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A collection of tales from the apocalypse and post-apocalypse.
A collection of tales from the apocalypse and post-apocalypse.
144 backers pledged $3,085 to help bring this project to life.

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Special Stretch Goal

Since we don't think we'll hit our first stretch goal of $3500, we've created a compromise stretch goal of $3,000. We'll only do four pieces of art in the book, instead of the six offered at $3,500. Everyone who backs at $30 or higher will receive a set of post cards featuring the art. 

Getting Ready for the End

For years, Mad Scientist Journal has brought readers tales from the world of mad science. This year, we are now bringing you tales from the end times in Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse. Survivors of zombie plagues, nuclear holocausts, the Rapture, or the inevitable death of the universe will share their tales of their experiences. Or, at least, several authors will write stories from the point of view of these people.

We won't know the exact contents until we open up our call for submissions, but the sort of stories we have in mind might include:

  • A report from an angel harvesting the faithful at the Rapture and running into trouble. 
  • A man trying to apologize to his boyfriend in the brief span of time available before the bombs hit. 
  • Zombie outbreaks in the heart of Tokyo.
  • The narrative of a survivor of a breach in space and time, recounting her life in the a shattered world where time is meaningless. 
  • A war reporter on the front lines of Ragnarok. 
  • Two women and their adopted child struggling to survive in the flooded out ruins of Mumbai after global warming destroys the world economy. 
  • Survivors in the Amazon basin after genetic engineering turns the rain forest into a warren of carnivorous plants. 

This will be the second book of this type that we have done. Last year we Kickstarted That Ain't Right, a book of stories from the world of Lovecraft's Miskatonic Valley. How did it go? Readers seem to have enjoyed it so far. 

  • "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."
  • "Consistently superior writing coupled with outstanding editing. A worthy introduction to many new talented mythos writers."
  • "I enjoyed every one of the tales in this book both as stories and as tributes to Lovecraft."

We can't pay our contributors what they're worth, without you. That Ain't Right turned out to be a great anthology, and we hope you'll help this one hit that mark too.

Rewards

Our chief reward is the book. For the sake of simplicity, we decided to offer most of the side benefits as add-ons instead of having complicated backer levels with a mix of different things. 

  • 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 (including shipping). 
  • The Digital Record/The Print Record: For everyone else, we will be offering the ebook for $5 and the print book for $15 (including shipping). 
  • 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. Plus at this level and higher, you will automatically receive any swag we might create through our stretch goals. 
  • Apocalyptic Warlord (Limit 15): For $50 you will get all the benefits of Patron of the Arts, plus you get a randomly selected Decapitated Dolly crocheted by co-editor Dawn Vogel. (Examples pictured above).
  • Apocalyptic Prophet (Limit 10): For $60, you will get the same benefits as Apocalyptic Warlord, but instead of having a randomly selected doll head, you will receive a custom made decapitated dolly. (Examples are still pictured above.) 

Add-Ons

We are also offering these dazzling additional things that you can add on to your pledge. Some, like the subscriptions, are only offered through this Kickstarter. 

  • $3 - A digital copy of That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley
  • $10 - A print copy of That Ain't Right: Historical Accounts of the Miskatonic Valley
  • $10 - An additional copy of Selfies from the End of the World (if you order a signed edition of the book, this copy will also be signed)
  • $15 - Digital Archive: Ebooks of twelve volumes of Mad Scientist Journal, from Spring 2012 to Winter 2015
  • $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 2015 through Winter 2016

Stretch Goals

Since we reference selfies in the title, we figured having some robust art options would be neat. 

Postcards From the End

If we make our basic goal, we'll next be looking at including interior black and white art from an assortment of artists. Plus, this art will be sent as a set of post-card sized prints to backers at the $30 level or higher. 

  • $3,000: NEW! Four pieces of art for the book interior.
  • $3,500: Six pieces of art for the book interior. 
  • $4,500: Twelve pieces of art for the book interior. 
  • $5,500: Every story will feature an illustration, which we estimate to be about 18 pieces of art. 

For a sense of our taste in art, here are the illustrators we've picked out so far for these stretch goals. Check out their portfolios and see if it makes you want to have their art in this book!

The Sacred Tome

If we manage to exceed all possible expectations and hit $6,500, we will produce a limited edition hard cover version of Selfies from the End of the World. This will go out to backers who support us at the $30 level or higher. 

P.S.

Many thanks to the people who have helped us get this Kickstarter going. Luke Spooner is behind the cover art. Derrick Swedelius returned again this year to help us with the video. David and Mara Lisauskas provided the narration for the same video (because Dawn and I have a pathological aversion to hearing our own voices).

Risks and challenges

We have lots of experience putting out ebooks, and last year we put out two print books: Our Kickstarted book, That Ain't Right, and Jeremy Zimmerman's novel, Kensei. We learned a lot from the experience and feel confident that we can produce a similarly awesome book.

There is the persistent possibility that we will not get enough submissions. It's a slim risk, but it exists. Last year we had plenty of submissions to choose from, allowing us to really hone in on what we wanted. And we've grown our audience since then, so we can spread the call for submissions farther than before.

Should the worst happen and we are unable to get sufficient submissions for the book, we have enough authors that we've worked with in the past that we have people we can recruit. It's not an ideal option, since we like to provide a market for new authorial voices. But it exists if the world suddenly decides that they do not want to write first-person stories about the apocalypse.

Finally, we've never done a hard cover book before. It's entirely possible we won't hit that goal. It's far beyond what we brought in last year, and last year had the instant appeal of Lovecraft to help our funding.

If we manage to somehow bring in a ridiculous amount of money and hit the stretch goal that unlocks a hard cover version of the book, we have people that we can turn to for assistance in setting that up.

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