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A short story anthology about how magic is used to solve crimes
A short story anthology about how magic is used to solve crimes
A short story anthology about how magic is used to solve crimes
158 backers pledged $3,533 to help bring this project to life.

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MCSI: Magical Crime Scene Investigation

The Concept: Urban Fantasy Meets CSI

Cold cases, cold coffee, rushing into situations other people run from - being a cop is tough. But it gets even tougher when the particulars of the case don’t match up with the way the world is supposed to be. But some investigators take these paranormal speed bumps in stride. Your murder suspect is a dragon? Bring it on. Your evidence comes from a conference with the spirit world? No problem. Your kidnapping suspect is an undead creature sprung from Old World folklore? Okay, that might take the fortification of an extra cup of coffee and some back up.

We have 18 urban fantasy stories about solving the case with a little magical help ready for your curious mind. Come along for the ride and enjoy the thrills of investigation. Remember, Quod Sequitor - Follow the Evidence.

Our Stories and Authors:

  • The Mercury Division by Lynda Collins
  • How Many Hearts Will it Take? by Karen Thrower
  • Meat Market by Aaron C. Smith
  • Henry's Harness by Sandra Ulbrich Almazan
  • Nachtkrapp by Michelle D. Sonnier
  • You've Goat to be Kidding Me by Andrea Stanet
  • Half Someplace Gone by Blake Jessop
  • Le Dragon de Bronze by K.A. Mielke
  • The Twins in the Fog by Rie Sheridan Rose
  • Chief Hunkypants vs. the Magic Door by Josie Dorans
  • Harvest Moon by Jasmine Brown and Simon Young
  • Elemental Forensics by Elizabeth Hosang
  • Arm-in-Arm with Alchemy by Rosie Wylor-Owen
  • Corpus Delicti by Jade Black
  • The Clean-Up Crew by Edmund Lester
  • A Dead Mermaid on Eel Pie Island by Liz Tuckwell
  • The Advantages of Unofficial Consultation by Brian M. Milton
  • Poppies by Ashlea Adams

The Rewards:

All backers will have our gratitude for their support added to the back of the anthology.

We are planning on producing several different versions of MCSI for your reading pleasure.

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 offer 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 MCSI badge logo.

Stretch Goals:

$1500 - Funded!  
$2000 - a new story from one of our authors in ebook format
$2500 - new addon (TBA)
$3000 - another story from one of our authors in ebook format
$3500 - ???
$4000 - ???

Addons:

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 MCSI 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 want.

EDIT: I found a small stash of EOM dice and Otter dice. I will update the above matrix.

We will be offering two additional books from Otter Libris as addons. 

The first is a short story collection of dark urban fantasy stories, Charmed City: 13 Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure in Baltimore. The author, Michelle D. Sonnier, is one of the contributors to MCSI. 

The second is a multi-author collection of original Cthulhu Mythos with diverse protagonists, EOM: Equal Opportunity Madness.

You can also add a pair or more of one of our three types of dice.

EOM dice
EOM dice
Otter Libris Dice
Otter Libris Dice

Risks and challenges

Risks:
We already have the stories and our editors are finishing the layout right now. Our cover art is complete, and our cover designer is ready to lay it out. 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.

Challenges:
Requirements creep. Keeping on schedule. We plan on doing the order fulfillment in house, and we have experience with previous publications that will help us. However, 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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    Bystander

    I just want to help you make something awesome! Thank you for a pledge of $2 or more. The reward is a personalized email from one of our editors.

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    Evidence

    You can’t leave evidence behind! Thank you for your pledge of $4 (plus shipping) you will receive a pair of dice with the MCSI badge logo on the 6 side.

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    Beat Cop

    You need something to keep you company on those long nights walking the beat. Put your favorite ebook flavor on your chosen device and take it with you. Thank you for a pledge of $6 or more. You will receive a link to download a DRM free copy of the anthology in your favorite ebook flavor.

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    Support our Troops

    Thank you for your pledge of $18 or more (plus shipping). A print copy of the anthology will be donated to a soldier overseas or a veteran’s hospital. You can nominate a soldier, or we will find a deserving home for your donation.

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    Detective

    There is nothing better that the sensory thrill you get from holding a physical book in your hands. Thank you for your pledge of $20 or more (plus shipping). You will receive one print copy of the anthology.

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    Lead Detective

    One format just isn't enough for me, I need to investigate the virtual and the physical. Thank you for your pledge of $25 (plus shipping). You will receive a physical copy of the anthology and a link to download a DRM free copy in your favorite ebook flavor.

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    Investigative team

    It's dangerous to go alone! Grab a partner and share the adventure. Thank you for your pledge of $42 (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.

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    Precinct Commander

    I can't formulate an effective strategy to protect my neighborhoods without all of the possible information at my fingertips. Thank you for your pledge of $60 (plus shipping). You will receive a physical and digital copy of the MCSI anthology, and physical and digital copies of EOM and Charmed City as well. You will also receive 3 pairs of Otter Libris dice (one from each set).

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    Police Chief

    Make sure your evidence lasts with a more substantial format that will withstand the rigors of time and potential otherworldly incursions. For your pledge of $60 (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.

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    Reading Circle

    You are part of an elite squad of investigators who desire solve the case together. Thank you for your pledge of $350 (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 discussion of the finer points of urban fantasy. 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.

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    The Commissioner

    Only those very special cases get your blood pumping. 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 Lead Detective tier.
    Once you have solved all the cases in our regular offering, we will provide 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 Beat Cop 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 Commissioners.

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Funding period

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