1816 was a year unlike any other and without question it shaped the decades and centuries to come. Most believe the palatable bland narratives of their history books, however the true explanations behind the various causes and events of that year were far more horrifying than they could possibly realise.
Stories told from alternative and unexpected viewpoints and situated from all around the world ensure that this anthology is both unique yet still holding true to the overall core values in terms of the atmosphere, entities and timeline established by HP Lovecraft and expanded upon by his inner circle of fellow writers in what has been termed the expanded Cthulhu Mythos universe.
This anthology offers the breakthrough collection of stories that fans of the genre have been waiting for, a collection that is more than just rehashing the same ideas of grizzled private investigators defeating cultists or deep ones in the overly saturated time period of the 1920s & 30s.
Twelve fabulous five thousand word Mythos inspired short stories, one per month, filter true events through a macabre mythos lens and attempt to reinterpret some of the years most significant events that shaped the world.
A fresh line-up of authors, both seasoned veterans and aspiring occultists, ensure that although the time periods of the twelve stories may be the same, the locations, settings & narrative perspectives will not.
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- Achieve literary immortality by having a minor character named after yourself by your prefered author
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The anthology will feature a foreword, artwork and stories from a range of international and award winning authors such as :-
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The front and rear cover art was created by the following artist.
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Internal artworks were created by a number of artists and individuals, such as :-
- C.K. Meeder
- S. Brighal
- R. Smeaton
- S. Lillie
- R. Stevenson
- S. Diamond
- D. Springate
The short stories in the anthology will surround events such as :-
- Why was 1816 called the year without summer, and what was the real cause behind the unexpected eruption?
- What strange occurrences plagued the opening of the first Jewish Cemetery in Munich, Germany?
- Who started the fire that burned down the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, at that time the world's largest and oldest continuous active venue, and more importantly why?
- Was the French Frigate Medusa striking the reef off the Senegalese coast an accident or something more sinister, including the shocking truth of how long the fifteen survivors found adrift waited before turning cannibal and devouring over a hundred poor souls?
- Discover the terrible truth behind the motivation that drove the poet Lord Byron from his beloved English shores and destined that he should never again set foot upon his native soil.
These stories and many more can be found inside this thrilling volume.
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The goal of this KickStarter campaign is to raise the necessary funds to cover the necessary production payments to contributing authors, proof readers, editors, page layout designer, editors, and both cover and internal artists, as well as for sourcing the rewards being offered here on the Kick-Starter website such as the actual physical copies of the finished paperbacks.
This also includes a small budget to pay for the advertising of the book online and through various social media outlets.
With a week to go we find ourselves currently at 99% funded, so to keep the momentum going right up to the final whistle it is time to reveal our Stretch Goals which hopefully are considered enticing and potentially achievable.
Risks and challenges
Having already devoured numerous Cthulhu Anthologies, and seeing that more and more are being written and published every year, the first obstacle was to find a unique hook that made this anthology stand out from the others.
I achieved this by looking analytically at the other anthologies and saw that there was a pattern of pure fiction based stories in a very selective time periods and almost always situated in the UK or America.
It is my belief that there are many other rich time periods and countries that have been grossly overlooked, and that by anchoring the stories to actual events and people they stories themselves will be much more grounded and believable without being any less thrilling.
The second main challenge was getting the target audience to give the book, and me, the chance that it deserved to succeed. To overcome this obstacle it was decided to including currently established and proven authors who have already had success with publishing their own Mythos stories.
This then created its own challenge of how I could convince these already successful authors to sign on to a project by a new publishing house, however once they read the full concept guide I was blown away by the enthusiasm that they all saw for this project and to be working with similarly creative mind.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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