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About this project

Fantastical Visions V will feature 16 fantasy short stories (each accompanied by one or two illustrations), including Sarah Totton’s “Ride,” in which a boy of mixed race attempts to earn acceptance in his community by riding through a haunted forest. In E.J. Alexander’s “The Most Daunting Task of All,” a warrior trapped in a perilous land must overcome his prejudices to survive. A woman discovers her seemingly innocuous magical talent may be the key to toppling a dictatorship and saving her people from oppression in Stephen Couch’s “Threads,” and in Nancy Fulda’s “A Song of Blackness,” a man obsessed with restoring his children to their rightful heritage finds that victory may come at the cost of horrendous sins. Keep watching our updates section for more synopses, as well as excerpts as we get closer to publication.


Most of the authors to be included in Fantastical Visions V are from the United States, though the book also includes two authors from Australia, and two from Canada. The authors come from a wide array of backgrounds, and include a homeschooling mom, a PhD in epidemiology, a children’s book author, a software engineer, and a cover band vocalist.


What We Will Do with the Money


Donations up to $3,000 will be used to pay the authors’ advances for the stories to appear in Fantastical Visions V. Money above the target goal will go towards hiring an artist for the book, and to cover printing and promotional costs. Additional funds will be used to publish future titles, including Blood & Devotion II: More Tales of Epic Fantasy; Paper Blossoms, Sharpened Steel: Tales of Far-Eastern Fantasy; and Vipers the sequel to Lawrence C. Connolly’s supernatural thriller Veins. All monies will go to paying author and artist advances and to covering printing and promotional costs. No funds will be used to cover general operating expenses or to pay salaries (everyone at FE works on a volunteer basis at this point anyway).


The bottom line: Your donation will help us keep magic alive.


About Fantasist Enterprises


Fantasist Enterprises is an independent press specializing in fantasy and horror short fiction anthologies, novels, art, and music. Fantastical Visions is a writing contest, and a series of anthologies that consist of the best entries. W. H. Horner started the contest in 1999 as a way to encourage new writers of diverse backgrounds, providing them with another market to submit to, and an impressive publication credit if they are among the winners.


The company has now published twelve books, and William is at work on four more, including Fantastical Visions V. Unfortunately, FE has never been adequately funded, and needs help in order to continue publishing quality fantasy fiction.


For more about Fantasist Enterprises and Fantastical Visions please go to www.fantasistent.com.


Our Core Philosophies


Dedication to the arts: Short fiction is a powerful art form that deals with change and growth—exploring formative moments in the lives of interesting characters. It is possible to bridge the gap between high literary art and genre fiction, to create intelligent prose that is accessible by the masses. Beautiful artwork can likewise touch the soul, and great fiction deserves to be illustrated.


Dedication to quality: William takes editing seriously. Books published by Fantasist Enterprises are edited to the best of his abilities, along with the help of his volunteer assistants and preliminary readers.


Dedication to teaching: Many of the authors published by FE have remarked on how much they learned during the experience. William attempts to emulate Maxwell Perkins, in that he strives to create long-lasting relationships with authors, and perform the duties of a mentor, helping them improve their craft while they work together.


Dedication to authors: FE has always attempted to pay advances on royalties at rates above the average, and when possible, at professional rates, but at this point, sales have not covered costs and earned out advances. FE sells more books each year, and they have been well-received by critics and readers. It’s only a matter of time before the company reaches a tipping point and begins to break out in the market—to the benefit of the authors.


What the Critics Say About FE Books


Veins was a finalist for the 2009 Eric Hoffer Award and was nominated for the 2nd Annual Black Quill Award for Best Small-Press Chill by the editors of Dark Scribe Magazine.


Fantastical Visions III was a recommended anthology in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2006.


“With its eclectic, well written stories and beautiful cover illustrations, Fantastical Visions III easily rivals better known anthologies put out by major publishing houses. In fact, these stories and characters are arguably more memorable and—a rarity, it seems—there was not a single bad story in the book.”—BSCReview.com


“Envisioning a darker version of today’s world, the 26 authors present tales of the fae . . . wizards . . . and other supernatural denizens of the modern era. This strong and often graphic collection belongs in most horror or short story collections.”—Library Journal on Modern Magic


“It’s hard to pick clear favorites in an anthology that has so many good stories to choose from.”—FantasyBookSpot.com on Modern Magic


“An action-packed adventure from start to finish full of twists, turns and delicious surprises. Magic, treachery, murder and honor blend to create stories that linger in the imagination.”—Gail Z. Martin, author of The Chronicles of the Necromancer series on Blood & Devotion


“Feels like some of the best magic realism that’s been written lately . . . highly readable.”—BookSpotCentral.com on Veins


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* Please note that each copy of a book sold through Kickstarter will be considered to be sold at our “direct to consumer price” as listed on our website, and we will be paying royalties to our authors and artists based on those figures out of the monies generated from this campaign.


** Lifetime subscriptions last for either the lifetime of the subscriber or the lifetime of the company. Subscriptions may be purchased for another recipient, but they are non-transferable once they have been secured in the subscriber’s name.


*** The “main line of FE books” consists of themed anthologies, novels, and single-author short story collections. It does not include music projects, art prints, comic books, graphic novels, or titles from future imprints.

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