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What is Freaks and Weeping Children?

Freaks and Weeping Children is an anthology of original dark fiction by a wonderful ensemble of talented authors. The stories within cover a wide range of genres, all with a touch of horror. When asked what the theme would be for the anthology I simply stated 'Freaks and Weeping Children' and allowed the authors to interpret it as they saw fit.

Who am I and what qualifies me to edit an anthology?

My name is Michael Woods and my own writing experiences and a love for well-told stories are what I bring to the table. I'm also the creator and co-host of Hashtag: For Writers, By Writers, part of the Cement Shoe Network. On the technical side of things, I’ve studied graphic design most of my adult life. I truly appreciate the work that goes into creating a book, from cover and layout to fonts, margins, and gutters. This is a project that hits all my sweet spots.

What’s the point of Freaks & Weeping Children?

The aim of this anthology is to discover new writers of dark fiction and to put great stories into the hands of readers searching for fresh voices. With this anthology I hope to publish a wide range of speculative fiction all with the delicious tinge of horror.

Why would I do such a fool thing? It's not for fame and fortune. And I have no interest in becoming an indie publisher. Freaks and Weeping Children is about putting together a quality anthology full of stories that entertain and terrify. If one reader enjoys the collection of tales I assemble then I have achieved my goal.

Who do we have in the Table of Contents?

Karina Cooper

After writing happily ever afters for all of her friends in school, Karina Cooper eventually grew up (sort of), went to work in the real world (kind of), where she decided that making stuff up was way more fun (true!). She is the author of dark and sexy paranormal romances, steampunk adventures, crossover urban fantasy, and continues to write across multiple genres with mad glee. Her award winning steampunk series, The St. Croix Chronicles, has been nominated for multiple RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

One part glamour, one part dork and all imagination, Karina is also a gamer, an avid reader, a borderline hermit and an activist. She co-exists with a husband, a menagerie and a severe coffee habit. Visit her at www.karinacooper.com, because she says so.

Delilah S. Dawson

Delilah S. Dawson is the author of Wicked As They ComeWicked As She WantsWicked After Midnight, and three enovellas set in the enchanting land of Sang: The Mysterious Madame MorphoThe Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance, and The Damsel and the Daggerman. She also contributed a story to the star-studded urban fantasy anthology Carniepunk. Her novel for young adults, Servants of the Storm, will be available soon from Simon Pulse. She lives with her family in Atlanta. To keep up with the latest news about Delilah and her books, visit Whimsydark.com.

Catherine Scully

A product of too much James Bond, Lovecraft, Machen, Poe, and Guillermo Del Toro, Catherine has always held a fascination with the dark side of children’s stories. When not writing and editing, she illustrates her own work and others, creating art for Middle Grade and Young Adult. She acts as the Young Adult Editor for the Horror Writers Association, where she helps facilitate Jonathan Maberry’s weekly Scary Out There: What is YA Horror? and is always looking for ways to talk about scary stories for children. She also contributes articles to Horror-Writers.net and YA Scream Queens.

Catherine is represented by Carrie Howland of the Donadio and Olson agency.

D.B. Starler

D.B. Starler writes all sorts of things, in between chasing her children around their small section of North Carolina and drinking copious amounts of Coke Zero. The stories run the gamut from urban fantasy to historical fiction, but they always include smooching. She also uses the pen name Olivia Kelly to write romance,and is much more active than is good for her under that name on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Goodreads.

"Good Ghoul Gone Bad", a short story, will be published in Fireside Fiction Co. (June 2014), and will be her first foray into the world of fantasy and science fiction. As Olivia Kelly, however, she has several historical romance novellas published. It Could Only Be You, and the Amazon bestseller The Lady and the Duke (additionally available in audiobook form.) You can also find Olivia's work in A Summons from His Grace (from the Regency Summons Christmas Collection) and The Heart of the Duke (Eleanore's story). Turns out, she likes dukes.

R.D. Sullivan

R.D. Sullivan is a Northern California based writer, author of multiple short stories and books that are just now starting to find their own way in the world. She was first published in Issue 6 of Fireside Fiction Company with her short, "Skinned Knees", much to the pleasure of her grandmother who loves R.D. even if she thinks R.D. looks funny. Previously, R.D. focused the majority of her creative efforts on broadcast media, founding the Cement Shoe Broadcast Network and hosting its flagship show, Talking Shit with Dave and Earl. When she’s not writing or sitting in front of a mic, R.D. stays busy herding a toddler and pack of dogs while running a business with her husband. She can be found on twitter @_TheRussian or over at Govneh's Ramblings.

James R. Tuck

James Tuck is a professional tattoo artist whose work has appeared in numerous publications. He currently lives with his wife, children, and several dogs in Georgia, where he owns and operates a tattoo parlor. His thoughts on writing, and updates about Deacon Chalk's next adventure, can be found at www.JamesRTuck.com.

Steve Weddle

Steve Weddle grew up on the Louisiana/Arkansas line, holds an MFA in creative writing from Louisiana State University, and currently works for a newspaper group.

His debut novel, Country Hardball, is published by Tyrus Books.

His fiction is represented by Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

He lives with his family in Virginia.

Jamie Wyman

After a misspent adulthood pursuing a Music Education degree, JAMIE WYMAN fostered several interests before discovering that being an author means never having to get out of pajamas. As an author, Jamie’s favorite playgrounds are urban fantasy, horror and creepy carnival settings. When she’s not traipsing about with her imaginary friends, she works as a freelance editor and plays with fire. Jamie lives in Phoenix with two hobbits and two cats. She is proud to say she has a deeply disturbed following at her blog.

Jamie's debut novel Wild Card (Entangled Edge, 2013) is available wherever ebooks are sold. You can also find her short story "The Clever One" in the anthology When The Hero Comes Home 2 (Dragon Moon Press, August '13). Jamie has contributed to the SF Signal's "Mind Meld" feature, and her work will be appearing in multiple anthologies this coming year.

But wait, that's not all. . .

Matt Davis

Both a writer and an artist, Matt will be handling the cover art chores on Freaks and Weeping Children.

Weird. Horror. Surreal. Science Fiction. Fantasy. And other sundry strangeness.

You can find him on Twitter, typically spouting a lot of rambling, random nonsense. He blogs at TheGreySpace.com and his deviantArt Gallery can be found here.

Catherine Scully

I'm lucky enough to have a writer that also does illustrations. Catherine Scully will be doing the artwork for the original Bookplates offered in the Backer Rewards.

Also note:

I've been accepting submissions since November of last year. This has brought in many excellent writers with fantastic stories. I'll be introducing these writers throughout the Kickstarter.


How will the money be used?

All money received from a successful Kickstarter will go toward production of Freaks and Weeping Children. If our initial goal is met and exceeded then any additional money will be used to invite more authors into the project. Basically, the more money, the bigger the book.

Will we be accepting submissions?

Yes. I can't say when exactly but, likely, Mid-March. A lot depends on where we are on the initial goal.

Risks and challenges

While this is my first time putting together an anthology, I've done my homework. I've interviewed many successful KS creators. I have also been on the other side of the coin as a backer.

All projects involving multiple contributors run the risks of unexpected delays. Cover art is paid for, and contributing authors are industry professionals with publishing experience.

Real life can intrude on such large projects. Backers will be updated frequently, both during and after successfully raising funds, on all aspects of the Freaks and Weeping Children Kickstarter.

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