Brand New Short Fiction, Just Like Before
If you've watched me do this before, you know how it goes: I get the money, and a short story goes up on the fiction library of my web site. It's under a Creative Commons license. (Specifically, the noncommercial/attribution/sharealike license.) Once it's paid for, it's out there. Anyone who wants to read it and who can access it, gets to.
I have five stories this time. The first one is called...
Ever hear of the egregore? It's a fascinating mystic concept--the idea of a world-soul, a collective consciousness for all of humankind, possibly divorced entirely from the individual ideas of its component people. What does this supermind want? What are the goals for this thing, of which you and I are merely cells? Well, that's the point of the story, but the fact that it's part of a collection called "Assorted Disasters" should indicate that it's not the most optimistic piece I've written. EGREGORE was written for an anthology (now, alas, cancelled) called The King In Orange. It hoped to fuse trenchant political criticism with cosmic horror and I have to say, I think I delivered. Is it the darkest thing I've ever written? Maybe.
EGREGORE is about 5,000 words. When this project hits $750, I'll start to tell you about the esecond disaster. That one's based on Unknown Armies.
The general fiction library link is in that very first paragraph, but some specific stories you can read now, which resemble stories you back back, include...
● Ghosts: The Straight Dope -- One of my very, very first Unknown Armies tales, not dissimilar to Wednesday Night Drugs Club.
STRETCH GOAL: WEDNESDAY NIGHT DRUGS CLUB
I'm impressed! We did it, and in one day! So I'm very excited to present the first stretch goal, the UA-flavor-blasted Wednesday Night Drugs Club. It gets unlocked at $2700.
That's a bit of a cash-jump, I know, but it's a big fat story full of drugs, nights and (surprisingly) less clubbing than chainsawing. But why should I explain it when I can just let you read the first eight pages of it?
STRETCH GOAL: WE GO AUDIO!
As I explain in today's update, I'm offering a stretch goal for backer numbers, too! We're at 100 as I type this. Can we double it? Well, I can't, I'm just one man. But I can offer incentives, so if we get 200 backers, I'll do a podcast reading for one of the stories we set free. Can't get enough of that deep nasal Stolze goodness on my regular podcast? Then you'd better pledge (if you haven't already) or start putting the squeeze on your friends!
Risks and challenges
I have done what I can to minimize the risks. The stories are written -- I can put them up and send them to backers the instant the check clears. The mailing of tangible rewards has some uncertainties, but generally I've gotten stuff mailed out within a few weeks, and the few packages that have gone awry have done so in the guts of various postal systems. If you don't get your goods within a reasonable time, contact me and I'll make it right, as I've done in the past. (Ask people who got the misprinted REIGN books back in the 90s...)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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