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About

Postcards From Impossible Worlds is a new print collection from ChiZine Publications bringing together 88 strange, surprising and genre-bending postcard stories from award-winning author Peter Chiykowski, creator of the microfiction project The Shortest Story.  

Each one-page photographic short story reads like a postcard sent from a life you never lived or a reality that never quite existed--parallel worlds populated by evil twins, insecure ghosts, pep-talking cannibals, judgmental sea monsters, juggling vigilantes, or lovesick apocalypse survivors.  

The volume includes seven stories narrated by Cecil Baldwin, the voice of Welcome to Night Vale, with up to 13 stories unlocked as stretch goals. Audio will be made available through short-links in the book itself.

The stories in Postcards From Impossible Worlds criss-cross genres, topics and themes.   

Every page is a new premise:

  • The human race wakes up to discover the oceans have vanished
  • An apocalypse survivor follows her mother's dying words down the railroad tracks toward an unknown destination;
  • The Statue of Liberty comes to life and rampages down the coast to Washington. Here are some examples.

You can read more dozens more stories on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Tapastic, Commaful or Wattpad. And here are two sample stories read by Cecil Baldwin.

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The collection features the best of shorteststory.com, along with approximately 20 stories that have never been seen before, including guest stories and photography from some incredible collaborators.

Cecil Baldwin is is an actor/performer currently living in New York City and the voice of Cecil Palmer on Welcome to Night Vale. Accept no substitutes or government-created clones.

Robert Shearman has worked as writer for television, radio and the stage. His short fiction has won the Shirley Jackson Award, British Fantasy Award, and Edge Hill Short Story Reader’s Prize, and his 2005 episode of Doctor Who, "Dalek," was runner-up for the Hugo Award.

Helen Marshall is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of two short story collections and two poetry chapbooks. Her stories and poetry have appeared in magazines and anthologies including Abyss & Apex, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and Tor.com.

Shawn Coss is a dark artist from Ohio. For 9 years he has been working as an independent artist and an artist for the widely popular webcomic series Cyanide and Happiness. He is also the co-owner and artist of Any Means Necessary clothing and the creator of the Inktober Illness mental health series.

Sonya Ballantyne is a filmmaker and writer from Misipawistik Cree Nation. Her work focuses on Indigenous women and girls in horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. Sonya is a vocal advocate for positive media representation for Indigenous women and girls and has spoken on the topic at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival, We Day Manitoba, and at a TedX Winnipeg event in 2017.

James Miller is the creator of A Small Fiction, a digital and print collection 140-character short stories, and co-creator the comic Dear Toadington and the company Embros Creative with his brother Jefferson.

Sandra Kasturi is a poet, writer and editor, and the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning press, ChiZine Publications. Born in Estonia to an Estonian mother and Sri Lankan father, she now lives in Canada.

Jordan Shiveley is a game writer, zine creator, designer behind voidmerch.net, and the author of the Dread Singles (@hottestsingles) Twitter account, a maddening descent into micro-horror and Lovecraftian social media.

Inna Yasinska is a nature, portrait and wedding photographer born in Kiev but raised in Toronto, Canada. Her work has been featured on VSCO, Exposure, Roots Canada and The Radiant Life Blog.


THE EBOOK

$12 CAD (~$9 USD)

  • A DRM-free digital copy of the book sent to the email address of your choice as a PDF


THE BOOK + EBOOK

$25 CAD (~$19 USD)

  • One copy of Postcards From Impossible Worlds with stretch goal adornments (art paper covers, French flaps and gold foil)
  • PDF of the book


BOOK + HIGH RESOLUTION WALLPAPER PACK + AUDIO DOWNLOAD

$35 CAD (~$27 USD)

  • High-res versions of the author's 12 favourite stories from shorteststory.com in up to 1920x1080
  • One easy link for downloading all narrated stories as separate files
  • One copy of the book with all adornments
  • PDF of the book

"READ FAST, DIE OLD" T-SHIRT + BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$55 CAD (~$42 USD)

The shirts will be 100% cotton and range from size S to 3X.

  • "Read Fast, Die Old, Leave a Maddening Labyrinth of Books" T-shirt
  • A physical copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book


1 YEAR OF "POSTCARDS FROM THE FUTURE" + SIGNED BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$75 CAD (~$57 USD)

A signed copy of the book, and a monthly postcard story will be signed and mailed to you from October 2018 until September 2019. Every postcard will feature a story that will not be visible on shorteststory.com for at least 3 months and will not be included in the book.

  • A signed copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • 12 signed postcard stories mailed to you over 12 months
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book

SIGNED CANVAS PRINT + SIGNED BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$75 CAD (~$57 USD)

Get a signed copy of the book plus a signed copy of the story of your choice from shorteststory.com printed on canvas and wrapped on a wooden frame. You will also be able to choose a 12" x 8" rectangular frame or a 12" x 12" square frame with a black bar for the title and a black bar for the signature.

  • Story of your choice signed on canvas wrap frame
  • A signed copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book


COMPLETE CZP EBOOK LIBRARY + SIGNED BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$150 CAD (~$114 USD)

Get every book from ChiZine Publications catalogue, including rare and out of print books, emailed to the address of your choice. (North America only. Includes all books up to April 2018.) 

  • Every ChiZine Publications ebook released up to summer 2018
  • A signed copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • A physical copy of the book w/ all upgrades 
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book

YOUR CUSTOM SHORTEST STORY + SIGNED BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$250 CAD (~$190 USD)

Author Peter Chiykowski will write and design a custom postcard story based on a prompt from you (a concept, a character, a plot line or a set of words), which will be posted on shorteststory.com with a dedication to the person of your choice, and sent to you as signed, matted print.

  • A custom postcard story based on an original prompt by you
  • High-res file of your custom postcard story
  • A printed, signed and matted copy of your story
  • A signed copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book
  • Initial run limited to 10


AWARD-WINNING EDITORIAL SERVICES + SIGNED BOOK + DIGITAL EXTRAS

$3,500 CAD (~$2660 USD)

Get a copy of the book plus a full editorial treatment of your fiction manuscript by Sandra Kasturi, the Bram Stoker and World Fantasy Award-winning editor and co-founder of ChiZine Publications. 

  • Complete editorial review of a book-length work
  • A signed copy of the book w/ all upgrades
  • 12 high-res digital wallpapers
  • All narrated stories available for download
  • PDF of the book

Peter Chiykowski is an award-winning writer, editor and cartoonist. He's known as the creator of the webcomics Rock, Paper, Cynic, Is It Canon? and What's George Doing Today? and the parody Twitter sensation Dad Joke Han Solo.  

His work has appeared or made mention in major news outlets and literary venues like Asimov’s Science Fiction, The New Quarterly, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Speculative Writing and The Globe and Mail.

ChiZine Publications is a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction. Over the past decade they have published over 100 ground-breaking books in genre fiction. 

// SPECIAL THANKS //

Mathias Semman is a graphic designer and artist based in Toronto. He animated the stunning graphics for the Kickstarter video and hand-drew the design of the Kickstarter t-shirt.

Darryl Whetter is a writer, editor and the inaugural director of the first taught creative writing MA in Singapore and southeast Asia. He is the person who turned me into a professional writer,, and I also met my wife in his class, so I am super indebted to him. He is writing the foreword to the book.

Sandra Kasturi has been my always-supportive guide to the publishing industry and has been trying to get a short story collection out of me for 6 years. I'm grateful to have her in the volume and in my life.

I am also indebted to the many incredible photographers who have made their work available on Unsplash, and to the many people who have supported The Shortest Story since the beginning.

Risks and challenges

The manuscript for the book is complete (with the exception of guest contributions) and set to go to print immediately upon completion of the Kickstarter campaign. ChiZine Publications has published more than 100 books over the past decade and is committed to delivering this collection on time. My last book with them, The HMS Bad Idea, was released on time to all backers.

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