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[GUEST POST] Jonathan Green on His New Kickstarter Project SHAKESPEARE VS CTHULHU

JONATHAN GREEN is a writer of speculative fiction, with more than fifty books to his name. Well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks, he has also written fiction for such diverse properties as Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Moshi Monsters, World of Warriors, LEGO and Judge Dredd.

He is the creator of the Pax Britannia series for Abaddon Books and has written eight novels set within this steampunk universe, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver. He is also the author of the award-winning, and critically-acclaimed, YOU ARE THE HERO – A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks.

2015 sees the release of two short story collections that he has compiled and edited, Sharkpunk, an anthology of shark-themed stories, and Game Over, made up of horror stories inspired by classic arcade games. To find out more about his current projects visit WWW.JONATHANGREENAUTHOR.COM.

Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu

by Jonathan Green

“To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub, For in that sleep of death what dreams may come.” – Hamlet, Hamlet

Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu is currently funding on Kickstarter and has just two weeks left to go. Although we are close to our basic funding goal, if we can achieve our various stretch goals, as well as featuring stories by a host of top genre talent, the book will also feature brand new illustrations by classic fantasy artists and modern digital art masters, as well as comics legends.

This will be the third anthology of short stories I have edited, following last year’s critically-acclaimed Sharkpunk and Game Over (both published by Snowbooks), but it is an idea that has been germinating for some years, ever since I visited Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon and saw Ian Doescher’s William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope on sale in the bookshop there.

I started to wonder about what other stories Shakespeare might have told first and the ones that immediately sprang to mind were the works of H P Lovecraft.

Imagine a version of The Tempest in which the sorcerer Prospero’s power comes from reading the Necronomicon, his magical isle is a spur of R’lyeh, and in which Caliban is actually a Deep One. Imagine King Lear where Lear’s madness is the result of the influence of extra-dimensional alien god-beings. Imagine Antony and Cleopatra in which the lovers make a pact with Cthulhoid monsters to turn the tide of battle during the final war of the Roman Republic.

This is what Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu is all about!

Having drawn up a set of writers’ guidelines, I set about contacting some of the best authors in the business, inviting them to contribute. Among those who agreed are James Lovegrove, New York Times best-selling author of Solaris Books’ Age of… godpunk novels, Graham McNeill, another NYT bestseller most well-known for his numerous Warhammer 40,000 novels, Adrian Tchaikovsky, creator of the Shadows of the Apt series, and Andrew Lane, author of the Young Sherlock Holmes novels (sanctioned by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate).

The anthology also features short fiction by writers better known for their work within the field of comics, including John Reppion, Ian Edginton and Michael Carroll. And last, but by no means least, the book will include some Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu sonnets, written by the likes of SF legend Jan Siegel.

If you back the Kickstarter for Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu as well as receiving the book when it is published later this year, you will also have your name appear in the credits and be able to pledge to receive all sorts of unique goodies, including personalised caricatures and portraits painted in the style of Shakespeare Vs Cthulhu.

So don’t delay and pledge your support today!

“I can no other answer make but thanks, And thanks, and ever thanks.” – Sebastian, Twelfth Night

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