SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 8/19/2014

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.


What’s it about? An anthology of age-appropriate stories that all kids can identify with.

Why it’s interesting: Editors Corie and Sean Weaver are looking to “foster the love of SF in a new generation” with this anthology. They point out that “while books like the Hunger Games and Divergent have brought a whole new generation of young readers to science fiction, there’s not a lot of short, accessible stories for middle grade readers.”  That’s where Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide comes in. Authors already lined up for the project include Nancy Kress, Deborah Walker, and Eric James Stone. The ebook is $10, while the paperback is $25.


What’s it about? SF anthology exploring disability & the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Why it’s interesting: Co-editors Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad are raising funds to publish this anthology of disability-themed speculative fiction, which will be published by Futurefire.net Publishing. They say, “We want people of all abilities to see themselves, as they are now and as they want to be, in our collective human future.” Submissions will open immediately after the fundraising campaign ends. The ebook is $5, while the paperback is $25.


What’s it about? A high-quality board book featuring gorgeous Lovecraft-themed illustrations for every letter of the alphabet.

Why it’s interesting: You’re never too young to experience cosmic terror…or learn the alphabet. With C is for Cthulhu: The Lovecraft Alphabet Board Book your little ones can do both. The book features monsters and characters inspired by the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft and the illustrations by Greg Murphy are pretty cool. The text was written by Jason Ciaramella, an Eisner Award nominated author of comics and graphic novels (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters, Magic: The Gathering). A PDF of the book is $5, while the print book is $15.


What’s it about? Three days of movies, music, art, literature, and games adapted and inspired by master weird tale author H.P. Lovecraft.

Why it’s interesting: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival returns to Los Angeles for its fifth year starting September 26. This year’s guest authors include John Shirley, Nancy Holder, Cody Goodfellow, and Ross E. Lockhart. Tickets start at $25. Other rewards include T-shirts, posters, and Cthulhu Pickles.


What’s it about? Squarriors is the epic saga of warring animals in a post-human world. Specifically a small tribe known as the Tin Kin, and their struggles building a life in the new world while confronting the hostile neighboring Maw tribe.
Why it’s interesting: Squarriors sounds like a post-apocalyptic Watership Down, which sounds pretty damned interesting to me. Aside from the setting, the art looks pretty good too and who doesn’t want to see savage squirrels fighting it out for world domination? Rewards start at just $3 for the first issue in PDF, and go on from there with physical copies, alternate covers and other rewards.