Please help me welcome guest Jeremy Zimmerman to the blog today! Jeremy is editor of Mad Scientist Journal, and also of the THAT AIN’T RIGHT Lovecraft-inspired anthology currently being crowd-funded on Kickstarter! *Kermit flail*
We’re crowdfunding an anthology of tales set in the Miskatonic Valley, told by the people who live there. Sort of. We’re having authors write tales from the point of view of people who live or visit there. Why would we do such a thing?
Because we run a little e-zine called Mad Scientist Journal. It started with some random person at a convention proclaiming that there should be a scientific journal for mad scientists. And I registered the domain name on the spot. Since then we’ve published a couple years’ worth of stories with one bit of meta-fiction surrounding it:
All of our stories have a fictional narrator telling the story. They share the by-line with the real author and get their own bio at the bottom. We publish the stories on our site. Every quarter, we collect them and put them in an ebook with some exclusive stories (the “fiction” section of our Journal), some fake classified ads, and even an advice column. It’s sort of my love-letter to the long dead Omni Magazine.
But having a mostly free ezine doesn’t pay for itself very well. So we spent some time trying to think of a stand-alone book that could tie into the same sort of ideas as Mad Scientist Journal, but was different enough that we wouldn’t just publish the stories on the site.
Then one day, the phrase “oral histories of the Miskatonic Valley” popped into my head and sparked off a chain reaction. Instead of having stories about mad scientists, why not stories about regular people who have to deal with the Lovecraft-style horrors?
Since all the cool kids are doing Kickstarters, we figured we could too. And to sweeten the pot, we thought we could have some pre-selected authors to go with it. Between our life as writers and our work with the ‘zine, we’ve gotten to meet a lot of really great people. So we emailed anyone we thought would be interested in writing to a deadline for almost no money. And we got back seven really awesome stories.
The Kickstarter has gone well so far. We’ve had some great successes. I’m really looking forward to seeing the final product.
Best of luck to Jeremy and everyone involved in this project. Please go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bolthy/that-aint-right-a-lovecraftian-anthology to check out details about the THAT AIN’T RIGHT anthology, and to pledge an amount to support it!