Between Twilight and Dawn
A collection of Lovecraftian and cosmic horror stories that begin at twilight and end at dawn.
Welcome to the eighth Kickstarter from Golden Goblin Press and our second one for a stand alone fiction project. We're so happy with how well Heroes of Red Hook, our first stand alone fiction collection, did that we were eager to dive into another. That brings us here, Between Twilight and Dawn. Let us tell you all about it.
About The Book -
Between Twilight and Dawn is a collection of seventeen horror and cosmic horror short stories totaling just over sixty thousand words. The theme of the collection is as its title says, all the stories begin at sunset and resolve by sunrise. These stories take place in a wide variety of locations and historical periods.
All the stories for this collection (including the stretch goal story are written and edited. The collection is approximately 100,00 words. Once funded we expect to turn this project out very quickly, with the goal of having physical books delivered before Halloween.
About Printing and Shipping -
To cope with the difficulties of direct international shipping, all copies going to backers outside of North America will be supplied via Print on Demand via Lightning Source. All North American copies will be printed at our usual printer and shipped directly from our office in New York. Unfortunately due to this international backer will not be able to add-on any physical copies of our previous fiction volumes (Tales of Cthulhu Invictus, Dread Shadows in Paradise, Heroes of Red Hook, or Further Tales of Cthulhu Invictus).
Our Collection -
TUMSHIEHEID by William Meikle – There are older traditions than pumpkins and candy, more basic traditions. Jack of the lantern does not like being mocked, especially on a night when the veil is thin and the old ways can return, with their vengeance.
FORGETTING by Richard Lee Byers – Out of sight, out of mind. Out of mind, out of life. A son learns this bitter lesson when trying to help his sick father work through some issues one night.
THE FIFTH SEASON D.A. Madigan – When Lee Gristel set out that evening to meet a girl who was reputed to be 'easy', he was hoping for a good time, maybe even the best night of his life. Instead, he discovered things man definitely was not meant to know... especially in a Biblical sense.
THE LAST APPOINTMENT OF THE DAY by Oscar Rios – Being a doctor in witch-haunted Arkham can be weird at times, challenging at others. But when unexpected visitors from a nearby village with an even less savory reputation show up at the end of the day, things can get downright deadly.
BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON by Pete Rawlik – Two dead men, one old and blind, the other pale as chalk, both died struggling for the book that lay between them. That aged volume was blank, just like every other book in the immense private library. Why would one man kill for a blank book, and why would another die to keep it?
MARY IN THE MIRROR by Christine Morgan – For pre-teen girls in the 1980s, what would a slumber party be without MTV, mini-pizzas, and the latest magazines? Well, how about playing 'Mary in the Mirror' to see if the spooky stories are true? After all, it's just a silly game…
SHARPE SHAVER by Glynn Owen Barrass – A missing person, a riot in New York City, and a private detective who may have bitten off more than she can chew. An Urban Myth becomes macabre reality as Cassandra Bane encounters a dark, underground world of nightmares in the flesh.
WHISKEY, BEANS AND DUST by John Linwood Grant – Mamma Lucy didn't know the Rantons, or the nature of the storm that followed them, tearing the land apart. She surely didn't know what they'd learned, and what she was supposed to do about it all. But then again, what came that night didn't know Mamma Lucy...
GRAVEYARD SHIFT by Brian M. Sammons – Jordan kills for the CIA. Monsters, mostly. What should be a quick, by the book extermination job takes an unexpected turn when one night he has to work a literal graveyard shift.
UNCLE CRAIG’S WAKE by Konstantine Paradias – When cancer took Uncle Craig, it was supposed to be forever. But Deborah weaved Mister Danh's spell and spoke the words from his warped little book and now, something lurks in the fruit cellar, prodding from its otherworldly perch into our reality.
YESTERDAY’S MYTHS ARE TOMORROW’S GODS by Bracken MacLeod – In a failing marriage, Marlynne dreams of having a different life. She wants her world to change. Then, one night, the world does, and it’s so much worse than anything she could have ever imagined.
THE EMPTY ONES by Tim Waggoner - Ismael Carter can see into the nightmarish realm known as Shadow, and this dubious gift allows him to help people in ways no ordinary psychologist can. But when an old friend threatens to sacrifice his wife and children to stop reality-devouring entities called the Empty Ones, Ismael must save them and prevent the end of all existence.
KAMLOOPS LAKE by Neil Baker– Unseasonably cold weather means that Kamploops Lakes in British Columbia is a viable ice-fishing spot for the first time in decades. Unfortunately, it is not just the plump rainbow trout that are being lured and caught, as Ethan and Mel are about to discover in a tale of beer, ice, and cosmic dread.
BLACK JACK by Lee Clark Zumpe – Audra Kramer leads her documentary film crew on a dangerous overnight mission to infiltrate the abandoned mining town of Black Jack. Inside the restricted zone, the team quickly discovers that the community’s downfall had been caused by something more ominous than an environmental disaster.
RACE ROCKS by Paula R. Stiles– A frontier lighthouse is the first line of defense when a mysterious meteor shower turns deadly.
THE DOUBLE-GOER BY Orrin Grey – Who are you when you go out? Is it different from who you are when you're at home? And what would happen if the two were ever to meet?
HUNTSMAN By Stephen Mark Rainey – The brutal lawlessness of the old west meets the mysterious darkness of H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands. Hard on the trail of a pair of violent outlaws, bounty killer James Rathburn comes to a strange tavern in the middle of nowhere, populated by inhuman, nightmarish creatures from another dimension
Our Staff - The Authors
Our Staff - The Production Team
We have some amazing stretch goals planned, including up to six additional stories, a bonus novelette (for a total of just under 103,000 words), interior illustrations at the start of the stories, and commemorative project book marks.
Stretch Goal One; Interior Art ($12,750) - Our cover artist, Ian MacLean, will create half page black and white interior illustrations for each of the stories in this collection (Including all added stretch goal stories to be unlocked)
Stretch Goal Two; Official Project Book Marks & Additional Story ($13,500) - Every backer being mailed their copy of the book directly from the New York offices of Golden Goblin Press will a official Between Twilight and Dawn Bookmark (design pending). This item is not included with Print on Demand copies (international orders) or digital only backer levels (Nightfall). Also, an additional novelette , The Package from Desertshore by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. will be added to the collection.
THE PACKAGE FROM DESERTSHORE by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr. – His name is, Fable. He’s sat in the Devil’s palace and watched a marathon of nightmares. Supped in the Dreamlands with fearful things. Heard the feline-fur soft odes of asylum-soaked frolic. His name is, Fable. The darkest of nights had knocked at his door for the last time. Or so he believes.
ATTENTION INTERNATIONAL BACKERS - For these add-on items, there will be an additional shipping charge of $12 per book as these must be shipped from the New York office and are not available as Print on Demand items.
Dread Shadows in Paradise ($6 PDF / $12; Physical Paperback & PDF/ePub/MOBI copy) - Across the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, under the warmth of the tropical sun, are more than seven hundred islands which make up many nations. Their citizens are a mix of native and colonial peoples, with unique cultures and traditions. But, there are many dark shadows in paradise. For upon these same islands, unknown to most people, are countless horrors which lurk just beyond the perception of mankind. Within are nine stories shedding light upon the Shadows in Paradise.
Edited by Brian M. Sammons & Oscar Rios
- Jamal by Glynn Owen Barrass
- With the Storm by Pete Rawlik
- Crop Over by Tim Waggoner T
- radewinds by Sam Gafford
- Gods of the Grim Nation by Ed Erdelac
- The Gold of Roatán by Sam Stone Sugar Rush by William Meikle
- Hearth of the Immortals by Konstantine Paradias
- Upon an Altar in the Fields by Lee Clark Zumpe
Heroes of Red Hook ($8 PDF/ePub/MOBI or $16; Physical Paperback & PDF/ePub/MOBI combo package) The protagonists of this cosmic horror anthology are members of the various under represented demographics in Lovecraftian fiction. Our heroes and heroines are the outsiders who are most often blamed (wrongly so) for the actions of various alien horrors of the mythos. Our stories put the spotlight on ethnic and religious minorities, immigrants, independent free thinking women, those with special needs, and members of the LGBT community. This collection features people struggling to overcome not only the horrors beyond mankind’s understanding, but an oppressive society seeking to deny them basic human rights.
Edited by Brian M. Sammons and Oscar Rios
- Lords of Karma, by Glynn Owen Barrass and Juliana Quartaroli
- Beyond the Black Arcade, by Edward M. Erdelac
- The Eye of Infinity, By Sam Gafford
- Hungry Ghosts, by Cody Goodfellow
- Across a River of Stars, by Scott R. Jones
- O Friend and Companion of Night, by Vincent Kovar
- A Ghastly, Detestable Pallor, by Penelope Love
- Crossing the Line, by Tom Lynch
- A True Telling of the Terror that Came to Red Hook, by William Meikle
- Brickwalk Mollies, by Christine Morgan
- A Gentleman of Darkness, by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire
- The Guilt of Nikki Cotton, by Pete Rawlik
- Men and Women, by Oscar Rios
- Old Time Religion, By Paula R. Stiles
- Tell Me No Lies, By Sam Stone
- The Backwards Man, By Tim Waggoner
- Ivan and the Hurting Doll, by Mercedes M. Yardley
- Shadows Upon the Matanzas, by Lee Zumpe
Tales of Cthulhu Invictus ($6 PDF/ePub/MOBI or $12; Physical Paperback & PDF/ePub/MOBI combo package)- Long before ivy grew on the walls of Miskatonic University, or the Deep Ones first came to Innsmouth, centuries before the mad Arab penned the dreaded Necronomicon, the malevolent powers of the Cthulhu Mythos plagued mankind. During the Age of the Antonines (96 AD–192 AD), when the Roman Empire was at the peak of its power, dark and unknowable forces were at work. Ancient wizards sought ways to cheat death, explorers stumbled on the remnants of alien civilizations, foul cults practiced unholy rites, and inhuman creatures sought to mix their blood with ours.
Edited by Brian Sammons
- Vulcan’s Forge by William Meikle
- Fecunditati Augustae by Christine Morgan
- A Plague of Wounds by Konstantine Paradias
- Tempus Edax Rerum by Pete Rawlik
- The Unrepeatables by Edward M. Erdelac
- Magnum Innominandum by Penelope Love
- Lines in the Sand by Tom Lynch
- The Temple of Iald-T’qurhoth by Lee Clark Zumpe
- The Seven Thunders by Robert M. Price
Further Tales of Cthulhu Invictus ($6 PDF/ePub/MOBI or $12; Physical Paperback & PDF/ePub/MOBI combo package) - Return with us to the Roman Empire for ten tales of Cosmic Horror in the universe of Cthulhu Invictus. Across the mighty Roman Empire dark and unknowable things lurk and plot in the shadows of the glittering empire. Their evil festers, corrupting all around it, but as always a few brave men and women rise to defend mankind. These are tales of brave legionaries, doomed patricians, struggling plebs, wise scholars and gifted augurs battling sinister cults, unspeakable horrors, and uncaring alien gods across the Roman Empire.
- The Apotheosis of Osirantinous by Ed Erdelac
- The Sybil at Cumae by Penelope Love
- Turning the Tide by Tom Lynch
- Outposts by William Meikle
- The Eighth Hill by Christine Morgan
- Poisoned Gifts by Konstantine Paradias
- What the Moonlight Brought by Joe Pluver
- The Eye of Cybele by Peter Rawlik
- A Special Day by Oscar Rios
- The Doom that came to Suetonius Colonia by Lee Clark Zumpe
Risks and challenges
We face many of the same risks and challenges most Kickstarters do. We're working hard to minimize most of these risks before we launch the campaign. To deal with the unforeseen challenges we intend to be versatile and pro-active. We learned a lot from our previous kickstarters and are happy with how those projects turned out. We have every intention to make this project even more successful by drawing upon that knowledge and experience. The stories are already written so extensive production delays are unlikely.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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