About this project
About the Magazine
Aghast is an illustrated bi-annual journal of horror and dark fantasy short fiction. It will be available online, as well as in print and digital formats (eBook $5, print $10). This Kickstarter will help us launch the journal and publish the first few issues.
Aghast will feature original short fiction. Each issue will be between 30k and 50k words. It is a paying market. Each short story will be accompanied by an illustration by artist George Cotronis. Interior illustrations will be in black and white.
Aghast is edited by George Cotronis, assisted by slush reader Jeff Barr.
Shipping is included at all reward levels. Items will ship from the US or the UK.
Update #3 contains our first story, a tale involving John Dees' angel occultism by Esther Saxey. Available to all backers as a PDF download.
Update #5: We made it! 100% funded on April 15th
Update #8 contains our second story, a folkloric tale about loss, by Leo Norman. Available to all backers as a PDF download.
The first issue of Aghast is not yet completed. We have accepted one story so far and Megan Arkenberg and Tim Waggoner will be writing stories for our first issue. We are still accepting and reading submissions. Backers can download a preview of issue #1, containing two stories with the conclusion of the campaign.
Original Short Story by Tim Waggoner
Original Short Story by Megan Arkenberg
A Marvelous Neutrality by Esther Saxey
If we hit the £2000 stretch goal, the PDF edition of the special issue #0 will be unlocked. Issue #0 will feature four stories written exclusively for Aghast, by Jonathan Maberry, Gemma Files and Jeff Strand. One more story will be picked from our open submission call.
If we hit the £3000 stretch goal, we'll expand the print version of issue #1 to include all four stories from the special issue.
Award-winning horror author Gemma Files is best-known for her Weird Western Hexslinger series (A Book of Tongues, A Rope of Thorns and A Tree of Bones, all from ChiZine Publications). She has also published two collections of short fiction (Kissing Carrion and The Worm in Every Heart) and two chapbooks of poetry. Her next book, We Will All Go Down Together: Stories About the Five-Family Coven (CZP) will be out in August, 2014.
Jonathan Maberry is a NY Times bestselling author, multiple Bram Stoker Award winner, and Marvel Comics writer. He’s the author of many novels including Assassin’s Code, Flesh & Bone Dead of Night, Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin; and the editor of V-Wars: A Chronicle of the Vampire Wars. Jonathan continues to teach the celebrated Experimental Writing for Teens class, which he created. He founded the Writers Coffeehouse and co-founded The Liars Club; and is a frequent speaker at schools and libraries, as well as a keynote speaker and guest of honor at major writers and genre conferences.
Jeff Strand is the four-time Bram Stoker-Award nominated author of such novels as Pressure, Dweller, Wolf Hunt, A Bad Day for Voodoo, and a bunch of others. Cemetery Dance Magazine said “No author working today comes close to Jeff Strand’s perfect mixture of comedy and terror.”
Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author Tim Waggoner has published over thirty novels and three short story collections in the horror and urban fantasy genres. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Visit him on the web at www.timwaggoner.com.
Megan Arkenberg is a Milwaukee native recently transplanted to California. Her short stories have recently appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Nightmare Magazine, The End is Nigh (the first volume of the Apocalypse Triptych), King David and the Spiders from Mars, and Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5. She can be found online at http://meganarkenberg.blogspot.com.
George Cotronis is an author, editor and illustrator. He is the chief editor of KRAKEN PRESS and the forthcoming AGHAST journal. As an illustrator, he has done cover work for publishers such as Permuted Press, Ragnarok Publications, Evil Hat Games, Pelgrane Press, Cubicle 7 and Nightscape Press. His cover work has been used for books by authors such as Ed Kurtz, Rena Mason, Mercedes Yardley, and Harry Connolly. His online portfolio can be found here.
Max Booth III is the author of four books: Toxicity (Post Mortem Press, 2014), a dark comedy crime novel; The Mind is a Razorblade (Kraken Press, 2014), a neo-noir horror novel; and two story collections, True Stories Told By a Liar (Numen Books, 2012) and They Might Be Demons (Dark Moon Books, 2013). He is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing. He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association.
Kraken Press publishes dark fiction. We have three books out and five more scheduled for 2014, in genres as diverse as horror, crime and urban fantasy. Visit our website to find out more about our books.
UK fulfillment: Natalia Theodoridou
What this Kickstarter will pay for:
Money raised will go towards costs involved in launching AGHAST and supporting it for the first few years. Any money left over will be used to fund Kraken Press projects.
Costs include webdesign, web-hosting and domain name for AGHAST, author fees, and order fulfillment.
The print version of Aghast will have a trim size of 7,44x9,69 inches. It will be printed at CreateSpace who has so far been great to do business with. Their new matte covers are great.
Actual product shots coming soon!
AGHAST is open to submissions. You can submit here. Our pay is 1c/word.
We welcome submissions from both new and experienced writers, of every race, gender, religion, nationality and sexual orientation.
AGHAST is an LGBTQ+ friendly publication.
Risks and challenges
Fulfilment is always an area rife with delays, missing packages and other problems. While our physical products are few (magazine, art print, shirt, tote bags), there's always room for disaster. We will of course replace/re-ship lost or damaged products to our backers.
In the off chance one of the stories scheduled to appear in AGHAST falls through, we will do our best to replace it with something as good.
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