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The Memory Eater is an anthology consisting of 27 illustrated stories based on a device which can locate and destroy memories.

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The Memory Eater anthology has been compiled, edited, illustrated and is waiting patiently for its release. That’s where you come in!


What is The Memory Eater?

The Memory Eater is an anthology consisting of 27 uniquely illustrated stories based on a device with the ability to locate and destroy any memory in the human mind.

Follow the story of a conflicted man who tries to become the fantasy inside his head by deleting reality. Or the story of a devastated couple who lost their child and turn to a shady Memory Eater doctor to erase their problems. Discover the truth behind the urban legend regarding where the Memory Eater really came from, and how it was used during World War II in the fight against Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Drop in for a tale of love, and how one man never gives up hope to find his childhood sweetheart after the Memory Eater tore them apart. Witness how a teenage prank involving the machine and a chore goes hilariously wrong. Or how, with the introduction of this new technology, mass paranoia begins to spread, prompting people to tirelessly investigate their own pasts.

See how the Memory Eater will shape the future into the perfect utopia. How it evolves into much more than deleting memories. Memories will become transferable and sold in back alleys. They’ll become viral. But ultimately, nothing will be safe, not even the sacred depths of the mind.

You can view 4 sample stories from The Memory Eater right here.


Project Background

Sometime in January of 2011, I began working on a short story entry for the Writers of the Future Contest. The plot I came up with revolved around a man who worked as a telemarketer for a memory-erasing company. As the telemarketer conversed with several customers, each stating a different reason why they wanted something erased, I realized the enormous potential this concept held.

I thought, "Everyone wants to forget something, don't they?"

Feeling that I couldn't do this idea justice with a mere short story, and not being up to the task of writing another novel (especially since I had just finished one), I thought it would be a great idea to get others involved. That way I could include a variety of voices from people all over the world.

On March 15, 2011, I sent out a massive call for submissions with the goal of hitting 100. I posted advertisements on 44 writing-related forums/message boards and amassed a following of over 8,000 followers on Twitter. On September 13, 2011, submissions closed, and The Memory Eater brought in over 230 stories.

The intrigue from not only writers but readers anticipating the book really blew me away, and now here I am with the finished product—excited to share it with the world!


What is the Special Edition Version of The Memory Eater?

During the first month of accepting submissions, my fears were that I wouldn’t receive enough content, so I began writing multiple stories. After the deadline, I had an abundance of stories to choose from, so most of the other stories I had written didn’t fit in with the flow of the book. Now, through the beauty of ebooks, I can include three of them in the special edition. These are three, non-illustrated stories, clocking in around 6,000 words.


What Are the Funds Going Towards?

The funds raised through Kickstarter will be broken down accordingly:

• $3,370 will go towards printing the books (500+), shipping and handling, and setting up distribution.
• $750 will go toward promotional items (bookmarks, t-shirts and posters).
• $130 will go toward setting up Hance LLC as a legal entity.

If I’m able to raise money beyond $4,250, it will go towards more books!  If I raise a ton, I’m hoping to invest in future installments of The Memory Eater.


Support the Authors!

The authors in The Memory Eater will split a majority of the total profits. That means when you buy the anthology, you're paying for the printing of the book, the editor and authors’ blood, sweat and tears, and shipping + handling. That's it—the way it should be. There aren't hundreds of people behind the scenes reaching into the pot to take their share.  Fortunately I've been able to do most of the work myself.

So to support the authors and show them that hard work pays off, simply buy the book!


Support the Artists!

It wasn’t until a few months into the project that I put out a call for artists to illustrate the stories. Since I didn’t have anything to offer monetary wise, I promote their art and links to their websites on my blog in an artist showcase.

The artists signed over permission for me to use their illustrations in affiliation with The Memory Eater, but they retain all of the rights to their individual pieces. But I wanted to do something more for the artists, especially since they've done such an amazing job with the final art.

There are four ways to support the artists. Obviously the first is to buy the book and spread the word so the artists’ work can reach a bigger audience. The second is to visit the artist showcase on my blog and then follow the links to the individual artist websites. The third is to purchase the original artwork in the rewards. Half of the money goes directly to the artists while the other half goes right to the project. And fourth, buy the huge 27" by 39" Memory Eater movie-sized poster which contains all 30 illustrations from the book. Half of the money will be split amongst the artists while the other half funds this project!


REWARDS

The Memory Eater T-shirt:

The Memory Eater Bookmark:

The Memory Eater Paperback:

The Memory Eater Movie Poster:

This is a huge (take a look below at how huge it really is PICTURE OF A LIVING ROOM) 27" by 39" movie-sized poster on 100lb. paper gloss containing all 30 illustrations from the book. Only 100 posters will be made, and they'll be exclusive to the Kickstarter campaign, meaning this is the only time this poster will ever be offered. I will autograph the front or back upon request.  Below is an intentionally blurred image of the poster hanging on a wall.



Original Prints:

Some of the artists who created illustrations for The Memory Eater have donated their original prints to this campaign. 50% of the money will go towards the project while the other 50% will go to the artist.

This is a great way to own amazing pieces of original artwork. They will even autograph their pieces upon request for no additional charge.


Illustration for “Scrambled Heads” By Brent Schreiber
Acrylic on canvas
8” x 10” x 1”

Illustration for “Do You Make House Calls?” By Leigh Walls
Pen, brush, ink and acrylic on 2-ply Bristol board paper
9” x 14”

Illustration for “Apocalyptic Erasures” By Franziska Oertel
Ink on Copic-paper
8.27” x 11.69”

Illustration for “Chess Match” By Chris Panatier
Ink on paper
5.5” x 8.5”

Contributing Authors

We have a diverse group of authors spanning from the United Kingdom to Canada to the United States. You can view the authors and their bios right here.  Here's an incomplete list of what else they do besides write: Lawyer. Programmer. Video editor. IT trainer. Wine and beer brewer. Care giver. Minister. Magazine editor. State employee. Graphic designer. Head of a publisher. Translator. Programmer.

Authors' publications and awards (A condensed list): 2011 Nebula Nominee. Asimov's Science Fiction. The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Clarkesworld. Lightspeed Magazine. Semi-finalist in the 2011 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. Eclectric Flash. Midwest Literary Magazine. MiCrow. Zharmae Publishing. Enslow Publishers, Inc. Runewright, LLC. TRSF. Daily Science Fiction. Strange Horizons. Dark Moon Digest.

Authors (click on their names to view their websites)

Nicholas Conley
Vivian Davenport
Cassie Davies
Holly Day
Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson
Wesley Dylan Gray
Matthew Hance
Chad Jones
Lauren Kocher
Michael A. Kozlowski
Lisamarie Lamb
Ken Liu
Lisa Martinez
jl mo
John W. Otte

Nina Pelletier

Alex Shvartsman

Bob Simms
Justin Swapp
Myra R. Taylor
Lauren C. Teffeau
DL Thurston
Kim Charles Younkin


Contributing Artists

We have an extremely talented group of artists participating in this anthology. Samples of their work along with links to their sites can be found here.


Charlotte Brace
Shawn Conn
Galen Dara
Chase Dryden
Kristin Eames
Roderick Gladwish
Noel Heimpel
Sander Jansen
Alaa Jasim
Cethan Leahy
Daniel Karlsson
Michal Kwiatkowski
Amalia Labonte
Katy Miller
Keiran Morris
Murashko Natalie
Franziska Oertel
Chris Panatier
Anna Rosvall
Brent Schreiber
Carly Sorge
Hegedűs Tamás
Cody Vrosh 
Leigh Walls
Annett Warg
Owen Watts
Naomi Zipf

Please help me spread the word about this project, because the more people it reaches, the better chance it has of being funded!

Thank you for considering this project.

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