THE SHADOW BOOTH: VOL. 1 is now fully funded! This means that is will be released this December, as a mass market paperback. If you haven't already done so, pre-order your copy now for December delivery!
Also, we've reached our first stretch goal! VOL. 1 now includes a brand new story by Alison Moore, 'The Stone Dead'. We've added it to the Table of Contents below - making it a round 13 stories for our first issue!
A QUICK NOTE REGARDING THE EBOOK: We added this at a late stage, so we weren't able to add details to all the reward levels. However, EVERYONE who orders a copy of the paperback will receive an option of an ebook as well, free of charge, in the questionnaire once funding is finished. We don't believe in making you pay twice!
When Eliot first spies the booth at the end of the pier, he wonders what it is. The canvas is faded, the striped pattern barely visible beneath years of dirt. The wooden boards are stained and scratched. It’s the crude, handwritten sign that draws him closer, makes him reach out to pull the curtain aside. Enter the Shadow Booth, it says, and you will never be the same again.
The Shadow Booth is a new journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon (Winner: Best Anthology – Saboteur Awards 2016) and published as a 200-page mass market paperback. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, as well as H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky territory between mainstream horror and literary fiction. From folk horror to alien gods, the journal aims to give voice to the strange and the unsettling in all its forms.
Table of Contents:
- Moths by Malcolm Devlin
- Where No Shadows Fall by Gary Budden
- The Upstairs Room by Richard V. Hirst
- The Stone Dead by Alison Moore
- That Which Never Comes by Annie Neugebauer
- Headstones in Your Pocket by Paul Tremblay
- Dead Man's Curve by Sarah Read
- White Picket Fences by Richard Thomas
- Flotsam by Dan Carpenter
- City of the Nightwatchers by Joseph Sale
- What the Bones Told Hecate Shrike by Timothy J. Jarvis
- Betamorphosis by David Hartley
- A Short History of Tedium by Stephen Hargadon
We've reached full funding with over a week to spare! Because of this, we're aiming higher.
If we raise £3,000 - we'll add a new story by Alison Moore to Volume 1 - ADDED!
If we raise £3,500 - we add another story by a mystery author!
We're working on exact details of the second story to be added, and will update you as soon as we have the details. For now, rest assured that more money means more fiction!
We've also added a new reward (on the right) so that you can pre-order Volumes 1 & 2 together. Volume 1 will be mailed out in December, Volume 2 is expected summer 2018. Remember: if you've already backed us, you can always increase your pledge!
Where will the money go?
One of the aims of the journal is to reward the people who really deserve it - the writers. Yes, there are other costs involved in producing and distributing any book or magazine, but it's our belief that these should be outweighed by the authors' right to get paid for their work. It's one of the reasons we're crowdfunding - to ensure that the authors of these wonderful stories receive reasonable payment. Paid markets are becoming increasingly rare and it's a trend that we'd like to see reversed.
We have factored in the costs involved in printing, layout, proofreading, distribution and the production of the other rewards, and approximately half the £2500 target will be going direct to the writers. That means that if you buy a copy for £10, somewhere in the region of £5 will go to the writers to reward them for their work. Now, doesn't that sound fair?
Hopefully you've already read the work of some of the writers involved, but in case you haven't, here's some of the talent we have lined up:
Paul Tremblay is the author of Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, the Bram Stoker Award winning A Head Full of Ghosts, The Little Sleep, and the forthcoming The Cabin at the End of the World. He is currently a member of the board of directors of the Shirley Jackson Awards, and his essays and short fiction have appeared in the Los Angeles Times and numerous “year’s best” anthologies.
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of three novels, three short story collections, 135+ stories in print, and the editor of four anthologies.
Gary Budden's work has appeared in Black Static, Unthology, Year’s Best Weird Fiction, The Lonely Crowd and many more. He was shortlisted for the 2015 London Short Story Award, and his story ‘Greenteeth’ was nominated for a 2017 British Fantasy Award and adapted into a short film by the filmmaker Adam Scovell.
Malcolm Devlin's stories have appeared in Black Static, Interzone, Nightscript and Shadows and Tall Trees. His collection, You Will Grow Into Them, is published by Unsung Stories.
Annie Neugebauer has work appearing and forthcoming in more than a hundred publications, including magazines such as Cemetery Dance, Apex and Black Static, as well as anthologies such as Bram Stoker Award finalist The Beauty of Death and #1 Amazon bestseller Killing It Softly.
Richard V. Hirst is the co-author of The Night Visitors (with Jenn Ashworth), a novella told entirely via an exchange of emails, and Bus Station: Unbound, a choose-your-own-adventure-style novel set in Preston Bus Station. His work has been published in the Big Issue, Time Out and the Guardian amongst others.
...and that's just scraping the surface. Having read the stories, we can confirm that they're all amazing.
Who is the editor?
Dan Coxon is an award-winning editor, author, copy-editor and proofreader. In 2016 he won Best Anthology at the Saboteur Awards, for Being Dad: Short Stories About Fatherhood. He runs his own editorial company, Momus Editorial, and has worked for numerous publishers and authors in the past, including Urbane Publications, Unsung Stories, Influx Press and Dodo Ink. He is also a Contributing Editor at The Lonely Crowd, and has previously edited Litro magazine.
His own writing has appeared under his own name and under a pen name, in publications that include Black Static, Unthology, Unsung Stories, The Lonely Crowd, Popshot, STORGY and The Year's Best Body Horror.
If you're interested in the concept behind The Shadow Booth, and the books that inspired it, read Dan's short essay on the subject here:
Risks and challenges
There shouldn't be many risks still associated with this project. The stories are already selected, and have all been handed in - so that lineup is final. The printing company is on standby. The design/layout team are ready to go. We just need the money to make it work.
As has already been said, around half the target money will go to the authors, so you know that you're helping support the people who deserve it most. The rest of the money will cover layout, proofreading, printing, postage, as well as all the other goodies we're offering - the postcards, T-shirts, etc.
Delivery is expected to be December 2017. We see no reason why we can't achieve that - barring an act of God, the rewards should be with you before Christmas.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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