Greetings from the Ether,
Just a few months ago, editor Dan Coxon unleashed one of the best new literary journals for weird fiction, in his debut volume of The Shadow Booth. Featuring spine-tingling stories from the likes of Sarah Read, Paul Tremblay, Richard Thomas, and a plethora of other talented authors, it was evident from the first story that this journal was unique.
Now, Volume 2 is on the horizon! Coxon only has a few hours left as of writing this to meet their goal for the the crowdfunding campaign, and we wanted to make a big call out to all who may be interested to back this project. We guarantee you won’t be disappointed. The authors who have already been announced are just as top notch as last time, and we’re sure with Coxon’s focused vision, this volume may even be better than the first.
Stop by the campaign and help a new professional market for weird fiction! They’re at 84% as of writing this and only have a few hours left to go.
The Shadow Booth is a journal of weird and eerie fiction, edited by Dan Coxon and published as a 200-page mass market paperback. Drawing its inspiration from the likes of Thomas Ligotti and Robert Aickman, as well as H. P. Lovecraft and Arthur Machen, The Shadow Booth explores that dark, murky territory between mainstream horror and literary fiction. From folk horror to alien gods, the journal aims to give voice to the strange and the unsettling in all its forms.
“There are going to be two more volumes to this series and if they deliver on the same level as volume one then this is going to be one fantastic collection for any fan of horror, weird, or short fiction…” – STORGY review of The Shadow Booth: Vol. 1
Table of Contents
- Buddy by Mark Morris
- We are the Disease by Gareth E. Rees
- Waves by Dan Grace
- My Father’s Face by Giovanna Repetto
- Ear to Ear by Aliya Whiteley
- Feasting, Fasting by Anna Vaught
- Keel by George Sandison
- What to do When Your Child Brings Home a Mami Wata by Chikodili Emelumadu
- Good Good Good, Nice Nice Nice by Kirsty Logan
- Monkeys on the Beach by Ralph Robert Moore
- Cave Venus et Stellas by Anna Vaught
- The Joanne by Johnny Mains
Dan Coxon is an award-winning editor, author, copy-editor and proofreader. In 2016 he won Best Anthology at the Saboteur Awards, for Being Dad: Short Stories About Fatherhood. He runs his own editorial company, Momus Editorial, and has worked for numerous publishers and authors in the past, including Titan Books, Urbane Publications, Unsung Stories, Influx Press and Dodo Ink. He is also a Contributing Editor at The Lonely Crowd, and has previously edited Litro magazine.
If you’re interested in the concept behind The Shadow Booth, and the books that inspired it, read Dan’s short essay on the subject here: Face the Strange: A Case for the Weird and the Eerie
One of the aims of the journal is to reward the people who really deserve it – the writers. Yes, there are other costs involved in producing and distributing any book or magazine, but it’s our belief that these should be outweighed by the authors’ right to get paid for their work. It’s one of the reasons we’re crowdfunding – to ensure that the authors of these wonderful stories receive reasonable payment. Paid markets are becoming increasingly rare and it’s a trend that we’d like to see reversed.
We have factored in the costs involved in printing, layout, proofreading, distribution and the production of the other rewards, and already have those covered. The funds raised here will provide payment for the authors, and will also help build the journal for the future – ensuring that we manage to bring out Volume 3 later this year!
Risks & Challenges
There shouldn’t be many risks still associated with this project. The stories are already selected, and have all been handed in – so that lineup is final. The printing company is on standby. The design/layout team are ready to go. We just need the money to make it work.
As has already been said, most of the money raised here will go to the authors, so you know that you’re helping support the people who deserve it most. The rest of the money will go towards Volume 3, due later this year.
Delivery for Vol. 2 is expected to be June 2018.
Other Ways You Can Help
The louder people shout about this, the more successful it will be. So please, please – if you’re excited by The Shadow Booth, tell people about it! We’re on Twitter and Facebook.
We will also be looking for reviewers, so if you run your own books blog or write reviews for a website, get in touch.
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