Friend and fellow word-slinger Keith R.A. DeCandido and his wife, Wrenn Simms have started their own small-press publishing house, Whysper Wude! What do you do when you start a new small-press publishing house? Why, you start curating stories for a new anthology!
(Sure, there are other things you might do, but this is where they’re starting so just roll with it, all right?)
So, what is Whysper Wude’s inaugural offering gonna be? Well, let me just let Keith and Wrenn describe it:
We all know about the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: Death, War, Famine, and Pestilence, riding on pale horses and all that Book-of-Revelation stuff.
But why does it have to be guys on horses? Why can’t it be the Four Cheerleaders of the Apocalypse? Or the Four Customer Service Reps of the Apocalypse? Or the Four PTA Moms of the Apocalypse? Or the Four Squirrels of the Apocalypse?
For our inaugural project with the brand-spanking-new very-small-press publisher Whysper Wude, editors Keith R.A. DeCandido & Wrenn Simms are putting together The Four ???? of the Apocalypse, in which we get nifty alternate takes on this very old (like, biblically old) concept.
Keith and Wrenn have assembled a pretty kick-ass roster of authors to fill out this anthology. Check out this list:
Jonathan Maberry, David Gerrold, David Mack, Peter David, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Jody Lynn Nye, Michael Jan Friedman, Laura Anne Gilman, Aaron Rosenberg, Gail Martin, Mary Fan, Derek Tyler Attico, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Adam-Troy Castro, Kathleen O’Shea David, Randee Dawn, Robert Greenberger, Gerard Houarner, Gordon Linzner, Megan Mackie, Jenifer Purcell Rosenberg, Hildy Silverman, Patrick Thomas, Michael A. Ventrella, and Keith R.A. Decandido & Wrenn Simms.
Some of these awesome word pushers have already their stories for the book, while others (:: raises hand:: :: raises Kevin’s hand ::) are still working the kinks out of theirs, but worry not! All of these apocalyptic tales will be ready by the time Keith and Wrenn are ready to start putting the actual book together.
Which is where YOU come in!
To fund this all-new venture, Keith and Wrenn have launched a Kickstarter campaign with the goal of raising enough money to pay the writers for their stories and cover the anthology’s other production costs. This means those eager folks who opt to support this endeavor will receive some pretty nifty perks for their part in bringing this project to life. In addition to the book itself, there are special packages that will include copies of books by the anthology’s various contributors, the chance to have your name be a character in one of the stories, receive audio adaptations of certain stories, and so on.
If the campaign exceeds its $6,000 goal, then the focus turns to unlocking several “stretch goals” such as a nifty cover by artist J.K. Woodward and others Keith and Wrenn are keeping close to the vest to surprise folks when the time’s right.
But none of that can happen without backers, and maybe that’s you! Head on over to Kickstarter and give the campaign’s overview a gander. Peruse the list of perks and see if any of that strikes your fancy and – if you’re willing ad able to do so – I hope you’ll consider supporting us. This is gonna be hella fun!
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