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A shared world SF anthology series where other cities, planets, galaxies are only steps away...for those who dare Walk The Fire.
A shared world SF anthology series where other cities, planets, galaxies are only steps away...for those who dare Walk The Fire.
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Do You Dare Walk The Fire?

I'm David Sobkowiak, co-editor of Walk The Fire, Volume 2. Like so many good things, the journey to Walk The Fire started in a used book store, when series creator John Mierau picked up an old, dog-eared Bantam edition of George RR Martin's Wild Cards, the classic sci-fi and superhero anthology.

When New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler launched The Crypt, a shared world audio anthology as a part of his own future history, John saw the potential for connecting authors with new readerships, and creating something special in the process.

He reached out to a talented and hard working group of writers with a pitch and a story bible, and offered to buy their stories. They answered the call, and Walk The Fire was born.

John brought me aboard as co-editor for Volume 2 and invited a new crop of award-winning, traditionally published, best-selling indie authors and new media creators to create more tales of the Ferrymen.

Who are the Ferrymen?

Those precious few known as Ferrymen can step through a special kind of fire and emerge in a different city, continent, or world. The voyage takes only an instant, and all who walk with the Ferrymen arrive unscathed, while the Ferryman revert in age to when first the Flame kissed them. But, walk the fire without a Ferryman, and you may never be seen again.

What becomes of your humanity when you become a priceless resource, revered by the masses and all but immortal? What becomes of humanity when it spreads to a thousand worlds?

Author List

Two-time Campbell nominee Mur Lafferty, Hugo nominee Paul Levinson, Philippa Jane Ballantine, Harry Connolly, JRD Skinner, JF Perkins, Jay Allen, Steve Umstead, Matt Iden, WJ Davies, and more.

Other Contributors

With an introduction by Scott Sigler, art by Scott Pond and original song and music by 'George RR Martin is Not Your Bitch' songwriter John Anealio, WALK THE FIRE will immerse you in a rich world accompanied by beautiful images and stirring music. 

Stretch Goals 

Walk The Fire is a labor of love. The more money we have, the better content we can give you. Whenever more money is raised, we'll give our supporters more cool things! 

*Two More Stories*

At $12,000, we will commission two additional stories, opening the door to submissions (at SFWA pro rates). 

This is an important goal for the editors who remain committed to helping writers grow and connect with readers.

*Audio Book Release*

At $13,000 an audiobook of Walk The Fire 2 will be produced by professional narrators and producers and made available to you FREE. 

*Another* Anthology for All Backers

At $14,000 a THIRD full anthology in the series produced and EVERY backer of this Kickstarter will then receive a digital copy of all three volumes of Walk The Fire anthologies. 

Are you ready to Walk The Fire?

Risks and challenges

Putting together any creative endeavor is always an act of faith. There is always the possibility of roster changes when a book comes together. A story could require more editing to be completed, or even shelved. An author could have to pull out for personal reasons, or because they ran long fulfilling an earlier contract. That said, I have high confidence in the professionalism and creative chops of the authors invited to participate in Walk The Fire.

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  • Now you can! I've added rewards for Mur, Paul, Philippa, Harry, JRD, Steve, WJ and ME, John Mierau.

    There's also a reward level for Tuckerization open for all Authors, which one of the above writers might use if so inclined once they start writing.

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  • YES. If you've already supported us at that reward level, increase the amount of your backing but DO NOT CHANGE your reward *level* preference.

    Each user can earn up to 6 additional hours of audio production (for a total of 8) by increasing their donation $175 above the reward level amount for every additional hour of professionally produced audio they want.

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Get your name listed as a supporter on the Walk The Fire website, a digital download of artwork from the anthology and the Walk The Fire volume 1 ebook (epub/mobi).

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    All of the above, plus an advanced digital copy of the first three stories in the Walk The Fire 2 anthology.

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    All of the above, plus a Kickstarter-only, nowhere else available Trade Paperback of the Walk The Fire 2 anthology.

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    All of the above, plus a Kickstarter-only original 11x14 suitable for framing as well as a digital download of the Walk The Fire 1 audiobook.

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    BOOKS & TSHIRT All of the $50 rewards (and Walk The Fire 2 audio book if stretch goal is met) plus Kickstarter-only black T-shirt silkscreened with original artwork designed by Scott Pond.

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    SIGNED MANUSCRIPTS. All of the above, plus a collected Walk The Fire 2 manuscript containing all stories personally signed to YOU by all contributors. Printed out copy either full of red ink and crumpled in frustration by the artist, or pristine except for each author's personalized autograph on the title page.

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    PIP BALLANTINE TAKES A MESSAGE!
    All the 'TAKE A MESSAGE!' level perks as above, with the lovely Kiwi-accented tones of Pip Ballantine will record up to a 30-second 'voicemail message' MP3. Wording and approval subject to Pip, but we'll help you write the text if you want.

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    PATRICK McLEAN TAKES A MESSAGE!
    All the 'TAKE A MESSAGE!' level perks as above, with the smooth-tongued devil and voice of Podiobooks.com will record a 30second 'voicemail message' MP3. Wording and approval subject to Patrick, but we can help you with the text.

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    NATHAN LOWELL TAKES A MESSAGE! Get listed as a supporter in the website & ebook, digital downloads of artwork, Walk The Fire volume 1/2 ebooks (epub/mobi), advance delivery of the first three stories in the new anthology, the wall art and TShirt designed by Scott Pond AND the one and only Nathan Lowell will record up to a 30-second 'voicemail message', delivered to you as an MP3. Wording and approval subject to Nathan, but we'll help you write the text if you want.

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    VERONICA GIGUERE TAKES A MESSAGE! All the 'TAKE A MESSAGE!' level perks as above, with versatile professional voice actor Veronica Giguere recording up to a 30-second 'voicemail message' MP3. Wording and approval subject to Veronica, but we'll help you write the text if you want.

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    EXCLUSIVE WRITER REWARD. All of the $100 rewards, plus Creator/Editor John Mierau will beta read/critique (of a completed work up to 8000 words or 3 chapters of a longer work).

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    TUCKERIZED IN WALK THE FIRE! All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in a "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY MUR LAFFERTY All of the $100 rewards *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in Mur's story as a hero, villain, code word or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY PAUL LEVINSON All of the $100 rewards *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in Paul's story as a hero, villain, code word or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY PHILIPPA BALLANTINE All of the $100 rewards *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in Pip's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY HARRY CONNOLLY All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in Paul's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY JRD SKINNER All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in JRD's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY STEVE UMSTEAD All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in Steve's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY WJ DAVIES All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in WJ's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    TUCKERIZED BY JOHN MIERAU All of the $100 rewards, Walk The Fire 2 audio book *as well* as silkscreened black T-shirt with original artwork designed by Scott Pond, AND your name will be immortalized in John's "Walk The Fire" story as a hero, villain, code work or some other creative and good-natured way.

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    STAR WITH US IN AN AUDIO ROUNDTABLE. All of the $150 rewards, plus appear in an audio interview with some of the authors discussing Walk The Fire 2.

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    All of the $200 rewards, plus get your name Tuckerized in an original Walk The Fire song composed by John Anealio.

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    YOUR OWN AUDIO PRODUCTION All of the $125 rewards AND two hours of professionally narrated and produced audio. Male or Female voice. You'll own it, rights cleared to sell on Audible, use in a business context or use on a podcast.

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    READ FREE FOR LIFE! All of the $125 rewards, your name Tuckerized in a story, yours will be the first name(s) listed on web page/ebook/trade paperback acknowledgement page AND you'll get an electronic edition of every story John Mierau publishes... For Life!

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