can WOW us by ensuring there are creepy elements/atmosphere, relatable characters and appropriate twists/compelling ending.


Only the best of the best stories will be accepted into the compilation. You can increase your chances with excellent editing strategies. Make sure the time continuum makes sense and has proper grammar.  Minor mistakes that were missed won’t discount all your hard work but if the story requires major editing overhauls, it will be sent back to you first to correct.