The King in Orange: Shadows over the White House (Canceled)
A fantastic collection of supernatural and cosmic horror stories by 15 (or more) horror writers
The White House has fallen under shadow. We saw the darkness coming, but we were powerless to stop it, and it has reached out to engulf America’s tarnished heart. Now a great menace rises within that gloom, clad in scalloped orange tatters. The insane, rambling utterances and unfathomable rituals are displayed openly, for all to witness and despair.
The King in Orange wears no mask.
The terrible power of his malice is reaching out across the nation – across the world – to engulf us all. Do not be fooled by his seeming banality, or the apparently innocent childishness of his messages. Irresistible truths about the darkness of mankind are hidden within them, and to gaze upon them is to be driven mad. Even as you read this desperate warning, normal people are having their civilized decency stripped away. Remove the humanity from a person, and what remains is a savage animal, driven by hungers and hatreds. You can see the snarls and sneers everywhere you turn.
Society is a glittering lie, a pretty fiction we cling to against the infinite abysses of night that surround us. Lies are all we have, when the truth is too horrible to bear.
This collection of kaleidoscopic fragments makes no attempt to approach the truth. It is a very dim, distorted mirror indeed, a bleak reflection of a maddening reality. In its pages, you will find stories that paint the King in Orange and his Dark House in dishonest strokes of insanity. Tales of cosmic and supernatural horror, they allude to reality, but without crossing into the truths that risk driving the reader mad.
For the King in Orange is come, and he leaves devastation in his wake. None will escape.
All hail the King in Orange.
(The book’s gorgeous cover art, excerpted above, is by the insanely talented Mo Ali. The music in the video is Dark City by Audionautix, http://audionautix.com/ and appears under a Creative Commons Attribution license. Audionautix knows nothing about this project.)
About The King in Orange: Shadows Over the White House
A timely new anthology from Ghostwoods Books, The King in Orange collects fifteen or more stories of cosmic horror and supernatural dread. All are set under the terrifying thumb of the multidimensional entity who manifests before us as the 45th President of the United States. Featuring a mixture of celebrated and emerging authors, its contents are not for the faint of heart.
We consider ourselves a progressive bunch here at Ghostwoods Books, which is why we put fairness – and a 50% author royalty – over increased profit. We believe in fair treatment, and justice, and peace, and in not being unpleasant. The current leader of the free world alarms us greatly. Apparently, it also alarms a lot of the writers we know.
A few months ago, we put out a call for stories that featured Trump and his administration as cosmic horrors in their own right. The touchstone for inspiration was Robert W. Chambers’ famous story The King In Yellow – a play so maddening that all who read it went violently insane. The response was staggering, and we were soon swimming in entries. We’ve already selected the best, and are in the process of working out the shape of the book they will form.
That’s where we need your help. The authors need to be paid fairly for their work. So do the editors who will weld their pieces into a strong anthology, and the brilliant cover artist (and equally brilliant cover designer), and the interior designer, and so on.
We have a solid history of putting great anthologies (and novels) out into the world, both with and without Kickstarter's help. Our previous cosmic horror releases have been well received.
There’s a long history of satire and fantastical literature poking fun at repressive and regressive leadership. Franz Kafka, Charles Dickens, Upton Sinclair, Ralph Ellison, and many more live on as important today because of what they said. We don’t pretend to aspire to such lofty heights, but we do aim to make a point, and have some fun doing it. This is your chance to be part of that.
We literally can’t do it without you.
Where the Money Goes
The book is going to be somewhere around 80,000 words long, so the stories are going to cost us around £4000 to pay for. Production – the process of turning a bunch of freshly-submitted Microsoft Word documents into a finished, edited volume with a layout and cover and other good things – is going to cost about the same again. Kickstarter fees will take up a further 10%, of course. The remainder will pay for the rewards you deserve for helping us bring this project into the world.
Just where do pens fall on the weapon-might scale? We've got some pretty interesting ideas...
With a bit more money to play with, we’ll add a few more stories we’d otherwise have to regretfully decline, and bring the word-count to around 100,000.
We will pay a professional artist to do full-page illustrations for each story. In addition to putting these illustrations into all versions of the book, we’ll also compile a full-color electronic book of the art, and provide a copy to every backer.
The USA isn’t the only country doing disturbing things right now. We will also commission, edit, and publish 2024, a volume of dystopian sci-fi in the vein of Orwell, Huxley, Wyndham, Ballard and Burgess, set in what remains of Britain five years after Brexit kicks in. Every backer will get an electronic copy, and Experts and above will get a paperback too.
Um, really? OK, uh, we will travel to Washington DC and hand-deliver hardback copies of both The King in Orange and 2024, the poster, and a physical copy of the art-book to the President or one of his representatives. Everyone needs good fiction, right? We’ll seek a proper appointment through correct channels, rent smart suits, and do our very best to see it through. Afterwards, we’ll meet up with any backers in the area for some drinks and a chat.
Fine. In addition to attempting to hand-deliver our care package to the President (and each of his family members), we will also hand-deliver copies of The King in Orange to each member of the House of Congress and the House of Representatives (or to their offices, if they won’t meet with us). There’s 541 of them, so it’ll be a major horror distribution effort. When it’s finished, we’ll throw a party in DC for anyone who feels like joining us.
What? Really? Really really? If by some twisted miracle of darkness we hit the previous stretch goal, we’ll think of something else. But come on. You don’t actually want to make us to tour the parliaments of the English-speaking world handing out quality horror, do you
If you know anything about Ghostwoods, you know that we produce high quality books, putting in as much or more work after the stories come in as the authors themselves do. We do this because good stories deserve to be fully polished and set in a beautiful book for maximum reader – and author – enjoyment.
Tim Dedopulos started Ghostwoods Books in 2010 as a digital publisher with a “fair trade” business model. He wanted to split proceeds evenly with authors. As an author of over a hundred books himself, he longed for a fairer deal for writers.
Seven years in, we are still giving authors half of the proceeds from their books, including our cut of print books. We’re very progressive, and always looking for ways to make our books better for readers and more beneficial for authors.
Notes on Rewards
*Plain hardcover is a hardcover book with dust jacket but no other special features. This will be the hardcover that is ultimately on sale to the general public.
**Limited edition special hardcover will include special features, such as printed end papers, special paper, head and tail bands and whatever else our book designer can come up with
Risks and challenges
The biggest problem for any anthology – and the slowest part of the process – is assembling enough good stories. We’ve already done that. They’re right there, waiting to be edited as soon as the Kickstarter is funded. Another slow and troublesome issue is making a strong cover. We’ve got one of those, too. We just need to pay all the amazing people who have stepped up to the plate, and this Kickstarter will, hopefully, take care of that. As soon as we get the funding, we’re good to wade straight into the production.
In past Kickstarters, our biggest post-creation challenge has been fulfilling physical rewards. We’re going to be taking advantage of new developments in printing technology and fulfillment solutions this time, which should ensure you get excellent books nice and quickly. There are several of us here at Ghostwoods, so if something hideous happens to one of us – God forbid – then the project will continue without problem.
Finally, this project is – quite obviously – a work of satire, which is about as protected as speech gets. On top of that, Ghostwoods Books is based outside the USA. But if anyone wants to argue in a court of law that Nyarlathotep is real and constitutes a genuine menace to society, Tim definitely wants to be there to witness it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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