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SF/F Crowd Funding Roundup For 9/30/2014

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 illustrated shared world anthology from the publisher of World War Cthulhu.

Why it’s interesting: Madhouse contains 18 stories of “psychological horror” as well as “20 chapters and an epilogue of a meta plot following the nightmarish happenings at the Golden Canyon Behavioral Health Center.” The anthology, edited by Brad C. Hodson and Benjamin Kane Ethridge, are meant to be read as a single story and includes fiction by John Skipp, Jeff Strand, Scott Nicholson, Lisa Morton, and John Palisano. There will also be interior illustrations throughout by Aeron Alfrey. The ebook is $7, while the paperback is $20. Other rewards include signed hardcover editions and tuckerizations.

What’s it about? A hybrid art book and short fiction anthology featuring illustrations and stories about android girls inspired by the zodiac.

Why it’s interesting: The Android’s Astrological Companion will be a 56-page, 9-inch-by-12-inch full color hardcover book with amazing art by Cody Vrosh. The writers are Sheatiel Sarao, Megan E. O’Keefe, Brendan Cahill, Kelly Thompson, and Joseph Hewitt. Each book will come signed by the artist and editor. A signed hardcover copy plus a PDF is $20.

What’s it about? An anthology of fantasy stories told by or about bards, with a recipe from the Black Dragon Inn for each tale.

Why it’s interesting: In this collection, you get short stories, illustrations, and recipes! The 15 short stories range from traditional high fantasy to urban fantasy and post-apocalyptic fantasy. Authors include Donald J. Bingle, Dylan Birtolo, Tracy Chowdhury, Maxwell Alexander Drake, and Stephanie Drummonds. And if you ever wondered what a real bard would eat, the anthology comes with real recipes from a fictional tavern. Each story will be illustrated by David Szilagyi.  The ebook is $5, while the paperback is $20.

What’s it about? A graphic novel collecting the first six issues of The Argonauts.

Why it’s interesting: The Argonauts—created by writer Keith Dallas and Robert Saunders—follows eight characters “from different time periods who are brought together by an unknown force right before a malevolent alien race threatens to enslave humanity in modern day America.” says the series “has a great indie superhero vibe going on, and the story is fun and easy to follow.” The graphic novel, containing the previously published Argonauts #1-6, will be 143 story pages long and also contain each issue’s cover and a gallery of design art and pinups. A PDF of the anthology is $7, while the paperback is $25 and the signed hardcover is $50.

What’s it about? New zombified nativity set brought to you by OddCo Ltd.

Why it’s interesting: If you love the undead and Christmas, then look no further than Silent Night of the Living Dead. The folks at OddCo Ltd have created a very un-merry zombie-themed nativity set. It consists of nine hand-painted resin figurines that stand around 10 centimeters tall — including crossbow-wielding Mary and samurai sword-wielding Joseph. Sets start at £50.

What’s it about? The Holdfast anthology will be a beautiful artefact, comprised of new unpublished fiction, and some of the best articles from our online magazine, all in one, gorgeous good-quality paperback volume.

Why it’s interesting:  Holdfast Magazine is a free, online speculative fiction magazine and they are creating an anthology with new stories and ones from their website. I haven’t heard of Holdfast before, but I’ll definitely check them out. For roughly $13 US dollars, you’ll receive a copy of the anthology in ebook form. Other rewards include bookmarks, hardcopies and other stuff.

What’s it about? Created by 7-year-old Evie Dunn FETCH is the epic story of a young girl who faces off with the Gods of Olympus to get her dog back!

Why it’s interesting:  Who doesn’t want to read a comic about a young girl battling Greek gods to rescue her dog? Seriously, considering the story behind the comic (read it, but have tissues available if you love dogs), this looks like a really awesome thing. Plus, the art looks really good too. $10 is the entry level for a digital copy of the comic. Other rewards include t-shirts, art prints and hardcopies of the book.

What’s it about? In the Apocalypse Universe, heroes fight for the entertainment of the crowds. Single combat or Team vs Team. Choose your champions, choose their abilities and choose your destiny.

Why it’s interesting:  Galactica Arena is is a fast paced tactical battle board game where players choose a Hero or Heroes and take on the role of galactic gladiators. Players secretly customize their hero(es) before each battle, then engage in tactical combat in the arena. Sounds pretty good to me and the miniatures look well done too. $47 for the base game, which includes $12 for world wide shipping.

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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