The Dark Magazine has been around for five years and in that short period of time we have published award-winning stories by new and established authors; showcased great artwork from all corners of the world; and done it all on the backs of a small team of simply wonderful people. But now it is past time to take it to the next level, and help finance the magazine for two more years to allow us to increase the subscription base, increase the pay rate from three cents to five cents a word, and increase the amount of fiction we bring to you, with double Christmas issues. Because we don’t just like dark fantasy, horror, or weird fiction . . . we love it. And it means so much to us to introduce you to unsettling and thoughtful stories every month that we want to keep on doing it, with your help.
Who we are:
Co-Editor and Publisher Sean Wallace is the founder, publisher, and managing editor of Prime Books. He has edited or co-edited a number of projects, including three magazines, Clarkesworld Magazine, The Dark, and Fantasy Magazine, and a number of anthologies, including Best New Fantasy, Japanese Dreams, The Mammoth Book of Steampunk, People of the Book, Robots: Recent A.I., and War & Space: Recent Combat. He lives in Germantown, MD, with his wife, Jennifer, and their twin daughters, Cordelia and Natalie.
Co-Editor Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, was listed as one of the best novels of the year at io9, Buzzfeed and many other places and nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. She was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for her work on the anthology She Walks in Shadows and is the guest-editor for Nightmare Magazine’s POC Destroy Horror. She edits The Jewish Mexican Literary Review together with award-winning author Lavie Tidhar. Her website can be found at www.silviamoreno-garcia.com
Kate Baker is the podcast director and non-fiction editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 250 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy. Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, Nightmare Magazine, Mash Stories, The Drabblecast, and Cast of Wonders. Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her three wonderful children. She is currently working as the executive director for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Examples of our award-nominated or critically-acclaimed stories:
“Postcards from Natalie” by Carrie Laben
“The Whalebone Parrot” by Darcie Little Badger
“Skins Smooth as Plantain, Hearts Soft as Mango” by Ian Muneshwar
“Twilight Travels with the Grape-Paper Man” by Sara Saab
“The Devil Under the Maison Blue” by Michael Wehunt
Goals (and Stretch Goals)
- $12,500 — increase in pay rate from 3 cents to 5 cents a word; double-Christmas issues, and financial stability for two years!
- $13,500 — the bimonthly podcast becomes monthly, along with a pay raise for Kate Baker, and we do a one-time Spanish edition in time for World Fantasy!
- $15,000 — increase in pay rate from 5 cents to 6 cents a word, making the magazine SFWA qualified.
Risks and challenges
As an ongoing venture, we are not too worried about keeping the magazine moving forward, as we have for the past five years, but should the kickstarter be funded we imagine that an increased pay rate may result in higher slush volume. Right now we can handle several hundred a month, but if it gets beyond our control we may have to bring in additional slushreaders to tackle submissions. We’ve all extensive experience in this, so you can rest assured that it won’t be an issue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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