About this project
Update (09/22/2015): The Final Minutes! Stretch Goal #3 unlocked! Norman Prentiss announced as author writing new novella for I AM THE ABYSS.
I AM THE ABYSS is a new fiction anthology of horror and dark fantasy containing ten unique visions of the underworld by ten of the most talented and critically-acclaimed authors in horror, dark fantasy and weird fiction. Edited by Chris Morey (Black Labyrinth imprint), the book will be published by award-winning specialty publisher Dark Regions Press.
Based on the concept that after we die our consciousness inverts into our own realms of subconscious thought, I AM THE ABYSS contains ten human minds whose journeys in the Birth World have come to an end. Each individual was a dark mind or tortured soul, each story a perilous yet enlightening adventure through a personal afterlife.
Original two-page panoramic color paintings by award-winning artist Les Edwards will precede each story, giving us windows into each respective underworld. I AM THE ABYSS will be printed in a unique 8"x8" format, presenting the color artwork of Les Edwards in a stunning 16"x8" size across both pages.
Artist Menton James Matthews III (Menton3) has created this stunning piece featuring a manifestation of the abyss and the ten minds within the book that will be featured as front cover artwork exclusively for copies of I AM THE ABYSS ordered through this Kickstarter campaign.
Campaign-exclusive editions will be printed for contributors, reviewers and campaign backers. After campaign backer, reviewer and contributor packages have been fulfilled no additional copies of the book featuring this artwork will be printed again.
Published by Portland, Oregon Based Specialty Publisher Dark Regions Press
I AM THE ABYSS will not be released for retail sale until at least 95% of Kickstarter campaign supporters receive their ordered items. Dark Regions Press has developed a new multi-phase fulfillment system to ensure that each customer gets exactly what they ordered and sent to the correct shipping address. Books are packed with extra strong bubble wrap in weight tested U-Line boxes to ensure no damage during transit.
For any questions or concerns about the campaign, your pledge or the project please e-mail us at: email@example.com
How to Purchase an Add-On:
Existing Campaign Backers: click on the blue "Manage" button in the upper-right hand corner of the Kickstarter campaign page. Add the according amount to your pledge for the Add-On(s) that you would like to purchase. E-mail us with your Add-On selection at: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Campaign Backers: click on the green "Back This Project" button in the upper-right hand corner of the Kickstarter campaign page. Choose a Reward Level (if desired) then add the according amount of the desired Add-On, or choose No Reward Level and only purchase an Add-On by entering the according amount of the Add-On. E-mail us with your Add-On selection at: email@example.com
Your Add-On selection(s) will be confirmed when the post-campaign survey is sent one month before fulfillment begins.
Campaign-Exclusive Trade Paperback (Menton3 cover) - $30
Retail Trade Paperback (David Ho cover) - $30
Campaign-Exclusive Your Heart is Black Signed Limited Hardcover - $150 (Retail Price: $200)
Retail Your Heart is Black Signed Limited Hardcover - $150 (Retail Price: $200)
NEW - I AM THE ABYSS Menton3 Black T-Shirt (Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL) - $30
I AM THE ABYSS White T-Shirt (Sizes S, M, L, XL, 2XL and 3XL) - $30
I AM THE ABYSS White Poster Signed by Artist David Ho (19"x27") - $20
I AM THE ABYSS Menton3 Cover Artwork Poster Signed by Artist (19"x27") - $20
NEW - Any Dark Regions Press Trade Paperback of Your Choice - $15 each, $50 for five. Click here to see full list.
A Mountain Walked: Great Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos edited by S. T. Joshi Trade Paperback w/ stories by Neil Gaiman, Thomas Ligotti, Caitlín R. Kiernan and more - $25
Like a Dead Man Walking by William F. Nolan (Logan's Run) Trade Paperback - $20
Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition Ultra-Deluxe Traycased PC Hardcover (Only ONE copy available) - $1000
The Scarlet Gospels by Clive Barker United Kingdom Trade Hardcover w/ Unique Cover - $40
Expansion (Stretch Goal #3) - $40,000 UNLOCKED!
An imprint is born. I AM THE ABYSS will become a new line of original novellas with this anthology serving as the genesis of the imprint. Every new book in the imprint will be based on a subconscious afterlife and will be faithful to the theme of the genesis anthology. Future books in the imprint will be offered in ebook, trade paperback and may be produced in the signed limited edition format YOUR HEART IS BLACK with their own respective numbering sequences, but no further editions of I AM GATEWAY will ever be produced again outside of this anthology.
Each book will feature color artwork by Les Edwards, will be edited by Chris Morey and will be printed in the same unique 8"x8" trim size. All backers of this Kickstarter campaign will be considered lifetime digital subscribers: you will receive a free digital copy of every single book ever published in the I AM THE ABYSS imprint before they're released for retail sale. Every book in the imprint will be held to the highest standard of quality to ensure a consistent aesthetic and quality of fiction.
Extension (Stretch Goal #2) - $36,000 UNLOCKED!
The editor's top three choices of stories that were submitted during the open submissions period for I AM THE ABYSS will be published as standalone novellas. All three novellas will be included as free digital downloads for campaign backers and will be released retail in ebook and trade paperback at a later date. Authors of the three stories will each be paid pro rate at 7 cents per word and will receive contributor copies. A campaign-exclusive limited edition chapbook featuring all three novellas will be available to campaign backers in the post-campaign survey.
Transition (Stretch Goal #1) - $32,000 UNLOCKED!
Artist David Ho, creator of the I AM THE ABYSS logo artwork, creates a new 16"x8" color illustration representing the Turning Point: the seconds before all human neural activity is vanquished when consciousness inverts into our own pools of subconscious thought and memory.
This illustration will be used as the end sheets in campaign-exclusive limited edition hardcovers and will be included as a bonus two page illustration in ebook and trade paperback Kickstarter-exclusive editions. After contributor, reviewer and campaign backer packages have been fulfilled no further copies of I AM THE ABYSS featuring this new illustration by David Ho will be printed again.
Ebook: offered in MOBI (Amazon Kindle), EPUB (most other e-readers) and PDF (Desktop PC) featuring all illustrations in full color (on applicable digital platforms). Includes campaign-exclusive front cover artwork by Menton3 as an illustration.
All physical editions of I AM THE ABYSS are printed in a unique 8"x8" trim size and Kickstarter-exclusive editions are first edition + first printing.
Trade Paperback: Features all illustrations in full color and features the campaign-exclusive front cover artwork by Menton3 only offered during this campaign (retail trade paperback is also offered for preorder). Includes all applicable stretch goals.
This premium limited edition hardcover will have a maximum print run of 500 signed and numbered copies worldwide and is one of only two signed hardcover editions that will ever be produced of I AM THE ABYSS. The numbering sequence for the book will begin with Kickstarter campaign backers starting with #1 and custom number requests. This numbering sequence will continue into retail editions after all Kickstarter-exclusive editions are fulfilled.
Signed by all ten authors, artist Les Edwards and editor Chris Morey, bound in black leather, printed offset on premium acid free paper with Smyth sewn binding, black dyed page edges, illustrated end sheets, black satin book ribbon features a campaign-exclusive dust jacket with front cover by Menton3 and housed in a premium black slipcase.
Set to be one of the finest specialty editions ever produced by Dark Regions Press, this ultra-deluxe edition is limited to ten signed and uniquely remarqued copies worldwide. Each copy represents one of the ten human minds within the book and is remarqued with the respective character. Including contributor copies and extras in case of damage, a maximum of twenty copies will ever be produced worldwide.
Signed by all ten authors, artist Les Edwards, artist Menton3, artist David Ho and editor Chris Morey, bound in black Moroccan goat skin, printed offset on premium acid free paper with Smyth sewn binding, deckled page edges, illustrated end sheets, features a campaign-exclusive dust jacket with front cover by Menton3, object/emblem from journey of respective character embedded into front cover, handwritten scroll from the respective character included, personally signed. Housed in a black traycase made of the finest materials designed to represent a personal gateway into the underworld.
Called "One of the best writers of his generation" by both the Roswell Literary Review and author Brian Keene, GREG F. GIFUNE is the author of numerous short stories, several novels, screenplays and two short story collections (HERETICS and DOWN TO SLEEP). His work has been published all over the world, consistently praised by readers and critics alike, received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and The Midwest Book Review (among others) and has recently garnered interest from Hollywood. His novels include CHILDREN OF CHAOS, DOMINION, THE BLEEDING SEASON, DEEP NIGHT, BLOOD IN ELECTRIC BLUE, SAYING UNCLE, A VIEW FROM THE LAKE, NIGHT WORK, DRAGO DESCENDING, CATCHING HELL, JUDAS GOAT and LONG AFTER DARK.
Various reviewers have described Nicole Cushing's work as "brutal", "cerebral", "taboo", "mind-bending" and "outré". She has been touted as "the literary love child of Jack Ketchum and Poppy Z. Brite". Her novella CHILDREN OF NO ONE was nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award. Her latest release is her debut novel MR. SUICIDE, published by Word Horde.
Laird Barron is the author of several books, including The Croning, Occultation, and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All. His work has also appeared in many magazines and anthologies. An expatriate Alaskan, Barron currently resides in upstate New York.
Michael Marshall Smith Is a novelist and screenwriter. Under this name he has published over eighty short stories, and four novels — Only Forward, Spares, One of Us and The Servants — winning the Philip K. Dick, International Horror Guild, and August Derleth awards, along with the Prix Bob Morane in France: he has won the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction four times, more than any other author.
Writing as MICHAEL MARSHALL he has published seven internationally-bestselling thrillers including The Straw Men, The Intruders — recently a miniseries on BBCAmerica starring John Simm and Mira Sorvino — and Killer Move. His most recent novel is We Are Here.
He lives in Santa Cruz, California, with his wife, son, and two cats.
Caitlín R. Kiernan is the author of nine novels, including Silk, Threshold, Low Red Moon, Murder of Angels, Daughter of Hounds, and The Red Tree. Her award-winning short fiction has been collected in six volumes, including Tales of Pain and Wonder; To Charles Fort, With Love; Alabaster; and, most recently, A is for Alien. She has also published two volumes of erotica, Frog Toes and Tentacles and Tales from the Woeful Platypus. Trained as a vertebrate paleontologist, she currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
Jeffrey Thomas is the author of such novels as Deadstock, Blue War, Letters from Hades, and The Fall of Hades, and such short story collections as Punktown, Nocturnal Emissions, Thirteen Specimens, and Unholy Dimensions. His stories have appeared in the anthologies The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Year’s Best Horror Stories, Leviathan 3, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, and The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction. Forthcoming from Miskatonic River Press is a role-playing game based upon Thomas’ universe of Punktown. Thomas is also an artist, and lives in Massachusetts.
Steve Rasnic Tem’s last novel, Blood Kin (Solaris)--a Southern Gothic/Horror blend of snake handling, ghosts, granny women, kudzu, and Melungeons--won the Bram Stoker Award for 2014. PS Publishing recently released his novella In the Lovecraft Museum, and Centipede Press will be publishing Out of the Dark: A Storybook of Horrors, 225 thousand words of the best of his uncollected horror tales, within the next year. In Spring of 2017 Solaris will be bringing out his new novel Ubo, a dark SF meditation on violence as seen through the eyes of some of history's most dangerous figures.
Reggie Oliver is a stage actor and playwright. His biography of Stella Gibbons was praised as “a triumph” by Hilary Spurling in the Daily Telegraph, his play Winner Takes All, was described as “the funniest evening in London”, by Michael Billington in The Guardian, and his adaptation of Hennequin and Delacour’s Once Bitten opened at the Orange Tree Theatre in London in December 2010.
He is the author of four highly-praised volumes of short fiction: The Dreams of Cardinal Vittorini (Haunted River 2003), The Complete Symphonies of Adolf Hitler (Haunted River 2005), Masques of Satan (Ash Tree 2007), and Madder Mysteries (Ex Occidente 2009). His stories have appeared in over 25 anthologies and, for the third year running, one of his stories appears in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, the most widely read and popular of contemporary horror anthologies.
Born and raised in Dungarvan, Ireland, Kealan Patrick Burke is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of five novels (Master of the Moors, Currency of Souls, Kin, The Living, and Nemesis: The Death of Timmy Quinn), over a hundred short stories, four collections (Ravenous Ghosts, The Number 121 to Pennsylvania & Others, Theater Macabre, and The Novellas), and editor of four acclaimed anthologies (Taverns of the Dead, Quietly Now: A Tribute to Charles L. Grant, Brimstone Turnpike, and Tales from the Gorezone, proceeds from which were donated to children's charity PROTECT.)
When not writing, Kealan designs covers for print and digital books through his company Elderlemon Design. To date he has designed covers for books by Richard Laymon, Brian Keene, Scott Nicholson, Bentley Little, William Schoell, and Hugh Howey, to name a few. In what little free time remains, Kealan is a voracious reader, movie buff, videogamer (Xbox), and road-trip enthusiast. His short story "Peekers" is currently in development as a feature film from Lionsgate Entertainment.
Dark Regions Press is an independent specialty publisher of horror, dark fiction, fantasy and science fiction, specializing in horror and dark fiction in business since 1985. We have gained recognition around the world for our creative works in genre fiction and poetry. We were awarded the Horror Writers Association 2010 Specialty Press Award and the Italian 2012 Black Spot award for Excellence in a Foreign Publisher. We produce premium signed hardcover editions for collectors as well as quality trade paperbacks and ebook editions. Our books have received seven Bram Stoker Awards from the Horror Writers Association.
We have published hundreds of authors, artists and poets such as Clive Barker, Joe R. Lansdale, Ramsey Campbell, Kevin J. Anderson, Bentley Little, Michael D. Resnick, Rick Hautala, Bruce Boston, Robert Frazier, W.H. Pugmire, Simon Strantzas, Jeffrey Thomas, Charlee Jacob, Richard Gavin, Tim Waggoner and hundreds more. Dark Regions Press has been creating specialty books and creative projects for over twenty-nine years.
The press has staff throughout the United States working virtually but also has a localized office in Portland, Oregon from where we ship our orders and maintain the primary components of the business. Visit us online at DarkRegions.com.
For any questions during the Kickstarter campaign please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Risks and challenges
I AM THE ABYSS is likely to be over 400 pages and will require a lot of editing, proofreading, design work and then more proofing. While we aim to deliver every campaign package by November of next year, premium editions of the book like I AM GATEWAY may take longer due to the intensive nature of hand binding the books. We will keep all campaign backers completely up-to-date with the progress of the book to avoid any confusion and will be pouring all of our efforts and resources into creating I AM THE ABYSS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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