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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 7/8/2014

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? All-new photography series of best-selling fantasy authors in custom costumes and unique locations turned into a 2016 12-month calendar.

Why it’s interesting: Fantasy-loving bibliophile Lauren Zurchin is back for another calendar bringing authors and their fantasy worlds together. “Each photo will tell a story,” she explains, “and though they will range from light to dark in essence, overall there will be a dreamy, ethereal feel to the images.” Last year’s Beyond Words calendar featured Gail Carriger, Brandon Sanderson, Holly Black, Patrick Rothfuss, and Christopher Paolini. This year’s authors include Jim Butcher, Kami Garcia, Lev Grossman, Robin Hobb, and Garth Nix. Rewards include computer wallpaper of the calendar, signed prints and bookplates, Skype chats, and a photo shoot with Lauren.

What’s it about? An art book featuring the art of illustrator Virgil Finlay.

Why it’s interesting: Virgil Finlay was one of the great pulp science fiction, fantasy, and horror illustrators of the 20th century. This 208-page collection contains reproductions of his B&W work, with most printed at their original size, as well as more than 40 pages of color artwork, which will constitute the largest collection of color art by Virgil Finlay ever assembled. The book also includes commentary by pulp art collectors Robert Weinberg and Doug Ellis. It will be available in several editions, which start at $114.

Walter Baumhofer by David Saunders

What’s it about? Limited edition book exploring the life and work of Walter Baumhofer, one of America’s greatest illustrators.

Why it’s interesting: Baumhofer illustrated the covers of such pulp magazines as Dime Detective, Adventure, Doc Savage, and The Spider. Pulp and illustration art historian David Saunders has written the biography, which features more than 300 reproductions of original art, rare proof sheets, working drawings, and reference photos. This book will be limited to 1000 copies. Every copy pre-ordered through Kickstarter will include a signed and numbered bookplate. The regular U.S. Edition of the book is $40.

What’s it about? Small press Hadley Rille Books is looking to grow.

Why it’s interesting: In 2005, Eric T. Reynolds founded Hadley Rille Books, which publishes science fiction novels and anthologies stories with an emphasis on space, archaeology, climate, and other science-related topics. Eric’s been running the operation pretty much on his own, producing nearly 50 books, but with this campaign he’s looking to expand the company and take it to the “next level.” Rewards include bookmarks, ebooks, print books, and T-shirts.

What’s it about? H.P. Lovecraft inspired anthology available only as an ebook coming to print.

Why it’s interesting: The anthology was released last year for the Kindle. Now the publishers are looking to being the book to print. It contains 33 Lovecraftian tales by such authors as Greg Stolze, Nick Mamatas, Tim Pratt, Greg Van Eekhout, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Future Lovecraft). A digital copy of the book is $5, while the print copy is $15.

What’s it about?

A Cooperative MICROGAME for 1-4 players. Follow-up to the smash hit Tiny Epic Kingdoms. Only $16!

Why it’s interesting:A 20 – 30 minute co-op fantasy game that fits in your pocket. How cool is that? Pretty cool. A follow up to the highly successful Tiny Epic Kingdoms, they’ve kept the same low low price, $16 for the full game, that’s a breath of fresh air in today’s $50+ Kickstarter board games. If you’d like to roll your own set of components, the print-and-play level is only $8. A steal I say!

What’s it about?

The Captain Is Dead is a frantic co-op board game that lets you attempt to save your crew from utter annihilation. Each of the up to 7 players gets a unique role; however, there are no heroes in this game. You must work together to repair critical systems and fend off a hostile alien threat or you will all perish.

Why it’s interesting: We all know that being the ‘red shirt’ is a bad thing. But what happens when the Captain is the red shirt? You’ll find out in The Captain Ia Dead, a co-op race against time game where you and your friends attempt to repair your ship and jump away before the aliens destroy you. This one certainly looks interesting. If it looks interesting to you, a pledge of $50 nets you the game.

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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