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The graphically dark anthology that mixes prose short stories with comics in a graphic-novel-sized package.

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Mike Carey  

Over To You
Mike Carey Writing Competition

Issue #10 of Murky Depths features new writing from Mike Carey (author of some of the best X-Men, Fantastic Four, Lucifer and Hellblazer storylines and the original Felix Castor novels) and also launches a writing competition to be judged by Mike himself.

What's the theme of the competition? Mike supplies you with half a story (published in Issue #10), and, in no more than 5,000 words, you have the pleasure of completing it.

Entries are free and should be emailed to competition@murkydepths.com to arrive no later than 30 April, 2010. The winner's half of the story will feature in Issue #14 of Murky Depths. The winner will be paid the usual story rate and also receive two complimentary copies signed by Mike.

Here's four pointers from Mike:

The second part of the story needs to do some or all of these four things, I think.

  • It needs to have a cool twist, or at least an interesting pay-off to the main plot point - a way of using the "magical" effects of Then! which is surprising or arresting or frightening.
  • It needs to have some sort of resolution for Paul himself. What we've learned about him so far has mostly related to his wife walking out on him, and to a lesser extent to his mother's insanity and death. A second half that refers back to these things, and leaves Paul in a different place from where we found him, would be good.
  • It could also explain the shadowy figure in the garden and the drop of blood on the dog rose.
  • . . . . and it could contain some revelation about the mysterious Abanaazer Krohl; who he is or what his agenda is or why he's chosen to approach Paul in this way.

If I was finishing off the story myself, these would be my starting points.

Issue #10 of Murky Depths can be ordered here