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SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: Familiar, ZILF!, Spanish Women of Wonder

Crowdfunding 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 Crowdfunding 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? A short film adaptation of a China Mieville short story.

Why it’s interesting: Filmmaker Joshua Gates is making a short movie based on Mieville’s story “Familiar,” about a man who “summons a creature from beyond” that is more than he bargained for. The story comes from Mieville’s Looking for Jake collection. The Familiar will be shot with practical effects with the help of Kevon Ward, a former contestant on SyFy’s Face Off, and Brett Nienburg.

A digital download of the film is $20. Rewards include signed posters, T-shirts, and DVD/Blu-rays.

What’s it about? A comedic zombie novel from the author of the Demon Squad series.

Why it’s interesting: From the demented mind of Tim Marquitz comes ZILF!, a novel about the “hottest pseudo-corpse since Lily Munster” and the man who goes on a quest to “hunt down the only scientist capable of saving his love from the horrible infection that threatens to turn her into a full-blown zombie.” The book will have a cover and interior illustrations from Zombie Nation‘s Carter Reid.

The ebook is $8, while the trade paperback (plus ebook) is $25. Other rewards include T-shirts and Tuckerizations.

What’s it about? A new premium hardcover printing of Apocrypha from H.P. Lovecraft’s Living Cult of Cthulhu.

Why it’s interesting: The Book of Starry Wisdom compiles H.P. Lovecraft’s public domain cycle of Cthulhu stories (Dagon, The Call of Cthulhu, The Shadow Over Innsmouth), edited and produced by Simon Berman and illustrated by Valerie Herron. Included are essays and “musings” by Lovecraftian scholars, writers, and devotees. The nearly 200-page hardback “features a leather textured cover with gold foil pressed symbols of significance to the Cult of Cthulhu” as well as 13 interior black and white illustrations.

For $40 you get the book, plus all the unlocked stretch goal upgrades, a Kickstarter exclusive velvet cover stock bookmark featuring art from the project, and an ebook copy of The Book of Starry Wisdom.

What’s it about? A science fiction anthology written by Spanish women and translated into English.

Why it’s interesting: The book consists of 11 science fiction stories that the editors say “should be known and read beyond Spanish-speaking borders.” Editor Ann VanderMeer wrote the foreword and Sue Burke will translate the stories.

The ebook is €5. Other rewards include ebooks, magazine subscriptions, and a membership to BCon2016.

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About James Aquilone (115 Articles)
James Aquilone is an editor and writer, mostly of the speculative ilk, from Staten Island, New York. His fiction has appeared in Nature’s Futures, Galaxy’s Edge, Flash Fiction Online, and Weird Tales Magazine, among many other publications. His nonfiction has appeared in SF Signal, Den of Geek, Shock Totem, and Hellnotes. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the Horror Writers Association. Visit him at
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