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Presenting a fantasy anthology where villains are heroes of their own tales, and heroes explore the gray area between good and evil...
Presenting a fantasy anthology where villains are heroes of their own tales, and heroes explore the gray area between good and evil...
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Interior artwork by Nicolás Giacondino
Interior artwork by Nicolás Giacondino

...A swindler gets caught with his proverbial pants down...but does ANYONE deserve what's coming to him?

...A foolproof plan to pick up some cash via AI...until things take an unexpected and deadly turn.

Outland Entertainment is proud to bring you Knaves: A Blackguards Anthology. Featuring fourteen brand new tales of scheming anti-heroes and dark protagonists from the wrong side of the palace gates, Knaves brings together some of the finest fantasy authors in the industry in a book that will make readers wonder, “What is the ‘right side,’ anyway?”

Developed, curated, and edited by Melanie R. Meadors (Hath No Fury) and Alana Joli Abbott (Kaiju Rising II: Reign of Monsters), the authors of Knaves include:

Mercedes Lackey and Dennis Lee: "All Mine"
Anna Smith Spark: "The Second Siege of Telea"
Cullen Bunn: "The Bloodletter's Prayer"
Cat Rambo: "Assassin or Thief"
Shanna Germain: "The Weight of Shades and Shadows"
Anton Strout: "Hunger in the Bones"
Walidah Imarisha: "Cat Secret Weapon #1"
Linda Robertson: "The Hand of Virtue"
Clay Sanger: "All the Bridges Burned"
Maurice Broaddus: "Daughter of Sorrow" 
Sabrina Vourvoulias: "The Life and Times of Johnny the Fox"
Toiya Kristen Finley: "Old Sol Rises Up"
Lian Hearn: "Wine, Knife, Sword: A Tale of the Eight Islands"
Kenny Soward: "The Ferret in the Queen's Purse"

…with an introduction written by Howard Tayler!

Cover artwork by Dan Rempel. Design by Shawn King (not final).
Cover artwork by Dan Rempel. Design by Shawn King (not final).
Interior artwork by Nicolás Giacondino
Interior artwork by Nicolás Giacondino

If the project funds, the book will include artwork by Nicolás Giacondino inspired by the Knaves theme! 

     

Our goal is to produce a top-quality book with bestselling and award winning authors, paying them a professional rate (plus more if we reach our author raise stretch goal). We already have first drafts of the stories in hand, and cover art is complete. Once this project funds, we have streamlined our process in order to get books into the hands of backers as quickly as possible. Our experienced design team is in place, and we’ve kept rewards simple to lower risks involved with fulfillment.

Are you ready to see the world through darker eyes?

  • $14K – We'll raise the author rate to 10 cents per word!
  • $16K – We'll add artwork to the book, which means an image for each story in the anthology.

Risks and challenges

Q: What is a Tuckerization?
Tuckerization is the act of using a person's name as an in-joke or reference in a story. For the Knaves Tuckerizations, only the name can be specified, and must be approved by the Outland Publications staff.

Q: Can Outland Publications handle this project?
Outland has run or managed a number of Kickstarters and we've learned a lot from them (frequently the hard way). We have a new, experienced, project management team, with Kickstarter fulfillment history and reputation. This is a simpler project with some nuances, but we're prepared to handle them, and we're shooting for the same exceptional success we've already had!

Q: What if the text isn't finished?
A: Everyone we're working with is a professional. There's no risk of text or art not being done. That being said, if the worst happens, we have back ups identified.

Q: What if the complexity of the project overwhelms Outland?
A: We have straight forward pledge levels to make it easy to manage, and we've budgeted our stretch goals up to our cap. In order to keep the project manageable for our small team, we've elected to have no stretch goals.

Q: Increase in shipping costs?
A: Shipping costs constantly rise, and while we've projected them to the best of our abilities, there's not a lot we can do if they change. However, due to the limitations on the size of our product, we're confident this won't be an issue.

Q: What if something happens to the principals?
A: If something were to happen to anyone on the project, we've identified our backups, and our team is spread all over the world. It'd take a really big asteroid, zombie apocalypse or alien invasion to wipe us all out. The files and plans have been communicated to the whole team, and a new project lead (who has been identified) will step up.

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    Original art by Nicolás Giacondino!

    One of a kind, original pen and ink artwork inspired by KNAVES stories and themes, drawn by artist Nicolás Giacondino. Get one of 10 different pieces--you can see the artwork on the KS page and updates, as well as on Outland's Facebook Page. Backers will be able to say which piece they want in the KS survey, and we'll work to get folks the pieces they want. Plus, backers will receive electronic and print copies of KNAVES!

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    Cat Rambo Tuckerization!

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    Clay Sanger Tuckerization!

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    Anna Smith Spark Tuckerization!

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    Additionally, author Anna Smith Spark will tuckerize you (or a name of your choice) into their story in the anthology!

    After the campaign we'll put you in touch so this can be worked out.

    Any names or inclusion must be appropriate and deemed non-offensive by Outland Publications and the author involved.

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    Shanna Germain Tuckerization!

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    Additionally, author Shanna Germain will tuckerize you (or a name of your choice) into their story in the anthology!

    After the campaign we'll put you in touch so this can be worked out.

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    Sabrina Vourvoulias Tuckerization!

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