What evil lurks in the Land of Nod?
New Deadline: June 23, 2015, midnight EST
According to Genesis 4:16, after Cain murdered his brother Abel, God exiled him to the Land of Nod, which was east of Eden. Not much else is known about this land, but Nod is said to mean “wanderer” in Hebrew.
The garden gnomes believe this is where evil began. Maybe under a yew tree.
No one knows where Cain found a wife or someone to mother his children, but in Genesis 4:17, Cain had a son and named him Enoch. Cain then built a city and named the city Enoch to honor his son. From the birth of Enoch to the flood that destroyed the earth, if the Biblical math is correct, there was a span of at least 1,500 years.
Let’s assume the Land of Nod was a huge place that didn’t disappear until the flood. Pick a period any time between Cain’s exile and the flood and tell the stories of characters in the Land of Nod.
Without using characters in the Bible, tell a story set in the Land of Nod. It can be any kind of story as long as it involves an element of speculation. Bonus points for weirdness of various kinds. Make us believe in evil.
Do aliens live in the Land of Nod? Do they abduct warrior women defending the city of Enoch and rape and torture them? Or perhaps the mayor of a village develops a crippling disease and discovers how to prevent it from spreading by performing genetic experiments on himself. Do one of the Nephilim desert the angels of God and plot to destroy the plan to impregnate the daughters of men? What kind of weapons do the primitives own? Do they dwell in caves? Are there half ape-half men running around confusing the gene pool by seducing the daughters of Cain? Unicorns enslaving centaurs? High technology and low morals? Give us your dirty low-down bastard worst.
Create tales of mystery, suspense, weird goings on, strange events, and odd happenings in the Land of Nod. What cities or villages exist there? Who are the people? What are they doing? Do the animals talk? Do angels walk? Do pigs fly?
We’re also taking novelettes from 12,000 to 17,000 words. Learn more about what we’re looking for here.
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Send your submissions to submissions @ gardengnomepubs.com before midnight EST on June 23, 2015.