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A new fiction anthology combining the genres of noir crime and urban fantasy, edited by the team behind the DARK FAITH anthologies.
A new fiction anthology combining the genres of noir crime and urban fantasy, edited by the team behind the DARK FAITH anthologies.
A new fiction anthology combining the genres of noir crime and urban fantasy, edited by the team behind the DARK FAITH anthologies.
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Streets of Shadows - A Noir Urban Fantasy Fiction Anthology

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Alliteration Ink and the editorial team that brought you Dark Faith present

You think you're safe. What a joke.

You don't think about the places you pass every day. The side streets. The alleys. Under bridges. The shadows.

All you'd have to do is take a step to the side.  Then you'd know.

Life on the streets ain't easy. It takes someone tough like me to survive. Danger lurks in the shadows. Yeah, there's muggers and gangs. Sometimes you get zombies, vampires, and ghouls. And if you're real unlucky, you run into the scary stuff.

Whether it's the dirty streets of Detroit, the paved-over cobblestones of London, or the patched asphalt of your hometown, people like me are all that stand between death and your door.

Our world isn't made up of parks and malls. Our world is the streets, covered in shadows.

These are our stories.

From editors Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon comes Streets of Shadows, a collection of urban fantasy crime noir stories that push the boundaries of both genres. These tales of the dark - and magical - side of the urban landscape will be published by Alliteration Ink in late summer 2014.

Attached Authors

Currently attached authors include Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Kevin J. Anderson, Tim Lebbon, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Massey, Tom Piccirilli, and Lucy A. Snyder.  Additional authors have been invited to contribute to the anthology; updated lists will appear in the backer updates.

There will be an open submission period after the Kickstarter ends, so you can have a chance to contribute a story to Streets of Shadows.

All Backer Rewards

Courtesy of Atomic Fly Studios, all backers at any level will get desktop-resolution wallpapers of the kick-ass wraparound book cover!

Courtesy of the publisher, all backers at any level will get a DRM-free MP3 of Steven Saus reading his urban fantasy story "Kicking the Habit" from Hungry For Your Love and his single author collection of the same name.

Getting the Books

When you pledge $10 or more, you will receive the eBook in all three major formats:  PDF, ePub, and Kindle.  Every reward level above $10 includes the eBook!

When you pledge $20 or more, you will get the eBook and you will also receive the trade paperback with the gorgeous wraparound cover from Atomic Fly Studios.  Every reward level above $20 includes the trade paperback!

BUT WAIT. We make it easy for you to pledge for the number and kind of books that you want.  Want to get the paperback and the hardcover?  Want the hardcover and a story critique?  No problem.

We also offer add-ons for more copies to ANY REWARD LEVEL! For extra copies of the eBook, add $10 per copy to the reward level of your choice, whether it already includes the book or not. For copies of the paperback, add $20 per copy to any level, and for copies of the hardcover, add $65 per copy to any level.

You can choose any combination of any number of extra copies; just add the total price of your copies to the amount you pledge. At the end of the project we'll send you a survey so you can let us know exactly what you ordered.

Our Goals

Once we hit this fundraising goal, the project will be able to go ahead and pay all the creative folks for their work.  All authors will get at least the current SFWA professional rate.

 When we reach this fundraising goal, your funding will help ensure that all authors in the anthology will get the new SFWA professional rate.

Once we reach this funding goal, we can afford to pay for interior line art for all backers to get in their copies of the anthology.

With this funding goal, all backers win!  More stories will be included in the anthology, so you'll get even more for your pledge!

Where is the money going?

Our initial goal is enough to pay everyone involved - the authors, the editors, and the cover artist - a professional rate.  Here's how the funding percentage for our initial goal breaks down:

Who we are

Alliteration Ink is run by Steven Saus (member SFWA/HWA), focusing on anthologies and single-author collections, with over a dozen titles across two imprints. Their most recent publications are What Fates Impose; Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming; and An Inheritance of Stone, with Steampunk World currently in production.  Steven is also an author, his work appears in multiple anthologies and periodicals from other publishers.

Maurice Broaddus

Maurice Broaddus has written hundreds of short stories, essays, novellas, and articles. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, including Asimov's SF, Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static, and Weird Tales Magazine. He is the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series (Apex Books) and the author of the urban fantasy trilogy, Knights of Breton Court (Angry Robot Books). He has been a teaching artist for over five years, teaching creative writing to elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults. Visit his site at www.MauriceBroaddus.com.

Jerry Gordon

Jerry Gordon is the Bram Stoker nominated co-editor of the Dark Faith and Last Rites anthologies. His fiction has appeared in Apex Magazine, Shroud, and The Midnight Diner. You can find him blurring genre lines at www.jerrygordon.net and saying inappropriate things on Twitter @jerrylgordon.

Guidelines

We will be accepting open submissions for this anthology only after the funding period has ended.  Limited slots will be available.  Details will be forthcoming once the project has funded. 

Please note Alliteration Ink's crowdfunding ethics policy before deciding to submit.  Your submission will be regarded as agreement to comply with Alliteration Ink's policies.

Risks and challenges

In all projects that involve contributions from multiple people and companies, there's the possibility of an unexpected delay here or there. We already have the cover art, and our attached author list is made of industry professionals who have a proven track record of delivering amazing stories on time.

However, real life can intervene, and we are determined to bring you the best possible book. We will keep you, the backers, updated as more authors are confirmed and their stories included, or should something tragic occur that keeps a listed author from appearing in the anthology.

The Alliteration Ink policy on crowdfunding is available here: http://alliterationink.com/policies.html#crowdfunding .

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    A signed paperback copy of *Kicking the Habit*, *Pencils Made This Scar*, and *Bought Love is a Salaried Position* courtesy of author and publisher Steven Saus, PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    A Limited Edition hardcover copy of ORGY OF SOULS, signed by Wrath James White and Maurice Broaddus, PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    A short story critique (up to 10,000 words) from KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT author and DARK FAITH I & II and STREETS OF SHADOWS co-editor Maurice Broaddus! PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    A short story critique (up to 10,000 words) from DARK FAITH I & II and STREETS OF SHADOWS co-editor Jerry Gordon! PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    An *autographed* three-hardcover set of HUNTERS OF DUNE, WINDS OF DUNE, and HELLHOLE by Kevin J. Anderson (over $80 in hardcovers BEFORE the signature), PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    A short story collaboration with KNIGHTS OF BRETON COURT author Maurice Broaddus! (Details: Up to 15 pages/4,000 words of story, with the work divided equally. An idea-generating session + a follow up. One complete collaborative rough draft. One complete collaborative final draft. An agreement about the final contents signed off on by both collaborators, after which any changes can only be made to editorial order, and by agreement of both collaborators. Both names to be credited, in the order chosen by the publishing editor. A 50/50 split of any monetary compensation.) PLUS the trade paperback version of *Streets of Shadows* PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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    One of the editors will fly to your town and take you and a date to a restaurant of our choosing for a personal book launch, five trade paperbacks of the anthology signed by both editors and two headliners of our choice, five limited edition hardbacks of the anthology signed by both editors and two headliners of our choice, PLUS the entire anthology delivered to your email inbox in multiple DRM-free digital formats (ePub, Kindle, and PDF) for your convenience, PLUS the backer-only bookmark and your name in the backer list in all versions of the book.

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