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
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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