Monday, September 2, 2013

Kickstart the Week: Ari Marmell's "Strange New Worlds"

Longer-time readers may remember me raving about Ari Marmell's book Thief's Covenant, a young adult adventure/fantasy. Others of you who have a lot of love for tabletop role playing games might know Ari Marmell's work in the Dungeons and Dragons or World of Darkness universes. Regardless, Marmell's super talented and has a lot of great ideas that he's able to put to paper.

Last week, he launched a Kickstarter for a collection of short fiction that he's looking to publish by the end of this year. To put it in his words:

Fantasy—sword and sorcery, dark, and urban—makes up the bulk, but we’ve also got cyberpunk, straight-up horror, mythology, and a couple I wouldn’t entirely know how to categorize. First person, third person, past tense, present tense, hopeful, nihilistic . . . About all they have in common is, well, me. By word count, about half the book is original, stories that have never before seen the light of day; the other half reprints a number of stories that have appeared scattered across various periodicals and anthologies.

Marmell's done enough stuff I love already that I was on board before knowing what it was, but the list of stories over there are really interesting, and there are some high-quality stretch goals as well. Independent fiction is alive and well, and this is something I'm more than happy to toss some coin toward.

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