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Some years ago, we had a very special dream. You see, there was this science fiction writer named Henry Kuttner—he was a secret superstar. He wrote so many popular and successful stories . . . every reader of Fantasy and Science Fiction knew who Henry Kuttner was. And Kuttner was a writer’s writer. Professionals, people who earned their living writing, admired the works of Henry Kuttner. In this dream, five of Henry Kuttner’s most admired stories will be yours, collected, together, all in one place for the first time. This collection is called The Hogben Chronicles. What is The Hogben Chronicles? Watch the video and let Neil Gaiman tell you a bit about this collection.
Kickstarter allows everyone to contribute at their own comfort level. Do you want to read these stories? Contribute at the introductory level and you get an e-version. From there, the sky’s the limit up to and including a limited hardcover signed by the Dreamers.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Never again will there be a first time. So, come with us and meet the Hogben family, a most peculiar family, indeed.
The Dreamers: Neil Gaiman, F. Paul Wilson, Pierce Watters, Thomas F. Monteleone . . . with a special assist from Alan Moore.
Our book is a celebration of a superbly talented writer, highlighting some of the most unique and memorable tales in the SF/fantasy genres. He died WAY too young at the age of 43, and we’ve made sure to gain the full cooperation of the Kuttner estate so that his heirs will share in the proceeds.
He is a special writer. Here's what Alan Moore (From Hell, The Watchmen, V for Vendetta, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen) says about him:
"Henry Kuttner was one of fantasy and science fiction's most accomplished and intelligent voices, as well as one of its least celebrated. His Hogben family stories are among the most original and certainly the funniest works in the genre, and to have them all finally collected in one volume is nothing short of a dream come true for genuine devotees of imaginative literature. Read this at once, and if you've read it already, then read it again. A masterpiece."
Many of the 20th century’s most accomplished fantasists credit Kuttner as their inspiration.
Bradbury dedicated his first collection (the classic and ultra-rare Dark Carnival) to Henry Kuttner.
Richard Matheson (The Incredible Shrinking Man) dedicated his novel, I Am Legend to Kuttner.
William Burroughs quoted Kuttner in his novel The Ticket That Exploded.
Roger Zelazny readily admitted that his Amber series would have never happened without Kuttner’s The Dark World.
His work has been adapted into some memorable films: “The Graveyard Rats” in Trilogy of Terror II, “Mimsy were the Borogoves” as The Last Mimzy, “The Twonky” as The Twonky (starring Hans Conried), “Vintage Season” as Timescape
Television has also featured his work: “The Martian Eyes” on Lights Out ,“Price on His Head: on Sugarfoot, The Pilot Episode for Tales of Frankenstein, “The Eye” for Out of the Unknown.
He was also a friend of H. P. Lovecraft, and contributed stories to the Cthulhu Mythos.
Henry Kuttner and Catherine Lucille Moore were a match made in heaven. Separately or together they were two of the greatest writers of the first half of the 20th century. It is said that often, when one of them stood up from the typewriter for a moment, the other would sit down and continue writing. Who wrote what was not always clear. When they wrote as a team like this, the work was published under the name "Lewis Padgett."
I had the opportunity to meet Catherine Moore toward the end of her life, when she was struggling with Alzheimers. If she could not remember writing a story, she would not put her name on it. In co-operation with the Kuttner/Moore estate, we have decided to publish these stories under Henry Kuttner’s name, alone. But no matter what either wrote, the other was an ever-present influence.
“Henry Kuttner died in his sleep on the 3rd of February, 1958, most likely of a stroke. He never achieved his goal of becoming a clinical psychologist, and if he was disappointed in his body of work, few others were. He left behind an indelible mark, and even if he has been mostly forgotten now by readers, he continues to influence writers who aspire to his elegance and grace of style.”
Risks and challenges
We will be getting original art from British comic book artist, Steve Parkhouse, a collaborartor on many Dr. Who projects as well as other best-selling comics. We have never worked with an illustrator overseas. We will also be coordinating the production and shipping of the signature sheet page for all the special editions of the book. Care must be taken to ensure proper delivery and to be done without damage. If the signatures are lost or damaged, we must begin the process from the beginning.
Our Lettered and Ultra editions are hand-bound in leather and our traycases are also hand-crafted in leather and silk moire. Our artisan who makes each one by hand is located across the country from us (Oregon) and we must take extra care that each item arrives to us unscathed.
We have been producing high-end collectible books for more than 20 years and have probably experienced every setback imaginable over that period. We are confident we can deal with any challenge thrown our way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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