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Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier embodies the frontier spirit of the American West with a wild left turn into the weird.
Lawless Lands: Tales from the Weird Frontier embodies the frontier spirit of the American West with a wild left turn into the weird.
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Lawless Lands: Tales From The Weird Frontier is an exciting anthology from Falstaff Books. The book will be chock-full of stories by some of the best names in speculative fiction, all of whom have come together to explore the West that never was. You'll be reading about desert gods and demons, golems and gunslingers, travelers across the plains and across the stars. We're all rip-roarin' ready to bring you some fine reading for those long nights on the trail. Saddle up, pilgrims, because the thrills are on the way!

The Authors!

Dave Beynon
Jake Bible
Aubrey Campbell
Alexandra Christian
David B Coe
A E Decker
Gunnar DeWinter
B S Donovan
Jo Gerrard
Laura Anne Gilman
Jeffrey Hall
Barb Hendee
Matthew J Hockey
Faith Hunter
Pamela Jeffs
Nicole Givens Kurtz
Margaret S McGraw
Seanan McGuire
Edmund Schubert
John Hartness

Stretch goals!

The first 25 backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive an ebook of John Hartness' Quincy Harker: Year One (Falstaff Books).

The first 50 backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive an ebook of Cinched: Imagination Unbound (Falstaff Books).

$8000 - All backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive a flash story by contributor Pamela Jeffs.

$8500 - All backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive a digital copy of Gemini, a short story by contributor Alexandria Christian.

$9000 -  All authors will have their payment increased to .05 per word.

$9500 - All backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive a digital short story by Edmund Schubert featuring his Lawless Lands character Calliope Stark.

$9750 - All backers of the Fistful of Dollars level (or higher) will receive a digital novella of Chasing the Dragon: A Sherlock Holmes Adventure by contributor Alexandria Christian.

$10,000 - We'll commission original art for Lawless Lands.

$10,500 - All authors will have their payment increased to .06 per word.

If you take us higher, we'll come up with some great rewards to reflect your generosity!

The Editors!
 Emily Lavin Leverett is a writer of fantasy, scifi, and horror and an editor of the same, plus a former-editor of erotica. She is a medievalist, though she teaches much more than just medieval lit, a hockey fan and a cat lover. Along with Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw, Emily edited The Weird Wild West and her first novel, Changeling's Fall, was just released from Falstaff Books.

Misty Massey is the author of Mad Kestrel, a rollicking adventure of magic on the high seas from Tor Books, and Kestrel's Voyages, a collection of short stories featuring those rambunctious pirates (available for the Kindle.) Her next novel. Kestrel's Dance, will be released in 2017 from LoreSeekers Press. She is a co-editor of The Weird Wild West anthology from Espec Books and a founding member of Magical Words, the well-known blog for and about writers (magicalwords.net). When she's not writing, Misty studies Middle Eastern Dance and performs at regional events as the opportunity arises.

Margaret McGraw writes fantasy and science fiction; blogs about prompt-writing, con reviews, and book reviews at WritersSpark.com; and edits fiction, academic and technical writing. Her imagination draws on her lifelong love of science fiction, fantasy, and anthropology. Her education and experience range from anthropology and communication through web design and IT management. Margaret lives in North Carolina with her daughter and an array of dogs, cats, Macs and PCs, and too many unfinished craft projects.

The cover artist!

Our wonderful cover was created by artist Mateusz Ozminski. If you want to check out more of his work, you can follow him on Facebook or visit his Deviant Art page: http://artozi.deviantart.com/


The publisher!

Falstaff Books is a digital and print publishing company based in Charlotte, NC dedicated to bringing to life the best in fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery, and dramatic literature. We love bringing amazing stories to light and giving incredible writers a voice. The battered, ignored, rejected “misfit toys” of fiction are all welcome at Falstaff Books, where we understand that every scar is a story and only with different voices can harmony be created.

Music in the video is "The Wild West" by Ross Bugden and is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Video clips are used under a Creative Commons 3.0 License. Art in the video is from Pixabay. All images and videos on Pixabay are released free of copyrights under Creative Commons CC0.

Risks and challenges

While we don't foresee any complications (who does, right?) there's always the chance that delivery of the book could face unexpected delays in the production process. Every effort will be made to have the books ready for release and in your hands by June 2017. Most of the stories are already in hand and being edited, which should help ease your fears. In the unlikely event that an author cannot deliver a story for whatever reason, their slot will be filled by an equally professional writer you're sure to appreciate. Everyone involved in the Lawless Lands project are professionals in the field, and we hold each other to the highest standards.

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    In addition to a printed trade paperback edition of Lawless Lands, the ebook, poster, and acknowledgement, you will be invited to have lunch at ConCarolinas 2017 or Congregate 2017 with the editors of Lawless Lands - Emily Lavin Leverett, Misty Massey and Margaret McGraw - to talk writing. We'll buy, and we'll bring you a copy of The Weird Wild West for your very own, too.

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    In addition to a printed trade paperback edition of Lawless Lands, the ebook, poster, and acknowledgement, our very own publisher John Hartness of Falstaff Books will perform a belly dance choreographed by editor Misty Massey to a one-minute section of the song on our video, "The Wild West" by Ross Bugden. You will receive a personal copy of the video file that you can keep for yourself or upload to YouTube, as you choose.

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