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What can happen when you get Kickstarter and crowdfunding wrong
June 12, 2015 | 9:12 am

The Doom that cameThe short answer to this headline is: The Federal Trade Commission can investigate you for "deceptive tactics" and impose a fine on you that is so heavy that it will be suspended due to your inability to pay - as well as requiring you to refund all the money you received from Kickstarter backers. This was in fact the FTC's "first case involving crowdfunding," and has a literary angle in that it involved a board game project based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. "The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!" was described as "a light hearted Lovecraftian game of urban...

Dark Regions Press Ever-Expanding Grab Bag bags triple Indiegogo goal
June 8, 2015 | 5:56 pm

ever-expanding-grab-bag-front-page-bannerNow into its final 48 hours, the Ever-Expanding Grab Bag Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign from horror and dark/weird fiction independent Dark Regions Press has managed to land $14,474 at the time of writing, in just 13 days, against an original target of $4,400. That's almost 330 percent funded - and counting. "Customers who support this Indiegogo campaign will be supporting the production of multiple projects coming in 2015 from Dark Regions Press," as the DRP blurb explains. "The Ever-Expanding Grab Bags will be shipping to customers by July 2015 and the grab bags ship to United States customers for free!" The campaign has gone through seven...

Clockwork Phoenix 5 Kickstarter under way for latest in cross-genre series
May 4, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Mythic Delirium Books has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the latest in its series of Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, "a home for stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that surprise with their settings and startle with the ways they cross genre boundaries, that aren’t afraid to experiment with storytelling techniques." Mythic Delirium continues: "We started the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series in 2008. The first three volumes were met with all kinds of critical acclaim and award nominations. But then we lost our funding. In 2012, to bring the series back from the dead, we decided to publish Clockwork Phoenix...

Joshua Hoffine kickstarts the photography project from Hell – or Innsmouth
May 4, 2015 | 10:25 am

Horror photographer and visual artist Joshua Hoffine has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign for his latest project, "Innsmouth: A Joshua Hoffine Photograph," targeting $20,000. Yes, that's $20,000 for a single photograph. But no ordinary photograph. For one thing, Hoffine has cut his teeth on very bizarre and scary imagery. For exactly how scary, see here. And he has already produced a series of vignettes with hardly a CG rejig in sight: set pieces with real actors - really horribly made up. The project outline explains: The subject of INNSMOUTH is taken from H. P. LOVECRAFT’s 1931 tale The Shadow over Innsmouth. In this...

No more see you next Wednesday as Addams Foundation closes down Adult Wednesday Addams
April 27, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Sad news has been going around that "Adult Wednesday Addams," the very marvelous fanmade online video series created by comedy actress Melissa Hunter, has been killed at least for the present by a copyright flag from the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation, which has taken it off air. "As many of you have seen, the Tee & Charles Addams Foundation flagged the show and, for now, it is off of YouTube," Melissa Hunter posted on Facebook. "I am working actively on coming to a resolution and will not let Wednesday be caged in internet purgatory. I appreciate your patience and support while I...

Morning Links: Kobo Glo HD worth upgrading? Crowd-funding challenges
April 20, 2015 | 9:00 am

kobo glo hdIs the Kobo Glo HD Worth the Upgrade? (GoodeReader) Today, we ask the question, is the upcoming Kobo Glo HD a must buy? *** So You Want to Read Up on Hillary Clinton (Book Riot) Consider this your Hillary Clinton roundup source. *** Australia Considers New Copyright Law That Could Be Interpreted To Ban VPNs (Techdirt) Only this time, the industry lobbyists are going right to the Australian legislature to act as their bullies with the Copyright Amendment Bill 2015. *** The Challenges of Publishing and Crowd-Funding (Comics Alliance) When I finally decided to pull the trigger at the end of 2014, I had no real idea just how much...

Where’s Cthulhu Kickstarter campaign brings madness to your mobile, weirdness to your wall, fear to your fridge
April 17, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Bucking hard for the cutest piece of horror around - even more than a Cthulhu plushy - is the current Kickstarter campaign for "Where's Cthulhu? Arkham Parade" - brought to you by the brave insanity-battlers of the Cthulhu Project. Lovecraftian cultists of all kinds and denominations (or should that be demoni-nations?) can enjoy the spectacle of Arkham's carnival floats (and crawls, and slithers) creeping over their wall, or - thanks to a handy mobile tech tweak - over the screens of their mobile phones. "We are building Arkham in retro style, pixel by pixel," explains the campaign blurb. "Everybody is around the...

A French Lovecraftian crowdfunder: La Cérémonie
April 16, 2015 | 10:25 am

Here's a modest, economical, but very cute-looking crowdfunder from France - a pitch for a mere €800 ($855) to create a Lovecraftian horror short, La Cérémonie (The Ceremony), launched by some film students at the ENS Louis Lumière academy for their graduation project. The appeal page explains: This is a film graduation project for ENS Louis Lumière - we would benefit from professional equipment and a talented team. The recreation of a 19th century ambience, with historical reproductions for the sets and costumes, as well as the application of fantasy film styling to the sound and lighting, gives us the opportunity...

Inkshares introduces Inkshares Credits to publishing crowdfunding system
March 23, 2015 | 10:25 am

I previously covered Inkshares, which purports to be "both a book publisher and crowdfunding platform," acting as  sort of bridge between the Smashwords style of self-publishing platform and the crowdfunding publication approaches that you see on Indiegogo and elsewhere. Now the platform has announced "a unique feature to both crowdfunding and publishing: Inkshares Credits—a rewards system that reinvests the sales success of books published back into the readers who made a book's publication possible." Inskhares explains: Inkshares Credits can be used to back a book project or purchase any book on the Inkshares platform. As a full-service publisher, any book project that...

Dreams from the Witch House closing for Women of Lovecraft
February 28, 2015 | 7:14 am

One of the most interesting crowdfunding projects currently out there in dark/horrid/weird fiction is just hours away from closing - 45 hours, at the time of writing. It's not a fundraising deadline - Dreams from the Witch House:  Female Voices of Lovecraftian Horror from Dark Regions Press has already blown past its $17,000 fundraising goal on Indiegogo with currently $23,233 on the clock and counting. Rather, this is a deadline for final submissions to the collection. "Creatures and forces unimaginable inhabited this realm for eons, long before any human navigated the surface of the earth," explains the Indiegogo blurb. "In Dreams...

Lightspeed supports Queers Destroy Science Fiction
February 7, 2015 | 2:25 pm

One of the latest crowdfunding projects in anthology publishing has just totally destroyed its funding goal. With nine days still on the clock at the time of writing, Lightspeed Magazine presents Queers Destroy Science Fiction has reached $34,866 pledged of the $5,000 goal in its Kickstarter campaign. Needless to say, its stretch goals have been blown open, and a great many backers are in line to receive a great deal. "Queers Destroy Science Fiction! is a special issue of the Hugo-winning magazine Lightspeed 100% written—and edited—by queer creators," explains the preamble. "Even in science fiction, supposedly the genre of limitless possibility, where everyone...

Jolla offers backers another swig of the Kool-Aid
February 1, 2015 | 12:23 pm

Finnish startup Jolla, creators of the Jolla Tablet, which garnered such great recognition - and funding - on Indiegogo a short while ago, has returned for another round of crowd funding, this time offering a 64GB version of the device and a larger battery. "After the successful first phase of our Indiegogo campaign in Nov-Dec last year, we’re now moved to the next phase, and continuing our campaign on Indiegogo at least until the end of February 2015," declares the official Jolla blog. "You now have the opportunity to contribute for the Jolla Tablet and secure your place among the first...

Kickstarter funds weird science for Lovecraft fans
January 11, 2015 | 3:26 pm

fanficFred Lubnow, a figure fairly well known in Lovecraftian horror writing circles and "freshwater ecologist with a very strong interest in H.P. Lovecraft," has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a project that builds on his work to date: Lovecraftian Science Volume 1. This expansion of the scientific basis of the work of this notoriously materialist writer currently stands at $945 out of its $3000 target. "Back in August 2013 I was fortunate enough to give a presentation at the NecronomiCon in Providence, RI," explains Lubnow. "My presentation was on the Biology of the Old Ones. I enjoyed giving the presentation and...

Groupees Lovecraftian Bundle showcases promo bundling for giving
January 9, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Groupees, the digital media distribution platform "designed to transform the digital media download experience into something FUN and SOCIAL tied to unique exclusive deals on music, games, and video," is showcasing a "Lovecraftian Bundle" that offers an object lesson in how to do a themed bundle of ebooks, games, and associated audio and video properties. And it happens to be in a good cause. "Pay What You Want ($1 minimum) for this creepy collection of H.P. Lovecraft-inspired games, music, and ebooks," the introduction explains. "Choose for part of your contribution to be donated to Freedom For Jen, to help a woman...

Lithuania sees campaign launch to restore banned LGBT book
December 1, 2014 | 2:19 pm

Lithuanians have started a campaign to restore a banned book, Gintarinė širdis (“Amber Heart”) by local author Neringa Dangvydė to circulation. which includes same-sex relationships and other LGBT themes, to circulation after its banning in May by the Lithuanian Office of the Inspector of Journalist Ethics. This happened after the Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences found the book to be "harmful, primitive and biased homosexual propaganda." Campaigners have started an Indiegogo fundraising drive targeting $1100 "to reprint the book and return it to society." As at the time of writing, $412 has already been raised, against a cutoff date of December...

Library A to Z shows how to crowdfund library advocacy
November 21, 2014 | 2:25 pm

One of the more heartening initiatives by advocates of the UK's library system in the face of devastating - and ideologically dictated - "austerity" cuts, is the Library A to Z, which "has created a visual A to Z celebrating the wide range of services, resources and facilities that make libraries so fantastic." The site contains: "materials, including illustrations, book, posters, cards and other advocacy materials that you are free to share and re-use,"as well as "links and information about what you can do to support libraries." But its own story is almost as important and encouraging as the resources...

UK childrens’ storytelling app Story Box seeks Kickstarter support
September 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

UK game designer Simon Keating, "a designer in the games industry for 20 years" and creator of "the characters and stories for Croc : Legend Of The Gobbos" as well as "a multitude of other titles" is seeking Kickstarter support for his new project Story Box, "a fully interactive 3D experience engine for kids and their grown ups," as the introduction explains. "Users can read, play and create fun 3D interactive stories and learning experiences" in the app, built for iOS and Android, "for children (ages 3+) and grown ups." The outline continues: "Children have the space to play, create and discover using...

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