Dark Trails: An Anthology of Weird Western Stories

Michael Knost, a Bram Stoker Award-winning editor from Chapmanville, is trying to put together an anthology of western tales with supernatural, fantasy, horror, sci-fi and other unbounded creative ideas.  He tried to get a publishing house to take the idea, but they just wanted a traditional western anthology, so he has taken to Kickstarter for funds.  He is looking for $16,000 and as of this writing only has $2,591.   The money is to go to paying the authors, editors, and cover artist all a professional rate plus all the fees to get it printed.

When done Dead Cactus Press will be publishing it by Dead Cactus Press and have cover art from Cortney Skinner.  Writers who have already signed up to add to this are: Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Steve Rasnic Tem, Jonathan Maberry, Tom Piccirilli, Gary A. Braunbeck, Elizabeth Bear, Laird Barron, Tim Waggoner, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Kelly, Lucy A. Snyder, and Joe McKinney.

He is also taking open submissions for this project as well.  The more money raised will allow for more stories to be published in it.

There are some good low levels for pledges: $10 will get you an eBook version, $25 for a trade paperback version, $30 for both,
$75 for limited hardcover version, and more.  At some of the higher levels you can get an online writing course, written critique of a short story, get your name used in a story or a story dedicated to you, or even the whole book dedicated to you.

The Kickstarter is open till February 17th.  Even if you do not pledge try to help spread the word, since it would be cool to have such a book from the state out there.

Submission guidelines are as follows, but the Kickstarter has to succeed first.

Submissions do not open until March 1, 2014. Please do not submit before March 1, 2014.

Submissions deadline is March 1, 2015.

Publication date is October 2015.

No reprints. No simultaneous submissions.

Make submission a MS WORD document file attachment only.

Submissions will be sent via e-mail address, which will be given when project is fully funded.

 

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