UPDATE: We've made our goal! Thank you everyone! Please go here to read half a dozen reviews of A Festival of Skeletons.
"If you have no interest at all in reading a fabulous, well thought-out, engaging story, stay away from RJ Astruc’s writing – you’ll get sucked in and read it anyway. The moment I started reading, she dragged me along for an extraordinary, outrageous ride through a perfectly ordinary universe filled with murder, madness, mystery, magic, merfolk, and morticians. Dark humor, light humor, macabre doings, cute little outfits, deluded cops, and afternoon tea with reformed alcoholics are all just the tip of the iceberg in this story. I’m not only reserving bookshelf space for the printed edition of A Festival of Skeletons, I’ll be reserving reading and re-reading time for it, too. Be careful of this one, readers; you won’t want to put it down, either!"
~Jean Johnson, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Sons of Destiny series
At such rare times of self-doubt, Sink usually fell back on his old adage: What I see I cannot change. But in the aftermath of the massacre it sounded somehow hollow. The merkind hadn’t been right but she hadn’t been far wrong. Fate relied on Sink being a bitter, jaded man. It relied on his hesitance, his resignation. What had Vona whispered to him before they’d parted ways?
‘You can’t change the future, Mr. Sink, but you can surely change yourself.’
A Festival of Skeletons by New Zealand author RJ Astruc is a remarkable novel of zombies, necromancers, merkind, serial killers and cross-dressing. This 78,000-word novel has been serialized for subscribers on the Crossed Genres website, and now it's being published in its entirety! (175 pp., trade paperback)
Read the first three chapters of A Festival of Skeletons for free!
The official release date of A Festival of Skeletons will be December 1, 2010, but people who pledge here will not only get your copies cheaper than retail, you'll have them shipped early!
A Festival of Skeletons is a character driven novel that had me cracking up left and right … reminiscent of Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel. The plot follows an even pace with plenty of surprises that are perfectly foreshadowed. I was kicking myself that I didn't catch on to them earlier, but I was amazed at how wonderfully put-together this story is.
– Only the Best Science Fiction & Fantasy (Full review)
This Kickstarter is to cover some of the costs of publishing this novel. If the goal is reached, it will cover pre-production costs, pay for part of the gorgeous cover art's licensing (Cover art is by the talented Jonatan Iversen-Ejve!) The rest will go to producing copies for the pledge rewards.
Also: the author earns royalties on all copies of the novel that are sold - including sales through this Kickstarter! Pledge, and the author gets a cut!
Crossed Genres is a small independent publisher. This summer we ran a successful Kickstarter to fund our Science in My Fiction contest, exceeding 160% of our goal. We've released almost 2 years of magazine issues, and a collection of work from the magazine's first year of publication. We're currently serializing another novel, Kelly Jennings' Broken Slate, for free on our website. A Festival of Skeletons is our first novel publication.
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