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Babel/Salvage presents the newest montage of poetry by Evan J. Peterson, inspired by cinema of the horrific, fantastic and bizarre.
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The Midnight Channel is the next chapbook poetry collection from Evan J. Peterson, published by Babel/Salvage Press.

The Midnight Channel evolved from Evan's "serial" poetry project, "Final Girls," a chain of odes to the female survivors of slasher films. From there, Evan added male characters and odes to the films themselves, expanding beyond the slasher subgenre. The end result is a lyrical journey that explores power, gender, sexuality, victimhood and monstrosity. More lucid/narrative than Evan's first chapbook collection, Skin Job, The Midnight Channel is a sequel of sorts, marking the next step for this emerging author, poet and cultural critic in his exploration of the horror and science fiction genres through poetry.

To accomplish printing, Babel/Salvage Press needs backers: people who believe in the arts, in geek culture, in badass poetry and in horror fandom. We need you. 

Babel/Salvage, a new and independent book publisher, relies on fundraising to gather the capital needed to print the first run of a book and promote it as well as those funds allow. We use small, privately owned printers in our own state (Washington) and hire local artists to design posters, covers, etc. Previous Babel/Salvage publications include Ryan A. Johnson's You Will Get in Trouble, Graham Isaac's Filthy Jerry's Guide to Parking Lots, and Bryan Edenfield's Glossolopolis Number One.  Your donations have made these books possible and helped launch the careers of these talented young poets. We now appeal for your support once again.

Part 1, "Cult Classic

If we raise our goal of $900, we can print a starter run of copies, throw a book release party and reading with other local writers in October (in time for Halloween), put the book into local stores, hire and support a local artist to design the cover art, and advertise.

Part 2, "Bonus Features

If we raise our second tier of $1200, we will add the following:

 *Early Short Films: All contributors $20 and up receive a copy of Evan's self-published zine Hello Kitty Chainsaw

*Triple Feature: Contributors who donate $100 or more receive Evan's previous collection, Skin Job, as well as one additional book from the Babel/Salvage catalog .

*Opening Weekend Event: Babel/Salvage will add more readers/performers to the book release party and debut reading/performance (free to the public).

Part 3, "Collector's Edition

If we raise $1600, we will add the following:

*Extended Version: All contributors $20 and above receive The Midnight Channel presented with a video case, accompanied by a DVD of live readings and the book's trailers.

*Director's Cut with Commentary: Contributors $100 and above receive an additional zine, including Evan's notes on his inspirations and some additional poems that didn't make it into the book.

*Publicity Campaign: Out-of-house artist(s) will be hired for fancier book cover and poster design, as opposed to the more basic in-house design.

Part 4, "Boxed Set

If we raise $3000 or more, we will add the following:

*Full Franchise: All contributors $100 and above receive a one year subscription to Babel/Salvage Press.

*Private Screening: Contributors $500 and above may attend a private Seattle-area event with readings by Babel/Salvage authors and provided refreshments .

So: will you be an innocent bystander on The Midnight Channel, or will you stake your claim in the survival of this new flesh?

Risks and challenges

Babel/Salvage's biggest foreseen challenge will likely be marketing and getting the book into stores. The author and the publisher both have sold in various stores around the Puget Sound, including Elliott Bay Book Company, Left Bank Books, Open Books and Sonic Boom Records. That said, convincing a store to carry a small-press title can be a challenge.

We are currently cultivating relationships with a variety of brick and mortar establishments including less conventional venues such as art galleries and music stores. The more product we have to offer and the more attention that product gets, the easier it is to get them into stores. Luckily, the independent spirit is strong in Seattle and many businesses enjoy celebrating local work.

Through various social media channels (Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, etc.) we aim to promote both this Kickstarter and the finished product, as well as any events our authors may participate in. Through a close relationship with the local artistic and literary scene, we aim to engage the community and create a vibrant and exciting book release while also promoting the book through participation in numerous local events. Evan is a seasoned performer and has been a featured reader at the Richard Hugo House, the Breadline Literary Series, and the Da-Daedal Performance Series, just to name a few. The author and the publisher will continue to work with the literary community; this will assist in spreading word-of-mouth about "The Midnight Channel."

We hope to increase our marketing presence by contacting local media outlets and by creating posters and flyers to spread throughout the area. While attention from the conventional media is always helpful, we're prepared to do the grunt work necessary to create a more crowd-sourced, fan-based marketing campaign that harnesses word-of-mouth and social media.

In general, a work such as this is a passion project for many involved. There is always the chance that day jobs, life events, and unforeseen catastrophes may slow things down. If this is the case, we will be direct and timely in informing our backers and others who follow Babel/Salvage and Evan J. Peterson. Expect continual progress reports even after the project is successfully funded, both here, at the Babel/Salvage website, and at Babel/Salvage's Facebook and Twitter pages, all of which are regularly maintained and updated.

Thank you. "The Midnight Channel" will be an enthralling, strange adventure. Don't close your eyes!

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