There is something in all of us that is both terrified and exhilarated by the unknown. Through the ages, we’ve given various forms to our fears. Vampires. Werewolves. Zombies. MONSTERS!
But are we really afraid of the monsters, or of ourselves…?
Silence in the Library Publishing is excited to bring you our latest anthology, MONSTERS!, a collection of short fiction about things that creep, crawl, bite, go bump in the night, and make us wonder “Hey, who turned out the lights?”
Inside the pages of MONSTERS!, you'll find stories from authors including Aaron Allston, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Maxwell Alexander Drake, Addie J. King, Aaron Rosenberg, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and many more.
While you’ll find plenty of traditional horror stories in this anthology, you’ll also find that many of our authors decided to approach the genre in a different manner.
A Greek hero faces the brute strength of a cyclops with only his wit - but is he really a hero, and is the cyclops really a brute?
A demon who can only curse people if doing so will make them happy. If his nature is to curse, how can he solve his dilemma?
You'll find stories like these and more in the pages of MONSTERS! We've used this anthology to ask some intriguing questions.
What would the traditional horror story look like told from the monster’s point of view? What is the relationship between monster and victim? Is the monster really the monster, and is the victim really the victim?
As part of this Kickstarter, you'll also be able to purchase the companion anthology, Soothe The Savage Beast, featuring stories by Beth Revis, Carrie Ryan, Michael A. Stackpole, Timothy Zahn, Janine K. Spendlove, Bryan Young, and many of the other authors in MONSTERS!
Of course, the stories in this anthology are amazing, but no Silence in the Library anthology would be complete without illustrations. Artist David Montgomery lends his immense talent to MONSTERS! to produce disturbingly beautiful illustrations for every story in the anthology.
In addition to illustrating each story in MONSTERS!, we've developed a beautiful original art cover for the anthology. Also created by David Montgomery, this cover captures the monstrous spirit of the book.
Those of you who have backed past Silence in the Library projects will know that we like to produce unique items that relate to the project as add-ons. In keeping with the theme of this anthology, we’ve offering MONSTERS! flashlight keychains, so that you can shine a light under the bed when you get that uneasy feeling. We can’t guarantee that you won’t get eaten, but at least you’ll see what’s eating you.
For those of you who just have to have the extra protection, we’ll also be offering necklaces of garlic cloves handmade by author Janine K. Spendlove. They’re 83% guaranteed to ward off vampires, and come in wooden presentation boxes.
We're also offering a necklace of garlic cloves that's 96% guaranteed to ward off vampires. It's exactly like the one that's 83% effective, but costs more. Why would you spend the extra money? We don't know. Why are you buying a necklace to ward off vampires in the first place?
Finally, we’ll be offering MONSTERS! zombie targets for those of you who want to practice your zombie killing skills. Cause, you know, the apocalypse is coming eventually…
So, at this point, you probably are interested, but want the complete list of authors. Right? RIGHT? Well, we're going to give it to you whether you want it or not. So there!
Aaron Allston - As many of you know, sadly, Aaron passed away last year. He was incredibly important to all of us here at Silence in the Library. Aaron was instrumental in us getting our feet off the ground as a company, but he was also a dear friend and mentor. As much as we miss him, we are very happy to be able to say that he was able to complete a story for MONSTERS! before his passing.
Michael A. Stackpole is an award-winning editor, game designer, computer game designer, podcaster, graphic novelist, novelist, and screenwriter who is best known for his contributions to Star Wars fiction, including I, Jedi and Rogue Squadron. He's been in the gaming industry long enough to have outlived most of his enemies, and to have plotted the demise of the others. He lives in Arizona. In his spare time he enjoys dancing, playing computer games, and endless hours of plotting to take over the world.
Timothy Zahn was born in Chicago in 1951. In 1975, while working on a doctorate in physics, he began a new hobby: writing science fiction. In December, 1978, he sold his first story, and in 1980 left grad school and began writing full time.
Since then he has published forty-five novels, over a hundred short stories and novelettes, and four collections of short fiction. Best known for his ten Star Wars novels, he is also the author of the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, the Conquerors Trilogy, and the young-adult Dragonback series. His latest books are Cobra Slave, the first of the Cobra Rebellion Trilogy, and Star Wars: Scoundrels.
Upcoming books include Cobra Outlaw, the second Cobra Rebellion novel, and A Call to Duty, the first of a three-book collaboration with David Weber set in the Honor Harrington universe. You can contact him at Facebook.com/TimothyZahn.
Dylan Birtolo - For as long as he can remember, Dylan Birtolo has always been a storyteller. No matter how much other things have changed, that aspect has not. He still tells stories, in whatever format he can. He currently resides in the great Pacific Northwest where he spends his time as a writer, a gamer, and a professional sword-swinger. His thoughts are filled with shape shifters, mythological demons, and epic battles. He has published a few fantasy novels and several short stories in multiple anthologies. He has also written pieces for game companies set in their worlds including BattleTech, Shadowun, Legend of the Five Rings, and Pathfinder. He trains with the Seattle Knights, an acting troop that focuses on stage combat, and has performed in live shows, videos, and movies. Endeavoring to be a true jack of all trades, he has worked as a software engineer, a veterinary technician in an emergency hospital, a martial arts instructor, a rock climbing guide, and a lab tech. He has had the honor of jousting, and yes, the armor is real—it weighs over 100 pounds. You can read more about him and his works at www.dylanbirtolo.com or follow his Twitter at DylanBirtolo.
Addie J. King is an attorney by day and author by nights, evenings, weekends, and whenever else she can find a spare moment. Her short story “Poltergeist on Aisle Fourteen” was published in Mystery Times Ten 2011 by Buddhapuss Ink, and an essay entitled, “Building Believable Legal Systems in Science Fiction and Fantasy” was published in Eighth Day Genesis; A Worldbuilding Codex For Writers And Creatives by Alliteration Ink. Her novels, The Grimm Legacy, The Andersen Ancestry, and The Wonderland Woes are available now from Loconeal Publishing. She is currently working on the fourth book, The Bunyon Barter. Her website is www.addiejking.com.
Gregory A. Wilson is a published author of both speculative fiction and academic writing and Professor of English at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches creative writing, fantasy fiction and science fiction along with various other courses in literature. He is the author of the epic fantasy The Third Sign (Gale Cengage, 2009); his second novel Icarus is being turned into a graphic novel, to be published in virtual and physical forms by Silence in the Library Publishing in 2015, and he has just signed a three book deal with The Ed Greenwood Group, which will be publishing his Gray Assassin Trilogy beginning with his third novel, Grayshade, in 2016. He has short stories in a number of places, most recently the Time Traveled Tales, Vol. 2 (Silence in the Library Publishing, 2014) and Heroes (Silence in the Library Publishing, 2015) anthologies.
With two-time Hugo nominee John Helfers, he is in the planning stages for a political speculative fiction anthology, with a number of well-known authors already on board. He co-hosts (with Brad Beaulieu) the critically acclaimed Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers, and Fans (speculatesf.com), into its fifth year of production and with a successful Patreon. He has written three articles for the SFWA Bulletin, and is a member of Codex, the Gen Con Writers' Symposium, the Origins Library and several other author groups on and offline. He is regularly invited to speak on panels, conduct workshops and read from his work at conventions and conferences throughout the country.
Wilson is the author of The Problem in the Middle: Liminal Space and the Court Masque (Clemson University, 2007) and numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of academic subjects. He is also the lead singer and trumpet player for the progressive rock band The Road (thebandtheroad.com), soon to release its third album and follow-up to its critically acclaimed second album Monomyth, nominated for Best Foreign Record in Progawards 2010.
He lives with his wife Clea, daughter Senavene—named at his wife's urging for a character in The Third Sign, for which he hopes his daughter will forgive him—and dog Lilo in Riverdale, NY. His virtual home is gregoryawilson.com.
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the writing world she is an award-winning author primarily known for her War of the Seasons fantasy series. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse (BU), Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun (GGR), a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel. Find out more at JanineSpendlove.com.
Richard C. White is the author of For a Few Gold Pieces More, a collection of dark fantasy short stories for Musa Publishing. He is currently writing of short stories set in the Pacific Theater of WWII called Strikeforce Falcon for Pro Se Productions. Additionally, he has done a fantasy noir story, “Full Moon Affair” as well as "Notes in the Fog" in the Charles Boeckman Presents: Johnny Nickle duology.
As a media tie-in writer, he’s written for Star Trek, Doctor Who, and The Incredible Hulk anthologies. His novel, Gauntlet Dark Legacy: Paths of Evil, was the best-selling tie-in for his publisher in 2004. He also has two graphic novels by StarWarp Concepts—Troubleshooters Incorporated and Chronicles of the Sea Dragon.
Richard is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. Additionally, Richard serves on the Writer Beware committee.
Sheryl Nantus was born in Montreal, Canada, and grew up in Toronto, Canada. A rabid reader almost from birth, she attended Sheridan College in Oakville, graduating in 1984. She met Martin Nantus through the online fanfiction community in 1993 and moved to the United States in 2000 in order to marry.
She loves to play board games and write haiku, although not usually at the same time. A firm believer in the healing properties of peppermint tea and chai, she continues to search for the perfect cuppa.
In 2011, she won two second-place Prism Awards from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA for her steampunk romance, Wild Cards and Iron Horses and the first volume of her superhero romance trilogy, Blaze of Glory. In 2013, she won a third-place Prism Award for her paranormal romance, Blood of the Pride. In 2015, her science fiction romance, In the Black won three SFR Galaxy Awards.
For more about Sheryl Nantus you can visit her web page at sherylnantus.com, see her on Facebook, or follow her ramblings on Twitter: @SherylNantus. She also blogs at www.sherylnantus.wordpress.com when the mood takes her, usually writing board game reviews.
She loves to get email at email@example.com.
Bryan Young works across many different media. He’s the author of Lost at the Con (put on The Huffington Post’s “Must-Read for Geeks” list), Operation: Montauk, and The Serpent’s Head. As a film producer, he’s won two Telly Awards, and his last two films (This Divided State and Killer at Large) were released by The Disinformation Company and were called “filmmaking gold” by The New York Times. He’s also published comic books with Slave Labor Graphics and Image Comics. He’s a contributor for The Huffington Post and StarWars.com, and the founder and editor in chief of the geek news and review site Big Shiny Robot! Bryan is also an Honorary Friend of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion and host of popular new Star Wars podcast “Full of Sith”. His latest book is A Children’s Illustrated History of Presidential Assassination and he’s hard at work on many more.
Donald J. Bingle is the author of five books and more than fifty shorter tales in the science fiction, fantasy, thriller, horror, mystery, steampunk, romance, comedy, and memoir genres. His latest solo tome is Frame Shop, a mystery thriller set in a suburban writers' group. His latest co-authored book is The Love-Haight Case Files, with Jean Rabe, a paranormal fantasy about lawyers for supernatural creatures in a magic-filled San Francisco. More about Don and his writing, including his Writer on Demand blog, can be found at www.donaldjbingle.com.
Maxwell Alexander Drake is an award-winning Science Fiction/Fantasy author, Graphic Novelist and Playwright. He is also the lead tie-in writer and game story consultant for Sony Online Entertainment’s massive online game EverQuest Next. He is best known for his fantasy series, The Genesis of Oblivion Saga. Drake teaches creative writing at writers’ conferences and fan conventions around the country. For more, please visit www.maxwellalexanderdrake.com, more about the Genesis of Oblivion Saga at www.genesisofoblivion.com, more about his latest graphic novel at www.downfallthecomic.com, or read what he is doing for Sony at www.everquestnext.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @MaxwellADrake or Facebook /MaxwellAlexanderDrake.
Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and an award-winning author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fourteen anthologies with more on the way, including Chicks Dig Gaming and Shattered Shields. Author of Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, Industry Talk, the Karen Wilson Chronicles, and the Melissa Allen series, she has more than sixty published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Jennifer is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie awards, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is the author of the YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, and the Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO Aion and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW. Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek.
Aaron Rosenberg has written novels for Star Trek, StarCraft, Warcraft, Exalted, Stargate Atlantis, and Warhammer. He also writes educational books, young adult novels, children’s books, and tabletop role-playing games. He won an Origins Award in 2003, for Game Mastering Secrets (2002), a Gold ENnie in 2007, for Lure of the Lich Lord, and a 2003 PsiPhi Award for Collective Hindsight, Book One. His second Warcraft novel, Beyond the Dark Portal, was nominated for a Scribe Award in 2009 and his young adult novelization Bandslam: The Novel won the award for best Young Adult novel in 2010. Rosenberg wrote the first-ever tie-in novel for the television series Eureka, entitled Substitution Method, under the house name Cris Ramsay. His second Eureka novel, Roads Less Traveled, was released in early 2011. He is also the author of the Dread Remora space-opera series and the co-author of the O.C.L.T. occult thriller series, both from Crossroad Press.
Rosenberg is also part of Crazy 8 Press, a cooperative publishing venture he started in 2011 with fellow authors Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, and Howard Weinstein. His humorous science fiction novel No Small Bills was released as an e-book from Crazy 8 in September 2011 and immediately hit the NOOK Bestseller list—it rose as high as No. 33. The sequel, Too Small for Tall, was released in September 2012.
Rosenberg lives in New York City with his family.
Ronald T. Garner grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi, but has spent the last fourteen years of his life moving around the country in various billets as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and a Juris Doctorate from UNC-Chapel Hill. He spends way too much of his time running foot races around the country and building things that are of questionable use. Ron currently resides in North Carolina with his wife and frighteningly confident teenage daughter.
John Helfers is a full-time freelance writer and editor, and is the president of Stonehenge Editorial Services, an editorial/literary project management company. He’s published more than fifty short stories in anthologies such as Monsters! (Origins, Inc.), Risk Takers (WMG Publishing), and Shattered Shields (Baen Books). His media tie-in fiction has appeared in anthologies, game books, and novels for the Dragonlance®, Transformers®, BattleTech®, Shadowrun®, Warlock II® and Golem Arcana® universes. He's written fiction and nonfiction, including a novel in the first authorized trilogy based on The Twilight Zone™ television series, the young adult novel Tom Clancy’s Net Force Explorers™: Cloak and Dagger, the original fantasy novel Siege of Night and Fire, and a history of the United States Navy. Find out more at www.johnhelfers.com
Daniel Myers is a database programmer, author, eccentric cook, and food historian. Several years back he discovered a secret manuscript which would turn the culinary world upside down. Unfortunately he misinterpreted it as a recipe for clam chowder, left it on a table in a library, and completely forgot about it. Currently he runs www.MedievalCookery.com, which is where he puts his research notes and recipes from medieval France and England.
Tracy R. Chowdhury was born in the small town of Tunkhannock Pennsylvania in 1975 and moved to Cincinnati Ohio when she was twelve years old. Growing up, she was an avid reader, especially of fantasy and science fiction, and she loved to write. She attended college at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and studied her other passion, Biology. She graduated in 2002 and worked in cancer research for several years. During that time she picked up her love for writing again, and in 2005, her first book, Shadow Over Shandahar- Child of Prophecy, was put into print. With the help of her co-author, Ted Crim, the sequel was published two years later. Tracy currently lives in Montgomery, Ohio. She is married with four children, a dog, and a hairless cat. She runs a thriving real estate business with her husband, and in her 'spare' time she continues to write and promote her books. In 2011 the novels, were picked up by a small press, Loconeal Publishing, and her original duology was re-mastered and separated into smaller volumes to make a series. More books have followed, as well as several short stories. More information about the books can be found on her website at www.worldofshandahar.com, and she can be found on Facebook and Twitter.
Kelly Swails has worked as a bus girl, dishwasher, factory line worker, phlebotomist, a microbiologist, and a terrorist for hire. Surprisingly enough, she found none of those professions completely fulfilling so she turned to the written word. Her work has appeared in several anthologies—most recently Beast Within 2, Love And Rockets, and The Crimson Pact—and she has several novels in various stages of development. When she’s not writing, reading, or working at the day job, she knits, hangs out with her husband and kitties, and spends time with her friends.
But wait, there's more! (here you have to imagine big infomercial graphics, because that's what we did when we wrote it) We'll also be adding stories and authors to the anthology as we reach stretch goals. Our stretch goal authors include: Maggie Allen, John Hartness, Gail Z. Martin, Cary G. Osborne, Beth Revis, Samantha Rich, and Tamsin Silver.
BUT THERE'S EVEN MORE! (okay, maybe that was a bit excessive, but we couldn't resist) As we reach certain stretch goals, backers will get free digital downloads of amazing novels and short stories from our MONSTERS! authors.
Silence in the Library was founded by a group of authors based on the notion that it is important to make the creative drivers of the publishing industry, authors and artists, full partners both in the process of publishing and in the fiscal rewards. We want to ensure that our authors and artists make a decent living at their craft so that they will continue to enlighten us with their work.
We continue that tradition in this Kickstarter project. The initial funding goal we have set is exactly what is needed to produce the anthology…to print the book, pay the authors and artists, and to fulfill your rewards. There is no profit built into this for the publisher. As part of our model, the authors share with the publisher in any profit from the sale of books. That includes sales through Kickstarter. We're not out to get wealthy on the back of this book, but just to make enough money that it is financially viable for us to continue to put out great projects like this. It is more important to us that this book get made and that we are fair to our creative partners than that we worry about short-term gain.
We also want to ensure that readers have a voice in the publishing process. Ultimately, readers make all of this possible, and we feel that you should have a say in what gets published and what doesn't. Kickstarter provides the platform that makes this possible.
So, take a look at the tiers to the right, and decide how you would best like to participate in the MONSTERS! experience.
If there is a combination of things you would like that you don't see in the reward levels, just let us know, and we'll do our best to accommodate you.
As with all of our projects, we've lined up some really great stretch goals that are free to backers. So, after you’ve perused the tiers, look at our stretch goals to see what we can achieve with your support. We believe in this project, and we can produce it, but only you can make it live. Please join the team.
The way the add-ons will work is that you choose the level at which you wish to contribute, add the price of what you want from the list below, and contribute that amount (or, if you've already contributed, just add the amount from the list below to your current contribution). When the Kickstarter is complete, we will look at each of your selected contribution levels and the amount you have contributed, and if you have contributed more than the selected level we will contact you to find out which of the add-ons you would like.
$5 - The eBook of Soothe the Savage Beast
$10 – The MONSTERS! keychain flashlight
$15 - A signed 8x10 print of an illustration of your choice from the MONSTERS! anthology (if you're an international backer, please add $3 for shipping)
$15 - Upgrade your trade paperback copy of MONSTERS! to a hardcover copy.
$15 - A trade paperback copy of Soothe the Savage Beast (If you've backed at an electronic reward-only level, please add $5 for shipping. If you're an international backer and have backed at a print reward level, please add $5 for shipping. If you're an international backer and have backed at an electronic reward only level, please add $25 for shipping)
$20 – An extra trade paperback copy of MONSTERS! (same rules for shipping as above)
$20 - A signed 11x14 print of an illustration of your choice from the MONSTERS! anthology. (if you're an international backer, please add $3 for shipping)
$20 – A 10-pack of MONSTERS! zombie targets. Be prepared for the apocalypse.
$83 – The garlic necklace 83% guaranteed to ward off vampires. Yep, that's a dollar for every percent of effectiveness. Is it expensive? Sure. But let's be honest, Janine really doesn't want to have to make these and we really don't want to have to ship them, so you're paying for making us do it. The necklace will come in a wooden box...you know, just in case you need to break the box apart and use it as stakes.
$96 - The garlic necklace 96% guaranteed to ward off vampires. What's the difference? Who knows. But hey, it could work. Same thing with the box.
Risks and challenges
Of course, there are risks and challenges with any project. We've actually managed to minimize them with this project by having the book ready to go before launching the Kickstarter. It is written and edited, and the cover is complete. Artist David Montgomery is still working on the story illustrations, and adding stories will add some complexity, but not a great deal.
The biggest challenge for a publisher, other than getting the content in and formatted, is generally timely printing. We have solid relationships with our printers, and are generally able to get proofs back and books printed within 30 days of sending them the book, but there is always a chance that the printer will take longer than expected. If that happens and it causes the project to run past the promised date, we will send out regular status updates until the books have arrived.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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