New stretch goal achieved!
I passed $7,000, which means that in addition to the collection, I'll also create a Complete Stories e-book collection, for backers only. It will include every single original story I've published to date (except maybe a couple of work-for-hire pieces, but if I own the rights, it'll be in there). Anyone who donates enough to get the collection e-book (a mere $10), will get the Complete Stories too, with over 100 stories, plus story notes.
I'm raising money to fund publication of my third collection of short stories, Antiquities and Tangibles, which will include at least one new, never-before-published original story, plus story notes and an introduction. The final products will include a DRM-free e-book in assorted formats and a trade paperback edition (probably produced in partnership with a small press publisher, to make a prettier-than-usual package).
Supporting me isn't quite a total gamble on a mysterious and unknown writer. My previous two collections, Little Gods (2003) and Hart & Boot & Other Stories (2003), were traditionally published, and well received -- the latter was a finalist for the World Fantasy Award for best collection. I suspect I could sell this one, too, but I had so much fun doing a Kickstarter for a novel last year, I thought I'd try again with a collection. I've got some fun rewards lined up, in addition to the simple preorder-the-book factor.
My stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and assorted other anthologies. I've won a Hugo Award for my short fiction, and have been a finalist for Theodore Sturgeon Memorial, Bram Stoker, and Nebula Awards. Sample some of my free stories if you want a taste.
In addition to a new story (or more; see stretch goals below), Antiquities and Tangibles will include the best stories I've published in the past several years, including my Sturgeon Award-nominated "Her Voice in a Bottle"; Stoker Award finalist "The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft" (with Nick Mamatas); and stories that have appeared in various year's best volumes, including "Artifice and Intelligence" and "From Around Here." Plus several other stories that didn't get as much attention when they first came out, but which I think are among my best work.
Maybe this is wildly optimistic hubris, but!
If I hit $3,000, I will write a second original story for the book.
If I hit $4,000, I will write a third new story for the book.
If I hit $5,000, I will commission illustrations for some of the stories from artists I like and wish to give money.
If I reach $7,000, I will do a Complete Stories e-book collection, for backers only. It will include every single original story I've published to date (except maybe a couple of work-for-hire pieces, but if I own the rights, it'll be in there). Anyone who donates enough to get the collection e-book (a mere $10), will get the Complete Stories too, with over 100 stories.
I'm not comfortable saying nice things about my own work. Here are nice things some writers and editors and unbylined reviewers have said about me. They are trustworthy souls.
"In the field of fantastic literature, there's an exciting group of
new young writers poised to take us into fascinating new directions. Tim
Pratt is among the best of them. His stories have moved me, enchanted
me, frightened me... and always leave me wanting more." –Terri Windling
"Sharp writing, cool characters, fascinating ideas, and the courage to have fun." –Jeffrey Ford
"Tim Pratt is in the vanguard of the next generation of master American fantasists."
"A genuine talent.... Pratt is a writer to watch."
- (30 days)