It seems my friend Bob Greenberger has been busy.
In addition to being a veteran comics and prose writer and editor and one of the genuinely nice guys in the business, Bob is also one of the octet of brains comprising Crazy 8 Press. Among the various projects with which he’s been involved with that scrappy little publisher that could is Thrilling Adventure Yarns.
In 2018, Bob launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowdfund the money necessary to bring together an pretty snazzy collection of pulp-inspired action-adventure tales. For that first campaign, he set a very modest goal of $4,500 to cover the expenses of producing the anthology to include paying the writers, the cover artist, printing the books and prepping the eBook versions, and delivering on the various backer rewards. The campaign ended up receiving more than $11,000, allowing Bob to activate a number of stretch/bonus goals and unlock even more rewards for those who donated to the cause, and the anthology was published in the summer of 2019, premiering at that year’s annual Shore Leave convention. The result was a pretty sharp looking tome of which I confess I was a tad envious.
Skip ahead to October 2020, and Bob’s doing it all over again!
That’s right! Mr. G has assembled a cast of returning and new-contributors for a second collection of exciting stories which pay homage in various and sundry ways to the pulpy fiction of Yesteryear. I’m told this new crop of tales run the gamut, from period pieces to stories set in the modern day. A few authors from the first volume are bringing back characters they showcased last time, and Bob promises a few surprises if the planets align in just the right fashion.
However, he–and, indeed, all of us who are a part of this anthology–need your help to get those planets aligned just so. Far be it from me to steal any of Bob’s thunder or any of the words he put together to tout this new effort. Instead, allow me to direct you to the Kickstarter for Thrilling Adventure Yarns 2021 and let you see for yourself what all the fuss is about:
For those of you new to this sort of fundraising campaign, this is an “all or nothing” deal: if the project fails to hit its initial $6,000 goal, then any money pledged during the campaign period will be forfeited and those who backed the project won’t be charged a thin dime. Any monies received in excess of that mark will go toward realizing the appropriate stretch goals, about which you can read more than you really want to know at the above link. Kevin and I collaborated on an all-new story for this installment, joining this roster of friends and fellow word-pushers:
Aaron Rosenberg, Michael Jan Friedman, Glenn Hauman, Mary Fan, Paul Kupperberg, Russ Colchamiro, David Mack, Paige Daniels, Will Murray, Karissa Laurel, William Leisner, Danielle Ackley McPhail, Greg Cox, Heather E. Hutsell, Kelli Fitzpatrick, Michael A. Burstein, Richard White, Scott Pearson, and Sherri Cook Woosley.
For our story, Kevin and I created a setup and characters I really hope we get to revisit someday, either in a future edition of Thrilling Adventure Yarns or via some other means. However, that’s way down the road. First, we need to get this project funded so we can roll out this volume!
The campaign went live tonight, October 15th, and goes until 9pm Eastern Time on November 14th. The clock’s ticking, all Jack Bauer/24-style even as I type this. So, if you want to get in on the ground floor of a kick-ass new anthology of awesome pulpy short stories, here’s your chance. Go give it a look-see, whydontcha?