About this project
NEW ADD-ON! 11 books for $11. See *reward* section for all of the glorious details.
"Now that short fiction has become as standardized as the SATs and Common Core—all in order to 'judge' and 'rank' writers—I'm excited to see what Richard Thomas brings to the game. Gamut will be the new magazine not written for the little old lady in Dubuque."
—Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club
"Gamut will be cool, and it will be out there, right on the edges of fiction. I can't wait."
—Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting
“As publishing venues grow ever more polarized—niche market over here, stadium rock over there—the need for passionate, thoughtful, unafraid publishing space is crucial. Enter Gamut.”
—Marcus Sakey, author of Brilliance
"I beg to differ with Mr. Palahniuk: There's a fabulous indie bookstore in Dubuque, and little old ladies have been known to write some astonishing speculative fiction. Some of it might even end up in this magazine, which promises to bring together the fresh and the dark and the extraordinary. Look for great, weird things from [Gamut]."
—Rebecca Makkai, author of The Hundred-Year House
"A killer lineup of creators."
—Rose O'Keefe, Publisher, Eraserhead Press
“The heavyweight talent behind Gamut is a promise of great things to come.”
—K. Allen Wood, Publisher, Shock Totem Publications
“It doesn't matter if a writer has a big name, a pen name, or no name, if they're writing excellent and edgy fiction, Richard Thomas has probably read their work. But Richard's a busy guy—seriously, read his bio—and doesn't have time to meet for coffee or martinis or bowling anytime someone wants to talk about what they should be reading next. Thankfully, now there is Gamut, which is sure to become an index of some of the best fiction writers working today.”
—Diane Goettel, Executive Editor, Black Lawrence Press
Gamut will include mostly fiction (some original, some reprints) but also columns, non-fiction, art, flash fiction, poetry, and maybe even a serial memoir or novella. I have a word count per month in mind, based on my budget, and I’m looking to release new content several times a week.
I will start off by publishing work via solicitations and will then open it up to submissions later in 2016. We will pay 10 cents per word for original fiction (double the current professional standard) and 3 cents per word for reprints.
The calendar will be something like this:
- Mondays—New Fiction
- Wednesdays—Reprint Fiction
- Fridays—Flash Fiction (stretch goal)
- Saturday Night Special—Serialization (stretch goal)
Well, if you’ve read any of the anthologies I’ve edited (The New Black, Burnt Tongues, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, or Exigencies) then you know what my aesthetic is, for sure. Also, you can see the work (and authors) I’ve published at Dark House Press. And of course, my own writing (and YES, I will be publishing some of my own work at Gamut as well, new and reprint).
So I’m open to:
- Science fiction
- Neo-noir, crime, mystery, thrillers
- Magical realism
- Southern gothic
- Literary fiction
- Weird / bizarro
Anything done with innovation, heart and emotion—that's what I want. Everything I enjoy reading and writing typically leans toward the dark side, but I have been known to embrace lighter work, and humor, now and then. It just has to MOVE me. And I like to be surprised.
Also, diversity is important to us—so whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin, current location—send us work, we want to read it.
To date, here are the authors that have given me a verbal commitment to publish original and/or reprint fiction at Gamut:
Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Brian Evenson, Usman T. Malik, Matt Bell, Damien Angelica Walters, Letitia Trent, Mercedes M. Yardley, Alyssa Wong, Benjamin Percy, Lindsay Hunter, Axel Taiari, Amanda Gowin, Laura Benedict, Nathan Ballingrud, Dino Parenti, Ted E. Grau, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Sarah Read, Paula Bomer, Kelly Luce, Livia Llewelyn, Josh Malerman, Carmen Machado, Peter Tieryas, Kevin Catalano, Paul Tremblay, John Langan, Nina McConigley, Nik Korpon, Craig Wallwork, Steve Himmer, Antonia Crane, Steve Rasnic Tem, Kristi DeMeester, Tara Ison, David James Keaton, Cassandra Khaw, Nikki Guerlain, Lucy A. Snyder, JS Breukelaar, Helen Marshall, Amelia Gray, H. L. Nelson, Craig Davidson, Jacklyn Dre Marceau, and Lincoln Michel.
Poets will include:
Jeffrey Skinner, Nickole Brown, Cate Marvin, Paul Guest, Blas Falconer, Carrie Jerrell, Gary Jackson, Erica Dawson, Laura Van Prooyen, Simone Muench, Charles Jensen, Ace Boggess, and Jeannine Hall Gailey.
Each and every one of these authors is a voice that moves me, innovates, and takes risks on the page.
I’ve asked the following artists to be a part of Gamut:
Luke Spooner (who will illustrate 52 original stories and 52 reprint stories, for a total of 104 images in our first year alone. He also did the art for our Facebook page, Twitter account, and our Kickstarter header.)
George C. Cotronis (spot art)
Daniele Serra (spot art)
and Bob Crum (spot art and web design)
as well as photographer Jennifer Moore
- FICTION: Dino Parenti, Mercedes M. Yardley and Casey Frechette are going to be my fiction editors, and first readers. Each one of them brings something unique to the table—they're all excellent authors, and they understand my aesthetic.
- POETRY: Even though poetry is not my strength, I want there to be a place for it at Gamut, so I’m putting Heather Foster (one of my favorite poets) in charge. She’ll be assisted by Whittney Jones.
- COLUMNS: AND I’m excited to have three columnists providing regular material—Keith Rawson, Max Booth, and RK Arceneaux. Keith will focus on non-fiction, essays, and reviews, while Max and RKA will provide their own unique brand of humor and observation. We'll also employ a number of freelance essayists covering everything from film and books to travel and food.
The main reward is the subscription, which will be $30 for one year (only $2.50 a month). I will NEVER offer this rate again. This is a one-time only event, this Kickstarter, and now is when I need your support the most. (The regular price will be $60 a year, or $5 a month.)
By helping to make this magazine happen NOW, there is another bonus—if you renew every year, your rate will NEVER GO UP. Seriously. I want to reward you for being an early adopter, for showing your support, and this is one way I can do that.
NEW REWARDS ADDED 2/3/16
We have added a few new rewards! There are several editing options for the POETS now at the $30, $100 and $200 levels. There are limited quantities to all of these rewards. Here are their extended bios:
Heather Foster lives on a farm in Tennessee. She has worked as a college level writing instructor, a freelance editor, and is currently in hot pursuit of a nursing degree. A Best of the Net and Pushcart nominee, she earned her MFA in poetry from Murray State and is an occasional guest blogger for Superstition Review. Her stories can be found in Exigencies (Dark House Press, 2015) and Monkeybicycle, and her poems have appeared in Third Coast, Word Riot, Tampa Review, PANK, Anderbo, Rhino Poetry, South Dakota Review, Weave Magazine, Cutthroat, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Mead: The Magazine of Literature & Libations.
Whittney Jones was the winner of the 2014 Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize. She earned her MFA from Murray State University and is at work on her first collection of poems, which focuses on life and love in southern Illinois coal country. Her poems are featured in Ninth Letter, Zone 3, Split Lip, Switchback, Minnesota Review, and Sundog Lit, among other journals.
NEW REWARDS ADDED 2/4/16
Subscription and consultation, at $60, 30 minutes with Richard Thomas and Mercedes M. Yardley. Limited quantity. Ask us anything! Skype/GHang. Limited.
REWARD ADDED 2/5/16
Subscription + Gamut Craft Videos. FIVE 30 minute videos. $80 (MSRP: $210)
- Richard Thomas: Dynamic Settings. How can you pull your readers in and immerse them in the world you’re building—whether it is Mars, a vast wasteland, a haunted forest, downtown Chicago, or a quiet meal at home.
- Mercedes M. Yardley: Writing in Stolen Moments. Where do you find the time? What if you could use wasted time to craft your work? Here are some tips and secrets to squeeze the most out of your day.
- Heather Foster: Stealing from Poets. What can prose writers learn from poetry about structure, image, and meter.
- Dino Parenti: Literary and Genre: Perfect Bedfellows. Genre fiction can be literary and literary fiction can embrace the best aspects of genre fiction—they are not mutually exclusive.
- Casey Frechette: Loss, Dismemberment, and Irrevocability. What do Luke Skywalker, Phineas Poe, and Roland Deschain have in common?
REWARDS ADDED 2/5/16 - Huge Written Backwards Addition
Thanks to the extremely generous Michael Bailey of Written Backwards, we are adding in several new packages today. See below.
5 sets of The Cal Wild Chronicles by Written Backwards, signed by Gene O’Neill, which includes THE CONFESSIONS OF ST. ZACH, THE BURDEN OF INDIGO, THE NEAR FUTURE, and THE FAR FUTURE, each illustrated by Orion Zangara and with introductions by John R. Little, Lisa Morton, Meghan Arcuri and Scott Edelman. Each set will also include the first book in the illustrated ALLEVON series: AT THE LAZY K, a novella by Gene O’Neill.
We've added two different rewards—just the postcards at $30 (plus shipping) or the annual subscription + postcards (plus shipping) for $60. You will get 5 different designs (20 total postcards) from our extremely talented illustrators, designers, and photographers: Luke Spooner, George C. Cotronis, Daniele Serra, Bob Crum, and Jennifer Moore.
Medallion Press has generously donated TWENTY sets of books, including Burnt Tongues (transgressive anthology), which I edited with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer; Knuckleduster (military thriller) by Andrew Post; Suckerpunch (MMA thriller) by Jeremy Brown, and The Devils That Have Come to Stay (an acid Western) by Pamela DiFranceso.
SUBSCRIPTION + HANDMADE COASTERS
Reward #3, plus a set of four, handmade Gamut "G" coasters by Dino Parenti. 5" square, almost 3/8" thick, of exotic hardwoods. Limited to ten sets. Plus shipping. (MSRP: $140)
SUBSCRIPTION + CUSTOM PHOTO SESSION $250
Need a book cover, poster or specific photo to go with one of your projects? Joseph Rubinstein has 15 years of photography experience working with companies like Vice, Red Bull, and Warner Bros. He will create a custom image for you based on your story and direction! This photo will include 1-2 models, make up, on a blue screen. Retouching and background compositing included. (Any specialized props or clothing must be provided by the backer). Limited. (MSRP $1,000)
For more examples of his work, and range, CLICK HERE.
Joseph Rubinstein lives in an artist’s loft in downtown Los Angeles, and holds a degree in painting and film from Savannah College of Art and Design. Joe has been a working photographer and cinematographer for 15 years. His work features fantasy elements leaning towards the macabre. Joe has had 3 gallery shows and participated in many group shows.
SUBSCRIPTION + ASHLEY DAVIS CONSULTATION $150
Since 2010 Evensong Editing has worked on over 1,000 manuscripts with hundreds of authors and publishing companies. They specialize in horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and speculative/weird fiction. You may send Ashley a writing sample, a list of questions/topics to go over, or a manuscript at least 24 hours before the 30-minute consultation. Plus free subscription. (MSRP: $310)
SUBSCRIPTION + LAYOUT / FORMATTING $100
Have your book professionally formatted by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s co-owner Lori Michelle. Lori formats books for not only PMMP, but also Dark Moon Digest, BloodBound Books, Crystal Lake Publishing, and Bizarro Pulp Press. She will take your manuscript, clean it up, add proper headers, and give your book the punch you need to make it the work of art it is. She will also make your book ready for Kindle and Nook uploading. No more fooling with CSS code for you. LIMITED (MSRP: $210.00) Why not pair this with the custom photo shoot for cover art!
ADDED 2/23/16: EBOOKS!
Due to demand we're adding in eBooks now, at 50% OFF standard rates.
ANNUAL EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION
You get a full eBook subscription for one year, in ePub, Mobi and/or PDF format. It will be formatted in monthly issues, 12 per year. Same content as the website. This rate will never be offered again. It will also remain at this rate as long as you renew. Indefinitely. (MSRP: $84)
ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION (WEBSITE + EBOOKS)
You get a full online membership for one year, plus a full eBook subscription, in ePub, Mobi and/or PDF format. It will be formatted in monthly issues, 12 per year. It will also remain at this rate as long as you renew. Indefinitely. (MSRP: $120)
(To upgrade any other offer, simply add $12 more to change to eBook only, or $30 more, to change to eBook and website, and send me a message. ANY reward that is $200 or more will include automatic upgrade to website plus eBook for free.)
ALSO: TAROT CARD READINGS!
This sounds like fun! My friend Martin used to read my cards all the time, and they were eerily accurate. Three unique readings.
SUBSCRIPTION + TAROT READING $60
Internationally known Tarot author, deck creator, radio personality and professional reader Janet Boyer will give select backers THEIR CHOICE of a Full Relationship Reading, Ask Me Anything Reading OR a 12-Month Personalized AstroTarot Forecast. Via E-Mail. Limited. (MSRP: $120)
NEW ADD-ON FOR SUPPORTERS! GIANT eBOOK BUNDLE!
HUGE NEW ADD-ON: 11 eBooks for $11. Staring Into the Abyss by Richard Thomas (Kraken Press); two from Dark House Press—The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, and Echo Lake by Letitia Trent; five from Crystal Lake Publishing—Nameless and Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley, Horror 101: The Way Forward and Fear the Reaper, both edited by Joe Mynhardt, and Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kevin Lucia; two from This is Horror—Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley and The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones; and Choosing Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good edited by H.L. Nelson & Joanne Merriam (Upper Rubber Boot Books).
It’s just our way of saying thank you. 1111, make a wish! FINE PRINT: Not a separate reward. May only be added on to your current pledge of $30 or more.
HOW TO DO IT: Just add $11 to your current pledge and BAM, you get the eBooks. I purposefully made it an odd number so that you know (and I know) that you will be included in this special offer. This is not a reward, it is not located in the reward section. Enjoy!
Why Gamut, why now, why you, Richard? Gamut is a project I've wanted to start for a long time, but I couldn't get the numbers to work, and it came down to print, design, and mailing costs. So I think this option, the online magazine is a perfect solution.
I want to support the voices that aren't getting enough recognition, I want to pay a great rate (twice the going professional rate), and I want to surround myself with talented authors and artists that inspire me.
We need more markets like this, publishing edgy fiction that straddles the fence between genre and literary fiction, and based on the four anthologies I've edited, the books I've published at Dark House Press, and my own writing—I think we're in a golden age of dark fiction, and there is a demand for it.
Over the past eight years I've written and published over 100 short stories, at places as different as PANK and Cemetery Dance, storySouth and Pantheon, as well as three different collections—Herniated Roots, Staring Into the Abyss, and the upcoming Tribulations.
In 2016 I'll publish alongside Stephen King (for the fourth time!), Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum, and Clive Barker. I've also written three novels—Transubstantiate, Disintegration, and Breaker (the last two at Random House Alibi). I'm part of The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books) a novel-in-novellas as well with Nik Korpon, Axel Taiari, and Caleb Ross. And I'll have a craft book out in late 2016 or early 2017.
I've edited four anthologies—The New Black, Burnt Tongues (with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer) a Bram Stoker finalist, The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers, and Exigencies.
I've also been the Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press for the past three years. We've published the aforementioned Exigencies and The New Black, as well as Echo Lake by Letitia Trent, After the People Lights Have Gone Off by Stephen Graham Jones (Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson finalist), The Doors You Mark Are Your Own by Okla Elliott and Raul Clement, and Vile Men by Rebecca Jones-Howe. In 2016 we'll publish Paper Tigers by Damien Angelica Walters, and Scratch by Steve Himmer.
I have an ongoing column at LitReactor.com, Storyville, where I also teach—my Short Story Class selling out every time I've taught it.
This past summer I also taught at the University of Iowa (and I'll be returning in 2016), in Transylvania, and was a speaker and panelist at conferences in WI, TX, and OK. I also teach at Story Studio Chicago. My latest travels took me to UC-Riverside (Palm Desert) where I was a visiting author at the low-res MFA program out there.
I got my MFA at Murray State University in 2012.
I love to write, it's the most fulfilling thing I've ever done, but I also love publishing other authors and showing the world the exciting stories that are being written today.
This is where it really starts to get interesting. I don't want to just raise the base amount, I want to exceed it, double it, triple it. That means we don't just need about 1,700 subscribers, but 3,000 or 4,500. Here are the ways that we'll make the website and content even better through stretch goals:
- $52,000 - OUR BASE GOAL !REACHED!
$53,000 - SCHOLARSHIP !REACHED!
We will set up an annual scholarship to help 2 students. One will focus on low-res MFA students, as there typically isn't much funding for them, and the other will focus on authors not in a formal program.
$56,500 - STRIPPED: A MEMOIR by JACKLYN DRE MARCEAU
We will serialize this fantastic memoir. Jackee was in my MFA program with me, and she was one of the strongest authors I met there. This is a touching, heartbreaking, and alluring story that will have you stopping by our website every Saturday night to see what happens next. Trust me, you won't want to miss this. DESCRIPTION: Stripped: A Memoir showcases one woman’s fifteen-year experience as a professional exotic dancer. With contemporary American culture serving as a backdrop, this book is part coming-of-age tale, part exposé. Jackee struggles with the polarity of spending her days as a mother and student, and her nights as Betty, the strip club alter-ego, in order to support herself and her family. Stripped takes readers on a journey through the hidden world of exotic dancers from the inside out, beginning at the end of the millennia and forging through the tumultuous first decade of the twenty-first century.
$61,700 - FLASH FICTION FRIDAYS (1,000 more original words a week)
This allows us to publish original flash fiction (typically under 1,000 words per story) on a special, dedicated day—Flash Fiction Friday. It will also pay ten cents per word.
$66,900 - FREELANCE NON-FICTION (1,000 more words a week)
This allows us to publish additional non-fiction essays and articles, at ten cents per word.
$72,100 - MORE ORIGINAL FICTION (1,000 more words a week)
This allows us to publish additional original fiction, raising our monthly word limit and budget, at ten cents per word.
$73,660 - MORE REPRINT FICTION (1,000 more words a week)
This allows us to publish additional reprint fiction, raising our monthly word limit and budget, at three cents per word.
$83,660 - BEST OF GAMUT
This $10,000 will allow us to put together a print anthology of the first year of Gamut, selecting the best of our new fiction (about 15 stories). Authors will be paid the standard reprint rate of three cents per word. This money will go to the authors, cover art, interior art, layout and design, ARC printing, postage, and editing costs.
So, how did I come up with $52,000 as our base goal?
- FICTION: The bulk of the costs are the fiction, looking to publish about 156,000 original words, and 186,000 of reprint fiction (I want there to be 5-10 reprints already on the website when we launch). So right there, at ten cents a word, and three cents a word, respectively, that's $15,600 and $5,580. New fiction and reprints will run every week.
- POETRY: We've budgeted about $2,500 a year for weekly poetry.
- WEBSITE: There will be at least $5,000 in website costs—design, layout, hosting, ongoing maintenance, etc.
- COLUMNISTS: We're paying all of our columnists the same rate of tens cents a word, so we've budgeted $5,200 for that.
- FEES: There are legal fees and licenses, costs to incorporate, etc.
- ADVERTISING: We'll need to do some advertising, PR, and marketing.
- SUBMISSIONS: Submittable costs $408 a year, at the lowest level.
- ART: We're paying about $4,000 for original artwork, including new art with every story—a minimum of 104 pieces.
- STAFF: I'm paying my staff for their time, as well as myself.
- KICKSTARTER: And don't forget that Kickstarter takes 5%, plus 3-5% for processing, so up to $5,200.
In conclusion, I just want to say that I hope you'll be a part of this. Your $30 means a lot, and if you can help to spread the word, please do that, too. Don't you want all of your friends to hang out here? I know I do.
I'm a big fan of places like Tor, Cemetery Dance, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Apex, Nightmare, The Missouri Review, Hobart, Juked, Shock Totem, Shimmer, Black Static, Alfred Hitchcock, Ellery Queen, Conjunctions, Tin House and on and on and on. We need more pro-paying markets (at higher rates, too) and we need more publications that embrace both genre and literary fiction—hybrid fiction, genre-bending fiction, the new weird, transgressive, neo-noir, bizarro, and surrealism—and everything in-between.
I want authors who are taking chances to think of us first, to feel like there is a place in the literary and genre communities for risky, edgy fiction that takes your breath away. We have a chance here to do something special. Help me make this happen.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Risks and challenges
I'm not worried about getting excellent fiction (new and reprint) that's not going to be a problem. I also know that when we open the door to submissions that we'll get great stories as well. I will have excellent staff around me to help read those submissions. I have a very talented web designer who will make sure that we can handle all of the website issues—that's probably the area I know the least about, but that's why I've hired him. The biggest concern I have is that I'd really like to get MORE words up every month, so I really hope we can not only raise the minimum needed, but succeed with some stretch goals as well. I have a very simple philosophy—I surround myself with talented people and let them do their job. The past eight years have allowed me to write, edit, teach, and publish—all skills I'll need to make Gamut a success. I hope you'll be a part of this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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