This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, September 5 2018 10:50 PM UTC +00:00.
The first NOIRLATHOTEP short fiction anthology was a passion project by the writers and editors of the pop-culture website Psycho Drive-In, with the goal of providing a way to keep the website funded without having to rely on outside advertising. As such, everybody involved volunteered their time and talent to create a Lovecraftian Crime Anthology like nobody had ever published before, bringing to Lovecraft's Mythos both classic and neo-noir sensibilities, along with an unhealthy mix of existential dread, absurdist humor, gut-wrenching drama, and sheer cosmic terror.
Thanks to a combination of outstanding writing talent and a clever name, NOIRLATHOTEP did what it was intended to do and Psycho Drive-In doesn't have to worry about funding for quite some time. But crafting that anthology gave us the bug.
The Lovecraftian Crime Bug.
This time we decided to go legit. While NOIRLATHOTEP brings in enough funding to keep the website up and running, it doesn't give us the cushion to pay anybody. We're still functioning with what is essentially a classic 'zine business model with both Psycho Drive-In and our publishing branch, PDI PRESS.
So this time around I decided that we really needed to make PDI PRESS a true small press and begin building the future of that business, which means making sure that all the contributors get a paycheck. And that's where you come in.
NOIRLATHOTEP 2 is a continuation of our original theme: Crime stories in both classic and contemporary settings, but with a Lovecraftian twist. Our original inspiration was the near-forgotten classic HBO original film CAST A DEADLY SPELL, but we've moved beyond that, incorporating contemporary issues, classic tropes, and splatterstick humor in the telling of our tales.
And while NOIRLATHOTEP was pretty damn good (and our second release, AMERICAN CARNAGE: TALES OF TRUMPIAN DYSTOPIA was even better), NOIRLATHOTEP 2 takes it to the next level. Each of the writers involved in this project have upped their games in ways I didn't think possible, making this anthology easily the best thing PDI Press has produced to date.
Yes, that's right. The book is finished. All the stories are written, are being edited as I type this, and are pretty much ready to go. All we need is funding to do the actual publishing and to make sure the talent involved - all amateur and ready for the big time - get an author's paycheck (in some cases, their first).
And we want you to be a part of making that dream a reality.
Returning for this collection of stories are John E. Meredith, Rick Shingler, Alex Wolfe, R. Mike Burr, Dan Lee, and me, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Psycho Drive-In and PDI Press, Paul Brian McCoy. So, get ready to read some of the best Lovecraftian-themed crime stories that you're ever gonna get your grubby mitts on.
What Else to Expect!
Not only will you have the chance to help get NOIRLATHOTEP 2 published, you'll also be able to catch up with all of PDI Press' paperback releases so far!
features seven writers from the horror/pop culture website Psycho Drive-In, telling original tales of blood-curdling Lovecraftian-themed crime.
Dan Lee’s “Let Sleeping Gods Lie” is a classic hardboiled detective story set in the modern day. P.I. Glenn Mitchell is hired to retrieve a mysterious book by a mysterious man only to discover that he may be in over his head.
Alex Wolfe’s “A Stutter in the Infinite” begins as a locked-door mystery, following police consultant Lindsay Alexander as she is called in to identify the body of a friend. From there, she spirals into madness with a hint of violence.
“The Lurker in the Dark” by John E. Meredith takes us to post WWII New England, as African American private investigator August Winfield is hired to track down a beautiful woman’s missing mother while dealing with his own familial issues.
“Dan Shadduk’s Bad Luck Day” by R. Mike Burr takes private detective fiction to the nether realms, as monstrous P.I. Dan Shadduk agrees to help an ex-lover escape from a demonic crime lord.
Dan Johnson brings us back to the present and a disturbing case of lust, ambition, and murder on a college campus with “In the Shadow of Reality.”
“In the Valley of San Fernando” is Rick Shingler’s comedic caper of P.I. Phil Howard, who is hired by the wife of great Cthulhu to find their missing twins, Nicci and Nikky, before Hollywood chews them up and spits them out.
Lastly, Paul Brian McCoy weaves cryptozoology, meth dealing, dream traveling, and alien conspiracies into a neo-noir tale called “The Shadow Over Braxton County.” When Samantha Sargent returns home for her father’s funeral, she gets recruited by her corrupt police officer uncle into cooking meth. But who, or what, is he working for?
These seven stories bring crime fiction to a dark and accursed realm where nobody can be trusted and even if you make it out alive, your mind - and maybe your soul - may not survive intact!
features five returning writers from NOIRLATHOTEP and Psycho Drive-In, telling original tales of dystopian science fiction and horror in Post-Trumpocalypsian settings.
John E. Meredith's "What Kind of Monster Are You?" offers a unique take on a classic science fiction trope: aliens are coming to steal our women! But this time, they've got a distinctly more sinister endgame in mind.
Rick Shingler's "The Day the World Turned Day-Glo" is set after a major new technology has effectively made sunlight a commodity. And the only person who can do anything about it is alone on the moon.
Dan Lee's "None but the Brave" follows the adventures of a sociopathic anti-terrorist agent in a future where nobody's minds are safe from observation - not even after death.
R. Mike Burr's "Where Eagles Dare" is set the day after tomorrow as an unnamed protagonist comes under scrutiny by ill-intentioned patriots.
Lastly, Paul Brian McCoy's "Big Takeover" continues the adventures of the protagonists of his novel The Unraveling, as they take a trip into the dreaming mind of the President in order to save him, and the country, from potential apocalypse.
These five stories range from straight science fiction to existential horror to trash/schlock splatter. If you're feeling anxiety over the state of the world, these stories might not alleviate that worry, but they will definitely inspire, and disgust you, all at the same time!
You will also have the opportunity to help by purchasing FULL-COLOR 11x17 prints of the covers of both NOIRLATHOTEP and NOIRLATHOTEP 2 by Daniel Gorman! We have tiers devoted to including the prints and you'll be able to add them on to any other tier for $15 each!
And if that weren't enough, we also have special tiers if you want to pick up collections of work by horror-maestro Dan Lee (NOIRLATHOTEP 1 & 2, AMERICAN CARNAGE, & his short story collection RANDOM FEARS) or Paul Brian McCoy (NOIRLATHOTEP 1 & 2, AMERICAN CARNAGE, and his horror/sci-fi novel THE UNRAVELING: DAMAGED INCORPORATED, BOOK ONE)!
Risks and challenges
As stated above, NOIRLATHOTEP 2 is essentially finished. We just need funding to print the books and pay everybody involved.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter