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SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: I Am the Abyss, Uncanny Magazine, Shallow Water

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? Ten unique visions of the underworld by ten authors of horror and dark fantasy color illustrated by Les Edwards.

Why it’s interesting: I Am the Abyss is an upcoming anthology of horror and dark fantasy containing 10 tales “based on the concept that after we die our consciousness inverts into our own realms of subconscious thought.” Laird Barron, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Steve Rasnic Tem, and Jeffrey Thomas are among the contributors. Original two-page panoramic color paintings by award-winning artist Les Edwards will precede each story. The book will be edited by Chris Morey for Dark Regions Press. The ebook is $15, while the trade paperback (plus ebook) is $30. Other rewards include signed artwork, limited-editions hardcovers, and T-shirts.

What’s it about? A Professional Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature

Why it’s interesting: The space unicorns are back. Editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas launched Uncanny Magazine last year, promising “stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background.” Seanan McGuire Aliette de Bodard, Scott Lynch Catherynne M. Valente and Elizabeth Bear were among the contributors. Their second Kickstarter campaign hopes to bring the mag “closer to sustainability by paying for more great content and making sure the magazine’s business infrastructure is solidified.” Rewards include ebooks, subscriptions, and artwork.

What’s it about? Science Fiction anthology for middle grade readers. Bring the stars to a new generation with diversity, representation & great stories!

Why it’s interesting: The first Young Explorers Adventure Guide came out last year. The anthology is geared toward kids with a “focus on diversity and representation.” This year contributors include Nancy Kress, Beth Cato, and Deborah Walker. The ebook is $5, while the trade paperback (plus ebook) is $20.

What’s it about? It’s Mother Nature vs Human Nature. A gritty, moody and terrifying horror film about the dangers of abusing our environment.

Why it’s interesting: Special effects artist Sandy Collora is looking to bring back old-school horror with the indie flick Shallow Water. Inspired by such creature features as Predator and Alien, the story follows six fishermen who encounter some strange and deadly sea life in the Baja peninsula. He promises a “gritty, real, moody, suspenseful film, with a new, striking, original creature.” And plenty of practical effects. It’s an ambitious project. Collora is looking to raise $550,000, the most for a horror movie on Kickstarter. The campaign is off to a great start, collecting more than $30,000 in its first few days. Rewards include digital downloads of the movie, DVDs, Blu-rays, T-shirts, and posters.

What’s it about? Linda Adair’s paintings of a romantic history that could have been – collected in an erotic romance art book and short story volume.

Why it’s interesting: Linda Adair says her retro-romance SF concept paintings got some interest when she exhibited the first ones at IlluXcon 7 last year. that motivated her to explore the concept further, and more details began to emerge that brought the story to life. Now she’s looking to publish the first collection of paintings and drawings along with a short story about some of the Constant Man’s adventures in this gorgeous and super-cool book Metal Etched Memories. The hardcover 7-by-7-inch, 96 page volume contains full-size paintings and drawings along with a short story. A PDF of the book is $20, while the hardcover is $30. Other rewards include NSFW postcards and oil paintings.

What’s it about? Mech Deck is a light skirmish board game that focuses on building customizable Mechs and battling it out against your opponents on a randomly-generated battlefield. Your objective is simple: destroy all other Mechs on the battlefield before they destroy you. Strategic Mech construction and tactical use of the HEX-based terrain are needed to achieve victory.

Why it’s interesting: Now this is interesting. Players draft pieces to build their mechs before the game begins, then a randomly generated battlefield is created on which the players battle. Add in a hand of cards to increase and diversify each players build and this looks to be an interesting game. Considering all the pieces you get, $50 for the base game seems reasonable.

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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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