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? A feature-film “remix” of the horror classic Nosferatu starring Doug Jones as the infamous Count Orlok!
Why it’s interesting: Writer/director David Lee Fisher is resurrecting cinema’s first vampire by combining imagery from the original 1922 silent flick with “cutting edge filmmaking technology.” After scanning a vintage print of Nosferatu, the filmmakers were able to shoot the cast on green-screen and then “layer” them into digital sets recreated from the original film. They did the same thing with their previous film, 2005’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which also starred Doug Jones. Rewards include downloads of the finished movie, posters, T-shirts and a Skype session with Jones.
What’s it about? A horror anthology edited by the Horror Zine‘s Jeani Rector.
Why it’s interesting: The good is news is that, according to publisher, Shrieks and Shivers will be released on January 6, 2015 whether or not the Kickstarter campaign is a success. The anthology, edited by the Horror Zine’s Jeani Rector, will consist of 33 stories from “famous and soon-to-be-famous masters of dark fiction.” The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $25. If the campaign is a success, a hardback edition will also be available.
What’s it about? A 124-page, full color graphic novel from Evil Jester Comics.
Why it’s interesting: This is the first graphic novel from the new comic book publisher, which put out its inaugural comic, Evil Jester Presents, last year. Made Flesh, written by Denmark’s Lars Kramhøft and illustrated by Tom Kristensen, is described as a “deviant tour de force of serial killer horror and supernatural terror” with “a uniquely European style that takes the reader away to the Danish countryside and the evils lurking within small town history.” The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $25.
What’s it about? An anthology of Lovecraftian tales by Australian genre writers.
Why it’s interesting: Cthulhu: Deep Down Under features short stories from “24 of the best Australian genre writers, backed by 24 brilliant artists producing amazing full colour plates for the book.” Authors include Steve Kilbey, Kaaron Warren, Aaron Sterns, and Janeen Webb. The anthology also has an original introduction by the non-Australian Ramsey Campbell. The publishers say they need to get “as close as” they can to their goal of $75,000 “to take this book to the final stages of commercial reality and produce decent marketing and print runs.” So you Lovecraft fans will need to dig deep in your pockets! The ebook is $10, while the trade paperback is $25.
What’s it about? Space Movers is a cooperative science fiction board game adventure. As a player, you become a crew member of the spaceship Liberty. Together, you and your fellow crew mates will complete a series of objectives to win the game.
Why it’s interesting: I like co-op boardgames but it seems there is a lack of SF oriented boardgames (yes, yes, Battlestar Galactica. Played it. You should too.). Space Movers is a new entry into the market and, judging from the reviews, it looks like a fun one. The board is colorful, the art is cartoony and fantastic, there’s a comic with the backstory to the game and the game has an interesting dice roll mechanic involving luck and some dexterity. Add it all up and Space Movers could be a winner. $45 gets you the base game and free shipping in the US.
What’s it about? Convoy is a tactical roguelike-like inspired by Mad Max and FTL in which you cross a wasteland in search of parts for your broken ship.
Why it’s interesting: A game mashing Mad Max with FTL and it’s a rogue-like? Sign me up! The game itself looks like a 16-bit take on the classic Car Wars video game with a UI and combat mechanic from FTL. None of that is a bad thing. I’m very intrigued. If you are too, $15 gets you a Steam key when the game is released, which is a reasonable price these days for a PC game, even a smaller one.