Writer Jason Rizos (author of "Annelid" which appeared as "Fishing the Moons of Jupiter" and was featured in ResAliens Issue 4) is launching an interesting project via Kickstarter. He's soliciting financial backers for a self-published collection of the best of his "psychedelic-horror science fiction." Here's a blurb from the site:
All fiction appearing in The Chrysalis of Matter are previously written and/or published, except for one exclusive bonus—City Life, 2012, inspired by Terrence McKenna and his concept of the Time Wave Singularity, which I am completing throughout the duration of this Kickstarter campaign.Rizos' ultimate goal is to grow a readership and support base to kickstart his professional writing career. Some of the material in the special collection include:
Upon the completion of funding my project, I will email you an audio recording (.mp3) of a reading of my Lovecraftian Craigslist spoof ad, Wanted: Cat Assassin, by professional voice talent Ian Stuart.
• Harvest (The Fourth River, 2006)
• City Life, 2012 (Unpublished, 2011)
• Annelid (Residential Aliens, 2010)
• Hexagon (Snow Monkey, 2005, Pseudopod, 2010)
• Swoon (Forthcoming, 2011)
Like I said, an interesting idea and a creative marketing strategy. If you're a fan of speculative fiction, you may be interested in supporting this project. If so, visit Jason Rizos at his Kickstarter page.
For those who want to know more about this concept, here's a blurb from the site itself:
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