A special message for you guys from Jeremy Zimmerman!
We’re spending February running a Kickstarter for an anthology called Selfies from the End of the World: Historical Accounts of the Apocalypse. This will collect short stories about the various ways the world can end, as told by people who experienced it.
This is an extention of our magazine, Mad Scientist Journal. Every week we put out a story told from the “World of mad science”, and collect them together with some extra content into quarterly publications. Last year we wanted to do something similar but bigger, and crowdfunded an anthology about Lovecraft’s Miskatonic Valley. And it went great! We had some great stories submitted and we’ve received a lot of great reviews for it.
Why the apocalypse? The phrase “selfies from the end of the world” popped into my head a while back, but I didn’t know what to do with it. After we came up with the idea for our Miskatonic anthology, That Ain’t Right, I realized this could be a great title for a similar volume about the apocalypse.
Our target funding goal is for the bare minimum to put out the book at the same quality as That Ain’t Right. One big difference from last year, though, is that we haven’t accepted any stories in advance. We want to be able to pick more stories from the submissions we get.
Since the title of the book is about pictures, though, the stretch goal we have for it is what we’re calling Postcards from the End: additional art that will be put into the book. For the higher end backers, they will also receive postcards with this art as well. We work hard to include up and coming writers, and we want to be able to help support illustrators as well.
Jeremy Zimmerman is a teller of tales who dislikes cute euphemisms for writing like “teller of tales.” His fiction has most recently appeared in 10Flash Quarterly, Arcane and anthologies from Timid Pirate Publishing. His young adult superhero book, Kensei, is available as part of Cobalt City Rookies. He is also the editor for Mad Scientist Journal. He lives in Seattle with five cats and his lovely wife (and fellow author) Dawn Vogel.