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4 artists and 20 writers collaborate to bring their Nightmares to life in a limited edition art book.

Nightmares is a unique collection of original new art inspired by the words of 20 different writers of dark fiction. The original art will be done by Steven C. Gilberts, Zach McCain, Alex McVey, and Frank Walls. Participating writers include Jeffrey Thomas, Jeff Strand, John R. Little, Vince Kramer, Shaun Jeffrey, Shane McKenzie, Cody Goodfellow, Norman Prentiss, Jeff Mariotte, Linda Addison, JG Faherty, and Ronald Kelly.

Let's make this short and sweet. We want to make an art book filled with some of the weirdest and scariest images inspired by some of our favorite authors and writers.

For years we have illustrated book covers and interiors by writers such as Stephen King, Richard Matheson, William Peter Blatty, and dozens of others. During this process the publisher contacts us with a brief description of the cover idea and what they want illustrated. Sometimes we have time to read the book, and sometimes we don't.

Regardless of which way it's done the idea for the image often comes from just a few words. Sometimes even one sentence is enough to create a vivid image in our minds.

This time we've decided to pool our talent and ask our writer friends to contribute to our book. Each writer will submit their interpretation of the word Nightmare in 50 to 100 words, and we will illustrate it.

As artists, art lovers, and fans of the macabre and surreal this is the book we've always wanted to find when we walked into a book store. We hope that there are enough people out there that also want this book!

If we reach our minimum goal we will be able to print a run of 300, 96 page perfect bound softcover  books. There will be 20 pages of color art, 20 pages of B&W art, and 40 pages of original flash fiction and poetry to accompany each piece. The final 16 pages will be reserved for rewards and additional art.

The total number of books may increase depending on how many pledges we receive. However, this will be the only time this book will be printed.

If we reach some of our stretch goals we will be able to make the book even better. This includes additional art and higher quality books.

The Ultra Deluxe version of the book is limited to 25 copies. This version of the book is completely separate from the standard publication. It will have a hardcover with a specially designed foil stamp, an original illustration unique to the copy you buy done directly on one of the end sheets, a full color dust jacket, and it will be signed by all 4 artists and some of the writers.

Mock-up of the book layout using the sketch for Shane McKenzie's nightmare.
Mock-up of the book layout using the sketch for Shane McKenzie's nightmare.

This is what we need to get the project started. Minimum run of 300 books with color softcover printed on Matte coated cover stock. The cover painting will be created using a painting from the inside. Interiors are on high quality coated paper. We would really like to do more, but this will still be an awesome book filled with crazy weird art and writing.

If we reach $18,500 the book gets an original painting done for the cover! Big deal you might say. Well guess what, all four artists will work on the painting together "exquisite corpse" style. What's that you ask? Besides being an awesome book by Poppy Z. Brite, it's also a style of drawing (or writing) where each artist draws something, then passes it to the next artist to add their own piece to it.

At $22,500 each page with text will get an original B&W illustration to accompany it. That's 40 new drawings! BONUS REWARD - Anyone who makes a pledge at the $350 level or higher will get an original of one of these drawings!

If we can reach $29,000 all of the the soft cover books will be transformed into printed hard covers. Everyone who makes a pledge at the $40 level or higher (excluding Ultra Deluxe editions) will get an automatic upgrade to the printed hardcover.

If we reach this goal one of the artists will create an extra painting for the book, and we will have one of our writers create a short story inspired by the artwork.

Let's go for it! If everyone really wants this book, and we can reach $42,000+ we will do all the artwork in glorious(or horrific) color. We will include all the other stretch goal bonuses, and will even bring in guest artists (yet to be announced) to contribute to the book.

Paintings from the book haven't been completed yet! We will send out an email with choices for the paintings. Keep in mind these are first-come-first-serve, and that we will be going in order of pledge dates. So if you pledge early for the original art you will get the most choices!

Ramsey Campbell is an English horror fiction author, editor and critic. He has been writing for well over fifty years. Two of his novels have been filmed (for non-English-speaking markets). One of the most celebrated horror writers of his generation, he has received more awards for his writing than any other author in the horror genre. Since he first came to prominence in the mid-1960s, critics have cited Campbell as one of the leading writers in his field.

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of non-fiction books, award-winning prose writer, and Halloween expert. Her work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening”, and Famous Monsters called her “one of the best writers in dark fiction today”. She began her career in Hollywood, co-writing the cult favorite Meet the Hollowheads (on which she also served as Associate Producer), but soon made a successful transition into writing short works of horror. After appearing in dozens of anthologies and magazines, including The Mammoth Book of Dracula, Dark Delicacies, The Museum of Horrors, and Cemetery Dance, in 2010 her first novel, The Castle of Los Angeles, was published to critical acclaim, appearing on numerous “Best of the Year” lists.

William Hopfrog Pugmire is a writer of horror fiction based in Seattle, Washington. His works typically are published as W. H. Pugmire (his adopted middle name derives from the story of the same title by Edgar Allan Poe) and his fiction often pays homage to Lovecraftian lore. Lovecraft scholar and biographer S. T. Joshi has described Pugmire as "the prose-poet of the horror/fantasy field; he may be the best prose-poet we have," and "perhaps the leading Lovecraftian author writing today."

Keith Minnion sold his first short story to Asimov’s SF Adventure Magazine in 1979. He has sold nearly twenty stories, two novelettes and one novel since. Keith has illustrated professionally since the early 1990s for such writers as William Peter Blatty, Gene Wolfe, and Neil Gaiman, and has also done extensive graphic design work for the Department of Defense. He is a former schoolteacher, DOD program manager, and officer in the U.S. Navy. He currently lives in a small city in the Shenandoah Valley of central Virginia. Keith has a short story collection called “It’s For You” out in print from White Noise Press, and in all the electronic formats from Crossroad Press. He also had a long story called “Island Funeral” published in 2011 in chapbook format by CD Publications. A long story in Postscripts, and a short story in Shivers 8, are forthcoming.

Alan Marshall Clark is an author and an artist who is best known as the illustrator and book cover painter of many pieces of horror fiction. He was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel for his 2005 book Siren Promised (co-written by Jeremy Robert Johnson). He has won the World Fantasy Award for his illustrations ("Best Artist 1994"), and he has won many Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists' Chesley Awards. His book The Paint in My Blood was nominated for the "Best Art Book" for the 2005 Locus Awards. It was also nominated for the 2005 International Horror Guild Award for their "Non-fiction" category. His artwork has been featured on many signed limited editions from Cemetery Dance Publications, Lonely Road Books, Subterranean Press, Earthling Publications, and many other publishers of hardcovers as well as illustrations on the covers and interiors of textbooks, children's books, paperbacks, magazines and CDs.

Chet Zar is an American artist notable for his dark visual art, make-up effects, and digital animation. He is most widely known for his work with Tool's music and live videos. He is the stepson of American fantasy artist James Zar. Note: He will be contributing a piece of writing, not art, that will be illustrated by Alex McVey.

James Newman's published works include the novels MIDNIGHT RAIN, THE WICKED, ANIMOSITY, and UGLY AS SIN, the collection PEOPLE ARE STRANGE, and the quiz-book 666 HAIR-RAISING HORROR MOVIE TRIVIA QUESTIONS. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Glenda, and their sons, Jacob and Jamie (they have a toddler and a teenager . . . and you think YOU know horror?).Find out more here, http://southernslick.blogspot.com/

Shane McKenzie is the author of Infinity House, All You Can Eat, Bleed on Me, Jacked, Addicted to the Dead, Muerte Con Carne, Escape from Shit Town (co-authored with Sam W. Anderson and Erik Williams), Fat Off Sex and Violence, Fairy, The Bingo Hall, and many more to come. He is also the editor at Sinister Grin Press. He lives in Austin, TX with his wife and daughter. He can see you. www.shanemckenzie.org

Jeffrey Thomas is a prolific writer of science fiction and horror, best known for his stories set in the nightmarish future city called Punktown, such as the novel Deadstock (Solaris Books) and the collection Punktown (Ministry of Whimsy Press), from which a story was reprinted in St. Martin's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #14. His fiction has also been reprinted in Daw's The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII, The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction and Quick Chills II: The Best Horror Fiction from the Specialty Press. He has been a 2003 finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (Best First Novel) for Monstrocity, and a 2008 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Deadstock. See what he's up to at, http://www.jeffreyethomas.com/

Cody Goodfellow studied Literature at UCLA. He was a contributing editor for Substance Digizine, and an undistinguished composer of scores for pornographic videos. He worked as a radio research musicologist, and performed electronic music under the monikers Deprogrammer and Worker & Parasite. He is now a hollow, wasted shell of a human being. His appearance, since he realized he only had to groom himself for occasional author photos, would shame an island castaway. His conversational skills--since he discovered that any idea, emotion or anecdote worth sharing is also a valuable commodity--have atrophied to functional nonexistence. He sits, stares, listens, hoping to steal yours. His real life experiences are insignificant in the face of those he imagines for himself and others. See what he's up to, http://www.perilouspress.com/index.html

Jeff Mariotte is an author who lives in Arizona with his wife, author Mary Elizabeth Hart, and family. As well as his own original work, he is best known for writing novels and comic books based on licensed properties. Find out more at, http://www.jeffmariotte.com/

Vince Kramer is a Portland Bizarro author and humorist. He is the creator of the Action Figures F*cking photos, and makes calendars and posters of them. He lives with a masturbating iguana and a dead plant. He is the author of Gigantic Death Worm and Death Machines of Death. Find out more if you dare, http://vincekramer.wordpress.com/

John R. Little was born in London, Canada, and started writing short stories at the age of twelve. The stories he wrote at the time are not memorable. His first novel, The Memory Tree, was published by Nocturne Press in 2007. It was nominated for the Bram Stoker award for best first novel. A novella, Placeholders, was then published by Necessary Evil Press. This book was nominated for the Black Quill award. More recent books include Miranda (winner of the Bram Stoker and Black Quill awards), The Gray Zone, Dreams in Black and White, and Ursa Major. More information, http://www.johnrlittle.com/

Shaun Jeffrey was brought up in a house in a cemetery, so it was only natural for his prose to stray towards the dark side when he started writing. He has had five novels published, The Kult, Killers, Evilution, Fangtooth and Deadfall, and one collection of short stories, Voyeurs of Death. He has also had over 40 short stories published in places such as Dark Discoveries and Cemetery Dance. His novel The Kult was optioned for film. Find out more, http://www.shaunjeffrey.com/

JG Faherty is the author of THE BURNING TIME, CEMETERY CLUB, CARNIVAL OF FEAR, THE COLD SPOT, HE WAITS, and the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY, along with more than 50 short stories. He writes adult and YA horror/sci-fi/fantasy. His works range from quiet, dark suspense to over-the-top comic gruesomeness. He enjoys urban exploring, photography, classic B-movies, good wine, and pumpkin beer. His personal motto is "Photobombing people since 1979!" You can follow him at www.twitter.com/jgfaherty, www.facebook.com/jgfaherty, http://about.me/jgfaherty, and www.jgfaherty.com.

Jeff Strand Jeff Strand is the author of a bunch of books. They have titles like Benjamin’s Parasite and A Bad Day For Voodoo and Lost Homicidal Maniac (Answers to “Shirley”) and Stalking You Now and Dead Clown Barbecue, so you probably get the idea that they aren’t entirely serious books. He’s also written some serious books like Pressure and Dweller and Faint of Heart. He has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award four times and won zero times. His covers have been illustrated by three of the four artists participating in this fine project. You can visit his Gleefully Macabre website at http://jeffstrand.com/

Linda D. Addison is an American poet and writer of horror, fantasy, and science fiction. Addison is the first African-American winner of the Bram Stoker Award, which she won twice for her poetry collections Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes (2001) and Being Full of Light, Insubstantial (2007). Her current release How To Recognize A Demon Has Become Your Friend won the 2011 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection. She is a founding member of the CITH (Circles in the Hair) writing group. See more of her work at, http://www.cith.org/linda/index.html

Norman Prentiss won the 2010 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in Long Fiction for his first book, Invisible Fences. Previously he won a Stoker in the Short Fiction category for “In the Porches of My Ears,” which originally appeared in Postscripts 18. Other publications include the novella The Fleshless Man, a mini-collection Four Legs in the Morning, a chapter in the round-robin novella The Crane House: A Halloween Story, and anthology appearances in Dark Fusions, Blood Lite 3, Zombies vs. Robots: This Means War, Horror Drive-In: An All-Night Short Story Marathon, Black Static, Commutability, Damned Nation, Tales from the Gorezone, Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, and four editions of the Shivers anthology series. His poetry has appeared in Writer Online, Southern Poetry Review, Baltimore's City Paper, and A Sea of Alone: Poems for Alfred Hitchcock.

Ronald Kelly began his writing career in 1986 and quickly sold his first short story, "Breakfast Serial," to Terror Time Again magazine. His first novel, Hindsight was released by Zebra Books in 1990. His audiobook collection, Dark Dixie: Tales of Southern Horror, was on the nominating ballot of the 1992 Grammy Awards for Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Album. Zebra published seven of Ronald Kelly's novels from 1990 to 1996.In early 2008, Croatoan Publishing released his work Flesh Welder as a stand alone chapbook, and it quickly sold out. In early 2009 Cemetery Dance Publications released a limited edition hardcover of his fist short story collection, Midnight Grinding & Other Twilight Terrors. To find out more visit, http://www.ronaldkelly.com

Michael McBride is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas. His short fiction has been featured in Cemetery Dance, Dark Wisdom, Dark Discoveries, and various anthologies. He lives in Westminster, Colorado with his wife and children. Get more info at, http://author.michaelmcbride.net/

More writers coming soon!

Where's The Money Going?

This isn't your usual art book that just collects a bunch of recent or older work and puts it all together in a book with some vague theme to connect everything. At our basic funding goal we will be producing over 20 pieces of original art just for this book, and all of the writers will write new flash fiction and poetry that's never been published before. A third of the money goes to art - which we will be spending nearly 6 months to complete. Another third goes towards the cost of printing, and the rest goes to writing, shipping, fees, and rewards.

Risks and challenges

This is a large project because of the number of people involved. We've allotted 6 months for completing the artwork - approximately January to June. Since we've all been professional illustrators for quite some time, we're used to deadlines and completing projects on time. However, delays can happen, but we will let everyone know if anything major comes up to throw off the art deadline.

We would like to get the writing portion completed by February at the latest. Many of our writers have already submitted their contributions, so we're on track with that deadline.

The book will also be laid out as we complete the art. Due to the short length of the writing submissions editing won't take long either.

Printing problems could cause delays, but we're working with a reputable printer so we don't anticipate any issues there. We've also set aside 3 months for final layouts and printing, with shipping of the books and rewards to start in late September or early October of 2014.

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    THE HORROR - You will get Frank Walls' original 11x14 acrylic painting for the cover of Shane McKenzie's Blood, Slime, Sex & Chinese Food and Pus Junkies, AND a softcover copy of Nightmares, the stickers, your name in the supporters section, and the digital background pack. NOTE: You will receive the painting after the successful completion of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    MYSTERIES - You will get Steven Gilberts' original 16x20 acrylic painting for the cover of Robert Bloch's Mysteries of the Worm, AND a softcover copy of Nightmares, the stickers, your name in the supporters section, and the digital background pack. NOTE: You will receive the painting after the successful completion of the Kickstarter campaign.

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    SUCCUMB TO THE DARKNESS - You'll receive a copy of the ULTRA DELUXE EDITION and the standard version, stickers designed by one of our artists, the digital background pack from the book, your visage turned into a nightmare and featured in a special collaborators section of the book, AND your choice of one of the original paintings from the book.

    OPTIONAL - a Nightmare written by you and illustrated by one of the artists.

    NOTE - Written submission is subject to approval and revisions may be requested, and original paintings are first come first serve.

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    THE MASTER OF DARKNESS - You'll receive a copy of the ULTRA DELUXE EDITION and the standard version, stickers designed by one of our artists, the digital background pack from the book, your visage turned into a nightmare and featured in a special collaborators section of the book, your choice of one of the original paintings from the book, AND the original cover painting for the book. OPTIONAL - a Nightmare written by you and illustrated by one of the artists. NOTE - Written submission is subject to approval and revisions may be requested, and original paintings are first come first serve. Also, if we don't reach our first stretch goal for an original cover you can choose one of our artists to paint you an original painting.

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    NIGHTMARE - You'll receive a copy of the ULTRA DELUXE EDITION and the standard version, stickers designed by one of our artists, the digital background pack from the book, your visage turned into a nightmare and featured in a special collaborators section of the book, your choice of one of the original paintings from the book, AND the original Untitled Nightmare painting. OPTIONAL - a Nightmare written by you and illustrated by one of the artists. NOTE - Written submission is subject to approval and revisions may be requested, and original paintings are first come first serve.

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