“I also placed another yarn with Strange Tales – ‘The Valley of the Lost’ – a horror tale in an early Texan setting. I'm trying to invest my native regions with spectral atmosphere, etched against a realistic setting.” Robert E. Howard to H.P. Lovecraft, April, 1932
It’s time to shine a light into the dark corners of the Southwest; places like Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexio, where the land is impossibly old, and civilization is new and precarious. The ground in these parts is soaked with blood, with oil, with sweat. There are no tears. They shoot you for wasting water around here.
Chicken Fried Cthulhu pays tribute to the authors who first carved out a place for themselves in the vast, open countryside, and paved the way for new authors to leave their indelible mark on Mythos fiction. But like the outlaws and outsiders who settled in the southwest, they prefer to do it their way: bloody, bawdy, and belligerent. Lovecraftian fiction done the only way we know how to do it: chicken fried!
Chicken Fried Cthulhu is a collection of new and reprint stories set in and around the southwest by southwestern writers. Included in this sensational line-up: Zelia Bishop, Christopher Brown, Stephen Graham Jones, Walter DeBill, Jr., Bradley Denton, Robert E. Howard, Joe Lansdale, Caroline Spector and Don Webb for starters. More authors will be announced during and after the Kickstarter is concluded. Thirteen authors (and more, with your help) with a unique, one-of-a-kind take on the Cthulhu Mythos that is unmistakably Weird. And we're going to debut the book at this year's World Fantasy Convention in San Antonio, Texas!
Kiss the Cooks!
Raconteur and Ne'er-Do-Well Mark Finn is an author, an editor, and a pop culture critic. He's one of the managing editors at Skelos Press, when he's not writing stories, poscasting with The Gentlemen Nerds, or working at his vintage movie theater in North Texas. In 2007, he was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for his biography, Blood & Thunder: The Life and Art of Robert E. Howard. His essays and introductions have appeared in books from Dark Horse Comics, Boom! Entertainment, The Robert E. Howard Foundation Press, Wildside Press and elsewhere. His stories and novels are available here.
Geek maven and optimistic curmudgeon Richard Klaw recently edited the anthologies The Apes of Wrath (Tachyon Publications) and Rayguns Over Texas (FACT) as well as the three Joe R. Lansdale Hap and Leonard titles from Tachyon. He co-founded the influential Mojo Press, one of the first publishers dedicated to both graphic novels and prose books for the bookstore market, where he co-edited (with Joe Lansdale) the groundbreaking, Eisner award-nominated original anthology of short fiction in graphic form, Weird Business, which featured 23 original horror and dark fantasy tales by 56 creators including Robert Bloch, F. Paul Wilson, Charles de Lint, Roger Zelazny, Poppy Z. Brite, and Michael Moorcock. Klaw also edited the Stoker award-nominated and International Horror Guild Award-winning Dead Heat by Del Stone, Jr.
Our cover artist Mark A. Nelson just finished a Kickstarter project of his own called Innsmouth: The Lost Drawings of Mannish Sycovia, and you really need to check it out. His client list includes Subterranean Press, Cemetary Dance, TSR, White Wolf, Dark Horse Comics, and that's just the tip of the iceberg. He's an incredible artist, and we are fortunate to have him along for the ride.
What's On the Menu?
We have a bevy of great stretch goals planned for this book that will make it even more awesome and insane. Our base cost of $15,000 insures that we deliver a quality product to you in time for World Fantasy Convention, Nov 2nd-5th, 2017, in San Antonio, Texas. All backers in attendance will have the option of picking up their books at the convention! A number of the authors in the book will be attending as well, so you can get your book signed and meet the people behind the stories.
It's a little steeper than other projects, but we are swinging for the fences. Here's how the money breaks down:
All stretch goals go directly into either art or story content. We want this book to be as big and cool and awesome as it can possibly be!
Risks and challenges
This is Skelos Press' second Kickstarter, but Chicken Fried Cthulhu is not our first book. Together we have a lot of book packaging experience, which will allow us to bring this project in before World Fantasy Convention in November. Rick and Mark are used to tight deadlines and have factored the short turn-around into their budget and production timeline.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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