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The Monsters We Forgot

A three-volume horror collection of original urban legends, folktales, and myths by award-winning writers and exciting new authors

The Monsters We Forgot

A three-volume horror collection of original urban legends, folktales, and myths by award-winning writers and exciting new authors

$2,277
pledged of $7,900pledged of $7,900 goal
64
backers
11days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, December 1 2019 8:42 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Monsters We Forgot is a massive collection of over 100 folklore-inspired horror stories by a multi-national team of authors ranging from award-winners and bestsellers to visionary newcomers.

Drawing inspiration from the folklore traditions of countries including Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Ireland, Wales, England, Norway, Nigeria, Greece, Poland, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States, the tales in this three-volume collection range from original folktales and chilling myths to information-age monsters and modern urban legends, and everything in between.  


OUR INSPIRATION

Folklore, fairy tales, myths, and legends are some of our favorite stories. The elements, archetypes, and narrative arcs have directly influenced every major and popular work of fiction. Even when these elements evolve, their core remains the same and they appear over and over and over again in books, theater, music, film, and virtually every form of narrative media. They resonate with us. They always have. These stories have literally endured centuries, even millennia, because they are powerful. We love them. In fact, we love them so much that they form the backbone of oral and literary tradition the world over. 

If you look closely (or in some cases, not so closely) in their purest form, most of these stories are very frightening. The gods and heroes of myth are terrifying. More often than not, legends involve overcoming terrible, horrifying obstacles. Even the original forms of fairy tales were scary, gruesome, and violent. So, if we love these stories  - which we clearly do - then it stands to reason that we love the horror within them. 

Today, many of our most successful stories, recognizable icons, and revisited themes are horror. (Who isn't familiar with demons, vampires, ghosts, or werewolves? What reader hasn't opened a book by Stephen King or Dean Koontz? What gamer hasn't played Resident Evil, Dead Space, or Doom? How many movie-lovers genuinely don't recognize Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, or Pinhead?)


WHY WE DEVELOPED THIS PROJECT

You can find proof of our cultural fascination with, and enthusiasm for, horror in cinema, television, books, theater, music, video games, and even on YouTube. There are TV channels, film studios, game studios, publishers, streaming services, and millions-strong websites dedicated to horror fiction. We are drawn to horror in the same way we're drawn to myths, legends, and fairy tales. 

With all this in mind, we decided to create a project that combines folkloric tradition and horror. The result is The Monsters We Forgot: three volumes totaling over 100 original scary stories about myths, legends, spirits, gods, demons, beasts, urban legends, rituals, and monsters that humanity forgot. 


THE AUTHORS

The Monsters We Forgot includes stories by established authors, bestsellers, award-winners, rising stars, and first-time authors. The roster includes:

W. Tyler Paterson - Pushcart Prize nominee, Wildsound Writing Competition winner, and bestselling author of "Dark Satellites"

Tamika Thompson - Writer, producer, and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Glass Mountain, Huizache, and many more

Blair Daniels - Bestselling author of the Don't Scream series and online horror juggernaut with multiple contributions to the world-famous Nosleep Podcast

Sam Haysom - Bestselling author of The Moor

Jeremy Megargee - Award-winning author of twelve books, and many appearances in award-winning anthologies

Charlotte Platt - 2nd place winner of the 2017 British Fantasy Society short story competition, with multiple publishing credits in magazines and anthologies

Liam Ronan - Bram Stoker Award nominee and author of Creeping Stick

Alison Cybe - Bram Stoker Award nominee

Evan Baughfman - Playwright and award-winning filmmaker

Bill Davidson - Numerous publishing credits, including an appearance in Ellen Datlow's famous Best Horror of the Year series alongside Laird Barron, John Langan, and Joe Hill

Victoria Dalpe - Author of Parasite Life, with numerous stories placed in bestselling horror anthologies

David J. Thirteen - Online horror phenomenon with four published novels and over 1 million reads on Wattpad

...and many, many, many more!


WHY DO WE NEED MONEY?

First and foremost, we want to pay our authors. The majority of funds will go toward author payments: $4,000

Second, we would like to pay our cover artist. For this, we're asking $500

Third, we want to give these books (and the authors) the treatment they deserve. That means advertising, promotion before and after publication, newsletter features, press releases, and more. The funds requested for advertising and promotion will allow us to hit the ground running, which will, in turn, help generate what we need to continue promotion and advertising for the series. This includes $500 specifically for advertising, and an additional $400 for newsletter features that are proven to boost sales such as BookBub and ENT. In total, we're requesting $900

Fourth, our budget includes the cost of actually publishing the books. This includes ISBNs, retailer setup, printing costs, and of course the ability to fulfill rewards, which we specifically designed for scalability (this means that we'll be able to fulfill them even if we exceed our goal): $1,700

Finally, Kickstarter takes 5% of what we raise and payment processing costs 5% of the raised amount, which comes to roughly $800.

$4,000 + $500 + $900 + $1,700 + 800 = $7,900


WHO WE ARE

My name is R.C. Bowman. I'm a horror author who started writing for fun in 2018. I posted short stories to Reddit's Nosleep forum. Surprisingly, a career started to branch out from there. I currently have two solo titles published, and my work has been featured in multiple bestselling anthologies and on several popular podcasts. I also won the award for Best Single-Part Story of 2018 on Nosleep for my short story, "Nothing But a Dog." While very small in the scheme of things, I'm really proud of it <3

Early this year, I founded Soteira Press, a boutique indie publisher specializing in horror. "The Monsters We Forgot" is our first major project. There are many more to come. To get an idea of what we're about and what we're doing, check out our website at www.soteirapress.com.

Suffice to say, I'm incredibly excited about this project! Folklore, fairy tales, and horror are literally my favorite things. The stories in this three-book collection represent an amazing mix of original urban legends, folktales, fairytales, and stories about every kind of monster you can imagine (and many you can't). I love these books, and I know you will, too!


IN CONCLUSION...

The Monsters We Forgot is very much a labor of love. Our goal was to give horror fans and folklore aficionados unique, engaging stories that they won't find anywhere else, and with the help of our incredible authors, we've succeeded.  The challenge now is paying those amazing authors, as well as branching out and packaging these books in a way to make sure that people who will love them can find them.

That's where you come in. If funded, this campaign will take care of the authors and get these books off to an amazing start.

Whether you choose to contribute or not, thank you for considering us, and we hope you'll check out the finished product!


Don't Go Just Yet! Check Out Our Rewards!


Tier One:

  • All Three Volumes of "The Monsters we Forgot" in One Kickstarter-Exclusive E-Book
  • Three Additional Pre-Release Titles in E-Book Format From Soteira Press
     

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  • Choose One Volume of "The Monsters We Forgot" in Paperback
  • Kickstarter-Exclusive "The Monsters We Forgot" Trilogy in E-Book Format
  • Three Additional Pre-Release Titles in E-Book Format From Soteira Press
     

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Tier Three:

  • Get the Entire "Monsters We Forgot" Trilogy in Paperback
  • Kickstarter-Exclusive "The Monsters We Forgot" Trilogy E-Book
  • Three Pre-Release Titles in E-Book Format From Soteira Press 

Tier Four:

  • Get the Entire "Monsters We Forgot" Trilogy in Paperback Editions
  • Three Soteira Press Pre-Release Titles in Paperback
  • Special Acknowledgement in the Print Editions of "The Monsters We Forgot"
  • Special Mention on Our Website, www.SoteiraPress.com
  • E-book versions of all six books 
  • Get Written Into an Original Horror Story by One of the Authors of "The Monsters We Forgot"

Risks and challenges

The risk to backers is ABSOLUTELY ZERO because the manuscripts are complete! That's right - the books are done. They're written, edited, formatted, and ready for publication. The only challenges we face are the inability to pay our authors, and our lack of advertising budget - hence the Kickstarter.

All aspects of this project were carefully budgeted and fit within our funding goal, so there's no risk of us being unable to fulfill rewards, pay contributors, or advertise.

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