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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 03/30/2013

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.


What’s it about?

Evil Jester launches a comic series with tales from horror legends and rising stars.

Why it’s interesting: Evil Jester is looking to bring back those classic horror comics from days of yore, such as Tales From the Crypt and Creepy. They’ve rounded up a nice line-up of authors for that purpose: Gary Braunbeck, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Ketchum, Jonathan Maberry, and William F. Nolan. The first issue will be 60 pages long, and each story will be personally introduced by the evil Jester himself. Heh-heh-heh! For $10 you get an ebook of the first issue as well as an ebook of a previously published title. A print copy is $15, but also includes two free ebooks of your choosing.

Littlest Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu

What’s it about?

A collaborative full-color, illustrated children’s book adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu.”

Why it’s interesting: Littlest Lovecraft: The Call of Cthulhu will be the first in a series of books that sisters and creators Tro Rex Ota and Eyona Bella hope will bring the horror master’s works to a “broader, younger audience.” Apparently it’s never too soon to introduce the kiddies to cosmic terror. You can help them do that by making a pledge. For $25 you get a copy of the book, plus an artwork print and a thank-you postcard.

Forgotten Suns

What’s it about?

A real old-fashioned space opera.

Why it’s interesting: Fantasy author Judith Tarr (Lord of the Two Lands) delves into space opera in her latest novel. The story, which she calls a “rip-roaring adventure,” features space pirates, sentient starships, an abandoned planet, and a stranger, “who may be human, may be alien, may be both, who will stop at nothing to find the answer to the mystery.” She had me at “space pirates.” The ebook is only $5.


What’s it about?

A movie based on Harry Harrison’s classic anti-war science fiction novel Bill, The Galactic Hero.

Why it’s interesting: The director the 1984 Emilio Estevez movie Repo Man and the 1986 cult classic Sid and Nancy is looking to make a feature-length movie of Harry Harrison’s classic novel Bill, The Galactic Hero. And he wants to do it with the super-low budget of $100,000. He believes even at that price he can do justice to the book, because most of the work will be done by his production students at the University of Colorado. For $25 you get a downloadable copy of the movie. For $50 you get a DVD or Blu-ray copy.

Fusion Dice

What’s it about?

If you are like me you like things that are functional, a work of art, and collectable all at the same time! I have created Fusion Dice to do just that. You can display them with your dice collection and then when its game time you can take ’em out to play!

Why it’s interesting: These dice are made from a composite material of pulverized stone and acrylic resin fused together under super high pressure with metal flaking added and I think they look awesome. Anyone’s dice collection, and I know some of you out there have a lot of dice, could stand to acquire some of these. $22 gets you a pair of dice while an extra $15 added on gets you a pair of the really cool looking Kickstarter colored dice.

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

What’s it about?

From the author of The Winds of Khalakovo comes the concluding volume in The Lays of Anuskaya trilogy.

Why it’s interesting: For $8 you get the ebook in three flavors, while for only $15 you get all three books in the trilogy, in three different ereader flavors, all with brand new covers. That’s a great deal in my book.

Hollow World: A novel by Michael J. Sullivan

What’s it about?

A novel about an ordinary guy with a terminal disease who’s willing to gamble that a cure could exist in the future.

Why it’s interesting: Michael J. Sullivan is going the self-publishing route with his latest novel, Hollow World. The author of the The Riyria Revelations and The Riyria Chronicles series says Hollow World “is a cross-genre piece mixing elements of science fiction, fantasy, adventure, mystery, and thrillers. It’s also what makes it nearly impossible to ‘sell through traditional publishing.’ ” Industry experts, he says, have told him they “don’t think it will find an audience.” So, Sullivan went to Kickstarter, and found that audience. With a week left, the campaign is nearly 700% funded. The DRM-free ebook is $10. A signed trade paperback, plus the ebook, is $25.

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