Haunt Publishing is Kickstarting Haunted Voices: An Anthology of Scottish Gothic Storytelling. Celebrating a rich oral tradition, this project will bring together spoken performance in audio, written text in print and digital, and events and performance opportunities for creatives in Scotland. That’s an audiobook, e-book and print book of Gothic stories!
Scotland has a vibrant tradition of oral storytelling and one that is very much alive and evolving today, though this can be overlooked. Haunted Voices will showcase some of the best oral storytelling and storytellers in Scotland: traditional tales told by past masters, contemporary storytellers keeping traditional methods alive, and writers working in newly emerging oral spaces (such as podcasts and spoken word).
Not everyone gets the chance to experience oral storytelling in person. Haunted Voices will bring oral storytelling to new ears and eyes, and into the home. It's a fantastic opportunity for those who can’t attend storytelling events (for whatever reason) and its multiple formats and bundling options will ensure there’s something that works for everyone.
This project is unique: the first to bring together and showcase, in a single book, oral tales from Scotland in traditional modes and new, all with a focus on the Gothic. Haunted Voices will celebrate (and play its own role in) Scotland’s rich and shapeshifting oral storytelling culture.
Haunted Voices will include traditional tales told by past masters of storytelling (archived recordings to be licensed from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies) such as Jeannie Robertson, Stanley Robertson, Jean Rodger, Belle Stewart, Betsy Whyte, and Duncan Williamson.
There will also be a rich mix of traditional storytellers and those working across new formats such as spoken word and podcasts:
- Fiona Barnett
- Paul Bristow
- David Brown
- Anna Cheung
- Pauline Cordiner
- Chris Edwards
- Fran Flett Hollinrake
- Gavin Inglis
- Sheila Kinninmonth
- Kirsty Logan
- Seoras Macpherson
- Ali Maloney
- Daru McAleece
- Conner McAleese
- Jen McGregor
- Paul McQuade
- Ricky Monahan Brown
- Jude Reid
- Max Scratchmann
- Sean Wai Keung
- Dave Watson
Our project will be illustrated by the fantastic Zuzanna Kwiecien. Your pledges will pay Zuzanna and ensure we get some kick-ass artwork!
Across 27 stories, expect retellings of dark tales from Scotland’s history, performance poetry and narrative prose. Haunted Voices will include monstrous tongue-eaters, shadowy demons, haunted video tapes, wicked priests, strange shapes in the darkness, a retelling of Poe’s The Raven… and more!
Haunt Publishing was founded in 2018 as Scotland’s dedicated Gothic fiction publisher. Based in Fife, Scotland, Haunt is dedicated to exploring both traditional and contemporary Gothic literature and aims to promote global and underrepresented voices. One of Haunt’s core goals is to spotlight Gothic outside the middle- and upper-class home. Haunted Voices is Haunt's very first project.
Haunt is led by Rebecca Wojturska, who loves all things Gothic. With three dissertations in Gothic literature and almost six years’ experience in publishing, she has finally combined her two loves.
We will use pledge money for the following.
Author payment: it is important to Haunt that people get paid for their work. Your pre-order will ensure that each storyteller is paid and that their travel expenses are covered when they attend the studio for audio recording. Designers, editors and typesetters will also be paid.
Events: these will showcase an exciting range of storytellers, featuring live performances in fully accessible venues to ensure that as many people as possible can enjoy the tellings. We hope to have 2 or 3 launches, depending on how much is pledged.
Printing and recording: we are using an established trade printer, as well as a top-notch audio recording studio, so that we can deliver the top-quality product your pledges deserve!
Marketing: we will be acting as our own distributor, so will make the most of the various marketing channels.
Fun admin: postage, packaging! We can’t wait.
The profits from the project will enable Haunt Publishing to further invest in Gothic literature in Scotland and globally, highlighting voices that haven’t been heard before and demonstrating that the Gothic doesn’t just haunt privileged settings.
Here’s a breakdown:
All the stories are ready to go. We just need the funds to design, print, record, perform and distribute. The book in all formats should be ready to publish in October 2019.
Kickstarter is a fantastic platform for small indie presses such as Haunt. It’s the perfect place to reach out to lovers of Gothic fiction and oral storytelling, and to help build a lasting community.
Each pledge is a pre-order of your chosen format (or bundle of formats). Everyone who pledges will have their name printed at the back of the print book and e-book. Certain pledges will get you a branded bookmark and if you pledge ‘The Creature’, to receive all three formats, you will also receive a unique pet ghost in a jar, created by Kelly Carpenter!
Your support means a lot, not only in the creation of this project but in the continuation of Haunt and its spooky publications.
Many thanks to David Fesliyan for his incredible background music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com. Check it out for more creepy sounds!
Risks and challenges
There is a lot involved in creating a book across three formats. Planning, commissioning, editing, designing, typesetting, printing, recording, admin, marketing and publicity all contribute towards ensuring a book reaches as many people as possible. As all the stories are already in place, the main challenge is meeting the funding goal, which will allow us to pay the contributors, designer, and other creatives involved, as well as create and distribute as many copies as possible, ensuring the book is as accessible as it can be. Other than this, the project is low-risk as a lot of the tasks have been completed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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