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Gay City Volume Five is multidisciplinary anthology of amazing queer monster and ghost fiction, poetry and art.
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Gay City Anthologies produces vibrant, multidisciplinary collections comprised of fiction, comics, poetry, photography and art. Works are crafted to support and raise awareness of Gay City's mission: to promote wellness in LGBT communities by providing health services, connecting people to resources, fostering arts, and building community.

Editors Evan J. Peterson and Vincent Kovar are currently in the process of selecting the stories, poems, and artwork that will create the strange and marvelous world of Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam. We expect to announce the contents by early May, and to publish the book by early July.

We're done accepting new submissions to Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam, but we still need your help to get the book published. Our project budget is just over 50% funded. Cash in-hand is dedicated to contributor's stipends, artwork, and printing costs. Our $1200 target  will cover part of the stipends for the editors who have worked so hard to pull this project together. We need to raise significantly more than that to ensure editors & designers are fully remunerated and to provide some budget to promote & advertise the finished product.

While the majority of the work comes from contributors either in or closely connected to King County, they are bolstered by additional pieces from across the US and abroad. Contributors need not be (and often aren’t) either gay or male. Our past contributors have included a very high percentage of emerging artists but these have been partnered with “tent-pole” contributors such as: 

  • Ursula K. Le Guin (The Earthsea Trilogy, The Lathe of Heaven
  • Tom Spanbauer (The City of Shy Hunters, The Man Who Fell in Love with the Moon
  • Michael Thomas Ford (It’s Not Mean if it’s True, Changing Tides
  • Eric Orner (The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green) 
  • Marc Acito (How I Paid for College, Attack of the Theater People)

Contributors for Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam will include:

  • Steve Berman, author of Vintage and Trysts, editor of the Wilde Stories series
  • Jericho Brown, poet & author of Please and The New Testament
  • Rebecca Brown, author of The Gifts of the Body, The Haunted House, and American Romances
  • CAConrad, poet and author of The Book of Frank, Advanced Elvis Course, and A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics
  • John Coulthart, World Fantasy Award winner and artist of the Lord Horror: Reverbstorm series
  • Jeremy Halinen, poet & author of What Other Choice
  • Ryan Keawekane, author of Salt
  • Catherine Lundoff, author of Crave, Silver Moon, and editor of Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades: Lesbian Ghost Stories
  • Jon Macy, graphic novelist and creator of Nefarismo, Teleny & Camille, and Fearful Hunter
  • Oscar McNary, author of Saran Wrap Leisure Suit & Eyelid Cinema, and co-editor of In the Biblical Sense: An Anthology of Apocryphal Poetry
  • MS Corley, artist
  • Gregory L. Norris, author of The Fierce & Unforgiving Muse and The Q Guide to Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Imani Sims, poet & author of Twisted Root
  • Lydia Swartz, poet, fiction author, performance artist, kinky sage
  • Ocean Vuong, poet & author of Burnings and NO
  • Anthony Rella, Seattle poet and fiction author
  • Ryan Crawford, returning Seattle contributor and author
  • Amy Shepherd, Seattle author
  • Janie Miller, Seattle poet and writing professor
  • JL Smither, author, poet, and graphic novelist
  • Kat Smalley, poet and fiction author

Gay City Health Project is a multicultural gay men’s health organization and the leading provider of HIV and STI testing services in King County. Gay City is also home to the Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library (5,000 volumes, free lending) and The Calamus Auditorium (a space dedicated to collaborative work with LGBT artists and the queer arts community).

Risks and challenges

Even though this is our fifth volume, every book presents its own challenges and opportunities. Funding sources dry up. Independent bookstores close.

Though our track record shows we can do this, we've also learned just how much the entire world of publishing is shifting. These changes aren't just about technology; they're about you, the reader. The days when publishers and readers were separate beings are over. You're now part of the publishing process and we're glad to have you because we need your help! Word of mouth has become the most important avenue of marketing so we're hoping you'll adopt at least a few of our contributors as your favorites. We hope you'll follow their work and we hope you'll tell your friends.

Along with supporting independent LGBT voices here in Kickstarter, we need you to blog about us, post us on your Facebook walls and tweet about us.

If you love poetry, comics, fiction and visual art (and we know you do), support Gay City Anthologies today!

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    You'll receive a free copy of Gay City Volume Five: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam, your name will be listed as a supporter inside the book, AND we'll send you a copy of Zebra Feathers from Minor Arcana Press. PLUS we'll send you a Gay City "Super Supporter" jock strap!

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    At our $200 level, we'll publish a half-page ad for you, your organization or your business inside the anthology (pending editor approval), list you as BACKER between title page and table of contents, and provide you with four free copies of Gay City Volume Five: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam. You'll also receive copies of Zebra Feathers and Skinjob! AND you'll receive a year-long subscription to Minor Arcana Press.

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    At our premium level of sponsorship, we'll publish a FULL page ad for you, your organization or your business inside the anthology (pending editor approval), list you as PATRON between title page and table of contents, and provide you with four free free copies of Gay City Volume Five: Ghosts in Gaslight, Monsters in Steam. You'll also receive copies of Zebra Feathers and Skinjob! AND you'll also get a LIFE TIME subscription to Minor Arcana Press! But wait there's more! You will also get two Minor Arcana authors performing at the event of your choice (Seattle area only).

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