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The Christmas Mummy and Other Carols: A Holiday Story Collection by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt
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Do you have book-loving friends who need holiday gifts? Do you want to treat yourself to something warm and wonderful this winter? We've got you covered: just get a copy (or a dozen) of The Christmas Mummy and Other Carols.

This collection gathers 15 holiday stories by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt (that's us) in one perfect winter gift of a package, plus whimsical and wonderful illustrations by a variety of artists. 

If you order physical rewards, you'll get them before the winter solstice. (The book is good for any winter holiday, and there are even New Year's and winter stories in here, but we'll be honest, there's a lot of Christmas in it, though it's all more secular Santa than reverent religious.)

For over a decade, Tim Pratt and Heather Shaw have been writing holiday stories (together and separately), first publishing them as chapbooks for friends and family, and since 2010 writing a new story every year for audio magazine Podcastle. We've also written wintry seasonal stories for Drabblecast and other publications. We're pretty great at it.

In these stories, a Christmas wish becomes a Krampus curse, the holiday spirit turns dangerously contagious, the queen of winter visits the icy moon Europa, a jinni looks for love in a steamy cafe, a trickster god celebrates New Year's Eve, a pair of cryptozoologists hunt flying reindeer, and Ebenezer Scrooge hires a ghost-hunter to rid him of meddlesome spirits, among other celebrations.

As an exclusive treat for kickstarter backers, this includes a brand new sequel to our most beloved holiday tale, "The Christmas Mummy." (You can listen at that link. Some people listen to it every year.)

The Christmas Mummy by Greg van Eekhout
The Christmas Mummy by Greg van Eekhout

WHAT DO YOU GET?

Ebook at the MISER level! (Sorry, it was funny.)

Signed book at the ELF level!

Signed and custom gift wrapped book at the SANTA level!

Mummy gift wrap! It's funny because mummies are wrapped, also.
Mummy gift wrap! It's funny because mummies are wrapped, also.

Gift-wrapped book and a set of custom holiday cards at the KRAMPUS level!

All of the above, plus you get added to our personal Christmas card/chapbook list at the NAUGHTY LIST level!

ADD ONS

Some people want more than one copy! We approve of these people. If you decide you'd like to add on extra copies, just click "Manage your pledge" and add $20 for each additional copy you want (plus another $20 per book for shipping if you're outside the US; we don't have free flying reindeer delivery capabilities, alas). If you backed at the SANTA level or above, we'll gift wrap up to FIVE extra copies at $20 each, with no additional charge for the extra wrapping. 

When we send out our backer surveys, we'll check with you to confirm how many extra copies you're getting, and how you want them all inscribed.  

STRETCH GOALS

ILLUSTRIOUS: If we reach $4,000, we'll have illustrations for ALL the stories instead of just some.

AUDIBLE: Hark! If we reach $6,000, we'll put together a downloadable audiobook anthology, collecting existing audio adaptations (whenever possible; we got permission for some already) and commissioning new ones, and make that audiobook available to everyone who backs at the ELF level and above!

If it does any more than that, we'll figure out extra holiday treats.

Risks and challenges

We've both been editing and making books for a long time. We've got this. We're getting started early enough that rewards should arrive well before Christmas, barring some kind of catastrophe.

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    MISER: Ebook

    Maybe you just want to read the stories on your phone or tablet or what have you in an attractive ebook form? This is how you do that!

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    ELF: Signed book

    You get a signed book! We'll even inscribe it to you or the lucky gift recipient. You get the ebook too.

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    SANTA: Book in custom gift wrap

    We'll send you a signed, inscribed book... and wrap it in custom gift wrap featuring illustrations from the book, ready to tuck under a tree or stick in a (large) wooden shoe. It will be so fancy and rare. You get the ebook too.

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    KRAMPUS: Wrapped book and custom cards

    We'll send you the gift-wrapped book AND a set of five custom holiday cards with cool art! Probably too late to send out this year honestly, but next time for sure. You get the ebook too.

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    NAUGHTY LIST: Get on our Xmas card list

    You get the gift-wrapped book and the holiday cards... and we'll add you to our personal Christmas card list, so you'll get our print holiday chapbooks for as long as we do them! (We plan to keep doing the for the foreseeable future.) This is some pretty collector's-item type stuff right here. You get the ebook too.

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