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Reviving the old school shared world anthology model with a fresh core of award-wining authors and artists.
Reviving the old school shared world anthology model with a fresh core of award-wining authors and artists.
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Taking a page from classic early 80s anthologies like Larry Niven’s Man-Kzin Wars and Robert Asprin’s Thieves World, Beyond the Black Gate maintains an old school feel while bringing you some of the latest talent in today’s science fiction, fantasy, and horror markets. 

Set in Art of the Genre’s trademarked universe, The Nameless Realms, this anthology takes readers to the Free City of Taux, a fantasy port of cursed stones, dark plots, and a core of rich characters who share space inside the infamous Black Gate District.

This rich anthology links characters and tales in an interwoven mosaic that helps draw the reader on, and with authors like Lynn Flewelling, Harry Connolly, Juliet McKenna, Martha Wells, Robert Mancebo, and Julie Czerneda sharing characters with newcomer Michael Tousignant and iconic fantasy artist turned writer Todd Lockwood, the book plumbs the depths of dark city-born fantasy. 

Editor and contributor R. Scott Taylor helps create the shadowed metropolis of Taux, where Razor Duelists and mailed and heavily armed Sturgeons try to hold back the tide of ghosts, Moon Cultists, and shadow magic that lurks inside the slithering coils of Wizard’s Mist.  Rogues, harlots, and merchant princes share the same streets, and all watch their backs as the stones of the city call out to the living in a never ending game of cat and mouse for the true ownership of the great port. 

Memories of Lankhmar, Sanctuary, and Waterdeep merge in each unfolding tale, and fantasy artists Jeff Laubenstein and Janet Aulisio bring form to each story with their incredible pen and ink renderings.  Contributor Todd Lockwood also lends his artistic vision to an epic cover that wraps this project in a package so special it’s almost too good to be true.

If you like fantasy, and you remember the days when books sang with slim stories of high adventure and burst with rich illustrations to lend solidity to every epic tale, then Beyond the Black Gate is what you’ve been longing for. 

This project needs $10,000 to see fruition, but bonus levels for every $5,000 after the first will get EVERYONE in the Kickstarter a digital copy of ANOTHER anthology in the series.  If we get $20,000, that's 3 anthologies, $25,000 is 4 full anthologies, etc.  Let's show the publishing world that anthology series do matter and that people love evolving story lines with great characters all set in the same city.  With each new level of support we'll also be placing in 'secret bonus' rewards for all participants so keep the pledges coming and spread the word! And if you'd like to come talk to ALL the contributors, join us on our Facebook page dedicated to this anthology here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/209206332519662/  We'd love to hear from you!
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    as above, plus a 14x17 premium semi-matte photo paper of the anthology cover signed by artist Todd Lockwood.

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    as above, plus the origin story for Julie Czerneda’s, Cenote, entitled ‘Water Watches’ in digital form with a b/w cover by Jeff Laubenstein.

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    as above, except the 14x17 cover print is replaced with a 17x24 limited edition giclees of the cover art signed and numbered by Todd Lockwood.

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    as above, except your unsigned physical book is replaced with a physical-copy [trade paperback] of the book including a sign insert from all the participants in the project including artists.

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    as above, plus your book will have a personalized remarque image done by Todd Lockwood.

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    as above, plus a cross-stitch smart phone cover with the anthology medallion hand crafted by Juliet McKenna!

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    as above, plus a world-building ‘reader's guide’ including authors notes and artist’s conception sketches for those interested in learning more about the world’s history and seeing conceptual art of the races and places that make Taux so unique.

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    as above, you receive a physical copy of one of the book’s nine short stories, personally signed to you by the author AND the original artwork for that short story. This is a first come, first serve basis, so please check updates to see what authors have already been pledged. [R. Scott Taylor’s anthology story and art are not included in this level]

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    as above, except that instead of a story and art from the tier below, you receive a copy of R. Scott Taylor’s ‘Charlaton’ including the original artwork from that story, and are taken to dinner, in a place of Scott’s choosing, with both the author and GenCon artist guest of Honor 2012 Todd Lockwood, at GenCon 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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