The Host of Many: Hades and His Retinue

[Note: this anthology has temporarily re-opened to fiction and nonfiction submissions *only* until 31 August 2019. No poetry. Please send any queries to the editor at the address below, or to the editor-in-chief at]

Bibliotheca Alexandrina is seeking submissions for The Host of Many: Hades and his Retinue, a devotional anthology in honor of the Lord of the Underworld and the many Deities and spirits associated with him. Submissions will open 31 October 2018 and close 30 May 2019, with an expected release date of Summer 2019. This anthology is being edited by Terence P. Ward.

Hades, receiver of the dead, god of the underworld and of wealth, is also the host of many. Known to the Hellenes as Plouton, the unseen one, and as Dis Pater among the Romans, Hades rules the silent and dark places beyond the veil of death. Quiet it may be there, but empty it is not: uncounted generations of ancestors dwell beyond the shores of Styx, as do a wide variety of gods and spirits.

This is an anthology in honor of the underworld’s king, and of the many other deities and daimons connected with that place; for example, Erebus, the Erinyes, Hypnos, Kerberus, Lethe, Macaria, Melinoe, Minthe, Nyx, the Oneiroi, Styx, Thanatos, and others. Rituals to honor chthonic deities, funerary observances, and hymns and poems written to evoke the ancient styles are welcome, as are more academic pieces and short fiction to re-imagine or expand upon what myths survive.

While this anthology is focused on the receiver of the dead and his retinue, potential writers are advised that because Persephone, Hekate, Hermes, and Charon have all been the focus of other anthologies released through Bibliotheca Alexandrina, submissions which focus on those four deities in particular are not encouraged. This is to allow other Powers to receive their due.

Multiple submissions by the same author are acceptable, and all contributors will retain original copyright to their work. Previously published material is also acceptable, provided the author retains the original copyright. All contributors must complete a permission to publish form prior to publication or their work will not be included in the anthology. All contributors will receive a .pdf of the final anthology for their personal use, and will be able to order up to three print copies at-cost.

Absolutely no plagiarism is acceptable. Any work that has been plagiarized will be excluded from the finished anthology. All work must be the original work of the author or include proper citations where necessary; the preferred citation styles for this anthology are MLA or APA. Please do not use auto-generated footnotes, if at all possible. The editor reserves the right to make minor changes to formatting, spelling, and grammar if necessary. The editor also reserves the right to request modifications of submissions or to reject submissions as necessary.

Please send all submissions or queries to Terence P. Ward at