Coming Soon: Kickstarter for new anthology DOUBLE TROUBLE!

If you’ve been around here long enough, you’ve likely at least seen a post or two where I talk about the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW). Basically, it’s an ever-growing group of writers who – like me – write various works that tie into other intellectual properties such as movie and TV franchises, video game or comic series, and so on. A bunch of us decided to band together so we could help elevate awareness and discourse about this often misunderstood field of writing, as well as correct certain pervasive misconceptions and just plain myths about how such works are created. Those of us who write them enjoy doing so, and indeed we take pride and satisfaction in the end result.

Turning the Tied, edited by Jean Rabe and Robert Greenberger, March 2021

Early last year, the IAMTW produced its first anthology, Turning the Tied. It’s a collection of short fiction written by IAMTW members and featuring all-new stories focusing on literary characters who’ve entered the Public Domain. Sherlock Holmes, John Carter, Dracula, Mulan, the Three Musketeers, and so on. Proceeds from sales of the book go toward the World Literacy Foundation, so feel free to click on that title up there and read about it, and if you’re of a mind to do so maybe consider buying a copy to support the cause.

Skip ahead to NOW: the IAMTW is once again developing an anthology of all-new tales that will feature heroes of yesteryear who’ve entered the Public Domain as well as a few colorful personalities from the annals of actual history! This time around, accomplished wordsmiths Jonathan Maberry and Keith R.A. DeCandido are taking on the truly monumental task of herding an all-new gaggle of cats for Double Trouble: An Anthology of Two-Fisted Team-Ups.

To help realize this particular project, we’re launching a Kickstarter campaign later this month. It’s hoped we can raise the modest funds necessary to support the costs of assembling the book, which will feature this roster of wily word pushers and the characters they plan to bring together for all sorts of chaos and mayhem:

Marion of Sherwood meets Annie Oakley by Rigel Ailur
Captain Nemo meets Frankenstein’s monster by Kevin J. Anderson
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde meet Dracula and John Henry by Derek Tyler Attico
Gulliver meets Sacajawea and Ernest Shackleton by Diana Botsford
Ace Harlem meets the Conjure-Man by Maurice Broaddus
Van Helsing meets Athena and the Medusa by Jennifer Brody
The Brain That Wouldn’t Die must survive the Night of the Living Dead by Greg Cox
Lord Ruthven meets Lydia Bennet by Delilah S. Dawson
Ayesha, a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, meets Egungun-oya by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Flaxman Low meets Mezzanotte by Nancy Holder & Alan Philipson
Prospero meets Don Quixote de la Mancha by David Mack
Dan Fowler meets Stinger Seave by James Reasoner
Bastet and Fenrir meet Quetzalcoatl by Ben H Rome
Dr. Moreau meets Audrey II by Scott Sigler
Captain Battle meets Blackout by Dayton Ward (Hey! That’s me!)

This is just what you get if the campaign makes its original fundraising goal. Stretch goals brings with them the chance to include stories by:

Jane Trent, Science Sleuth and Fantamah and Fury by Debbie Smith Daughetee
Tang Sanzang, a.k.a. Tripitaka, and Emperor Taizong by David A McIntee
Moon Man and The Man in Black by James A. Moore

If any of this sounds at all interesting an cool to you, then head over to Kickstarter and check out the project’s pre-launch page. Sign up to be notified when the campaign goes live as well as receive updates about backer rewards, opportunities to be “Tuckerized” (a character named for you in a story) and other goodies to be revealed when the time’s right.

So, who wants to make some Double Trouble with us?

Lay it on me.

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