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The underground of the city is like what's underground in people. Beneath the surface, it's boiling with monsters. -Guillermo del Toro

***Updated on 11/18!***

A sampling of the authors who have agreed to participate?  Absolutely and thank you for asking!

Kevin J. Anderson is the author of more than 115 books, 52 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists; he has over 23 million copies in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, The Faust Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, the Scribe Award, and New York Times Notable Book.

Read more about Kevin HERE

Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the epic fantasy series The Lays of Anuskaya. His new epic fantasy, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, will be released by DAW Books and Gollancz in Fall of 2014.

Read more about Brad HERE and check out his most-excellent podcast, Speculate

Richard Bowes has published five novels, two collections of short fiction and fifty short stories and articles. Recent and forthcoming stories appear in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and the Digital Domains, Best Gay Stories, Beastly Bride, Wilde Stories, Haunted Legends, Naked City, Nebula Awards Showcase 2011, Supernatural Noir and Blood and Other Cravings anthologies.

Read more about Rick HERE

Pat Cadigan is an American-born science fiction author, who broke through as a major writer as part of the cyberpunk movement. Her early novels and stories all shared a common theme, exploring the relationship between the human mind and technology.

Her first novel, Mindplayers, introduced what became a common theme to all her works. Her stories blurred the line between reality and perception by making the human mind a real and explorable place. Her second novel, Synners, expanded upon the same theme, and featured a future where direct access to the mind via technology was in fact possible.

She has won a number of awards, including the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award twice,in 1992, and 1995 for her novels Synners and Fools.

Read more about Pat HERE

Ken Liu's fiction has appeared in F&SF, Asimov’s, Analog, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Clarkesworld, among other places. He has won a Nebula, two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives near Boston with his family.

Read more about Ken HERE

Peter Dubé is the author of the chapbook Vortex Faction Manifesto (Vortex Editions, 2001), Hovering World (DC Books 2002), At the Bottom of the Sky, a collection of linked short stories (DC Books, 2007), Subtle Bodies: a Fantasia on Voice, History and René Crevel (Lethe Press 2010), The City’s Gates (Cormorant Books, 2012), and, most recently, the collection of prose poems Conjure: A Book of Spells (Rebel Satori Press, 2013). He is also the editor of the anthologies Madder Love: Queer Men and The Precincts of Surrealism (Rebel Satori Press, 2008) and Best Gay Stories 2011 and 2012(both on Lethe Press).

Read more about Peter HERE

Jack Dann is a multiple-award winning author who has written or edited over seventy-five books, including the international bestseller The Memory Cathedral, which was #1 on The Age Bestseller list, and The Silent, which Library Journal chose as one of their ‘Hot Picks’ and wrote: “This is narrative storytelling at its best… Most emphatically recommended.” Dann lives in Australia on a farm overlooking the sea and “commutes” back and forth to Los Angeles and New York.

Read more about Jack HERE

Alexander C. Irvine first gained attention with his Locus Award-winning 2002 novel A Scattering of Jades (which also won the Crawford Award in 2003) and the stories that would form the 2003 collection Unintended Consequences. He has also published the Grail Quest novel One King, One Soldier (2004), and the World War II-era historical fantasy The Narrows (2005). He released a collection of thirteen short stories called Pictures from an Expedition in 2006. Buyout, a novel set in 2041, was published by Random House in 2009.

Read more about Alex HERE

Paul Di Filippo is the author of hundreds of short stories, some of which have been collected in these widely-praised collections: The Steampunk Trilogy, Ribofunk, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, Little Doors, Strange Trades, Babylon Sisters, and his multiple-award-nominated novella, A Year in the Linear City. Another earlier collection, Destroy All Brains, was published by Pirate Writings, but is quite rare because of the extremely short print run (if you see one, buy it!).

Read more about Paul HERE

Mike Resnick is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction, according to Locus. He has won 5 Hugos (from a record 35 nominations), a Nebula, and other major awards in the USA, France, Japan, Spain, Croatia, and Poland. He is the author of 64 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and the editor of 40 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages. 

Read more about Mike HERE 

Lezli Robyn is an Aussie Lass who loves writing sf, fantasy, horror, humour and even dabbles in steampunk every now and then. She has made over 25 story sales to professional markets around the world, including Asimov’s, Analog and Clarkesworld, and her first short story collection, Bittersuite, will be published by TICONDEROGA PRESS in September 2013. She was a finalist for the 2009 Australian AUREALIS AWARD for Best SF Story, the 2010 Spanish IGNOTUS AWARD for Best Foreign Short Story, and was a 2010 CAMPBELL AWARD NOMINEE for best new writer. In 2011 she won the Catalan Best Foreign Translation ICTINEUS AWARD for Soulmates, a novelette written with Mike Resnick, which was first published in Asimov's. Lezli and Mike will be collaborating again soon on an as yet untitled Stellar Guild book together, to be published in 2014. 

Read more about Lezli HERE 

Tim Pratt lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Heather Shaw and their son River. His fiction and poetry have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, Asimov’s, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet, Subterranean, and, among many other places. 

Read more about Tim HERE

Jack Skillingstead is the Sturgeon Award nominated writer of two novels and one collection. Since 2003 he has published more than thirty short stories in various magazines, Year's Best volumes and original anthologies. His work has been translated into Polish, Russian, Spanish, French and Czech. He lives in Seattle with his wife, writer Nancy Kress.

Read more about Jack HERE

Mercedes M. Yardley is a dark fantasist who writes pretty things. She works for Shock Totem and authored book Beautiful Sorrows and her novella Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu: A Tale of Atomic Love.

Read more about Mercedes HERE

Nick Mamatas is the author of six and a half novels, including The Last Weekend (PS Publishing), Love is the Law (Dark Horse), The Damned Highway with Brian Keene (Dark Horse), Bullettime (CZP), Sensation (PM Press), Under My Roof (Counterpoint/Soft Skull), and Move Under Ground (Night Shade/Prime). Nick is also an anthologist and editor of short fiction: with Masumi Washington he co-edited the Locus Award-nominated The Future Is Japanese (Haikasoru), and with Ellen Datlow he co-edited the Bram Stoker Award-winning Haunted Legends (Tor Books).

Read more about Nick HERE

Gini Koch is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. She is best known for the Alien Series (informally known as the "Katherine 'Kitty' Katt" series) novels, published in the United States by DAW Books. She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine, and is a featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day.

Read more about Gini HERE

Harry Turtledove has been dubbed "The Master of Alternate History." Within that genre, he is known both for creating original alternate history scenarios--such as survival of the Byzantine Empire or an alien invasion in the middle of the Second World War--and for giving a fresh and original treatment to themes previously dealt with by many others, such as the victory of the South in the American Civil War and of Nazi Germany in the Second World War. His novels have been credited with bringing alternate history into the mainstream. His style of alternate history has a strong military theme with scenes of combat happening throughout many of his works.

Read more about Harry HERE

Michael Arsenault has been writing screenplays, almost exclusively, for the past six years. Two of them, Twist of the Wrist and It Won't Bring Her Back, placed quite high in Hollywood's prestigious Nicholl Fellowship screenplay competition. Since 1996 he has been writing and illustrating pieces for What the F***? 'zine (Chompers Comics). He is also one of the 'zine's co-editors. From 2007 to 2008 he wrote and drew "Untitled Conversations," a monthly comic strip for MensuHell Magazine (Francis Hervieux Productions). Most recently, Michael had a story published in Frankenstein Réassemblé, an anthology by Rotor/400 Coups.

Michael Arsenault has no website, no blog, no Facebook page. Clearly, the man has something to hide.

Teresa Frohock Raised in a small town, Teresa Frohock learned to escape to other worlds through the fiction collection of her local library. Although Teresa has been reading fantasy and science fiction since she was twelve, her fascination with the grotesque extends back into childhood. Whenever she went to a carnival, she was the first one at the tent that housed the freak-show. She wanted to see the two-headed (chicken, snake, fetus, fill-in-the-blank) and was always disappointed when it wasn't alive--it seemed like such a rip-off.

Read more about Teresa HERE

Mark W. Tiedemann is a science fiction and detective fiction author as well as a photographer. He has written novels set in Isaac Asimov's Robot universe, and within his own original universe, known as the Secantis Sequence. In spring 2005 he was named president of the Missouri Center for the Book,which is the Missouri state adjunct program to the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

Read more about Mark HERE

Adam-Troy Castro's twenty-five books include the Philip K. Dick Award winning EMISSARIES FROM THE DEAD, first of three featuring the brilliant and tormented trouble-shooter, Andrea Cort. His short fiction has been nominated for two Hugos, three Stokers, and eight Nebulas. Adam's next major project is a series of middle-grade novels featuring a very strange young boy named Gustav Gloom.

Read more about Adam-Troy HERE

Jude-Marie Green is a writer of genre (science fiction & fantasy, plus the occasional horror) fiction. She lives in Southern California (well, Los Angeles. Well, honestly, a suburb of Los Angeles nestled in Orange County. All right already, she lives in Santa Ana.) amid palm trees, orange trees, avocado trees, roses, and birds. Lots of birds.

Read more about Judy-Marie HERE

Richard Paul Russo's first story, Firebird Suite, appeared in Amazing Stories in 1981 and his first novel, Inner Eclipse, was published in 1988. His second novel, Subterranean Gallery, won the Philip K. Dick Award for 1989. He won that award again in 2001 for Ship of Fools. Subterranean Gallery was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Read more about Richard HERE

Shauna Roberts writes fantasy, science fiction, romance, and historical fiction in lengths from flash fiction to novel length. Along with her novel, Like Mayflies in a Stream, she has published numerous short stories, such as Coyote and the Gamblers, in the anthology Return to Luna (2008), Ennui, Night to Dawn (April 2009) and The Hunt for Jim Baen's Universe (February 2010).

Read more about Shauna HERE

Emmett Spain is a teller of stories, fiction obsessive, professional worker, and professional goof (not necessarily in that order). Author of Old Haunts: A London City Novel, Emmett resides in Australia with his beautiful lady and a passion for the supernatural.

Read more about Emmett HERE

Kiri Callaghan is a writer obsessed with sci-fi, fantasy, books, and gaming. She is also an actor and director with a BFA in Theater from Cornish College of the Arts and an amateur clothing designer and seamstress. But that’s just a rumor, and you really shouldn’t listen to those. In addition to her works of fiction and scripts, Kiri contributes to a few blogs including but not limited to CraveLocal (Seattle), Nerds in Babeland and Geek Vs Life.

Read more about Kiri HERE

Carrie Jones is known for her work in young-adult fiction. She has written both fantasy and non-fantasy novels, including the paranormal series Need. Jones has received multiple awards and appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list.

Read more about Carrie HERE

Matthew Munson is currently working on his third novel (a follow on from Fall From Grace and Leap of Faith), and is one half of The Two Dyspraxics. Along with his novels, Matthew guest-writes for the European Council for Deaf Youth and blogs on deaf and dyspraxia awareness.

Read More about Matthew HERE

Ray Vukcevich lives and writes in Oregon. He spent many years as a research assistant in several university brain labs but is now writing full time. His latest book is a collection of short fiction called Boarding Instructions from Fairwood Press.

Read more about Ray HERE

Jeffrey Thomas is a prolific writer of science fiction and horror, best known for his stories set in the nightmarish future city called Punktown, such as the novel Deadstock (Solaris Books) and the collection Punktown (Ministry of Whimsy Press), from which a story was reprinted in St. Martin's The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #14. His fiction has also been reprinted in Daw's The Year's Best Horror Stories XXII, The Year's Best Fantastic Fiction and Quick Chills II: The Best Horror Fiction from the Specialty Press. He has been a 2003 finalist for the Bram Stoker Award (Best First Novel) for Monstrocity, and a 2008 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Deadstock.

Read more about Jeffery HERE

Don Webb is best known for weird, experimental, and offbeat fiction, as well as works inspired by H. P. Lovecraft and according to Locus Magazine, he has published many stories, essays, interviews and other writing materials. His short stories have appeared or been referenced in numerous anthologies, including The Year's Best Science Fiction: Eleventh Annual Collection, Asimov's Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. His story "The Great White Bed" (F&SF May 2007) was nominated for the International Horror Critics Award.

Read more about Don HERE

Richard Chwedyk is a science fiction author. In 2003, he won the 2002 Nebula Award for Best Novella for his story "Brontë's Egg." Chwedyk's first published story was "Getting Along with Larga," which was the first winner of the ISFiC Writer's contest in 1986. In 1988, he won the contest again with his story "A Man Makes a Machine," which went on the be published as Chwedyk's first professional sale in Amazing Stories in November, 1990.

Read more about Richard HERE

Michael J. Martinez spent nearly 20 years as a professional writer and journalist, including stints at The Associated Press and After telling other people’s stories for the bulk of his career, he is happy that he can now be telling a few of his own creation. He is also a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

Read more about Michael HERE

Eric Brown is a British science fiction author. His career took off in the late eighties with a succession of short stories in Interzone and other publications. His story The Time-Lapsed Man won the Interzone readers' poll for the most admired story of 1988, and an Eastercon short text award in 1995. He was voted the Best New European SF writer of the Year in the early nineties and has subsequently won the British Science Fiction Award twice.

Read more about Eric HERE

Leslie Glasser (What) is a writer of fantasy and literary fiction and nonfiction. She grew up in Southern California and attended Santa Ana College, and earned a certificate in Vocational Nursing. She also attended California State University Fullerton and received her MFA in Writing from Pacific University in 2006.

She began publishing in 1992 with a story for Asimov's Science Fiction. In 1999 she won the Nebula Award for The Cost of Doing Business, published in Amazing Stories.

Read more about Leslie HERE

Shira Lipkin has managed to convince Strange Horizons, Apex Magazine, Stone Telling, Clockwork Phoenix 4, Interfictions 2, and other otherwise-sensible magazines and anthologies to publish her work; two of her stories have been recognized as Million Writers Award Notable Stories, and she has won the Rhysling Award for best short poem.

Read more about Shira HERE

Elise Moser holds an Honours BA from McGill and was the president of the Quebec Writers' Federation between 2009 and 2012. Her short stories have been published and broadcast in Canada, the U.S. and across the Commonwealth. Her stories "Malke's Baby" and "Advanced Pilates Tickle Trunk" have won the CBC/QWF Short Story Competition in 2004 and 2006 respectively.

Read more about Elise HERE

Pat Murphy has used the ideas of the absurdist pseudophilosophy pataphysics in some of her writings. Along with Lisa Goldstein and Michaela Roessner, she has formed The Brazen Hussies to promote their work. Together with Karen Joy Fowler, Murphy co-founded the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 1991.

With her second novel, The Falling Woman (1986), she won the Nebula Award, and another Nebula Award in the same year for her novelette, Rachel in Love. Her short story collection, Points of Departure (1990) won the Philip K. Dick Award, and her 1990 novella, Bones, won the World Fantasy Award in 1991.

Read more about Pat HERE

...and many more!


The City.

Noisy, crowded, ever in motion, the City is an unrecognized character in Urban Fantasy. Much more than just a setting, the City is the ever-present constant companion to the characters in the genre. Sometimes antagonist, sometime protagonist, the city surrounds and engulfs a good Urban Fantasy yarn.

Winter in the City: A Collection of Urban Fantasy Tales will be a celebration of stories that take place in different cities around the world during the bleak—sometimes harsh—season of winter.

It's simple.  We want to put together a marvelous anthology by artists for artists.  The 15k "ask" breaks down as follows:

7k will go to the authors (figuring .07 cents a word for a 100,000 word tome). Stretch goals will include increasing the per word amount and/or adding stories beyond 100,000 words. 

3k will go to editing--there is significant work for an editor on an anthology and we want the best.  

3k will go to art work (for the book, the rewards and for the online presence), the eBook/paperback/hardcover designer and the web guru.

The remaining 2k are earmarked for the rewards.

Anything beyond the $15,000 will be used to increase author's per word pay, add rewards (and we have some wonderfully generous authors willing to donate additional perks), add stories or...

...add a "Volume 2"

Thank you so much for reading and participating. We are excited to present this project for consideration!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Author schedules vary, and, although we have plenty of "named" authors very interested in this project, their participation is never a sure thing until contracts are inked.

There are many people and many moving parts in a project of this scope. We are relying on the professionals involved and the dedication to provide to you what we feel will be a quality product.


  • Fair question.

    R. B. Wood has over thirty years of project experience and over a decade of fundraising experience along with his passion for good fiction. He has structured this program such that the funds go to the writers, artists, editor and web development. He and M. J. King ("Winter" in the video and fabulous writer/editor as well) initiated this idea at ReaderCON in July of 2013.

    Over the course of the month, we will be announcing the professionals in the industry who have already expressed an interest in contributing stories.

    From R. B. himself: "The names we've lined up in the 'Yes I want to contribute' column is amazing. We have a few Hugo award winners, and quite frankly authors I've been reading for decades. I couldn't be more excited about 'Winter in the City...'"

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  • Marty Halpern! We are excited to have him! Check out his bio posted as the first update or read his blog "More Red Ink" at!

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  • We wanted to build a bit of momentum, and announce new rewards by authors who have offered up perks for as as they happen! That was the original plan--but we've received feedback that announcing earlier would be better (and we all appreciate honest feedback). So we'll begin to release names on 11/2 in batches.

    UPDATE (11/2): Six names have been released. So far...

    UPDATE (11/3): NINE names are out now...

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  • Good Question!

    Once funded, guidelines will be sent to the cadre of interested authors. They will have three months to submit a story (per the guidelines). A month before the deadline, we will open up submissions to the general writer community.

    Marty Halpern is the editor of the anthology. He, R. B. Wood and M. J. King (the two concievers of the anthology) will select those stories that best fit the anthology philosophy.

    Marty will act as tiebreaker and final authority. His name will be on this as editor, and both M. J. and R. B. have the utmost respect for his significant industry acumen.

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