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I, Ellen Datlow, will be editing an unthemed, all original anthology of terror and supernatural fiction for ChiZine Publications.
Fearful Symmetries was published to great acclaim in May 2014. It's a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and has gotten (mostly) great reviews. Thank you again, for being supporters (and you can buy more for presents!)
Fearful Symmetries was published to great acclaim in May 2014. It's a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award and has gotten (mostly) great reviews. Thank you again, for being supporters (and you can buy more for presents!)
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    1. Ellen Datlow Creator on April 25, 2014

      HI Sarah, it should be available around the same time the print book is released, or maybe a touch earlier-- which I believe will be the end of May. I'll let you know if I have the date wrong.

    2. Sarah Richardson
      on April 24, 2014

      I was wondering when the e-book version would be available for backers. Thanks!

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      Steve Jenkins on July 30, 2013

      I never received the e-mail to choose the 2 ChiZine e-books. I'd like Filaria and Monstrous Affections.

    4. Ellen Datlow Creator on June 24, 2013

      William, I'm so sorry . I will contact them immediately. When did you send in your ms?

    5. William Cook on June 24, 2013

      3 months and still no news from the Chizine crowd Ellen - quite disappointing. I know $100 is not considered much but I was really into this project and having not had any contact since, probably indicates what will happen overall :(

    6. Michael H. Hanson on June 2, 2013

      Looking at my Lori photo on my bookcase now, and loving it!

    7. Ellen Datlow Creator on March 24, 2013

      Sorry, William. I've just passed your note on to Brett and Sandra. They should respond shortly. I"m not sure what happened to your original note (that I see below). I usually get an email alert from comments left here and I'm not sure I did this time.
      Ellen Datlow

    8. William Cook on February 18, 2013

      Hi - I was a backer of the option that states:

      "Bypass the ChiZine Publications slush pile. Send your novel manuscript to the publishers at ChiZine Publications, skipping the slush pile and getting read first . . ."

      Just wanted to know how and when this option can be utilized?

      William Cook

    9. Ellen Datlow Creator on February 2, 2013

      Hi Drew, You must not have seen the update in which Brett posted that he's not going to need mailing addresses until closer to when the book will be out in 2014. We have received several hundred responses though so I'm not sure what went wrong when you got a broken link...I'll ask Brett. Sorry for the trouble.

    10. Drew Bittner on February 2, 2013

      Hi Ellen! I've tried to leave my address info but every time I've responded to the query email, it says the link is broken.
      I'm at:
      5911 Edsall Rd #611
      Alexandria, VA 22304

      It might be worthwhile to ping the group and see if others have had this problem. Considering I've tried to reply to four different request emails, this might be systemic.


    11. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 31, 2013

      Kymberlie: I sent an email afterwards to ask for the titles because I forgot to ask in the original email. Please let us know now, yes! You can email me directly with your choices, if you like (and if you can't find the email I'm talkinhg about):



    12. Kymberlie R. McGuire
      on January 31, 2013

      I hate to sound dumb, but were we supposed to choose the two ebooks now? It only asked for our format and e-mail address; I didn't see a place to enter the book titles.

    13. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 28, 2013

      Sure, Carol, no problem! Send it along when ready.

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      Carol Guess on January 28, 2013

      I'm excited to read it! However, I'm going to move before March 2014. Can we hold off on the addresses?

    15. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 10, 2013

      So what are you going to do if it goes over, huh? Huh? :-)
      thank you.This is great.

    16. NecronomiCon PVD on January 10, 2013

      $28,000 on the nose - THAT's more like it!

    17. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 8, 2013

      Are you surprised? ;-)

    18. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 8, 2013

      Same here :-)

    19. Brad Middleton on January 8, 2013

      Congrats! This is my first KS backing and I'm glad to see the project has been funded. :)

    20. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 7, 2013

      Thanks. It's really exciting (and weird). ;-)

    21. John Barker on January 7, 2013

      Congratulations on reaching the funding goal!

    22. NecronomiCon PVD on January 7, 2013

      We're very excited to see this hard-fought campaign won - and to see the final written product born.

    23. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 7, 2013

      I've backed a few but never did one before. It's been a fascinating experiment. I think I'll write about my experience once we're backed and I have a few minutes in between other stuff. I hated pushing it so much initially --makes me feel like a nag and "see me see me" --weird. But these last two days I've been forcing myself to ask writer/friends to spread the word (rather than ask them to pledge money) and boy, they did (including John and Neil Gaiman and some others who are widely read in the sf/f/h community. I can see all those names of those who've pledged and most of them are total strangers. Which is very cool :-).
      I plan to thank everyone who's helping to make it happen.

    24. Mark Bee on January 7, 2013

      I'm thrilled to see this is almost a done deal! This was my first Kickstarter backing - what a cool experience. Thanks to John Scalzi's Tweet. Otherwise I'd not have heard about it.

    25. Emily Mah Tippetts on January 7, 2013

      That looks more and more likely by the hour. Yay!

    26. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 7, 2013

      I know. We're coming up with next level stuff in case we go over. :-)

    27. Emily Mah Tippetts on January 7, 2013

      You're down in the triple digits! Looks like this is going to happen :-)

    28. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 6, 2013

      It's exciting, isn't it? Unfortunately, it's distracting me from my actual work, dammit ;-)

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      Helen Marshall on January 6, 2013

      Wow, just over $3000 to go! It's been amazing to see all the support behind this project!

    30. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 5, 2013

      Thanks Andrew!

    31. Andrew Louis Marnik on January 4, 2013

      Wishing you all the best in reaching your goal!!

    32. Ellen Datlow Creator on January 4, 2013

      Thanks Carlos--I've seen Reddit but am not sure how it works. Let me confer with Chizine to see if we could do that together...
      The problem with the webcast is that none of us live in the same place. I'll ask Matt Kressel, who's been an enormous help with this, about doing it.

    33. Sumoslap on January 4, 2013

      Hi there--Carlos Hernandez here. Let me strongly recommend that you plan and run a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" very soon. On my project, it made a very big difference, and with your experience and name-recognition, you may very well see a large bump. Also, please know that most projects make most of their money in the last few days. So you might consider running a live webcast event with some of your awesome writer-buddies on as guests. I've seen projects skyrocket in the last few days. Keep the faith, and good luck!

    34. Scott McWaters on January 1, 2013

      Unless we can get some push and further publicity out there, this dog ain't gonna hunt. I will personally be bummed out if for no other reason than the rewards are pretty cool. The project is pretty cool too so let's seed this around where interested people are likely to find it! If you are a backer and really want to see this go, get out there!

    35. Ellen Datlow Creator on December 30, 2012

      Cool. Just saw that! Hooray.

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      Trent Zelazny on December 30, 2012

      10 Gs broken. Good luck! Looking forward to it!

    37. Ellen Datlow Creator on December 10, 2012

      Hi Adam, thank you for the suggestion. We'll add that option some time tonight or tomorrow.

    38. Adam Cesare on December 10, 2012

      Already pledged for the paperback/ebook combo, but is there any way to add a pledge tier between $35 and $75? Like one that adds a couple ChiZine ebooks to the paperback and ebook editions of Fearful Symmetries(i.e. a tier that would combine the $25 and $35 level)?