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Zombies Need Brains presents TWO new anthology themes--left behind ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-creatures gone wild!
Zombies Need Brains presents TWO new anthology themes--left behind ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-creatures gone wild!
Zombies Need Brains presents TWO new anthology themes--left behind ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-creatures gone wild!
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Did you miss the Kickstarter?

It's not too late!  You can still preorder the ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- anthologies as if you were backing the Kickstarter by going to the Zombies Need Brains online store here:  https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc.  You will get the anthologies before the general public release, just like Kickstarter backers.  Both anthologies are available for preorder as ebooks, Kickstarter edition paperbacks, or an ebook/paperback combo.  So head on over to the store and preorder now!  (Note:  If the anthologies are already available, you can simply order them there as well.)

Updates:

August 29th:  Stretch goal reached!  Katharine Kerr (author of the Deverry series and the Nola O'Grady urban fantasy series) will now be an anchor author for the WERE- anthology.  And everyone pledged $15 or over will get FREE BOOKMARKS!

August 18th: WE'RE FUNDED!  As promised, here is a link to the submission guidelines for both of the anthologies: http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html

August 15th:  David Farland/Dave Wolverton (author of the Runelords series among other things) has joined the ALIEN ARTIFACTS anthology as an anchor author!

August 13th:  C.S. Friedman (author the Coldfire trilogy and the Dreamwalker series) has joined the ALIEN ARTIFACTS anthology as an anchor author!

Early Backer Incentives:

First 50 Backers: The first 50 backers pledging $15 or more will get a signed CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK VS ALIENS bookmark from Jean Marie Ward AND a signed Iron & Blood bookmark from Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin!

First Day Backers:  All backers pledging $6 or more within the first 24 hours of the Kickstarter will get a free "Dangerous Dames" ebook (PDF) from Jean Marie Ward featuring 6 short stories AND a free Deadly Curiosities novella ebook "The Final Death" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin!

Pre $5K Incentive: All backers pledging $6 or more before the Kickstarter reaches $5,000 will get a free "Four for More" ebook (PDF) from Jean Marie Ward featuring 4 short stories AND a free Deadly Curiosities short story ebook "Buttons" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin AND a free Storm & Fury novella ebook "Grave Voices" (epub, mobi) from Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin!

Pre $15K Incentive: All backers pledging $6 or more before the Kickstarter reached $15,000 will get a free "We Blazed" short story ebook (PDF, Epub, mobi) from David Farland!

High Backer Incentive

$100 or Over: All backers pledging $100 or more will get a free ebook "The Disciple and Other Stories of the Paranormal" (epub, mobi, PDF) by Gini Koch, writing as Jemma Chase.

Note: All Early Backer and High Backer incentives will be sent after the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

About this project:

This project will fund TWO science fiction and fantasy anthologies, titled ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-, containing approximately 14 all-original (no reprint) short stories each from established SF&F authors in the field—including Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Phyllis Ames, Jacey Bedford, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, David Farland/Dave Wolverton, C.S. Friedman, Walter H. Hunt, Faith Hunter, Katharine Kerr, Gini Koch, Sharon Lee, Gail Z. Martin, Larry N. Martin, Seanan McGuire, Juliet E. McKenna, Steve Miller, and Jean Marie Ward, plus others. The books will be edited by Joshua Palmatier & Patricia Bray, both editors of the DAW Books anthologies “After Hours: Tales from the Ur-bar” and “The Modern Fae’s Guide to Surviving Humanity," and the Zombies Need Brains LLC anthologies "Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens" and “Temporally Out of Order.”

Unlike the previous two Kickstarters run by Zombies Need Brains, we are NOT using the Kickstarter to help set up and solidify the small press. Backers of this project will essentially be generating the base funds needed to produce these two anthologies—including payment for the contributing authors, payment for the cover artist, production costs for producing the anthology, etc. Because of this, the reward levels for the anthologies have been lowered to more closely resemble the cost of the final product when it goes on sale to the general public. In essence, backers of the project are simply “preordering” the anthologies, although there will still be a special mass market Kickstarter edition produced for backers who help fund the project at the paperback level. This special edition will have a limited print run to cover the orders made by the backers and will not be printed again after the Kickstarter print run. After that, there will be a trade edition issued to the general public that will have an unlimited print run. So get in on the Kickstarter now and get the special mass market Kickstarter edition! Help the new small press Zombies Need Brains LLC expand!

ZNB produces quality anthologies from leading authors (check out our two current offerings—“Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and “Temporally Out of Order”--if you have any doubts), offering professional pay rates and featuring stellar cover art. As we did in our previous anthologies, we plan to include the very best stories we can find, spanning the gamut from bestselling authors to new, previously unpublished voices, including an open submission window if the Kickstarter is successful, where anyone can submit their stories featuring the current themes for a chance to be part of the anthologies. And with your help, we hope that ZNB will then be able to expand into novels and other projects in the future. We can't do this without you! Consider backing our Kickstarter and then help spread the word. Just as Zombies Need Brains, we need your support to make this new small press a success. The backers of the "Clockwork Universe" and “Temporally Out of Order” anthologies helped set up the press. You can help solidify that foundation!

So what are the two current projects? Here are the details:

Alien Artifacts:

Life is out there. Alien civilizations have grown and died and been reborn again since the dawn of the universe. Some of those civilizations have left behind signs of their existence, hidden in the ruins on unexplored planets or floating in space in the form of ghost ships. In this anthology, 14 of today’s best short story writers will tackle what could happen if, in our exploration of space, we run across some of these ancient alien artifacts. Will they catapult humanity to new technological heights . . . or reveal our darkest secrets and destroy us? Edited by Patricia Bray and Joshua Palmatier, this anthology will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Jacey Bedford, David Farland/DaveWolverton, C.S. Friedman, Walter H. Hunt, Gini Koch, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin, Seanan McGuire, and Juliet E. McKenna. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

Were-:

We’ve all read hundreds of stories about werewolves . . . but what about the less famous of the were-clans—the werelions, wereducks, and wereferns? These underrepresented families need to come out of the dark, full moon or not! From light and humorous to dark and serious, this anthology will explore other varieties of were-creatures and tell their stories. No werewolves allowed! Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, it will contain approximately 14 stories with an average length of 6000 words each. The anthology will include short stories by: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Phyllis Ames, Patricia Bray, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Katharine Kerr, Gini Koch, Seanan McGuire, and Jean Marie Ward. All other slots aside from the named authors will be filled by the open call for submissions following the successful completion of the Kickstarter.

Cover Art:

The images that will be used to design the cover art are commissioned pieces called "Alien Artifacts" and “Were-” created by Justin Adams of Varia Studios. The cover art for “Alien Artifacts” has been completed (see below for the image). The cover art for “Were-” will be completed and revealed at a later date. The official covers for the anthology based off this artwork will be revealed sometime after the end of the Kickstarter.

Final Cover Art for "Alien Artifacts" by Justin Adams, Varia Studios
Final Cover Art for "Alien Artifacts" by Justin Adams, Varia Studios

Timeline: If the Kickstarter is funded, the intention is to have all stories handed in by the end of December 2015. We expect the editing and revision process to be finished by the end of January 2016 and the ebook and physical books to be designed, produced, and ready for release by the end of August 2016.

Funding will cover the costs of producing the ebook in all standard formats (MOBI, Epub, PDF), producing mass market paperback versions of the anthology for the backers, cover art commission, payment of the editors, advances for the authors (at a minimum of 6 cents per word), and advertising and promotional expenses. Funding above the minimum would be used to increase the advances of the authors, allow for higher production values for the ebooks and books, increase the number of stories in the anthology, and increased advertising.

Stretch Goals:

Stretch goals would include production of promotional bookmarks, an increase in pay for the authors, adding additional story slots to the books, etc. We will be adding more stretch goals as those at the lower levels are achieved. Here are the stretch goals so far:

Stretch Goal (UNLOCKED!): BOOKMARKS! At $12,500, every backer pledged at $15 or more will receive a free promotional bookmark for both ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE-, AND Katharine Kerr (author of the Deverry novels and the Nola O'Grady urban fantasy series) will be added as an anchor author to the WERE- anthology.

Stretch Goal: At $15,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word AND every backer pledged at $6 or more will receive a FREE ebook short story "In the Dying Light" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail AND every backer pledged at $6 or more will receive a FREE ebook novelette "Glass Transit" by Jean Marie Ward AND Faith Hunter will open a poll so that readers can choose the character and plot to be featured in her Jane Yellowrock universe story in the WERE- anthology (see Update #18 for details).

Stretch Goal: At $17,500, we will add an additional story to each anthology using the submissions from the open call, so each anthology will feature 15 stories minimum, AND every backer pledged at $25 or more will receive a free wallet card stating they are an "Official ZNB Minion."

Stretch Goal: At $20,000, all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word AND every backer pledged at $35 or more will receive a special ebook (PDF) of ZNB's "Secret Guide to Surviving the Coming Zombie Apocalypse" written by Patricia Bray (and possibly Joshua Palmatier).

Stretch Goal: At $22,500, we will add an additional story to each anthology using the submissions from the open call, so each anthology will feature 16 stories minimum.

Stretch Goal: At $25,000, Zombies Need Brains LLC will produce a THIRD themed anthology, title to be announced as we approach the stretch goal AND all authors will be paid an additional 1 cent/word.

Other stretch goals will be added as the Kickstarter continues.

Add-ons:

Add-ons are extra items that current backers can add to their current pledge level. These would include t-shirts and hats with the Zombies Need Brains LLC logo, etc. Add-ons can be added by backers at any reward level by simply clicking “Manage My Pledge” and adding on the amount of the add-on to their initial pledge. Once the Kickstarter has ended, we will ask everyone in the survey what the additional add-on amounts were for, so keep track of what you wanted added-on until that survey can be sent and returned to us. Also note: some reward levels have been set up already that include some of these add-on items. Please see if one of those reward levels fits your needs first, thanks.

Kickstarter Paperback Add-on: If you'd like additional paperback copies of ALIEN ARTIFACTS or WERE- choose any reward level at or above $15 and add on $10 for each copy of the paperback that you'd like. Add on $10 for EACH copy (so if you want 3 copies, that's $30 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $15 for each additional paperback.

Mass Market Paperback Add-on: If you'd like mass market paperback copies of any of the following--MODERN FAE’S GUIDE TO SURVIVING HUMANITY (anthology), AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR (anthology), THE SKEWED THRONE (novel), THE CRACKED THRONE (novel), THE VACANT THRONE (novel), SHATTERING THE LEY (novel), WELL OF SORROWS (novel), LEAVES OF FLAME (novel)--choose any reward level at or above $15 and add on $8 for each copy of the paperback that you'd like. Add on $8 for EACH copy (so if you want 3 copies, that's $24 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $10 for each additional paperback.

Art Print Add-on: If you'd like additional art prints of TEMPORALLY OUT OF ORDER, ALIEN ARTIFACTS, or WERE- choose any reward level at or above $15 and add on $10 for each art print that you'd like. Add on $10 for EACH print (so if you want 3 prints, that's $30 extra added on to your reward level). If you live outside the US, please add $15 for each additional art print.

"Temporally Out of Order" Art Print Image
"Temporally Out of Order" Art Print Image

T-shirt Add-on: If you'd like a t-shirt in either black or light gray with the vertical Zombies Need Brains logo used on the spine of the book on back, choose any reward level above $15 and add $20 each for a S, M, L, XL, XXL, or XXXL size to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional t-shirt.

Black ZNB T-Shirt (also available in gray)
Black ZNB T-Shirt (also available in gray)

Baseball Cap Add-on: If you'd like a baseball cap with the horizontal Zombies Need Brains logo on it, choose any reward level at or above $15 and add $20 for each cap to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional baseball cap.

ZNB Baseball Cap
ZNB Baseball Cap

Totebag Add-on: If you'd like a totebag with the Zombies Need Brains logo on it, choose any reward level at or above $15 and add $20 for each totebag to your current reward pledge. If you live outside the US, please add $25 for each additional totebag.

ZNB Totebag
ZNB Totebag

If you have any questions about what your reward level should be with add-ons included, please send me a message with what you’d like to have in your reward level and I will determine the correct amount based on the information I’ve given here.

CU Steampunk Grab-Bag Zombie: This $70 pledge level (limited to 7) includes a steampunk-themed journal, folder, and pouch, depicted in the picture here, along with a copy of the trade paperback of Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens:

Steampunk-themed Grab-bag Reward Level (&70)
Steampunk-themed Grab-bag Reward Level (&70)

Artistic Zombie Reward: The Artistic Zombie pledge level (limited to 15) includes the following art print "Steampunk Octopus", used as the cover art for the CLOCKWORK UNIVERSE: STEAMPUNK vs ALIENS anthology. The prints are signed by the artist, Alex Broeckel, and are numbered.

"Steampunk Octopus" by Alex Broeckel
"Steampunk Octopus" by Alex Broeckel

Anchor Authors:

Here’s a brief introduction to our anchor authors in the anthology:

Danielle Ackley-McPhail:  Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for longer than she cares to admit. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books and has recently started her own press, eSpec Books (www.especbooks.com). Her published works include five urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, Today’s Promise, The Halfling’s Court, and The Redcaps’ Queen: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale, and a young adult Steampunk novel, Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn, written with Day Al-Mohamed. She is also the author of the solo collections A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea, and Transcendence, the non-fiction writers’ guide, The Literary Handyman, and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon’s Lure, and In an Iron Cage. Her short stories are included in numerous other anthologies and collections. To learn more about her work, visit www.sidhenadaire.com or www.badassfaeries.com.  Twitter: @DMcPhail, @BadAssFaeries, @eSpecBooks.  Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/danielle.ackleymcphail.

"Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed
"Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail & Day Al-Mohamed

David B. Coe: David B. Coe/D.B. Jackson is the award-winning author of eighteen fantasy novels. Under the name D.B. Jackson, he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a historical urban fantasy from Tor Books that includes Thieftaker, Thieves' Quarry, A Plunder of Souls, and, the newest volume, Dead Mans Reach, which was released on July 21.  Under his own name, he writes The Case Files of Justis Fearsson, a contemporary urban fantasy from Baen Books. The first volume, Spell Blind, debuted in January 2015. The newest book in the series, His Father’s Eyes, came out on August 4. He lives on the Cumberland Plateau with his wife and two daughters. They’re all smarter and prettier than he is, but they keep him around because he makes a mean vegetarian fajita. When he’s not writing he likes to hike, play guitar, and stalk the perfect image with his camera.

"His Father's Eyes" by David B. Coe
"His Father's Eyes" by David B. Coe

David Farland/Dave Wolverton:  Known as the “Wizard of Storytelling,” writing sensation and author of fifty novels, David wrote short stories as a child and dreamt of growing up to become a fantasy writer. He gained experience in a number of career paths but never lost sight of his goals.

Now, he’s not only achieved his childhood dream, but has became a popular bestselling author in several genres and has amassed many awards and set the Guinness Record for the world's largest book signing–a record he still holds. In 1991, David became a judge for one of the world's largest writing contests, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest, and has since read several thousands of stories, edited an annual anthology, and taught writing classes to new writers. You can subscribe to his popular (and free!) #WritingTips newsletter at MyStoryDoctor.com.

"The Runelords" by David Farland
"The Runelords" by David Farland

Walter H. Hunt: Walter H. Hunt is a science fiction and historical fiction writer from Massachusetts. His first published novel, The Dark Wing, originally appeared in 2001, and was favorably compared to Babylon 5 and Ender's Game.

He has written four novels in the Dark Wing Universe; A Song In Stone, a novel of the Templars; Elements of Mind, a novel about mesmerism in the 19th century; and the recently-published 1636: The Cardinal Virtues, the newest novel in the "Ring of Fire" universe.

He has several projects in preparation, including historical projects set in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

An active Freemason and baseball fan, he lives in eastern Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

"Elements of Mind" by Walter Hunt
"Elements of Mind" by Walter Hunt

Faith Hunter: New York Times bestselling author Faith Hunter has written the Jane Yellowrock series and the Rogue Mage series, as well as the Rogue Mage Role Playing Game. The Soulwood series will be a paranormal crime solving trilogy featuring Nell Nicholson Ingram. Under the pen name Gwen Hunter, she has written action adventure, mysteries, and thrillers. Under all her pen names, she has more than 30 books in print in 29 countries. Faith is a workaholic and playaholic who makes jewelry, collects orchids and bones, travels in her RV with her hubby and dogs, and white-water kayaks in Class II and III rivers all over the southeast. She also tries to keep house and cook, but since she started writing two books a year, she may have forgotten how to turn on the appliances. Website: http://faithhunter.net. Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/official.faith.hunter. Yellowrock Securities:  www.yellowocksecurities.com.

"Dark Heir" by Faith Hunter
"Dark Heir" by Faith Hunter

Katharine Kerr:  Katharine Kerr lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two cats, and a vagrant skunk. Although she spent her childhood in a Great Lakes industrial city, she became a confirmed Californian at age nine, when her family relocated here. She’s the author of the Deverry series of epic fantasies, the Nola O’Grady series of light-hearted urban fantasy, and a few science fiction works, mostly notably SNARE.

"Sorcerer's Luck" by Katharine Kerr
"Sorcerer's Luck" by Katharine Kerr

Gini Koch:  Gini Koch writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine "Kitty" Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series. Touched by an Alien, Book 1 in the Alien series, was named by Booklist as one of the Top Ten Adult SF/F novels of 2010. Alien in the House, Book 7 in her long-running Alien series, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award as the Best Futuristic Romance of 2013.  As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series and she's made the most of multiple personality disorder by writing under a variety of other pen names as well, including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch.

Gini also has stories featured in a variety of anthologies, including the Unidentified Funny Objects 3, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets, and The X-Files: Trust No One anthologies; writing as Anita Ensal, in The Book of Exodi, Love and Rockets, and Boondocks Fantasy anthologies; and, writing as J.C. Koch, in Kaiju Rising: Age of Monsters, The Madness of Cthulhu, Vol. 1, and A Darke Phantastique anthologies, and, coming in 2016, The Mammoth Book of Kaiju. Gini will also be featured in the MECH: Age of Steel, Temporally Out of Order, Unidentified Funny Objects 4, and Out of Tune 2 anthologies, all coming in 2015/2016.

Gini can be reached via her website – www.ginikoch.com.

"Alien Separation" by Gini Koch
"Alien Separation" by Gini Koch

Gail Z. Martin:  Gail Z. Martin is the author of the new epic fantasy novel War of Shadows (Orbit Books) which is Book Three in the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga; Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures a new Steampunk series (Solaris Books) co-authored with Larry N. Martin and Vendetta: A Deadly Curiosities Novel in her urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC (Dec. 2015, Solaris Books); and. She is also author of Ice Forged and Reign of Ash in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen) from Solaris Books and The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) from Orbit Books and the urban fantasy novel Deadly Curiosities from Solaris Books. Gail writes two series of ebook short stories: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures and the Deadly Curiosities Adventures and her work has appeared in over 20 US/UK anthologies.

"War of Shadows" by Gail Z. Martin
"War of Shadows" by Gail Z. Martin

Larry N. Martin:  Larry N. Martin is the co-author of the new Steampunk series Iron and Blood: The Jake Desmet Adventures and a series of short stories: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Jake Desmet universe. These short stories also appear in the anthologies Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens and Weird Wild West with more to come. Larry and Gail also have science fiction short stories in the Space and Contact Light anthologies and a forthcoming steampunk novella Grave Voices.

"Iron and Blood" by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
"Iron and Blood" by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin

Seanan McGuire: Seanan McGuire writes a great many things; it is in fact difficult to make her stop. She adores anthologies, and is delighted to be participating in this one. Rumor has it that she is the advance vanguard of an invading race of alien plant people. This may, in fact, be true, as it would explain how she manages to do so many things at once. Find her online at www.seananmcguire.com.

"A Red-Rose Chain" by Seanan McGuire
"A Red-Rose Chain" by Seanan McGuire

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller: The Maine-based writing duo of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have been writing about alien artifacts, strange beings, odd folk, and other worlds for more than thirty years, with published collaborations ranging from newspaper reporting and non-fiction, to light fantasy, hard fantasy, and space opera and in lengths from short-short to good-sized novels, not to mention the entire Liaden Universe®. Along the way Lee and Miller have been honored with the Skylark Award, The Hal Clement Award for Young Adult SF, The Prism Award for Best Futuristic Romance (both first and second place the same year!) and have been Guests of Honor, special guests, and panelists at numerous SF conventions across North America.

In addition to her writing, Sharon is the only person to have been Executive Director, Vice President, and President of SFWA and has served on a number of award juries in the SF field. Prior to taking on the universe as a fictioneer Sharon owned her own PR business.

Also a sometime SF award jurist, Steve is a lapsed journalist, publisher, con-running fan, computer-guy, and librarian who survived Clarion West back in 1973 and was the founding Curator of the UMBC Science Fiction Research Collection as well as Vice Chair of the Baltimore in 80 WorldCon bid.

Recent books by the pair include Dragon in Exile – the 18th Liaden novel, the short story collection Liaden Universe® Constellation Volume III, and Sharon's own sea-side Archer's Beach fantasy, Carousel Seas, all from Baen.  Find out more at their webpage:  http://www.korval.com

"Dragon in Exile" by Steve Miller & Sharon Lee
"Dragon in Exile" by Steve Miller & Sharon Lee

Jean Marie Ward:  Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist With Nine You Get Vanyr) and art books. Her stories appear in numerous anthologies, such as Athena’s Daughters, Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, and Tales from the Vatican Vaults. The former editor of Crescent Blues, she is a frequent contributor of video interviews and short subjects to BuzzyMag.com. Her website is JeanMarieWard.com.

"With Nine You Get Vanyr" by Jean Marie Ward & Teri Smith
"With Nine You Get Vanyr" by Jean Marie Ward & Teri Smith

Note: There will be an OPEN CALL for submissions for this project for the remaining spots in the anthology if it is successfully funded. The submission guidelines are posted here: http://jpsorrow.livejournal.com/472423.html.

Editors:

And here’s a brief introduction to the editors of the anthology:

Patricia Bray: Patricia Bray is the author of a dozen novels, including Devlin’s Luck, which won the 2003 Compton Crook Award for the best first novel in the field of science fiction or fantasy. A multi-genre author whose career spans both epic fantasy and Regency romance, her books have been translated into Russian, German, Portuguese and Hebrew. Patricia lives in a New England college town, where she combines her writing with a full-time career as a Systems Analyst, ensuring that she is never more than a few feet away from a keyboard. Find her online at www.patriciabray.com.

"Devlin's Luck" by Patricia Bray
"Devlin's Luck" by Patricia Bray

Joshua Palmatier: A professor of mathematics at SUNY College at Oneonta, Joshua Palmatier has published six books—the “Throne of Amenkor” series (The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne, The Vacant Throne) with DAW and the “Well of Sorrows” series (Well of Sorrows, Leaves of Flame) with Baen. His most recent novel is SHATTERING THE LEY, the start of a new series.

He has also published numerous short stories—“Mastihooba” in Close Encounters of the Urban Kind and “Tears of Blood” in Beauty Has Her Way (both edited by Jennifer Brozek), “The River” in River (edited by Alma Alexander), and "Daughter of the Sands" in Apollo's Daughters (edited by Brian Young). Find out more at www.joshuapalmatier.com and www.benjamintate.com.

"Shattering the Ley" by Joshua Palmatier
"Shattering the Ley" by Joshua Palmatier

Zombies Need Brains LLC:

Zombies Need Brains LLC is a newly created small press owned and operated by Joshua Palmatier. It will start by focusing on producing professional-quality science fiction and fantasy themed anthologies, initially funded by Kickstarters. The intent is to produce two anthologies a year, then branch out into more anthologies and other stand-alone books once the press has gained its footing. Check out the webpage at www.zombiesneedbrains.com and the online store at https://squareup.com/market/zombies-need-brains-llc. You can also find Zombies Need Brains on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/zombiesneedbrainsllc) and Twitter (@ZNBLLC).

Zombies Need Brains Logo
Zombies Need Brains Logo

Risks and challenges

As with any production of a book, the timeline for delivery of the book may change due to unexpected delays in the editing process or the production process (such as a delay in printing at the press, etc). Every effort will be made to have the books ready for release and in backers’ hands by August 2016. Also, there is always a slight chance that life and circumstances will force a confirmed anchor author to drop out of the anthology. In the unlikely event that an author cannot deliver a story for whatever reason, their slot would be filled with another published author. Since everyone involved—both anchor authors and editors—are professionals in the field already, there is no real expectation that there will be a delay or that the confirmed authors will not deliver, but it does happen on occasion.

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    Electric Paper Zombie Times 2: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US).

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    Art Print Zombie: Print of ONE of the cover art images from "Temporally Out of Order" or "Alien Artifacts" or "Were-" by Justin Adams, along with the BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book. The prints are approximately 12in by 18in (with an image size of 9in by 15in) and are professionally printed on satin photopaper. (Add $30 for shipping outside the US.)

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    David B. Coe Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED mass market copy of "Spell Blind," the first novel the Case Files of Justis Fearsson series by David B. Coe (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    Walter Hunt Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED mass market copy of "Elements of Mind," a novel of mesmerism in the Victorian Era by Walter Hunt (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    CU Anthology Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with print version of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” in trade paperback (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    TOoO Anthology Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with print version of “Temporally Out of Order” in trade paperback (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    CU Kickstarter Anthology Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with the limited print Kickstarter edition of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” as if you'd backed our very first Kickstarter (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    TOoO Kickstarter Anthology Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with the limited print Kickstarter edition of “Temporally Out of Order” as if you'd backed our second Kickstarter (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    ZNB Merchandise Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with ONE of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, or totebag (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    Art Print Zombie Times 2: Prints of TWO of the cover art images from "Temporally Out of Order" or "Alien Artifacts" or "Were-" by Justin Adams, along with the BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book. The prints are approximately 12in by 18in (with an image size of 9in by 15in) and are professionally printed on satin photopaper. (Add $35 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Faith Hunter Stake Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with, from Faith Hunter working with a woodworker, one exclusive Yellowrock Securities vampire stake. This vampire stake has the new design mentioned in SHADOW RITES, book ten of the series, as being for sale on Yellowrocksecurities.com. Also one spiral notebook, the cover created to look like Jane Yellowrock's cell phone, and signed by Faith inside. (Add $30 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Steve Miller & Sharon Lee Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a sterling silver "Tree and Dragon" logo charms from the Liaden Universe in a drawstring pouch for charm-bracelet use (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    Art Print Zombie Times 3: Prints of ALL THREE of the cover art images from "Temporally Out of Order," "Alien Artifacts," and "Were-" by Justin Adams, along with the BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book. The prints are approximately 12in by 18in (with an image size of 9in by 15in) and are professionally printed on satin photopaper. (Add $40 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Faith Hunter Armband Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with, from Faith Hunter and created by Celtic Leatherworks in NC, celticleatherworks.com, one leather armband, adjustable size, that reads "Beast Is Not Prey". This armband was originally designed for the Jane Yellowrock series. Also one spiral notebook, the cover created to look like Jane Yellowrock's cell phone, and signed by Faith inside. (Add $30 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Danielle Ackley-McPhail Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED trade paperback of "The Society for the Preservation of C.J. Henderson," edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    ZNB Anthology Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with BOTH print versions of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and "Temporally Out of Order" in trade paperback (add $35 for shipping outside the US).

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    CU Steampunk Grab-Bag Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with print version of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” in trade paperback AND an assortment of steampunk accessories, including a journal, portfolio folder, and pouch (add $35 for shipping outside the US).

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    Rosemary Edghill Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a signed Science Fiction Book Club edition of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill [this is signed by Rosemary Edghill only]. (Add $30 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Bradley P. Beaulieu Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED hardcover copy of "Twelve Kings in Sharakhai," the first novel the Song of Shattered Sands series by Bradley P. Beaulieu (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    ZNB Kickstarter Anthology Zombie Times 2: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with BOTH Kickstarter editions of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and "Temporally Out of Order" in mass market paperback, as if you'd backed both of our previous Kickstarters (add $35 for shipping outside the US).

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    ZNB Merchandise Zombie Times 2: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with TWO of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, or totebag (add $35 for shipping outside the US).

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    Faith Hunter Armband & Stake Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with, from Faith Hunter and created by Celtic Leatherworks in NC, celticleatherworks.com , one leather armband, adjustable size, that reads "Beast Is Not Prey". This armband was originally designed for the Jane Yellowrock series. Also, at this level, from Faith Hunter working with a woodworker, one exclusive Yellowrock Securities vampire stake. This vampire stake has the new design mentioned in SHADOW RITES, book ten of the series, as being for sale on Yellowrocksecurities.com. Also one spiral notebook, the cover created to look like Jane Yellowrock's cell phone, and signed by Faith inside. (Add $35 for shipping outside the US.)

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    ZNB Merchandise Zombie Times 3: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with ALL THREE of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, and totebag (add $40 for shipping outside the US).

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    Phyllis Ames Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED FIRST EDITION mass market copy of the novel "Frozen in Amber" by Phyllis Ames (add $30 for shipping outside the US).

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    Andre Norton/Rosemary Edghill Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book along with a SIGNED, FIRST EDITION hardcover of THE SHADOW OF ALBION by Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill [yes, this is signed by BOTH Andre Norton & Rosemary Edghill]. (Add $30 for shipping outside the US.)

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    Danielle Ackley-McPhail Mini-Tuckerized Zombie: Mini-Tuckerization (meaning a name mention only) in Danielle Ackley-McPhail's story in WERE- along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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    ALL THE THINGS! Zombie: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with BOTH print versions of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and "Temporally Out of Order" in trade paperback AND ALL THREE of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, and totebag (add $50 for shipping outside the US).

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    Joshua Palmatier Zombie: Copy of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market paperback format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with SIGNED HARDCOVER first edition copies of "The Skewed Throne," "The Cracked Throne," "The Vacant Throne," and "Shattering the Ley" (add $45 for shipping outside the US).

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    ALL THE THINGS! Zombie PLUS ART: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with BOTH print versions of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and "Temporally Out of Order" in trade paperback AND ALL THREE of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, and totebag AND prints of ALL THREE of the cover art images from "Temporally Out of Order," "Alien Artifacts," and "Were-" by Justin Adams (add $60 for shipping outside the US). The prints are approximately 12in by 18in (with an image size of 9in by 15in) and are professionally printed on satin photopaper.

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    Danielle Ackley-McPhail Tuckerized Zombie: Tuckerization in Danielle Ackley-McPhail's story in WERE- along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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    ALL THE THINGS! Zombie PLUS ART and COVER PROOFS: Copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book, along with BOTH print versions of “Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens” and "Temporally Out of Order" in trade paperback AND ALL THREE of the ZNB merchandise items--a t-shirt, baseball cap, and totebag AND prints of ALL THREE of the cover art images from "Temporally Out of Order," "Alien Artifacts," and "Were-" by Justin Adams AND the one-of-a-kind cover proofs from both "Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens" and "Temporally Out of Order" (add $60 for shipping outside the US). The prints are approximately 12in by 18in (with an image size of 9in by 15in) and are professionally printed on satin photopaper. The cover proofs are approximately 8in by 11in with printer specs and notations along the sides, used for final approval by ZNB for the cover.

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    Gini Koch Tuckerized Alien Zombie: Tuckerization in Gini Koch's story in ALIEN ARTIFACTS along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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    Gini Koch Tuckerized Were- Zombie: Tuckerization in Gini Koch's story in WERE- along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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    Jean Marie Ward Tuckerized Zombie: Tuckerization in Jean Marie Ward's story in WERE- along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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    Gail Z. Martin Tuckerized Zombie: Tuckerization in Gail Z. Martin's story in ALIEN ARTIFACTS along with copies of BOTH of the anthologies ALIEN ARTIFACTS and WERE- in both ebook and mass market format and thank you acknowledgement on the webpage and in the book (add $25 for shipping outside the US). The backer will work with the author on incorporating a name of the backer's choice into the author's story.

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