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A collection of urban fantasy stories about supernatural entities in a world not made for them.
A collection of urban fantasy stories about supernatural entities in a world not made for them.
287 backers pledged $4,933 to help bring this project to life.

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Stretch Goals  

We've funded, so that means stretch goals! Here's what we're looking at:

  • MET! $3,500 - Not as Lonely: Should we reach this level of funding, we will include a fifth illustration as well as 10,000 additional words-worth of fiction (about 2-4 more stories). 
  • MET! $4,000 - Prestigious Research: Should we reach this level of funding, we will offer a limited edition hard-cover edition of the book that will be available to those who back at $30 or higher.
  • $5,000 - A Closer Look: We will add an additional piece of interior art! 

People Are Strange

We are looking to produce an anthology of urban fantasy stories revolving around the experience of being outsiders. Each of the stories is written from the point of view of someone in that world. We won't know the exact contents of the book until we open for submissions, but here are the sorts of stories we are envisioning: 

  • An undead teenager seeking acceptance from her parents. 
  • Ancestor spirits in an unfamiliar afterlife. 
  • Werewolves moving to the city to find work. 
  • Undead (such as a ghul, a brahmaparusha, or an aswang) with unusual dietary needs that doesn't mesh well with the local vampire population.
  • Mermaids, selkies, or bunyips forced to find new homes due to pollution.
  • A fae and a mortal marrying, with neither of their families approving.

We are particularly interested in stories beyond the usual Western supernatural population. Vampires and werewolves are fine, but we'd really love to also see stories tapping into African and Asian myths. 

This will be the third of this type of book we've put together. In previous years we ran Kickstarters for tales of the apocalypse and the Miskatonic Valley. Readers have said many nice things like: 

  • "Every single story in this collection is wonderfully creepy and totally engaging."
  • "I enjoyed it from cover to cover, and would recommend it to my friends."
  • "While the collection strikes a lot of tones -- funny, contemplative, heartbreaking, loving, hopeful, afraid -- it feels focused and polished throughout."
  • "The quality of writing was high, and the curation of the collection showed off the stylistic differences of the contributors."

Rewards

The main reward is the book. Our goal is to accept about 80,000 words worth of stories, which will produce about 300 pages in an 8.5"x5.5" paperback. We have also approached a few artists to include thematically appropriate black and white art for the interior. Our current roster of artists includes: 

For those who want to pledge a bit extra, we have a some added bonuses! All reward tiers include shipping for orders within the U.S. For places farther abroad, there's an extra cost.

  • The Digital Record/The Print Record (Early Adopter): Early backers will have the opportunity to obtain the book at a discount. $3 for the ebook, $10 for the print book.
  • The Digital Record/The Print Record: For everyone else, we will be offering the ebook for $5 and the print book for $15.
  • Our Dark Hand: A copy of the book signed by the editors (Dawn Vogel and Jeremy Zimmerman) will be $20.
  • Patron of the Arts: For $30 we will not only track down any authors that live near us and get them to sign the book, but we'll also include your name in the acknowledgements. 
  • Giving Back: For $60, we will also donate dishtowels crocheted by co-editor Dawn Vogel to YouthCare's Shelter and Housing program.

For Patreon Backers

For those devoted fans who back both this Kickstarter and our Patreon, you will receive a set of postcards featuring the internal art from the book. 

Add-Ons

We are also offering some added goodies that you can include in your pledge!  When making your pledge, just add the value of the add-on to your pledge amount. 

  • $3 - A digital copy of either That Ain't Right or Selfies from the End of the World. Get both for $5!
  • $10 - A print copy of That Ain't Right or Selfies from the End of the World. Add $5 for shipping to Canada and the UK, $10 for everywhere else. 
  • $15 - Anthology Bundle: Print copies of both That Ain't Right and Selfies from the End of the World. Add $5 for shipping to Canada and the UK, $10 for everywhere else.
  • $10 - Extra Book: An additional copy of Fitting In (if you order a signed edition of the book, this copy will also be signed). 
  • $15 - Digital Archive: Ebooks of sixteen volumes of Mad Scientist Journal, from Spring 2012 to Winter 2016
  • $25 - Print Archive: Print copies of four issues of Mad Scientist Journal, from Spring 2015 to Winter 2016. Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the UK, $15 for everywhere else.
  • $10 - Digital Subscription: Ebooks of four issues of Mad Scientist Journal, from Spring 2015 through Winter 2016
  • $25 - Print Subscription: Print copies of four issues of Mad Scientist Journal, from Spring 2016 through Winter 2017. Add $10 for shipping to Canada and the UK, $15 for everywhere else.

Many Thanks!

Many thanks to the people who have helped us get this Kickstarter going! Amanda Jones is behind the cover art. Derrick Swedelius returned again this year to help us with the video. Voice overs in the video were provided by David Lisauskas and Mara Lisauskas.

Risks and challenges

This is not our first rodeo. This is the fourth Kickstarter we've run to produce a book and we've learned a lot in the process. We've also put out several print editions of our quarterly Mad Scientist Journal.

That said, there's always a risk. We will not commission art or call for submissions until after we've funded the Kickstarter. As such, there's the risk of us just not actually getting the content for the book. This has yet to happen to us, but there's always a first.

For the art, this will mainly mean us having to recruit other artists for the book. For the stories, we will either extend the deadline for submissions or more aggressively solicit authors to contribute.

Otherwise, we'd be looking at an act of gods to stop us from producing the book.

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