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81
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 31 2015 2:16 PM UTC +00:00

About

Who Are We?

A long time ago on a terrestrial radio station in New England, there was a program called Sci Fi Saturday Night. It ran on a station whose parent company rhymed with “Fear Flannel”. The folks at the radio station "loved us". It was 3 hours of talk every Saturday…unless there was a Baseball game or anything else that might preempt us. During our second year there, we got “permanently preempted". In February of 2006, we re-launched the  show as a podcast and expanded our focus. We brought in writers, scientists, comic book artists and more. Our cast has morphed and changed over the years in size and interests but we have retained the one core value from our origins, talking about cool stuff we like.

About This Project

I have always been fascinated by the writing process. Over the years, one of my greatest joys on the podcast has been the opportunity to talk to writers about their books, ideas and processes. One day, I was up in the attic of my mother in law's house when my wife and I came across a box of old tintypes. Unfortunately no one had any idea who they were. I wondered not only who they were, but how those pictures got to be labeled “Family”. A few years later I was at a convention sitting in a pub with a group of writers, listening to them discuss their latest projects. I said to them, “Hey, I have this idea….” And began to outline an idea for a book of short stories about a fictional family based on those tintypes.  Many of those present that afternoon are included in this collection. From that pub meeting 3 years ago, I am pleased to present “My Peculiar Family”, an anthology of 16 short stories from writers and friends of Sci Fi Saturday Night, the Podcast. 

This anthology features original never before seen stories by:

Christopher Golden and James A. Moore, Stacey Longo, Jason J. Mooers, Robert Mayette,William Meikle, F. Allen Farnham, Samantha Boyette, David Schechter, Rob Watts, Kristi McDowell, Karen Gosselin, George O'Conner, Derrick Belanger, Bracken MacLeod, John Pallisano and Tracy Hickman.

Original artwork by Peter  Vinton, Jr. and Sara Richard

The individual stories are based entirely on a package each author was given containing a tintype, a name and an occupation/fact about that person.  And yes, some of those tintypes are the ones we found in the attic that fateful day.The stories run the gamut of genres from fantasy to science fiction to horror and beyond, simply based on the  the authors inspiration from the picture.This book represents the combined efforts of 18 talented writers, 2 amazing artists and a dedicated editorial staff. The funds raised will go directly to them and cover production costs. After fulfillment the book will be available for purchase on the Sci Fi Saturday night website.

Join us as we discover the stories of My Peculiar Family.

 So, What Are These "Special Rewards"?

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 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

The working sketch and print of the cover 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

also, 2 process sketches of this piece by her.

Process #1
Process #1
Process #2
Process #2

 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

There are very few risks. Most of the book has been completed and the editing process is currently underway.

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