Fairy tales have been told in every culture since the beginning of the spoken word. Every corner of the world has stories of fairies, cats who talk, things that go bump in the night. What better way to expand on those tales than to mash them up with Lovecraftian horror Mythos? Most fairy tales are dark morality stories to begin with... A Mythos Grimmly brings you those concepts with a strong dose of madness mixed in. The anthology will include AT LEAST 25 unique tales, never before published in the world of men.
UPDATE : After realizing that the first video, Story Time with Cthulhu, was spreading panic and madness across the globe, we were instructed by law enforcement to destroy all evidence of its existence. Today, we were able to obtain new footage for you. The editor of A Mythos Grimmly shares his side of the story from what appears to be an interrogation room. But don't worry, we'll bail him out in time to finish the anthology for you. ;)
Who are we? First and foremost, we are lovers of books and tales. WH Pubs originated going on 15 years ago as an indie publisher for RPG supplements (d20, for you gamers out there). While we always planned on moving into novels, it wasn't until 2013 that we felt we had the know-how to make it happen (school and life does that to you). So here we are, our freshman project, and our first dive into the world of anthologies!
UPDATE : We filled up the max number of characters that can be used on a Kickstarter, so we moved the ADD-ONs to their own update page! Plus, we added more awesome selections, so check it out!
That's right, if you're getting your copy of A Mythos Grimmly on Kickstarter, you're getting a limited edition copy! After the Kickstarter ends, NO MORE COPIES of this cover, complete with resplendent art by Abigail Larson, will be printed. EVER.
Abigail wasn't always an artist - once upon a time she wanted nothing more than to run away with the circus. That didn't work out, so she thought she'd become an opera singer. But she has severe stage fright, so that wouldn't do either. She always loved to draw and paint, however, so she enrolled in classes and took influence from the master of fantasy illustration, Arthur Rackham. She delights in the strange, dark, and macabre, and looks to Edward Gorey, Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, and H.P. Lovecraft for inspiration. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and Europe in New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Madrid. Her debut children's book, "Sarah Faire and the House at the End of the World" was released in 2013.
Funds raised via the Kickstarter campaign go to pay for various resources in the book's creation.
1) Pay the authors. Yah, they like to be paid for their work, they'll admit it freely.
2) Edit the stories, design, format, and print the book.
3) Produce perk items and add-ons.
4) Shipping of the books and add-on items.
Overfunding, or funding that goes beyond the primary goal of the Kickstarter campaign, will go to remunerate the creators involved in stretch goals, as well as cover additional promotional and operational expenses by the project creators.
Overfunding doesn't just mean more stuff for this anthology...it also gives Wanderer's Haven Publications the ability to bring you more great works in the future! Your involvement in our indie movement makes you part of our Wanderer family, and we appreciate the support!
Stories for A Mythos Grimmly were written by authors invited to the anthology, as well as an open call for submissions. The outpouring of excitement for the concept of the book was fantastic, and we definitely got more than we expected! Initial authors were chosen for the main goal level of the book, and more authors will be added with Stretch Goals!
Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., is the author of the novels, The Orphan Palace and Nightmare’s Disciple, and he has written many short stories that have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including “Weird Fiction Review”, “Crypt of Cthulhu”, and “Lovecraft eZine”, Ellen Datlow’s Best Horror of the Year, S. T. Joshi’s Black Wings (I and III) and A Mountain Walked, Book of Cthulhu, Tales of Jack the Ripper, and The Children of Old Leech, and many anthologies edited by Robert M. Price. His highly–acclaimed short story collections, Blood Will Have Its Season, SIN & ashes, and Portraits of Ruin, were published by Hippocampus Press in 2009, 2010, and 2012, respectively. He edited A Season in Carcosa and The Grimscribe’s Puppets (Miskatonic River Press 2012 and 2013), issue #30 of “Lovecraft eZine”, and collections by Ann K. Schwader (The Worms Remember) and John B. Ford. He is at work on two new collections of weird fiction, A House of Hollow Wounds, and The Protocols of Ugliness, both edited by Jeffrey Thomas, and is currently editing CASSILDA’S SONG and THE LEAVES OF A NECRONOMICON for 2015 release (both Chaosium).You can find his blog at: http://thisyellowmadness.blogspot.com/
Pete Rawlik, a long time collector of Lovecraftian fiction, and is the author of more than twenty-five short stories, a smattering of poetry, the Cthulhu Mythos novel Reanimators, and it’s forthcoming sequel The Weird Company. He is a frequent contributor to the Lovecraft ezine and the New York Review of Science Fiction. In 2014 his short story Revenge of the Reanimator was nominated for a New Pulp Award. He lives in southern Florida where he works on Everglades issues.
Mandy Rawlik is the full-time inspiration of Pete Rawlik, and generally functions as a no-holds-barred editor and critic making sure the nonsense that comes out of his head and on to pages is suitable for public consumption. Occasionally, she finds that his depictions of women and how they think to be so ludicrous that she has to step in and do significant rewrites, thus earning herself several co-authorships. She much prefers to work behind the scenes, taking pot shots at her partner and the band of Lovecraftian misfits he associates with. She is currently hard at work on Reanimatrix, a Lovecraftian novel of love, life and the undead.
E. Catherine Tobler is a Sturgeon Award finalist and the senior editor at Shimmer Magazine. Among others, her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her first novel is now available. Follow her on Twitter @ECthetwit or her website, http://www.ecatherine.com.
John Claude Smith originally wanted to be a horror writer; now he’s not sure what it is he writes, he just knows it is dark, and he’s the one holding a flashlight, shining light on those places most people want to avoid, scribbling notes. He’s had over 60 short stories and 15 poems published, as well as a debut collection of “not your average horror,” The Dark Is Light Enough For Me. His second collection, Autumn in the Abyss, was published by Omnium Gatherum in March of 2014, and is garnering much positive response and reviews. He is presently writing his third novel, while shopping around the other two and putting together a follow-up collection. Busy is good. He splits his time between the East Bay of northern California, across from San Francisco, and Rome, Italy, where his heart resides always.
Mary SanGiovanni is the author of ten books and counting, usually involving cosmic supernatural horrors, as well as numerous short stories. Her first novel, The Hollower, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. She has an MA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University and is a member of The Authors' Guild, the International Thriller Writers, and Penn Writers. More information aboutMary can be found on her website: http://www.marysangiovanni.com.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. She writes speculative fiction (from magic realism to horror). Her short stories have appeared in places such as The Book of Cthulhu and Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her first collection, This Strange Way of Dying, is out in 2013. Her debut novel, Signal to Noise, will be released in 2015 by Solaris.
Robert M. Price, a fan of H.P. Lovecraft since the Lancer paperback collections of 1967 appeared, began writing scholarly articles and humorous pieces on HPL and the Cthulhu Mythos in 1981. His celebrated semi-pro zine Crypt of Cthulhu began as a quarterly fanzine for the Esoteric Order of Dagon Amateur Press Association in 1981 and made it to 109 issues. In 1990 he began editing Mythos anthologies for Fedogan & Bremer and Chaosium, Inc. and still does! His fiction has been collected in Blasphemies and Revelations.
Richard Gavin is often praised as a master of numinous horror fiction in the tradition of Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood, and H.P. Lovecraft. His fiction has appeared in THE YEAR'S BEST WEIRD FICTION, THE BEST HORROR OF THE YEAR and has been collected in the books CHARNEL WINE, OMENS, THE DARKY SPLENDID REALM, and AT FEAR'S ALTAR. He has also published numerous essays of the macabre and the esoteric. "Echoes from Hades", his non-fiction column, can be found on the acclaimed website The Teeming Brain. Richard lives in Ontario, Canada. He welcomes readers at www.richardgavin.net
Brian Kaufman might have been the slowest center fielder in the history of the New York Yankees, or the loudest, most abrasive radio talk show host to ever grace the airwaves. Instead, he opted for a major in cooking with a minor in fiction writing. Known for procrastination and the consumption of adult beverages, Brian managed just three novels in six decades of amateur and professional lying. The Breach (Last Knight Publishing, 2002) tells the story of the Alamo from the Mexican point of view. The Apocalypse Parable (Last Knight Publishing, 2006) follows a low-rent private eye in search of a modern-day messiah. Dead Beyond the Fence (Dark Silo Press, 2010) is a zombie horror tale. Brian currently writes textbooks for a distance-learning company. He lives in the Colorado mountains with his wife and dog. In his spare time, Brian lifts weights, plays blues guitar and tries to get the dog to do the chores.
William Meikle is a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. His work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others. He lives in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company. When he's not writing he dreams of fortune and glory.
Tracie McBride is a New Zealander who lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in over 80 print and electronic publications, including Bleed, FISH and the Stoker Award-nominated anthologies Horror for Good and Horror Library Volume 5. Her debut collection Ghosts Can Bleed contains much of the work that earned her a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She helps to wrangle slush for Dark Moon Digest and is the vice president of Dark Continents Publishing. Visitors to her blog are welcome at http://traciemcbridewriter.wordpress.com/.
Brett J. Talley is the Bram Stoker Award nominated author of That Which Should Not Be, The Void, and The Reborn, as well as numerous short stories. Born in Alabama, he now lives in Washington, D.C. where he serves as a speechwriter for a United States Senator.
J. F. Gonzalez is the author of several novels of horror and dark suspense including They, Back From the Dead, Primitive, Survivor. With Wrath James White, he is the co-author of two short novels (Hero, The Killings). He is also the co-author of the Clickers series (with Mark Williams and Brian Keene respectively), of which the latest effort is Clickers vs. Zombies. Over eighty of his short stories and novellas have appeared in various magazines and anthologies and much of this is collected in four volumes which includes the latest, Screaming To Get Out & Other Wailings of the Damned. Several of his novels and short stories have been optioned for film, but nothing ever gets made. He currently lives in Pennsylvania but is making plans to move back to his birth country (California). For more information on his work, visit his official website at www.jfgonzalez.com.
Born in Vancouver, Canada and bred on a steady diet of comics, horror books and movies, Desmond Reddick writes, podcasts and teaches in a small town on Vancouver Island. There he resides with his loving wife, two wild sons, a half-dozen vicious chickens and one very neurotic duck named Howard (pictured above). He has been published in two volumes of Pulpwork Press's HOW THE WEST WAS WEIRD and in THE END WAS NOT THE END: POST-APOCALYPTIC FANTASY TALES from Seventh Star Press. Find him at www.dreadmedia.com.
Michael Wentela is the author of Fallen Is Babylon, a post-apocalyptic science fiction horror novel. His writing ranges from novels to short stories in science fiction, horror, crime fiction, mystery, thriller, or whatever idea sparks his creativity. He is currently a technical product support specialist for an international company. In previous adventures, he has been an award-winning journalist, a communication specialist, and an economic development professional. Among his other life lessons he lists the time he spent clearing brush from a mosquito-infested swamp, helping to build wooden steps to a bluff-top overlook and digging graves in a cemetery. Born and raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Michael and his wife, Stephanie, now live in a century-old house in southwest Wisconsin with a purebred Irish setter and a cat. They have two adult children. More information about Michael and his writing can be found at www.michaelwentela.com.
Tom Lynch is a longtime devotee of the art of the terrifying tale. He is descended from a line of family that enjoys a good nightmare, so is it any wonder he writes stories with a darker twist? Tom’s first fiction appeared in Horror for the Holidays from Miskatonic River Press, and he has since appeared in the ever-eldritch Lovecraft eZine, Tales of the Talisman Volume 8, Issue 4, Undead and Unbound, Eldritch Chrome, and Dark Rites of Cthulhu. As of this moment, future appearances include When Darkness Calls, Dark Rites of Cthulhu, Atomic Age Cthulhu: Terrifying Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, and others, but the ink is not yet dry enough to divulge details. By day, Tom is an elementary school teacher, looking to expand young minds and spends the rest of his spare time hunched over his keyboard writing scary stories devoted to giving you nightmares.
Michael Griffin’s short fiction has appeared in the anthologies The Grimscribe’s Puppets and Mighty in Sorrow, and such periodicals as Apex Magazine, Black Static, Lovecraft eZine. His novella “Far From Streets” is forthcoming from Dunhams Manor Press, and his story “Firedancing” will appear in the Laird Barron tribute, Children of Old Leech. Michael blogs about books and writing at griffinwords.com, and his Twitter feed is @griffinwords. He’s also an electronic ambient musician and founder of Hypnos Recordings, an ambient music record label he operates with his wife in Portland, Oregon.
Nick Nafpliotis is a music teacher and writer from Charleston, South Carolina. During the day, he instructs students from the ages of 11-14 on how to play band instruments. At night, he writes about weird crime, bizarre history, pop culture, and humorous classroom experiences on his blog, RamblingBeachCat.com. He is also a television, novel, and comic book reviewer for AdventuresinPoorTaste.com. Nick has been published in Voluted Tales, Horror in Bloom Anthology, and Nebula Rift Science Fiction Magazine. You can also follow him on Twitter at @NickNafster79, where he brings shame to his family on a daily basis.
The art and poetry of Morgan Griffith appeared in numerous fantasy/horror magazines in the '80's and '90's, including Eldritch Tales; Undinal Songs; Etchings and Odysseys; Grue; Fantasy Macabre; The Arkham Sampler and Gary Crawford's Supernatural Poetry. In 2003 two pen and ink drawings were included in Leilah Wendell's hardcover volume Necromance under the name Wraith. Attempting reanimation, short fiction and art of Morgan's has recently appeared in Cellar Door and James Ward Kirk's Bones anthology. Poetry is also to come in Dead But Dreaming. She is a Californian relocated to Florida who does glass etching/sandblasting, and lives with pet rats.
Jeff C. Carter lives in Venice, CA with two cats, a dog, and a human. His stories appear in the anthologies DELTA GREEN: EXTRAORDINARY RENDITIONS, OH LITTLE TOWN OF DEATHLEHEM, CELLAR DOOR Vol 1, SONG STORIES: BLAZE OF GLORY, SUPER, TALES FROM THE BELL CLUB, SHORT SIPS Vol 2, AVENIR ECLECTIA Vol 1, SCIENCE GONE MAD and FRIGHTMARES as well as Trembles, Calliope and eFiction magazine. He is currently developing MECHAWEST, a steam punk RPG for Heroic Journey Publishing.
Christine Morgan's previous works have appeared in several anthologies and magazines. as well as about a dozen novels in print, some self-published and the rest via various small presses; the next, His Blood, is due out from Belfire any time now. Recently she's had stories accepted for Steampunk Cthulhu, Atomic Age Cthulhu. Dark Rites of Cthulhu, World War Cthulhu, In The Court of the Yellow King, The Conqueror Womb, and Cthulhurotica II.
Michael M. Hughes lives in Baltimore with his wife and two daughters. He writes fiction and nonfiction, and his bestselling debut novel, Blackwater Lights, was released by Hydra (Random House) in 2013. The second book in the trilogy, Witch Lights, will be released in October 2014. When he’s not writing, Hughes performs as a mentalist (psychic entertainer) and speaks on Fortean and paranormal topics. Visit his website at: http://michaelmhughes.com.
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy is a writer, musician and indentured servant to a vast feline horde. He has previously been published by the Lovecraft eZine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, Pratilipi, The Affair and Dynatox Ministeries. A chapbook of his short stories entitled 'Weird Tales of a Bangalorean' may or may not be published by Dunhams Manor Press by the time you read this.
Ben Cameron was born in Mississippi, raised in Colorado and now lives in Seattle with his wife and five children. He writes speculative fiction with an emphasis on space opera and superhuman fiction, and works as a freelance editor, writer, illustrator and web designer. His debut novel Ordinary Villainy, will be available fall 2014.
David J. Fielding is a writer and an actor, most well-known for playing the role of Zordon on the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers television series, and voice actor for video games such as Empire Earth, Dungeon Siege: Legends of Aranna, Zeus, Poseidon, and Anvil of Dawn. His published works have appeared in Nevermet Press, Rebel ePublishers LLC, Source Point Press, and the upcoming Capes and Clockwork Anthology from Dark Oak Press and the Something Strange is Going On anthology from Flinch! Books. He is busy editing and revising his superhero novel, a series of paranormal stories and a number of other short stories.
J.J. Wilchhalter is the pseudonym used by the creative husband and wife team, Jaime Will and Jeremy Hochhalter. (Go Team Wilchhalter!) Jaime retired from her day job in order to persue a career as an author. She is currently working on several projects, including a Bane fan fiction that will be published online in the near future. Jeremy is the founder of Wanderer's Haven Publications, and co-creator of RPG supplements harkening back to the beginning of the d20 era. The fantasy world, Eramesch, will be the focus of his upcoming online releases on the WH Pubs website.
James Pratt mostly write in the weird horror genre with dashes of fantasy, sci-fi, and action/adventure. And monsters. Lots of monsters. He has stories appearing in a number of anthologies including Canopic Jars: Tales of Mummies and Mummification from Great Old Ones Press, Demonic Visions Vols.1, 2, and 3, Alter Egos Vol. 2 from Source Point Press, Dark Hall Press Cosmic Horror Anthology, and Mirror Mirror from Thirteen Press, as well as in a number of upcoming anthologies. He also has short story collections available for download from several vendors including Amazon.com: the creature-centric Horrible Stories for Terrible People Vol. 1 - Monsters, and Horrible Stories for Terrible People Vol. 2 - Obscura whose inhabitants include ghosts, the Grim Reaper, the Devil, and the Lord Almighty. James is currently working on two more short story collections, one fantasy and the other apocalypse-themed, and a Weird Western novel set firmly in the Lovecraft universe. James' author page can be found on Facebook as "James D. Pratt".
Our first stretch goal will add artwork by Abigail Larson to each story in the book! That also includes the stretch goal authors as well!
Jason Andrew lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Lisa. He is an Associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Active Member of the Horror Writer’s Association, and member of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.
By day, he works as a mild-mannered technical writer. By night, he writes stories of the fantastic and occasionally fights crime.
His first short story, written at age six, titled ‘The Wolfman Eats Perry Mason’ was severely rejected. It also caused his Grandmother to watch him very closely for a few years. His short fiction has appeared in markets such as Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF (Harper Collins), Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the New World (Chaosium), and Coins of Chaos (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing). In 2011, his story “Moonlight in Scarlet” received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s List for Best Horror of the Year.
In addition, Jason has written for a number of role-playing games such as Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, and Vampire: The Masquerade. His most recent projects include Hunters Hunted 2 (The Onyx Path), Anarchs Unbound (The Onyx Path), and Atomic Age Cthulhu: Terrifying Tales of the Mythos Menace (Chaosium). Recently, he served as Developer for Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade for By Night Studios.
Siobhan Gallagher is a wannabe zombie slayer, currently residing in south Texas. Her fiction has appeared in several publications, including AE - The Canadian Science Fiction Review, COSMOS Online, Abyss & Apex, Unidentified Funny Objects anthology, and DarkFuse's Horror d'oeuvres.
A printed book can only get so big, especially to read comfortably. (Many a black eye I have received from falling asleep with a heavy hardcover poised over my face.) That said, we're going to publish this companion book, let's call it A Mythos Grimmly 1.5 or some such, with not one or two more authors...but TEN more authors! It will also have its own unique cover art! This will unlock a new add-on, the print version of A Mythos Grimmly 1.5.
Authors will include Chantal Boudreau, L. Chan, John Goodrich, Tim Jeffreys, Sierra July, Michael Lindquist, Christopher Peruzzi, Daniel W. Powell, Evan Purcell, and David-John Tyrer!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risks of this project have already been taken by Wanderer's Haven Publications. We've forked out the dough to do the initial illustrations, add-on prototypes, and all the fun stuff that really needed to be done before we could announce the project to the world.
What risks do you undertake by becoming a supporter? Only your sanity, once the scribes have completed their works, and you receive their stories to read!
Because Kickstarter does not charge you unless the project is successful, you don't need to worry about doling our your hard earned money for a project that could potentially not be funded!
Finally, we have set our goal dates to have rewards in your hands, but things can, and often do, go wrong. We're going to do everything possible to have everything to you by the dates listed, but we hope you'll understand if there are any derailments along the way that push back our releases.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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