Weird Lies Anthology of short stories from Liars' League
Arachne Press' new collection of science fiction, fantasy and downright strange short stories by authors featured at Liars' League
The League is a live literature event that happens once a month in a pub behind Oxford Circus. Writers send in stories to a theme, the League chooses the five (or six) best stories which are then read by actors. It's been going six years now and since Arachne Press got started in July 2012 we've been collaborating to bring the best of their writers to a wider audience.
Arachne is owned by Cherry Potts, author of two collections of short stories, and (co)editor of all Arachne's books so far. We've only been going since July 2012 and have produced three books so far, two with Liars' League, and one standalone anthology, Stations, which had a story for each station on the London Overground line between Highbury & Islington and West Croydon. Alongside Weird Lies in September we will be reprinting Cherry's collection Mosaic of Air, and there are plans for another Liars' collaboration next year and we are currently reading submissions for future publications.
The first two Liars' anthologies were themed - London Lies (stories set in London)
and Lovers' Lies (stories for cynical romantics and romantic cynics).
But there is something about Liars' League that brings out the wildness of the authors' imaginations. There is plenty of fantasy and edge-of-horror in both the existing books, so with this third anthology we've given full rein to that element with a smorgasbord of science fiction, fantasy, ghost stories, surrealism and what we are told is magic realism - but most of all, downright peculiar - what we are calling WEIRD. (You can find lots of information, reviews, story snippets and videos on our website.
For the most part our authors are relatively new to publishing, with at most two or three books to their names although we include a couple of award winners in our contributors to Weird Lies. The majority of our authors are British although a lot of them are living elsewhere currently, and about a third are American, with a few from further afield. Arachne Press is very definitely here to support emerging talent wherever based, and to treat authors the way we would like to be treated. We also have a lot of fun - we do loads of live readings,
both with authors and actors, and run workshops so that we can talent spot and share ideas. In fact, we are reading from Weird Lies (and Lovers' lies) at the Keats Festival in Hampstead on 25th May, and at Misty Moon Gallery in Ladywell on 9th June, so if you are in London you could come along for a preview,
The line up for Weird Lies is:
Alan Graham, Alex Smith (winner of the Nielsen Booksellers Choice Award), Andrew Lloyd-Jones (Winner of the Fish Prize), Angela Trevithick, Barry McKinley, Christopher Samuels, CT Kingston, David Malone, David Mildon, Derek Ivan Webster, Ellen O'Neill, James Smyth, Jonathan Pinnock, Joshan Esfandiari Martin, Lee Reynoldson, Lennart Lundh, Maria Kyle, Nichol Wilmor, Peng Shepherd, Rebecca J Payne, Richard Meredith, Richard Smyth, Tom McKay.
Contracts are all signed, and you can find out more about the authors on the author pages on our website.
We have for your reading pleasure: deals with the devil, icemaidens, tadpoles, poisoners, time travellers, artificial intelligence and workplace stress taken to its logical conclusion. Aliens, persistent dreamers and a cursed jumbo jet, cults, skin complaints and ephemera from the future - all provide plot twists both darkly poignant and funny. You can read extracts from the stories HERE
Arachne Press likes to work with artists and designers whose work we admire, and we are slowly building relationships with a number of talented individuals. We've just chosen our cover design for Weird Lies. It is still a draft at the moment, but we think it is striking and will entice readers into picking up the book.
We produce print copies and e-books. It is important to us that our print books are beautiful (hence the cover designs) but it also means good quality paper and being well bound. Our usual print run is 2000 copies. E-books are available in mobi/kindle and ePub. We have distribution arrangements for both print and e-books so that we can get the books to the widest possible audience, and we are constantly on the look out for other routes to market.
The book has been typeset, and we are in the process of proofreading.
So are you wondering why we need your help? Basically, it's an expensive business doing our authors and their stories justice with a really beautiful book, and because of the way the book industry works it takes a long time for the money to arrive from sales, so cashflow is an issue. It is enormously important for such a young company to keep the momentum going and ensure our contacts don't forget who we are between books, so we can't wait for enough money to come back to pay for the next book. We are surviving on goodwill at the moment, Cherry isn't taking a salary, our typesetting is done for free, when we use actors for readings, they read for a copy of the book and a hug, and our proofreading is done on a barter system. Our authors are supportive and turn out to events all over the place (usually) without any recompense in order to promote the books. We are nothing if not imaginative! Funding Weird Lies through crowdfunding will cover the costs of printing and shipping, conversion to ebook, and initial distribution and storage, and give us the unique position of having the money up front for production and some all important marketing so that we can really make some noise about this book.
Aside from copies of the book and thankyous, we are offering signed copies of the following:
Also on offer: CAKE, recipes, original artwork, a unique handwritten story featuring YOU as a named character ... and a guided tour of the City of London! Oh! and badges! Explore the rewards in more detail on the right - we will be adding more as we think of them
Thank you for taking a look at our pitch, we really hope you will want to contribute, and tell other peope what we are up to.
Risks and challenges
Because we've produced three books already we do know what we are doing; our authors are all signed up, we have trusted printers, ebook converters, distributors and freelance sales team in place. Our biggest risk is that we don't get the funding in place, however it is important to say this book will happen, come what may, we have made that commitment to the authors - it will just be harder and slower.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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