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Horror Anthology 2020

Mors Erat Ignoto An Unknown Death - stories of loss and the unknown

Horror Anthology 2020

Mors Erat Ignoto An Unknown Death - stories of loss and the unknown

AU$ 948
pledged of AU$ 1,600pledged of AU$ 1,600 goal
19
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 11 2019 12:37 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 11, 2019

About

For those seeking other ways to support this project please go to the link to the anthology and send me a message from there. I have got some other support which has been fantastic and I appreciate people often don't like dealing with the kickstarter system.

After 22 years in the writing industry I realized I had never published an all horror anthology. And within this anthology I hope to intersperse the fiction with some other examples of loss and fear of the unknown. While it has been in my mind it has never had the impetus to form into a tangible project. It was after a tragic house fire where a dear friend lost everything she owned that I realized the one true horror that faces us all - the sheer terror of loss and the inescapable walk into the unknown. It may feel unusual to do a book like this based on such a real life tragedy, it is understood that the artist who lost her life's work had a passion for the genre, so delivering a book in this realm felt apt.

Money raise above the desired amount will be going to support Conny, she is an international artist who lost her loving cats Mina and Lucy in the house fire as well. This is a small attempt at doing the right thing at the right time, so please consider this when you learn more about the project.

 Mors Erat Ignoto  edited by Una Ignis or An Unknown Death is an anthology of horror stories that explore this theme in a direct or indirect fashion. We are all at one time faced with this fear, it may never come to the surface but sometimes something happens that brings you back to the reality that one day it will. The other observations on the theme will hopefully show a side of this feeling we so easily forget.

The costs expected are an estimate and I will work to keep everything as close to this limited budget as possible. The cover artist will be announced in time as they are dealing with their own version of loss.

One thing to be noted is that horror can be a beautiful thing when dealing with a passionate subject matter. Stories breathe as they are and allowed to show the beauty of the seething backdrops and the emotions of characters dealing with these unknown horrors. Everyone is out of their depth in these situations and this will be a book about just how far out of their depths characters are delivered.

There will only be 10 stories, each with a minimum word count of 7500 words. Also it is planned 5 to 10 observations on the theme by people and organizations from around the world. Good horror can't be rushed and I would like the reader to become fully immersed in the story. . Loss and the unknown are a slow burn thing and yet they spring on you so suddenly you catch your breath. It is planned these stories will make you gasp. Submissions will be accepted here -  http://www.robertnstephenson.(com)/horror. (html ) remove brackets

Thank you for all your support and encouragement. Let us make this project possible and together we can make a beautiful book in memory of all those who have lost and face the unknown with the horrors it brings.

Risks and challenges

Always the greatest risk is getting the right stories, so I am setting a longer than normal lead time. These stories are not ones knocked up on the weekend. Editing always takes time, as does formatting and page layouts.

Costs could blow out if tight controls are not applied immediately. I donate all my time and resources to this project but like all things we desire you find you are a few shekels short of creating something perfect for the subject.

Careful time management is must, and as I spend a half-day every day caring for a sick friend this management will sometimes see me tired. All good things do take sacrifice, sometimes the sacrifice is small without risk, and sometimes it is nothing but risk. I like to think, as a person who is not selfish, I have a foot in both camps.

Raising the funds quickly has the severe stress of possibly failing. The faster I get the project goal the better I will feel knowing something good can begin.

The biggest risk of all is being able to raise the money in the first place. The incentives are modest, tokens given for people's generosity but they are feasible and achievable in the scope of the project. Yes, I will be busy and when I was an agent I was busier and know I can put in the hours.

As I say, if you do not risk it all then how do you know you will do your absolute best.

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    An original painting by Conny Valentina. This piece was the cover done for David Brin's through Stranger Eyes. It will be sad to part with but I am sure someone will enjoy this piece. Please note, postage for artwork is not negotiable. Good packing and insurance is a must with things like this. https://www.amazon.com/Through-Stranger-Eyes-Introductions-Iconoclastic/dp/1934840394

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