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A print and ebook collection of short fiction set in the Mythos genre with diverse protagonists.
A print and ebook collection of short fiction set in the Mythos genre with diverse protagonists.
A print and ebook collection of short fiction set in the Mythos genre with diverse protagonists.
86 backers pledged $2,039 to help bring this project to life.

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The Concept: Inclusive Mythos

This is an anthology born in a panel at Balticon 49 in May 2015. The panel was all about being a fan of problematic things, and the example of loving the work of an author who is not a good person came up, particularly Lovecraft and his Cthulhu Mythos. Many people love the Mythos and Cthulhu pervades a lot of geek culture, but Lovecraft himself was a rampant racist and anti-Semite, and based on how he portrayed his female characters (when there were any), whether or not he had misogynist tendencies has been the subject of feisty debate. An audience member jokingly suggested that there should be a collection of stories that would make dear old Lovecraft roll over in his grave – like a black lesbian Jew triumphing over the Unspeakable. And all the authors on panel and in the audience said – “Heeeey, that sounds like fun!”

Now it's 2017 and a book is ready for the printer. We have cover art. We have 13 original short stories and a piece of micro fiction adding up to about 320 pages of delicious Mythos-y content ready for you. The protagonists are male and female, of a wide range of religious backgrounds and skin tones, and would most likely disturb dear old Lovecraft himself. Our authors are not just from American soil; we also have authors from Canada, the United Kingdom, and Greece. 

What we are looking for is the eyes for the words and the hands for the books... your eyes and your hands. We also hope to raise enough money to stimulate your aural centers as well. If we can hit a modest stretch goal, we will be able to produce an audio book copy.

Our Stories and Authors:

Scars of a Certain Value by Christine Lucas

The Horror of the Atoll by DJ Tyrer

With the Dark and the Storm by John Linwood Grant

The Sisters Derleth by Michelle D. Sonnier

A Singular Event, in Several Courses by Kris Dikeman

The Bath, Bottle, and Bar'nyeth Party by Lizz-Ayn Shaarawi

Innsmouth Blues by Jean Roberta

The Black Magnolia on the Bank of the Night's River by Gordon White

The Thing at Akeley Farm by A.Z. Louise

But Who Can Catch Leviathan? by Chris Pearce

North Bronx Nightmare by Andrea Stanet

The P'tulpa Cult by Daniel S. Duvall

Golem by Jennifer R. Povey

Dreidel of Dread: The Very Cthulhu Chanukah by Alex Shvartsman

The Rewards:

We are planning on producing several different versions of the anthology.

The first is electronic, also known as an ebook. While many ebooks are produced with DRM (Digital Rights Management) protection to prevent piracy, we believe that we can trust you. DRM can cause hassles and we want our readers to have a hassle-free experience. You can choose between the three major formats: .mobi for Kindle, epub which most other ereaders use, and .pdf for everybody else.   DRM Free does not however mean Copyright free.

The second version is trade paperback. This format is approximately 9 inches by 5 inches. It is the larger standard paperback format with nice paper. 

Thirdly we will be offering a limited number of books in hardback format. This will include a dust jacket with cover art similar to the paperback copy.

Finally we are offering pairs of custom dice with the Otter Libris logo.

Stretch Goals:

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If you are interested in adding something to your pledge, just increase the amount pledged. To do this, select <Manage Your Pledge> on the main EOM page, then select <Change Your Pledge> and add the total amount of the addons to the Amount Pledged box. I will send out a survey at the end of the campaign so you can tell me which addons you wanted.  

We will also be offering an additional book from Otter Libris as an addon. This collection, Charmed City: 13 Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure in Baltimore, is a book of dark urban fantasy stories. The Author, Michelle D. Sonnier, is one of the contributors to EOM. One ebook copy of Charmed City is already included in pledge levels Archivist and above.

 

Risks and challenges

Risks: We already have the stories and our editors are finishing the layout right now. Our cover artist is finishing her part of the project. The only part we don't have is the final count of print copies to order. We are planning to print in the U.S. Our greatest risks are mistakes that might cause us delay from the printer or from the postal service. And I guess we should worry about upsetting Ol' H.P. or one of the Elder Gods enough that one will rise up and smite us, but the Oracle says that is unlikely.

Challenges: Requirements creep. Keeping on schedule. We plan on doing the order fulfilment in house, and we have experience with previous publications that will help us, but If we are wildly successful in this Kickstarter, we may experience delays but we will work very hard to keep to the schedule that we have set. If it looks like add-ons or stretch goals could delay us, we will ship the main rewards separately as soon as they are ready. We are of course at the whim of the printer, the internet, and the postal system, but we will work hard to beat our deadlines. We will also strive to provide bi-weekly updates.

Otter Libris has no other active projects at this point. Our complete focus will be on this project until it is completed and fulfilled. We pledge not to start any new projects until this one is put to bed.

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    Thank you for your pledge of $14 or more (plus shipping). A print copy of the anthology will be donated to your choice of a soldier overseas or a veterans hospital. You can nominate a soldier overseas, or we will match up your donation to a soldier through Operation Paperback

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    It's dangerous to go alone! Grab a partner and share the adventure. Thank you for your pledge of $30 (plus shipping). You will receive two physical copies of the anthology and a link to download two DRM free copies in your favorite ebook flavor. You will also receive a copy of an ebook from one of our anthology authors as a bonus. (The ebooks will made available in July)

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    For the discerning collector who wishes to have a more substantial format that will last the rigors of time and potential otherworldly incursions. For your pledge of $45 (plus shipping) you will receive a hardbound limited edition book with a dust jacket and a link to download a DRM free copy of the anthology in your favorite ebook flavor. (The ebook will made available in July)

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    You are part of an elite group of like minded individuals who desire to expeience the horror together. Thank you for your pledge of $300 (plus shipping). You and your book club will enjoy 2 hours with one of our authors via skype or other arrangement where you will get a personal reading their story and discuss the finer points of inclusive eldrich horror. You will also receive twelve physical copies of the anthology and a link to download up to 12 DRM free copies in your favorite ebook flavor. (The ebooks will made available in July)

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    I crave a special experience that no one else gets. Thank you for your pledge of $1,000. To tide you over until your special experience is ready, you will receive all rewards from the Archivist tier.

    Once you have whetted your appetite with our fine offerings, we will sate you with something truly special. One of our authors will collaborate with you to create a short story based on your suggestions (with some restrictions - dependent on author) and you get to name the main character. The story will be shared with everyone who pledges Investigator or above in a DRM free eformat, with proper accolades to you for your special role as Muse. You will receive a specially bound and signed copy. This tier's special reward will not be ready by the publication date of the anthology. The extra reward will take a few months to produce, but it will be worth waiting for. If multiple instances of this reward are selected, the stories will be collected and bound together for each of the Patrons.

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