Killing wasn’t all that bad when you learned what was really going on. Death was a rule of the world. Everyone knew that. It was how systems renewed themselves. It was beautiful, in a way. These other things, though — these other things didn’t die on their own. Something in reality had slipped a spoke and they ran on and on. It was up to the group to punch their ticket. It was up to him. He had done many such things for the group since 1943. Since any semblance of normal life had ended.
No one knew what the things were, really. He had heard some in the group go on and on about Elder Ones and cycles and elliptical orbits of dead stars that ruined the world every 900 million years. He’d seen reports on time gates and ray guns and things that, if they slipped past the net the group had raised, could destabilize the whole world.
Once, he saw something huge and gelatinous and covered in a thousand eyes crawl up from a hand-carved pit in Peru, struggle over the ledge, and consume a tied-up goat with the avidity of a spider feeding on a fly.
That was okay. There were worse things, really.
—“Punching,” by Dennis Detwiller, © 2011
We hit our main target in twelve hours. That is amazing. Thank you.
And we have hit enough stretch goals to unlock a whole new book: Delta Green: Extraordinary Renditions, collecting all the bonus stories unlocked here plus a few more. Thank you!
- $4,000 — UNLOCKED! "Tidy Endings" by Adam Scott Glancy
- $5,000 — UNLOCKED! "Paperclip" by Kenneth Hite
- $6,000 — UNLOCKED! Audio of "Punching" produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
- $7,000 — UNLOCKED! "A Question of Memory" by Greg Stolze
- $8,000 — UNLOCKED! "Ganzfeld Gate" by Cody Goodfellow
- $9,000 — UNLOCKED! Audio of "Philosophy" produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
- $10,000 — UNLOCKED! "Dark" by Daniel Harms
- $11,000 — UNLOCKED! "Syndemic" by Shane Ivey
- $12,000 — UNLOCKED! Audio of "Drowning in Sand" produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
- $13,000 — UNLOCKED! "Le Pain Maudit" by Jeff Carter
- $14,000 — UNLOCKED! "Stooge Wilson and the Vine City Blues" by David J. Fielding
- $15,000 — UNLOCKED! "The Color of Dust" by Laurel Halbany
- $16,000 — UNLOCKED! "Cracks in the Door" by Jason Mical
- $17,000 — UNLOCKED! Audio of "Intelligences" produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
- $18,000 — UNLOCKED! "Morning in America" by James Lowder AND Delta Green: Extraordinary Renditions!
- $19,000 — UNLOCKED! "Pluperfect" by Ray Winninger
- $20,000 — UNLOCKED! "A Spider with Barbed Wire Legs" by Davide Mana
- $21,000 — UNLOCKED! Audio of "The Thing in the Pit" produced by the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
- $22,000 — UNLOCKED! "Friendly Advice" by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
- $23,000 — UNLOCKED! "Sinecure" by John Scott Tynes
Final Stretch Goals
We are so pleased and proud to have unlocked so many amazing stories. You are going to love these books.
Now, with less than two days to go, we're opening up our final two stretch goals. These stretch goals are heavy, and they're associated with a new add-on option that we'll describe below. We’ll hit both new goals if fewer than half our backers take the new add-ons.
AT $33,000: TALES FROM FAILED ANATOMIES DELUXE HARDCOVER
If we hit this stretch goal, we will print a limited “deluxe” hardcover edition of Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies. This will be a nicer, more expensive hardback than the standard POD hardback. It will feature a black cloth wrap on the caseboards, copper embossed titles on the cloth, and the classic Delta Green “schematic” design printed on the inside of the cover wrap. That is same physical design as the hardback edition of Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly, and people raved over that book's physical quality. It's a work of beauty.
If we reach this stretch goal, the “deluxe” edition will not be available with a backer coupon. Instead it will be sent to all backers who took the Hardback Delivery add-on. Otherwise it will be available for sale later at a higher cost.
The regular POD hardback of Tales from Failed Anatomies will still be available to backers with the coupon, as we promised at the outset. The deluxe version requires the add-on.
AT $43,000: EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS DELUXE HARDCOVER
If we hit this stretch goal, we will print a limited “deluxe” hardcover edition of Delta Green: Extraordinary Renditions. This will be a nicer, more expensive hardback than the standard POD hardback. It will feature a black cloth wrap on the caseboards, copper embossed titles on the cloth, and the classic Delta Green “schematic” design printed on the inside of the cover wrap. That is same physical design as the hardback edition of Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly, and people raved over that book's physical quality. It's a work of beauty.
If we reach this stretch goal, the “deluxe” edition will not be available with a backer coupon. Instead it will be sent to all backers who took the Hardback Delivery add-on. Otherwise it will be available for sale later at a higher cost.
The regular POD hardback of Extraordinary Renditions will still be available to backers with the coupon, as we promised at the outset. The deluxe version requires the add-on.
ADD-ON: HARDBACK DELIVERY
Cost: $25 per book in the U.S., $40 per book outside the U.S.
Take this add-on to order the hardcover editions of Tales from Failed Anatomies and Extraordinary Renditions as part of your Kickstarter pledge, instead of (or in addition to) buying them with the backer coupon later. This way you don’t have to worry about going back and placing another order—just send us your information in the post-project survey and you’re done.
Remember, the add-on cost is in addition to your existing pledge.
Deluxe Hardbacks: Where this option will get REALLY good is if enough of you take it that it pushes our project past the final two stretch goals: the deluxe hardcover editions of Tales from Failed Anatomies and Extraordinary Renditions.
If we hit the Failed Anatomies deluxe hardcover and you bought its hardback as an add-on, the hardback we send you will be the deluxe version.
Likewise, if we hit the Extraordinary Renditions deluxe hardcover and you bought that hardback as an add-on, the hardback we send you will be the deluxe version.
After the Kickstarter project ends, those deluxe hardcovers will be pricier than the usual POD hardcover. And they won’t be available with the backer coupons.
People have asked about getting previous Delta Green fiction books as rewards alongside Tales from Failed Anatomies. Since we already have those books in stock, that’s an easy add-on to handle.
So here’s how it works. If you’re a backer at the $10 level or higher, you can get past Arc Dream Publishing books of Delta Green fiction or Cthulhu Mythos gaming as add-ons for a higher pledge. Books available include:
- Delta Green: Strange Authorities
- Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly
- The Sense of the Sleight-of-Hand Man
- The Unspeakable Oath 18
- The Unspeakable Oath 19
- The Unspeakable Oath 20
- The Unspeakable Oath 21
- The Unspeakable Oath 22
- The Unspeakable Oath 23
The extra pledge amount depends on what you want and where you are.
To reserve these add-on books, decide which books and/or ebooks you want and add the appropriate amount to your pledge. Remember to add it to your existing pledge—the add-on amount does not replace your original pledge and is not included in any of the pledge levels.
When the project ends, we’ll send a survey to confirm which add-ons you want and where to mail or email them.
Let’s break that down. In the U.S., it’s the cover price with free shipping for paperbacks or hardbacks. Outside the U.S., we have to charge a bit for shipping and handling because our costs are a lot higher. For the fiction ebooks, the pledge amount is half the usual price. Remember, these options are available only for backers of this Kickstarter project.
As a further bonus: These add-ons count toward the total amount pledged toward the project. That means we hit the stretch goals faster — which means even more new stories.
Stories of Delta Green
Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies is a collection of stories by award-winning author and game designer Dennis Detwiller.
These tales span the life of Delta Green, the desperate organization that Detwiller helped create: a group of men and women who have seen the awful truths of reality and struggle to keep those realities at bay as long as they can.
With your support, we’ll publish Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies as an ebook, as a paperback for backers and bookstores, and as a hardback for hardcore collectors.
We might even see Tales from Failed Anatomies: Volume 2 and audio stories, maybe even full audio books. It's up to you.
- Introduction (by John Scott Tynes)
- The Alien Thoughts, Part 1 (by Robin D. Laws)
- Intelligences (1928)
- The File (1942)
- Night and Water (1944)
- Dead, Death, Dying (1955)
- Punching (1964)
- The Secrets No One Knows (1968)
- Coming Home (1974)
- The Thing in the Pit (1977)
- Drowning in Sand (1981)
- Contingencies (1984)
- Philosophy (1993)
- Witch Hunt (2015)
- After Math (20__)
- The Alien Thoughts, Part 2 (by Robin D. Laws)
When Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies reaches its core goal, we will publish it in an ebook edition, in a hardback for collectors, and in a paperback edition that will be available to stores everywhere.
Once it hits its core goal, new goals will open up. As stretch goals we’ll offer new Delta Green stories by Adam Scott Glancy, Kenneth Hite, Cody Goodfellow, Greg Stolze, Daniel Harms, Shane Ivey, and other writers. The higher the funding goes — meaning the more backers we get! — the more stories we’ll create.
“Other writers” might include you! We’re taking submissions for new Delta Green stories for this Kickstarter project. Read the guidelines and send a pitch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll also offer audio productions of the stories of Tales from Failed Anatomies, produced by our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast (hppodcraft.com). You can hear a sampling in the video, where HPLLP’s Chad Fifer reads an excerpt from Dennis Detwiller’s story “After Math.” They do amazing work. We can’t wait to hear them narrate more of these stories.
Every backer will get ALL THREE ebook editions of Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies — ePub (for iBooks and other readers), Mobi (for Kindle), and PDF.
As a bonus, every backer will ALSO get a link and coupon code to order Tales from Failed Anatomies in print, from a world-class print-on-demand provider, at the absolute minimum possible cost.
Backers who pitch in five extra bucks for the next tier will get all the stories that we produce in stretch goals.
We’re leaving the backer rewards very simple and straightforward. We want to stay focused on delivering the main thing you want out of this project: terrifying new stories for Delta Green.
'There Was This Time…'
There was this time when I fell, in the woods, in the dark, and the world dropped in on me, pressing in a way which felt like an end. I had been with the others, but now I was alone. It was instant and primal. I was lost in the woods at night and something was hunting me. I collapsed on the ground with my hands in the frozen pine needles, wheezing out a plume of steam, eyes wide. I turned until I was on all fours like a crab, terrified.
Something was coming.
My view was a gap between thin, tall tress with a spray of ferns between them, and a wall of black beyond that. Then the blackness moved. Something like liquid shadow wrapped around a tree trunk and gave it a casual tug, popping it in half like someone snapping a popsicle stick. It sounded like a celery stick amplified a million times and transmitted through the ground until it resonated in my teeth.
I sat still, breath caught in my throat, unable to move.
Then he was there, grabbing me by the jacket, yanking me up so hard it ripped and sprayed feathers everywhere, pulling me away from the shadow just as it let loose a burbling, glottal chunk of consonants, like an instrument formed by human vocal chords exploring its range. Near the end of the gibberish it said:
—"Philosophy" by Dennis Detwiller, © 2011
What Is Delta Green?
Delta Green began, under another name, as a U.S. Navy program to investigate the terrifying implications of the federal government’s little-known 1928 raid on Innsmouth, Massachusetts. In World War II, that program was folded into an OSS psychological warfare unit dedicated to exploiting Nazi belief in the supernatural — but which really fought to thwart the terrifying supernatural things that certain Nazi researchers had uncovered.
After the war, Delta Green split apart. Many of its veterans joined a new program, code-named MAJESTIC, after the Roswell incident revealed what appeared to be UFOs and alien life — discoveries which concealed a far more horrifying truth. What remained of Delta Green pursued supernatural threats across the globe for decades, until a disastrous Cambodia operation in 1970 shut the group down.
Of course, Delta Green never really went away. Its leaders went underground, pulling strings from within the U.S government to send hand-picked agents on new operations. They kept fighting to uproot and destroy the supernatural terrors that they had been fighting since Innsmouth, despite the awful toll they paid in life and sanity.
In 2001, Delta Green agents staged a sort of coup in the MAJESTIC program, a very hostile takeover that split Delta Green apart again. With the onset of the Global War on Terror, the Defense Department’s long-defunct DELTA GREEN classification was reactivated for a top-secret, highly restricted program, fighting cosmic terrors with the tools of the War on Terror. Many Delta Green agents joined the new organization. Others distrusted the close ties between the new Delta Green and the infamously corrupt sprawl of the MAJESTIC program. Those few cut all ties with their former comrades and remained out in the cold, pursuing their desperate work with even fewer resources and less hope than before.
The stories in Tales from Failed Anatomies begin in 1928 with the Navy’s P4 Division, the agency which would become Delta Green. They end sometime in the near future, or at least in one possible near future, when Delta Green’s long secrecy has shattered — when humankind has pieced together the dissociated knowledge that Delta Green long fought to conceal, and has begun to go mad from the revelation of terrifying vistas of reality.
Why give backers the ebook and a way to order the physical book at the minimum possible cost, rather than simply offering a higher backer tier and handling the deliveries ourselves?
That’s simple. We’ve been down that road before, many times, and we know this is the best option for our backers.
We’ve run a lot of Kickstarter-style fundraisers for new books and games, both in and out of Kickstarter proper. What happens has always been the same. SLOW DELIVERY. After the project succeeded, we’d have hundreds and hundreds of books delivered to our warehouses in one big rush. Such a large pile of deliveries needing to go out at the same time has typically overwhelmed our warehouses and taken weeks to process. It's inevitable. We’re a small publisher and we share warehousing in the U.S. and the U.K. with tons of other publishers. The warehouses can’t just shut things down for everyone else for a few days while they handle us. When we run a Kickstarter project to deliver physical books, delivery tends to take a while.
This time we're being smarter. We’re partnering with DriveThruFiction, a large-scale outfit dedicted to print-on-demand and digital publishing, to deliver everything. We have worked with DriveThruFiction for more than ten years with great success (they also run DriveThruRPG, DriveThruComics, RPGNow, and more), and they have handled specifically this challenge for many publishers. They’re in the big leagues of digital delivery and large-scale print-on-demand, and the physical quality of their POD books is top-notch. With DriveThruFiction, Delta Green is in good hands.
So what does that mean for you? It depends on where you are.
In the U.S., the total cost for a backer to order the paperback will be about $10, including shipping and handling, or about $25 including shipping and handling for the hardback. That's an estimate but we don't expect it to change much in the next couple of months.
Outside the U.S., the costs vary a lot. Delivery to some countries is costlier than for others. The cost to get the trade paperback outside the U.S. will be about $12 to $25, including shipping and handling, depending on location. The hardback will be about $30 to $45 outside the U.S., including shipping and handling, depending on location.
As of February 5, 2014, we expect the cover price to be $15.99 for the trade paperback and $29.99 for the hardback. So the value of “minimum possible cost” depends on where you are.
But every backer gets the main goal, whether digitally or in print: Tales from Failed Anatomies. Every backer can join us in a look at the darkest moments in the history of Delta Green.
About the Author
Dennis Detwiller is an author, artist and video game designer. Since 1992, his books, card games and video games have entertained over 40 million people in 11 languages. He’s design director at Harebrained Schemes. Before that, he was VP of Creative at Warner Bros. International Enterprises and produced best-selling mobile and console games for Nickelodeon, Hothead Games, and Radical Entertainment.
His work spans global hits such as Magic: The Gathering, the [PROTOTYPE] series for Activision, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nickelodeon, and more personal creations such as Delta Green, GODLIKE and Wild Talents.
He is a four-time winner of the Origins Award for gaming and a two-time winner of the Ennie Award for RPG excellence. He contributed to the #1 collectible card game in the world (Magic: The Gathering) and produced the #1 console game ([PROTOTYPE], 2009) and the #1 iOS game (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run, 2013).
Delta Green in Games and Fiction
In 1996, Dennis Detwiller created Delta Green alongside John Tynes (now John Scott Tynes) and Adam Scott Glancy. Delta Green began as a sourcebook for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, but it immediately took on a life of its own. Delta Green’s stark vision of a modern world riddled with the deadly and corrosive realities of the Cthulhu Mythos inspired legions of gamers and readers.
The first two Delta Green books, Delta Green and Delta Green: Countdown, each won the coveted Origins Award. Those two books have occupied the top two slots in RPG.net’s rankings of the best-reviewed RPG products for 15 years and counting. They were followed by Delta Green: Eyes Only, an Origins Award finalist in 2008, and Delta Green: Targets of Opportunity, which won two Ennie Awards in 2011.
Delta Green expanded into fiction immediately. The Delta Green website, Delta-Green.com, hosted stories by the creators of Delta Green and stories by fans since the very beginning. Two anthologies soon appeared — Delta Green: Alien Intelligence and Delta Green: Dark Theatres — along with a novel by John Tynes (Delta Green: The Rules of Engagement, which won the Origins Award; it's now available in Delta Green: Strange Authorities) and two novels by Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green: Denied to the Enemy and Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly).
In Tales from Failed Anatomies, Dennis Detwiller opens the veil on some of the most terrifying episodes of Delta Green. Here are men and women who sacrifice everything to fight threats are unfathomably far beyond any power of humanity. We can admire them. We can despise them. We can never forget them.
Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies opens with an introduction by John Scott Tynes, who created the first version of Delta Green in the pages of The Unspeakable Oath in 1993, and who worked with Dennis Detwiller and Adam Scott Glancy to bring Delta Green to life over the following years. He also cowrote the seminal RPG of surreal horror, Unknown Armies, and the indie RPG forerunner Puppetland.
Dennis’ stories are bookended by a foreword and afterword of sorts by Robin D. Laws, another veteran author and game designer whose work has inspired readers around the world. Robin’s contributions, “The Alien Thoughts,” consider the failed anatomies of humanity and Delta Green though the eyes — for lack of a better word — of an entity beyond human comprehension. Robin Laws edited the Cthulhu Mythos anthology Shotguns v. Cthulhu for Stoneskin Press and wrote New Tales of the Yellow Sign for Atomic Overmind Press.
Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies is edited, designed, and managed by Shane Ivey, who runs Arc Dream Publishing in partnership with Dennis Detwiller. Ivey has edited the last four Delta Green books — two game books and two books of fiction — and is editor-in-chief of The Unspeakable Oath, the magazine where Delta Green began. He’s been a full-time editor for 13 years. He edited magazines for a major university and was copy editor at a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. He has produced Arc Dream Publishing’s award-winning books, ebooks and magazines since 2002.
This team has produced some of the most acclaimed works of the Cthulhu Mythos of the last 20 years and they are proud to bring you Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies.
- February 2014: Final revisions, editing and layout of Tales from Failed Anatomies.
- April 2014: Ebook publication of Tales from Failed Anatomies.
- May 2014: Paperbacks and hardbacks available to backers via POD.
- June 2014: Stretch-goal stories available to backers.
- July 2014: Paperbacks available to bookstores. Ebook publication of Tales from Failed Anatomies Volume 2—if we create enough stories for it here!
- August 2014: Paperbacks and hardbacks of Tales from Failed Anatomies Volume 2 available to backers—if we create enough stories for it here!
- September 2014: Paperbacks of Tales from Failed Anatomies Volume 2 available to bookstores—if we create enough stories for it here!
And of course, don’t miss the biggest thing ever to happen to Delta Green:
Delta Green: The Roleplaying Game
Written by Dennis Detwiller, Adam Scott Glancy, Kenneth Hite, Shane Ivey, Greg Stolze, and John Scott Tynes.
Coming in 2014 from Arc Dream Publishing.
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Risks and challenges
We have plenty of experience delivering on Kickstarter projects. We’ve run into all the snags (our past backers can tell you!) — and we’ve learned from them. We have taken many steps to make sure Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies is delivered smoothly and on time.
WRITING: All of Dennis’ and Robin’s stories are finished except one that’s still in progress as of February 5, 2014. That last story will be done well ahead of the end of the Kickstarter project.
EDITING AND DESIGN: Many of those stories have already been edited. The editor, Shane Ivey, has many years’ experience editing Delta Green books and has been helping Dennis develop these particular stories for the last couple of years. When the Kickstarter project succeeds, it will take a two or three weeks to do the final editing and another two or three weeks to lay the book out for print, PDF, and ebooks. If something interrupts Shane’s schedule, we have a long list of layout professionals that we work with all the time, the best in the business, who can step in and do the print and ebook layout and programming fast and perfectly.
DELIVERY: The biggest slowdown across many of our projects has been logistical: getting the printed books from the warehouses out to hundreds of individual backers in a timely manner. We are avoiding that problem entirely by making the core delivery digital — the web servers can handle us easily! It’s up to backers to order physical books if they want them. Those orders will be handled by DriveThruFiction, a print-on-demand company that handles far larger scale than that every single day. We have worked with them for ten years and they are true pros.
STRETCH GOALS: Stories that are funded in stretch goal will be edited, revised, polished and released after the project ends. The deadline for final drafts is May 12, 2014, so we’ll probably see them digitally in June. We might have some finished before then. It’s possible some of them will take longer. Even if they do, that will not interfere with delivery of the main goal of this project: Tales from Failed Anatomies.
If this project hits its goal, you’ll be reading Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies in a few weeks. Let’s make that happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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