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Eight Gunshots: Stories of the Wild West - a prose anthology

An anthology magazine with eight short Western stories from the cream of the modern pulp and independent comic worlds.

Eight Gunshots: Stories of the Wild West - a prose anthology

An anthology magazine with eight short Western stories from the cream of the modern pulp and independent comic worlds.

$649
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7days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 28 2019 12:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

Welcome to the Old West

Pulp and short-story magazines have seen a bit of a renaissance in recent years. For many years, you could find very few short story anthologies, certainly not like in the golden age of the 1930s and '40s. But while there has been a resurgence of anthologies in nearly every genre, one area that seemed to be strangely overlooked was the Western. Cowboys, gunfights, riding into the sunset, they're very iconic images from American pop culture, but you'd be hard-pressed to find them today. What makes it even more odd is I know a number of folks who would love to have a crack at writing a Western That's why I developed "Eight Gunshots: Stories of the Wild West."

"Eight Gunshots" is a 64-page prose anthology magazine with eight short stories by some of my favorite writers in the modern pulp and independent comic fields.  It includes a wide variety of stories with action, emotional depth, and a lot of fun. Each story is also illustrated by a favorite of mine from the independent art world. These stories are:

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Chief Hokomon, by Alverne Ball, illustrated by Eraklis Petmezas

To Hell With It, by Brandon Barrows, illustrated by Keith W. Cunningham

Gold Hen, by Christopher Charlton, illustrated by Jason J. McCuiston

The Sins of Peste Negra Rodriguez, by Luke Foster, illustrated by Keith W. Cunningham

A Miracle in Anderson, by Robert Jeffrey II, illustrated by Eraklis Petmezas

Bitter Springs, by Jason J. McCuiston, illustrated by Jason J. McCuiston

To Meet and Kill a Devil, by Shawn Pryor, illustrated by Stephen Reid

Bad Medicine, by David J. West, illustrated by Wolly McNair

The gorgeous cover art you see above is by Ariela Kristantina, with colors by Bryan Valenza

"Eight Gunshots" will be printed through Amazon Direct Publishing.

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So the project looks good to you, but you have one question: who am I? My name is Luke Foster, and I have been writing and drawing stories for eleven years. While most of my work has been in comics, in the last year couple years I've branched out into prose, too. I have written stories in every genre from comedy to horror, and they have been published online and in magazines in both the US and UK. 

The map to the western territories

My goal is to raise $3,000 to bring this magazine to life. This money will go toward paying the creators for their hard work, printing the magazine, and shipping it. The work is almost all complete. The stories and art are in, and the pages themselves are with the layout guy. As soon as funding clears, about two weeks after the end of the project, I will send the files to Amazon Direct Publishing for printing. Ideally, I'll get the books back from the publisher in December and will be able to send out rewards before the end of the year. Anyone who gets a digital reward will receive it very shortly after the funds are released.

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By backing this project, you are going to help a lot of great creators get well-deserved publication credits, plus payment for their hard work. Rewards include a simple thank you in the back of "Eight Gunshots," digital or physical copies of the magazine itself, digital or physical copies of a comic anthology I produced last year, and one lucky person could even get their hands on the original black-and-white cover artwork.

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You are taking on very little risk backing this project. With the work nearly complete already, there's no reason barring some unforeseen circumstance why you shouldn't get your rewards as soon as possible. I have four successful Kickstarters under my belt, and with your help I'd love to make it five.

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