If this is your first time checking out one of my Kickstarters -- hey, welcome! I've done this successfully a lot of times, but it's always great to find new readers.
I'm a writer, and I'd like to add some new short horror stories to my internet library, which you can find at http://www.gregstolze.com/fiction-library/ . The stories are written, and when the funding clears, I post them in a variety of formats (PDF, ePub and the .azw format of Kindle readers) under a Creative Commons license so you can share them as freely as you like. Please, click the link, read a few, see what you like!
The first new story, which I'll release if we reach $500, is called The Last C+ Student. It's a post-apocalyptic story in which a global pandemic causes its sufferers to lose about one IQ point a day until they're pre-verbal and unable to operate can openers. It's like a zombie outbreak, but instead of fleeing the ravening horde, the hard part is taking care of them. The Last C+ Student is about 4,000 words long.
Stretch Goal: Forgeries and Simulacra
If we manage to get to $1,500, I'll add Forgeries and Simulacra. It's about 7,000 words, and more of a horror-suspense story, set at the intersection of policing, crime, and the occult. If you liked any of the stories I wrote for the DELTA GREEN fiction anthologies, you'll probably like Forgeries and Simulacra. You can get a preview of it at the first update right here.
Stretch Goal: A Tale Told By An Idiot
If you like experiments with form, watch me fold literature into origami by switching perspectives and repurposing footnotes to sneak ideas into your brain through the caretaker's entrance.
In outline, it's the story of a cultist with Azathothic ambitions and the clued-in cops trying to stop his transformation. The irony is, each side is convinced that they're the beleaguered underdogs fighting against crazy odds. Arguably, only one of them is correct.
You can read an excerpt of it in this update here.
Backer Number Goal: A Podcast In Silky Stolze-Tone
The number of backers seems a little bit stalled, so let's try something fun and innovative. If I get one hundred backers, then every backer gets a podcast version of me reading The Last C+ Student out loud. This isn't a financial goal, it's 100% a numbers game. If each of you current backers can convince a single pal to pledge a single dollar, we'll smash this and all of you get a special, not-available-to-the-public reading in my personal dulcet tones! (If you want a preview of said tones, you can hear 'em on my game podcast.)
Backer Two Hundred Goal: Another Podcast
Y'all responded to the offer of a podcast, so I'll go one better: If this project hits two hundred pledges, I'll release Forgeries and Simulacra as a podcast to backers only. In the unlikely instance that we make two hundred pledgers without hitting the $1,500 financial goal, you'll be able to hear it, but the public won't get to read it online. Honestly though, that seems... not very likely? Anyhow, if you want to hear a second story, pledge! If you've already pledged, I guess you have to encourage more people to join in! Maybe use some of that 'peer pressure' they warned me about back when I was a teen?
Risks and challenges
I've always tried to keep risk in these small fiction projects minimized. The stories are already written--formatting and posting them shouldn't take more than a day. As for the tangible rewards, I'm keeping careful count of how many linocuts I can make and how many patches I have on hand. Shipping is always a little uncertain, but there's nothing in these packages that would make them any riskier than a typical letter. As for the codes to buy my novel at cost, those are just internet coupons. If, somehow, DriveThruFiction (the company through which I'd be sending the codes) goes down, I'll return the cash and eat the loss.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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