Stretch Goal #1
OK. So, lets start with WOW, It’s Stretch Goal Time!!!!!!! (Dome takes a deep breath and continues)
If we reach $ 3500.00 we are going to include the story Agatha by Scott Thomas. Scott Thomas is an author of otherworldly fiction. Scott loves good old-fashioned ghost stories and Agatha is a throwback “Black Widow “ tale. A devotee of John Carpenter, William Peter Blatty and Thomas Harris, Scott brings us a tale in classic tradition.
Lets make this tale part of the “Family ".
About This Project:
My Peculiar Family is an anthology of gothic horror and unusual stories like none ever published before! Combining New York Times bestselling authors (Christopher Golden, Tracy Hickman), Amazon bestselling authors (William Meikle, Derrick Belanger, Rob Watts), award winning authors (James A. Moore, Stacey Longo), and emerging talents, this anthology unites these authors, who have sold millions and million books between them, to come together for a common cause.
While the authors will be paid for their stories, the majority of funding from this Kickstarter project will go to the weekly podcast Sci-Fi Saturday Night. Our goal with this project is to provide the seed money for Sci-Fi Saturday Night and Belanger Books to produce projects in all realms of media. Together, they will create a line of extraordinary horror and science fiction books, everything from steampunk to splatter house.
What makes this anthology so original? A woman by the name of Chyna Dale discovers in her attic a box of old tintype photos. Each picture features a mysterious portrait of a single person. Who are these people? What are their stories? What makes them so…peculiar? Each author had to answer these questions in their unique tale. All of the authors received one of Chyna Dale’s tintypes, a name for the photographed person, and the person’s occupation. Some of the stories are more on the horror side, some more paranormal, some science-fiction/fantasy, but all are linked together by Chyna Dale’s discovery.
Here are just some of the authors included in the anthology:
Christopher Golden and James A. Moore start off the anthology with their co-written Chyna Dale story. Christopher Golden is the New York Times #1 bestselling author of SNOWBLIND, TIN MEN, and DEAD RINGERS, among many others. With Mike Mignola, he co-created the cult favorite comics series BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE. Golden is also an editor and screenwriter. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com
JAMES A. MOORE is the award winning author of over twenty novels, thrillers, dark fantasy and horror alike, including the critically acclaimed Fireworks, Under The Overtree, Blood Red, the Serenity Falls trilogy (featuring his recurring anti-hero, Jonathan Crowley) and his most recent novels, The Blasted Lands and City of Wonders, part of his Seven Forges series. In addition to writing multiple short stories, he has also edited, with Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon, the British Invasion anthology for Cemetery Dance Publications. The author cut his teeth in the industry writing for Marvel Comics and authoring over twenty role-playing supplements for White Wolf Games, including Berlin by Night, Land of 1,000,000 Dreams and The Get of Fenris tribe book for Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse, among others. He also penned the White Wolf novels Vampire: House of Secrets and Werewolf: Hellstorm. Moore’s first short story collection, Slices, sold out before ever seeing print. He is currently at work on The Silent Army and Spores, more information about the author can be found at his website: jamesamoorebooks.com.
Tracy Hickman is a best-selling fantasy author who has written, or co-written dozens of novels. He is best known for his work as a writer on the Dragonlance novels. He is also known for authoring role playing games while working for TSR.
Stacey Longo is an award-winning author and editor. Her books include Ordinary Boy, a dark fiction novel, and Secret Things: Twelve Tales to Terrify, a short story collection, among other titles. Her next book, My Sister the Zombie, is due out in 2016. Longo’s short stories have been published in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including Shroud magazine and Shock Totem. Her non-fiction pieces have appeared in the Litchfield Literary Review and The Works magazine. Longo is a former humor columnist for the Block Island Times, and writes a weekly humor blog at www.staceylongo.com.
Bracken MacLeod’s short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Beat to a Pulp, Protectors 2: Heroes, ThugLit, LampLight, Splatterpunk, and Shock Totem. He is the author of MOUNTAIN HOME and WHITE KNIGHT, and his new novel, STRANDED, is coming in 2016 from TOR Books. He can be found atwww.brackenmacleod.com
Here are what some of the authors said about their stories and why they participated in My Peculiar Family:
William Meikle on his story, “The Luck of Walter Dimsdale,” and why he wanted to participate in this anthology.
“The Luck Of Walter Dimsdale tells of a riverboat gambler, who gets a run of good luck after a meeting with a strange woman on a paddle steamer casino. But luck goes two ways, and Walter is soon to find out it can change quickly. “I love shared world concepts, and I was immediately drawn to the idea of the family album, and the prospect of the stories that could be told.” William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. He has books available from a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and his work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he's not writing he drinks beer, plays guitar, and dreams of fortune and glory.
Jay Moores on his story, “Law and Mothers”:
“Edward is a young man with a dream and on oppressive mother. But with hope blowing his sails, he ventures into the world with his new career as a lawyer. Little does he know his first client may be his last. “My Peculiar Family is a collaboration I’m proud to be a part of. Working on a group project with many prolific writers is a honor. I have spent much of my career drawing and painting, and I needed to prove I can successfully write without the aid of pictures or actors. Thank you, My Peculiar Family, for helping me prove to myself that I am also a writer.”
Derrick Belanger on his story “Pieces of Rosalee”:
“I am mostly known as a writer of new Sherlock Holmes stories. “Pieces of Rosalee” gave me the opportunity to try my hand at horror yet still keep a nice O. Henry twist. The story takes place at a logging camp in late 19th century Colorado involving a barkeep and a mysterious visitor to his tavern near closing time. Both men have tales to tell and secrets to reveal.” “When Dome asked me to be a part of this project, I jumped at the opportunity. Nothing like this has ever been published before, and I think when all is said and done, My Peculiar Family will probably be considered the greatest horror anthology of 2016.”
The anthology also features exciting original works by Robert Mayette, Samantha Boyette, David Schechter, Kristi McDowell, Karen Gosselin, George O'Conner and John Pallisano.
So, What Are These "Special Rewards"?
The Christopher Golden Reward:
A hardcover copy of Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism by Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola, Signed AND Personalized by Christopher Golden
The "Stacey Longo Book and Bloody Pillow" Reward:
A copy of an anthology featuring her work
AND a "Traditional Horror Bloody Splatter Pillow".
The Rob Watts Creepy Time Reward:
A signed hardcover edition of "The Crooked Roads Through Cedar Grove" including a mini-vinyl and CD of the soundtracks
The "Vanished Killer" Reward:
The e-book Sherlock Holmes: The Case of the Vanished Killer by Derrick Belanger.
The Derrick Belanger Sherlock Holmes Reward:
His 2 volume signed anthology “A Study In Terror: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Revolutionary Stories of Fear and The Supernatural"
The F. Allen Farnham Sci Fi Reward:
The signed trilogy, “Angry Ghosts”, “Black Hawks From A Blue Sun” and “The Exhausted Dead”.
The Peter Vinton, Jr Art Reward: no longer available
The working sketch and print of original art for My Peculiar Family
plus an 11X17 Matted signed and numbered limited edition print of the cover of his newest series"The Monitors Guild Book 1"
The Sara Richard Art Reward
Original Artwork for the Book:
And, In addition 2 process sketches of this piece by her.
Special Thanks to:
Ron Garner at Silence In The Library Publishing for his invaluable aid and mentoring.
George O'Conner for his everlasting patience in producing the video.
Risks and challenges
The risks are minimal. All of the contributors have submitted their stories for the anthology (except for Tracy Hickman due to the collaboration special reward for his tale). As long as the project is funded, the anthology will be published in May 2016.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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