Mirrormaze A Dreampunk Anthology

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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. Reality is melting.

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.

Submission Guidelines

Accepting submissions now through March 2020. If you are interested in submitting a story for inclusion in the anthology, please connect with me on social media, preferably Facebook or Twitter.

  • We’re looking for unpublished short stories, ideally between 2,000 and 10,000 words.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 (So Far)

Author Story Word Count
Alex Pilalis “The Final Nightmare” 2,600
“Hidden Features” 4,500
Catherine Dufour “Alice Under Marmalade Skies” 3,700
Cliff Jones Jr. “A Bottle of Jinn” 4,100
“Angel in the Cave” 6,200
“Dorothy in the Land of Poppies” 1,400
“Pipe Dream” 500
“So Long” 2,100
Courtney LoCicero “The Future Is Milk” 1,100
“Teacup Koi” 1,200
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
Ragnar Martinson “Chrome, Reflected” 2,100
Stephen Coghlan “Flight of the Universe” 4,100