SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 10/13/2013

Crowd funding is the in thing for obtaining money to fund a variety of projects, with Kickstarter being the most prominent of these sites. With new projects going live daily, it’s a chore to keep up with, let alone find, interesting genre projects. The Crowd Funding Roundup will be our effort to bring projects we think are interesting to your attention so you can, if you so choose, decide to help out. These posts are a collaborative effort between James Aquilone and JP Frantz.


Black Labyrinth Book II: Joe R. Lansdale

What’s it about?

New psychological horror novella from award-winning author Joe R. Lansdale illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso.

Why it’s interesting: This is the second in Dark Regions’ Black Labyrinth series of ten psychological horror novels and novellas from the living masters of horror and dark fiction, each illustrated by surrealist artist Santiago Caruso. The first book in the imprint was The Walls of the Castle by Tom Piccirilli. The new novella from Joe Lansdale is set for publication on November 11th, 2014, but Kickstarter contributors will get it at least one month earlier. The ebook is $5, while the trade paperback is $15. It will also come in three different signed, limited editions, starting at $50.

Nevermore

What’s it about?

A feature film about Edgar Allan Poe.

Why it’s interesting: If John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe didn’t do it for you, maybe Jeffrey Combs’ turn as the master of the macabre will. Nevermore, directed by Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator), tells that tale of the writer “as he attempts one last recitation of ‘The Raven’ to save himself from a life of crushing poverty and soul destroying alcoholism.” The screenplay was adapted from the stage play Nevermore, which ran in Los Angeles and toured the country. Rewards include a digital copy of the film’s soundtrack, T-shirts, DVDs, and a copy of the screenplay, signed by Stuart Gordon and Jeffrey Combs.

IN THE DARK – A Horror Anthology

What’s it about?

A monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics.

Why it’s interesting: The 250-page In the Dark features 20 all-new, original horror stories by some of the greatest creators in comics — including Steve Niles, F. Paul Wilson, and Brian Keene. Artists include Declan Shalvey, Tradd Moore, and Dalibor Talajic. A PDF of the book is $10, while the hardcover is $50.

Neverland’s Library – A Fantasy Anthology

What’s it about?

Neverland’s Library is a fantasy anthology of original stories.

Why it’s interesting: Co-editors Roger Bellini and Rebecca Lovatt have assembled this fantasy anthology of original stories that explore the theme of “rediscovery.” Neverland’s Library has a cover by Gabriel Verdon, interior art by Tom Brown, and stories by Tim Marquitz, Mark Lawrence, Marie Brennan, and Miles Cameron. Tad Williams wrote the introduction. A digital copy is $10, while the print edition is $25.

Golem Arcana

What’s it about?

Golem Arcana combines miniatures with mobile technology to deliver a tabletop game that’s easy to learn and fast to play.

Why it’s interesting: Now this looks really cool. A science fantasy miniature game that combines with your tablet or other computing device to make gameplay faster and easier. I’m really curious to see how this integration works in practice, it could be something that brings more people into miniature gaming. Various rewards can be yours, while the base game starts at $65.

The Way of the Tiger Gamebooks, New Collector’s Edition

What’s it about?

The Way of the Tiger series brings intense action in a world of strange fantasy, where ninja dwell in the darkness and sorcerers unleash powers beyond comprehension.

Why it’s interesting: You remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books right? This is like that, only better. Originally part of the Fighting Fantasy series, The Way of the Tiger introduced a non-traditional world and a martial arts fighting style to that series. Sadly, it was left unfinished after 6 books. Until now! The six books of The Way of the Tiger are being revised and printed in a deluxe collectable edition, with full-colour new art inspired by the original, edits and revisions (notably to revise book 6 with author approval), increased dimensions, and hardcover binding. This looks terrific! PDFs of Book 0 and 7 start at $1, while each printed hardback book costs $50 each.

HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!! & Other Improbable Kickstarters

What’s it about?

The anthology will contain 25 or more science fiction/fantasy stories in Kickstarter form; that is, the stories will be told in the form of a fictional Kickstarter project pitch, using the components (and restrictions) of the format to tell the story.

Why it’s interesting: Anyone can put together an anthology of stories, but Help Fund My Robot Army! is trying something different with each story in the form of a Kickstarter pitch. Not sure if this is your cup of tea? Try the free story! If you like it, a pledge of $10 nets you the PDF of the book, 3 randomly selected issues of John Joseph Adams magazines and an ebook of Seeds of Change. The more you pledge, the more story goodness you get!

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