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SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: UFO5, Beyond Watson, Writer’s Block Tarot

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? An anthology of original, funny science fiction and fantasy short stories.

Why it’s interesting: The fifth installment of the popular SF/F humor anthology Unidentified Funny Objects  has kicked off its crowdfunding campaign. Past volumes have included stories by George R. R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony, Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber. UFO5 already has an impressive lineup, with stories by David Gerrold, Mike Resnick, Gini Koch, Jody Lynn Nye, Esther Friesner, and Laura Resnick. The UFO5 ebook is $10, while the paperback is $20. Other rewards include short story critiques and original art.

What’s it about? A collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories.

Why it’s interesting: This anthology, published by Belanger Books, has an interesting concept. All of the stories are told, at least in part, by a character other than Dr. Watson. Contributors include David Marcum, Daniel D. Victor, Don Everitt Smith Jr., and Elizabeth Varadan. A PDF copy of the book is $5, while the trade paperback is $25.

What’s it about? A collection of illustrated, locally inspired ghostly stories by top horror writers from around the world.

Why it’s interesting: According to the publisher, Shadows at the Door “brings the whispered, hand-me-down horrors” of 13 haunted locales such as Durham, Norfolk,  Toronto, Pittsburgh, New York, Rural Yorkshire, Lake Superior, and Kent. Authors include Pete Alex Harris, Helen Grant, and Caitlin Marceau. The cover and interior art was done by Barney Bodoano. The ebook is £6, while the hardcover and audiobook bundle is £25,

What’s it about? A Tarot deck designed  to break your writer’s block.

Why it’s interesting: Tarot cards need not only tell your future; they can now help you write. Vivian Caethe and Amber Peter have  created the Writer’s Block Tarot, which “uses words, images, and phrases to stimulate the writer’s journey using Tarot archetypes.” In this deck the Fool is renamed and repurposed as the Protagonist, the High Priestess is Mystery, the Empress is Growth, the Emperor is Agency, etc. The creators promise that “using this deck will help you bust through your writer’s block and develop new ways to look at your plots, your characters, and your worlds.” The print book is $20, while the Tarot deck is $30.

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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

2 Comments on SF/F Crowdfunding Roundup: UFO5, Beyond Watson, Writer’s Block Tarot

  1. Richard Derus // March 28, 2016 at 7:33 pm //

    Ran across this on Twitter, might be interesting to crowdfunders:

    The Global #Crowdfunding Industry Raised $34.4 Billion In 2015, And Could Surpass VC In 2016 ! – Dazeinfo

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