The team at GRIMDARK MAGAZINE want to get fantasy authors into the shoes of their established antagonists and present you with 15+ dark fantasy stories in a beautiful print tome. We've engaged a range of fantasy authors with established worlds including R. Scott Bakker's The Second Apocalypse, Courtney Schafer's Shattered Sigil, Adrian Tchaikovsky's Shadows of the Apt, Teresa Frohock's Los Nefilim, Jeff Salyards' Bloodsounder's Arc, and many more.
Wrapped in Tommy Arnold's beautiful cover art, designed by crowd favourite Shawn King, and with a stretch goal to fill it with Jason Deem's interior art, Evil is a Matter of Perspective will be an eye-catching addition to your shelf once you're done seeing the world through evil's eyes.
We've managed to rustle up a big range of authors from epic fantasy, dark fantasy, and grimdark fantasy to put together this anthology:
- R. Scott Bakker (The Second Apocalypse)
- Adrian Tchaikovsky (Shadows of the Apt, The Tiger and the Wolf)
- Michael R. Fletcher (Manifest Delusions)
- Shawn Speakman (The Annwn Cycles)
- Teresa Frohock (Los Nefilim)
- Kaaron Warren (The Gate Theory, Mistification)
- Courtney Schafer (The Shattered Sigil)
- Marc Turner (Chronicles of the Exile)
- Jeff Salyards (Bloodsounder's Arc)
- Mazarkis Williams (The Tower & Knife)
- Deborah A. Wolf (The Dragon's Legacy)
- Brian Staveley (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne)
- Alex Marshall (Crimson Empire)
- Bradley P. Beaulieu (The Song of the Shattered Sands, The Lays of Anuskaya)
- Matthew Ward (Shadow of the Raven, Coldharbour)
- Mark Alder (Banners of Blood)
- Janny Wurts (The Wars of Light and Shadow, The Empire Trilogy)
The cover art is completed and we've got an experienced team of editors, designers and artists to back up our list of exemplary authors and make the project shine.
Once funded, short stories will be delivered in August and September for editing, which should take us through to the end of November to have the copy complete and ready for Shawn to lay out. Once completed, the team at US-based Thomson-Shore will print three versions of it (paperback, hardcover, and special edition) to be sent to our distributor in Texas and delivered to our backers.
The best Kickstarters boast killer stretch goals that keep adding content. You're here for an anthology. We want to focus on that and pack it as much as possible with content, so while there are some add-ons, we want to use every cent for art, stories and paying contributors. As we bust through our funding goal and keep going north, here's our first list of stretch goals:
$28,100AUD ($20,240USD) - ACHIEVED!: Interior art by Jason Deem.
$30,800AUD ($24,690USD) - ACHIEVED!: Additional short story by Mark Alder (Banners of Blood).
$33,500AUD ($24,160USD) - ACHIEVED!: Additional short story by Janny Wurts (The Wars of Light and Shadow, The Empire Trilogy).
$39,000AUD ($28,115USD) - ACHIEVED!: Author pay bump from $0.10 per word to $0.12 per word.
$41,700AUD ($30,000USD) - ACHIEVED!: Additional short story by Peter Orullian (The Vault of Heaven).
$44,500AUD ($32,080USD): Open window for two unsolicited submissions.
BACKER NUMBER GOALS
We've also got a few backer numbers goals thanks to our contributors to reward your awesomeness as we hit 350, 400 and every hundred after that. All book rewards are in ebook format.
350 Backers - ACHIEVED!: First Year Bundle Deal from Grimdark Magazine.
400 Backers - ACHIEVED!: A Matter of Belief (Novella) and Tribute (Novellette) by Matthew Ward.
500 Backers - ACHIEVED!: Second Year Bundle Deal from Grimdark Magazine.
600 Backers - ACHIEVED!: Into the Mist by Lee Murray and SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest from Cohesion Press.
700 Backers - ACHIEVED!: FUBAR by Weston Ochse from Cohesion Press.
800 Backers - ACHIEVED!: Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues and The Heresy Within by Rob J. Hayes from Ragnarok Publications.
If we breach these goals, we'll find more goodies to keep the good vibe rolling!
Wondering just where in all the levels of hell the damned extra goodies are that come with the backer tiers of other Kickstarters? We've made the call to push all extra coin back into creating book content--stories and art. However, not having that artwork in every facet of your life would be a crime. So here's a couple of add-ons for you to sink your teeth in to.
Bookmark: Want something pretty to mark your place in EVIL IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE without being a monster? Use a bookmark featuring the awesome artwork by Tommy Arnold and there's no need to doggy ear your gorgeous anthology! $5AUD ($3.50USD)
Poster: Family pics and your second cousin's misunderstood artworks less interesting than the EVIL IS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE cover art? Bloody thought so! Get something worthwhile up on your walls with a 28cm x 48cm poster! $10AUD ($7.50USD)
Extra Paperback: Need to stock up on birthday presents? Got a mate who hasn't had their eyes opened to grimdark? Like the weight and aerodynamics of our tome as a projectile? Then grab yourself a cheeky extra paperback. $24AUD ($18USD)
The extra paperback is limited to one per backer and increases postage by +25AUD ($18USD) rest of the world and $5AUD ($3.50USD) United States postage. Make sure to factor this in to your backing commitment and to use the backer survey to let us know what all the extra money is for!
Updates to come as we surge towards and past that funding goal! Keep putting the word out there to make sure we can fit as much value into this production as possible!
BACKER NUMBER GOAL #1 UNLOCKED!
BOOM! First reward cab off the rank. 350 backers achieved and we're going to drop 4 issues of our flagship GdM ezine on the lot of you! You'll get more Bakker and Tchaikovsky mixed in with fiction from Mark Lawrence, T.R. Napper, Mike Brooks and Richard Ford, and interviews with Joe Abercrombie, Kameron Hurley and Brandon Sanderson. There's articles, reviews, excerpts to go with it behind some wicked cover art.
Keep it up backers!
BACKER NUMBER GOAL #2 UNLOCKED!
Raise the bat again, that's 400 up on the board! 400 backers means more free books for all of you backers. Matthew Ward is dropping two novellas on you when we fund--A Matter of Belief and The Tribute.
Keep backing to unlock a continuous flow of extra content and rewards. There's plenty waiting for you at just a share or the click of a button!
FINANCIAL GOAL #1 UNLOCKED!
This anthology keeps getting more beautiful by the day! Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists will now be filled with interior art by Jason Deem on the title page of every short story! Here's a couple of examples of what you're getting.
Keep sharing and let's keep bulking out this tome!
BACKER NUMBER GOAL #3 UNLOCKED!
I hope you've put aside some serious reading time for all of the awesome fiction you're getting through this project, because your backer kit is going to be absolutely bursting with short fiction. When we fund, you'll get four more issues of GdM!
FINANCIAL GOAL #2 UNLOCKED!
Bloody hell you guys are knocking this out of the park! Mark Alder is now locked in to write a Banners of Blood short story. His world combines angels, demons, kings and the Hundred Years War and has been likened to a George RR Martin and Bernard Cornwell cross-over.
Janny Wurts is up next, so keep sharing and spreading the word!
BACKER NUMBER GOAL #4 UNLOCKED!
Love your work! Cohesion Press will be adding Into the Mist by Lee Murray and their brilliant anthology SNAFU: Survival of the Fittest to your backer packs!
Keep sharing! You've almost got Janny Wurts!
FINANCIAL GOAL #3 UNLOCKED!
We've just added Janny Wurts to the author group! Janny will add a Light and Shadow short story to what already represents a stellar line-up.
Keep sharing! The Author Pay Bump and Peter Orullian are next!
BACKER GOAL #5 UNLOCKED!
700 backers racked up and it's time to add FUBAR by Weston Ochse to the backer pack. You guys better practice those squats so you can lift the weight of fiction we'll be sending your way!
FINANCIAL GOAL #4 UNLOCKED!
All of our authors just got a 20% per word pay bump! Thank you for your support, for helping me pay these brilliant authors something a little bit closer to what they truly deserve.
Let's make it rain!
BACKER GOAL #6 UNLOCKED!
800 backers in our evil army! We've just added yet more ebooks to your Backer Packs: The Ties That Bind by Rob J. Hayes and the Kickstarter anthology that originally inspired our own, Blackguards from Ragnarok Publications.
Keep sharing and let's look for 900 before the last 35 hours are up!
SNEAKY SECRET STRETCH GOAL UNLOCKED!
We've added the elusive E.V. Morrigan to Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists! She's only been released under pseudonyms before, but her fall 2017 novel has some awesome antagonists lined up, and you'll get to meet them before anybody else does!
Only about $1,000AUD until we reel in Peter Orullian for this anthology that's bulking out pretty damned quickly!
FINANCIAL GOAL #5 UNLOCKED!
Here comes Peter Orullian! You've just added yet another brilliant author to our able of contents!
Just one stretch goal remaining; let's get that open submissions window going!
Risks and challenges
We're making a big jump here from quarterly ezine production to print anthologies. Many of the skills for editing, design, and project management are transferrable, but there are tasks--such as print and distribution--that we're new to and have had to plan extensively to conquer.
As around 80% of our customers and web traffic come from the US, we're printing and distributing in the US to make postage as cheap as possible for as many of you as possible. We've allowed for cardboard boxes and bubble wrapping for each physical book to prevent in-transit damage.
Recognising that we're not yet Ragnarok Publications, we've been working with Tim Marquitz and Joe Martin to ensure we learn from the best anthology Kickstarters I know of to plan for every eventuality, and price these into the funding goal (including fluctuations in the AUD to USD conversion rate for items paid for overseas, like printing).
We've allowed the authors plenty of time to work up drafts (and have received some already), presented the contracts for world rights to the authors and any agents involved, and paid the cover artist.
The only other challenge would be if you Kickstarter backers went utterly berserk and we had over 1,000 hardcopy orders. But that'd be a challenge worthy of Mordor and we'd love to take it on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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