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I have five horror and SF stories. If they get funded, I'll release them online, for everyone, under a Creative Commons license.
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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...

EGREGORE

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

RELEVANT LINKS

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.

PATIENCE and The Sex Factory -- Surreal stories not unlike One Day There Were Spider Mouths.

Failworlds -- It shares a setting and continuity with The Final Process Log of Killbot 877612. As do all the game recordings for the TERMINATION SHOCK podcast.

The Grey People and How To Make A Book Safe -- These are examples of my cosmic horror stylings, similar to both EGREGORE and the last stretch goal story, AD HOC

-G.

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...)

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    RED PATCH

    I've got a pile of red and black patches with the cute "Schröedinger's Cat Press" logo on them and the words "Cat? Yes or No?" in Russian on them. Want one? They're distinctive! I'll mail one right to your house.

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    GET A BOOK AT COST

    Over at DriveThruFiction, I've set up print-on-demand options for my UNKNOWN ARMIES novel YOU: A FICTION; for my mythos military science-horror novel MASK OF THE OTHER; and for my collection of short fiction THANK YOU FOR SCREAMING. Individually, these cost around $16-17.00, but if you pledge $10 for this project, I'll send you a code to get one printed at cost and mailed to you.
    UNDERSTAND: This is not getting the book for this $10! You can buy the book at cost (between $5-7 USD) and pay the price to have it sent wherever you are. You're still saving money--wherever you are, you're getting this without my markup and with the $10 counted towards stories on the project.

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    THE COLLECTIBLES COLLECTION

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    GREG'S BIG FAT DIGITAL FICTION PILE

    Over at DriveThruFiction.com, I've got some fiction titles available for downloading to your phone, Kindle, laptop or other digital reading option. Specifically, there's...
    *YOU: A FICTION and GODWALKER - Two urban fantasy novels based on UNKNOWN ARMIES
    *THANK YOU FOR SCREAMING and SCARY FACE - Two collections of my short fiction, including a few rarities not found online
    *MASK OF THE OTHER - Cosmic horror in the secretive world of private military contractors
    Purchased individually, these would set you back about $30, but you can get 'em all for half price AND have it count towards this Kickstarter. It's like buying two different things with the same chunk of change!

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    GET TWO BOOKS AT COST

    Scroll up a bit and check out the details under "Get A Book At Cost." This? This is that, only instead of picking one book from my three print-on-demand options, you can pick two. Easy.

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    ALL THE BOOKS! ALL THE BOOKS AT COST!

    See that option up above for "Get A Book At Cost"? This is that, only it's for all three of my print-on-demand books instead of having to pick one.

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