Gamut has 61 Hours Left to Reach $52,000!

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(The eleven ebooks for eleven dollars package.)

We’re into the home stretch here at Gamut, only 61 hours left to raise the final $5,600. How can we do this? Well, we still have a lot of great rewards left, so take a look at the list here, and then head over to the Kickstarter for more information. Most are 50% OFF MSRP.

INCENTIVES

$200+ gets automatic upgrade to website + ebooks.
11 ebooks for $11 may be added to any reward of $30 or more.

REWARDS

Limited:

SUBSCRIPTION + CONSULTATION (9) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + MEDALLION BOOKS PACKAGE (6) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + TAROT READING (8) left $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + CAL WILD CHRONICLES (3) left $70 (MSRP: $140)
SUBSCRIPTION + HANDMADE COASTERS (6) left $70 (MSRP: $140)
SUBSCRIPTION + TRIM THE FAT CLASS (10) left $150 (MSRP: $200)
SUBSCRIPTION + POETRY MANUSCRIPT EDIT (2) left $200 (MSRP: $400)
SUBSCRIPTION + CUSTOM PHOTO SHOOT  (2) left $250 (MSRP: $1,000)
SUBSCRIPTION + MANUSCRIPT EDIT AND CRITIQUE (4) left $1,000 (MSRP: $1,260)

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Unlimited:

SUBSCRIPTION $30 355 have picked this reward so far! (MSRP: $60)
POSTCARD SET $30 (MSRP: $60)
EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION $42 (MSRP: $84)
SUBSCRIPTION + POSTCARD SET $60 (MSRP: $120)
TWO SUBSCRIPTIONS $60 for you and a friend! (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION (WEBSITE + EBOOKS) $60 (MSRP: $120)
SUBSCRIPTION + 5 GAMUT CRAFT VIDEOS $80 (MSRP: $210)
SUPER CRAFT PACK!  SUBSCRIPTION + 5 CRAFT VIDEOS + TRIM THE FAT CLASS $200 (MSRP: $260)

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Thank you for all of the support. It’s been inspiring. So many generous and helpful people not only spreading the word, but investing in us, which means so much to me. Help push us across the finish line, and maybe we can even get to some of those stretch goals—the first one being scholarships!

Peace,
Richard

Four Days Left, Gamut is Over $43,000—Plus 11 eBooks for $11 Offer

Wow did we have a great day yesterday, our third best day of the entire Kickstarter. So what happened? The new 11 eBooks for $11 was a big success, that’s for sure. A lot of people are speaking up to support us, and that means a lot. Check out the propaganda poster that Dyer Wilk designed for us!

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So, with only a few days left what can you do? Well, you can add on those 11 ebooks for $11, that’s a great start. You can considering just adding on additional money if you have it, that’s always appreciated, and can be done at any time. You can upgrade to a bigger reward. OR, you could just reach out to ONE FRIEND, somebody that you think would really enjoy this, and invite them over. And of course, if you’re tapped out, spreading the word via Facebook, Twitter, newsletters, blogs, email—we’d love to get that support, too.

You’ve all been great. Let’s push this over the finish line and make it happen.

Thanks,
Richard

Gamut is over $40,000! Huge new add-on today.

We’re over $40,000! Wow.

Thank you all for spreading the word, pledging, and upgrading, it’s been so exciting to watch us get closer and closer to our goal. Only five days left to get to $52,000. I know we can do it. Here’s one way that may help—it’s a small amount of money, for a big reward. Imagine if all 580 supporters added it in! That would be $6,380! Here are the details.

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HUGE NEW ADD-ON: 11 eBooks for $11. Staring Into the Abyss by Richard Thomas (Kraken Press); two from Dark House Press—The New Black, edited by Richard Thomas, and Echo Lake by Letitia Trent; five from Crystal Lake Publishing—Nameless and Little Dead Red by Mercedes M. Yardley, Horror 101: The Way Forward and Fear the Reaper, both edited by Joe Mynhardt, and Through a Mirror, Darkly by Kevin Lucia; two from This is Horror—Water For Drowning by Ray Cluley and The Elvis Room by Stephen Graham Jones; and Choosing Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good edited by H.L. Nelson & Joanne Merriam (Upper Rubber Boot Books). It’s just our way of saying thank you. 1111, make a wish! FINE PRINT: Not a separate reward. May only be added on to your current pledge of $30 or more.

HOW TO DO IT: Just add $11 to your current pledge and BAM, you get the eBooks. I purposefully made it an odd number so that you know (and I know) that you will be included in this special offer. This is not a reward, it is not located in the reward section. Enjoy!

Thanks,
Richard

(Not in yet? Haven’t pledged yet? Back any reward at the $30 level and then add the $11—you’re all set!)

Top Ten Reasons to Back Gamut Magazine Now

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Top Ten Reasons to Back Gamut Magazine Now

ONE: We will pay ten cents a word

I think this is an important fact to mention right away. If you are an author, and you want to get paid TWICE the current professional rates, then support Gamut. Why wouldn’t you want to help make this happen? I hear people complain all the time that there aren’t enough paying markets, especially for dark fiction. This is your chance to put your money where your mouth is. It’s $30 for an annual subscription, which will stay that rate forever (as long as you renew) which is a steal for over 400,000 words. We also just added in eBooks, so you can go that route for $54, or get both for $60 (which is still only $5 a month).

TWO: We are inclusive, actively seeking diversity

First of all, we are supporting women, from the beginning with 60% of our authors being women. Beyond that, we are actively looking to include a wide range of perspectives. So whatever your sex, race, nationality, country of origin, religion, occupation, orientation, experience—we want you to be a part of Gamut. What matters most are the stories—neo-noir, speculative fiction with a literary bent. If you understand our aesthetic (which can be gleaned by reading my writing, the four anthologies I’ve edited, and the Dark House Press titles I’ve published) then we want your writing.

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(From left to right, top to bottom: Nickole Brown, Antonia Crane, Nina McConigley, Helen Marshall, Kristi DeMeester; Alyssa Wong, Livia Llewellyn, Damien Angelica Walters, Cassandra  Khaw, Carmen Machado; Erica Davis, Nikki Guerlain, Cate Marvin, Simone Meunch, Laura Benedict.)

THREE: We will open to blind submissions in 2016

So what does that mean exactly? It means we don’t know who wrote the story until we’ve said yes or no. We will certainly solicit some stories, so if you’re worried about us only publishing our friends, YES, we will publish some of our friends! What editor doesn’t solicit or publish authors they love, that move them—people they may actually know. BUT, I’ve only solicited 40 authors, so we have to accept AT LEAST 24 stories in 2016 for the 2017 year—12 new, and 12 reprints. My fiction editors will be my first readers, and then I will make the final decision on all submissions. It’s important to me to support new voices, diverse voices—and I’m counting on some of that coming in via submissions.

FOUR: A wide range of genres

We are not a horror publication. Or, I should say, we are not publishing ONLY horror. I want fantasy, science fiction, horror, crime, neo-noir, transgressive, magical realism, Southern gothic, weird, surreal, and literary fiction. We are looking for that sweet spot between genre and literary, between expectations and innovation. There is a lot of excellent genre-bending, hybrid fiction going on these days, and that’s what we’re looking for. We don’t want anything that is “classic,” so definitely avoid the same tropes, plots, stories, monsters, and clichés. We also are not fans of excessive graphic violence, rape, molestation, or any sort of bigotry. So, don’t feel if you aren’t a horror author that you can’t submit. I’d say several of our authors not only aren’t horror writers, but aren’t speculative, aren’t writing supernatural stories—for example, I believe that Tara Ison, Lindsay Hunter, Paula Bomer, and Nina McConigley are primarily edgy, literary realists.

FIVE: Pricing is currently 50% of what it will be

Right now, the main rewards are HALF of what they will be after the Kickstarter is over. And, those rates you can lock in right now, forever. As long as you renew, you can retain those rates. So, that’s $30 for website only, $54 for eBook only (monthly), and $60 for both. Those are great rates for 400,000+ words a year, original artwork with every story, and much more. Also, there WILL be a paywall. So, if you don’t subscribe, you won’t be able to read anything.

SIX: Lots of cool rewards at reduced prices

One of the most exciting aspects of this Kickstarter has been the generosity of authors, editors and publishers who have stepped up to donate books, editing services, and much more. It’s humbling, and means a lot to me. We started out with SEVEN rewards, but several sold out, so we added them back in. Some twice. And the rewards expanded as well. Last I checked we had 42 rewards, with 26 selling out. Stop by and see what we have! All of our rewards are also at 50% of MSRP.

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Subscriptions of course (329 sold so far) as well as postcards, coasters, editing packages for poets and authors, book formatting and layout, photo shoots, craft videos, classes, consultations, lots of books—and even a Tarot Card reading!

SEVEN: New artwork with every story

How cool is that? Not only will Luke Spooner be creating new illustrations for every story, but we’ll also work in spot art from George C. Cotronis, Daniele Serra, Bob Crum, and photographer Jennifer Moore! I’m a huge fan of all of them, so that adds a lot to the experience, in my opinion.

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EIGHT: Beyond fiction there will be columns, poetry, non-fiction, serializations, etc.

We are going to publish more than just fiction. We’ll have three columnists in Max Booth, RK Arceneaux, and Keith Rawson—to educate, and provide humor. We’ll be working with freelance journalists and essayists as well. We’ll also have poetry, which many fiction-based publications ignore. I’m working on doing a Flash Fiction Friday, as well, and even a Saturday Night Special serialization of something longer, to spice up your weekend.

NINE: Beyond writing, there will be other events and services

We’re also going to embrace other aspects of the arts. I’ve been talking to one of the coolest movie theaters in Chicago, The Music Box, about partnering with Gamut on some events and they’re already excited to do that. We talked about screening some cult classics and other dark hits, such as Blade Runner, Donnie Darko, and Mulholland Drive as well as an A24 retrospective (maybe a whole DAY) which may include such films as Enemy, Under the Skin, Ex Machina and even The Witch. We will be looking into other services at Gamut, which I can’t really get into now, and we’ll definitely have swag down the road a bit—hats, t-shirts, prints. But I mean, we have to establish ourselves first, right? What I’m trying to say is, if you aren’t a big reader, aren’t an author, we’re looking into ways to get you involved, to do things that will appeal to you as well.

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TEN: Be a patron of the arts, start something great

How often to you get to launch a publication? I’ve supported 19 Kickstarter events over the last couple of years—anthologies, journals, magazines, books, games, films, and comics—even post-apocalyptic mugs. It’s exciting! I want you to be a part of this inception, this birth, this creation. You can help shape it. I don’t know how successful this will be, but what if this was the next Tor, or Clarkesworld, or Tin House, or Rolling Stone? You could say, “I helped make this happen.” I don’t own much original art, but the paintings I do own, they mean a lot to me. I see the heart and soul that went into that work, and I was able, through my purchase, to support that vision, that artist. And to be honest, that feels pretty good. It is such a thrill to see students of mine land agents and book deals, to see my peers grow, and evolve, and succeed.

Let me tell you a little story.

When Letitia Trent sent me a story for Exigencies, I’d already publisher her book, Echo Lake. I loved it. But she had been primarily a poet—this was new to her. She hadn’t written that many stories. We talked about “Wilderness,” and the moment I started it, I knew it was something special. When I was done reading, I immediately sent her an email to tell her I wanted it. I was actually panicking, thinking another editor was going to snatch it up. She was relieved that I said yes. I guess the story had been bouncing around a bit and had already been rejected by several top magazines. I told her, “Letitia, those editors are mistaken. They are going to regret that they passed on this story. It’s exceptional.” I could tell she didn’t really believe me. That story was just selected for Best Horror of the Year, by Ellen Datlow. If anybody is a judge of greatness in horror, and dark fiction, it’s Ellen. Out of hundreds, thousands of stories, she deemed this one of the best. It was a validation that meant a lot to me, as the editor, and publisher, that my own vision was supported that way—and more importantly, it showed Letitia that she was doing something special, doing great work. Truly inspiring.

IN CONCLUSION

I’ve said this a few times, but I want to repeat it again here at the end. The opposite of love is not hate—it is indifference. If this kind of publication is important to you, if you write or read dark fiction, then please get involved. Donate and spread the word. The base subscription is only $30, just $2.50 a month. If I’ve ever done anything for you—blurbed your book, Tweeted about your success, shared an important Facebook announcement, bought your thing, given you advice privately, taught you in a class, or merely been your friend—jump in now, when I need your help the most.

Thanks,
Richard

Six Days Left for Gamut—Lots of Prizes Today!

Six Days Left. Currently just under $37,000!

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Lots of prizes today! Subscribe or upgrade $30 (or more) between now and midnight CST to get a chance to win: one of five copies of The Nameless Dark by Ted E. Grau (ebook); several John F. D. Taff titles—The Bell Witch, The End in All Beginnings, and Kill/Off; When October Falls by Christopher Dwyer; and books from A Murder of Storytellers series, donated by Adrean Messmer—Beyond the Nightlight, Faed, Broken Worlds, and Now Playing in Theater B. Thank you Ted, John, Christopher and Adrean for donating to the cause, for being so generous. Feel free to share this message, people!

We are at just under $37,000 and need to get to $52,000 or this doesn’t happen! Six days left. We’ll be paying TEN CENTS A WORD, and will open up to submissions in 2016.

Thanks,
Richard

Due to Popular Demand Gamut is Adding in eBooks NOW at 50% OFF.

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BIG NEWS! Due to popular demand, we’re adding in eBooks NOW!

If you still only want the website subscription, add or keep that at $30 a year. If you’d like just the eBooks, add or change to that reward for $42 a year. If you’d like BOTH, then add or upgrade to that reward, for $60 a year. We will issue eBooks at the end of every month. These rates are 50% OFF what the regular rates will be when the Kickstarter is over, so sign up now. You’ll be able to retain these rates indefinitely, as long as you renew.

So, tell your friends—spread the word!

(To upgrade any other offer, simply add $12 more to change to eBook only, or $30 more, to change to eBook and website, and send me a message. ANY reward that is $200 or more will include automatic upgrade to website plus eBook for free.)

I’ve included a mock first cover in this update, actual authors are TBD.

Thanks,
Richard

Gamut: Day 22 and over $35,000!

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$36,727 with eight days left!

I took a few days off from the updates to give you a break, but so many cool new rewards have been added that I wanted to let you know. In fact, the Dark Moon Digest package sold before I could even get this note out!

SUBSCRIPTION + STEPHANIE M WYTOVICH $125
Everything in Reward #3, plus the complete Stephanie M. Wytovich poetry package—Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, Mourning Jewelry, and An Exorcism of Angels (Raw Dog Screaming Press). PLUS a full poetry manuscript edit (up to 110 pages). (MSRP: $250)

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SUBSCRIPTION + ASHLEY DAVIS CONSULTATION $150
Since 2010 Evensong Editing has worked on over 1,000 manuscripts with hundreds of authors and publishing companies. They specialize in horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy, and speculative/weird fiction. You may send Ashley a writing sample, a list of questions/topics to go over, or a manuscript at least 24 hours before the 30-minute consultation. Plus free subscription. (MSRP: $310)

SUBSCRIPTION + LAYOUT / FORMATTING $100
Have your book professionally formatted by Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s co-owner Lori Michelle. Lori formats books for not only PMMP, but also Dark Moon Digest, BloodBound Books, Crystal Lake Publishing, and Bizarro Pulp Press. She will take your manuscript, clean it up, add proper headers, and give your book the punch you need to make it the work of art it is. She will also make your book ready for Kindle and Nook uploading. No more fooling with CSS code for you. LIMITED (MSRP: $210.00)

PLUS, we still have the custom photo shoots, coasters, video sessions, consultations, tons of books, postcards, editing, classes, etc. Consider upgrading if you can.

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AND we’ll continue to give away lifetime memberships every 100 backers (we just crossed 500!) and every $5,000. So invite a friend in—can’t win, if you’re not in!

NOTE: We currently have 516 backers from 96 different countries. How cool is that? This morning alone I added in people from the US (LA, NYC, Chicago, Portland), several from the UK, AUS, and Italy! There are only 88 countries in the world that have English as their official language. That’s why I wanted to do this online, and not in print. It’s the only way we could be this inclusive, and have such reach.

Thank you to all of you for supporting Gamut, and for all of the people that have stepped up to donate.

Peace,
Richard