Help SPECTOR Launch His New Freedom of Speech-Themed Dark Anthology!
This has rapidly become my What Spector Did On His Stage Four Cancer Vacation, but sometimes an idea for a project hits you one pleasant Friday afternoon, and just takes off like it had a mind of its own.
This is one of those times.
It came from several things bouncing off each other IRL – mostly on social media, with regards to free speech and freedom of expression in these turbulent times. One writer I know of posted a longish Facebook rant that was eloquent and yet clearly picking a fight. I know those fights all too well, though in my current health status I have to limit my intake of toxins, even of the purely mental or emotional kind. But I know this much, too:
That particular flavor of fight? It never. Ever. Ends.
But still, I wondered, there has to be a better way?
I commented and suggested maybe he should do an anthology themed on freedom of speech? He didn’t take the bait. I suggested it again. No go. So then I posted up and said, never mind, I’ll do it. And I messaged him saying, I was serious, and would he like to submit a story?
And thus, FREEDOM OF SCREECH! was born.
I started on Friday April 21, and by Sunday April 23, I had over a dozen contributors. Today is Sunday, April 30, and I have over two dozen authors aboard. And I haven’t even opened the book to open submissions yet.
My original vision was for 10-12 stories, the payment for which would come from my own pocket, and which was about as much as a Stage Four cancer-fighting editor could swing.
Then it started to blow up (in a good way) – so many diverse and talented writers, so many stories to tell! But it was way beyond what I could afford. And it became time to turn to crowdfunding… and gofundme.
Last year, upon realizing my cancer diagnosis and its life-altering severity (and losing my job for it) I turned to gofundme for help. The response was amazing – and the level of friendship, concern, and care I received from friends and fans both stunned and humbled me to this day.
I would like to bring some of that energy to this: an exciting and genuinely cool publishing project, and a high road of sorts out of the endlessly divisive morass that so marks our shared culture, and times.
FREEDOM OF SCREECH! promises to be a powerful and beautiful book, from some of the most imaginative intellects working in dark fiction, and in the real world, today. Or any other day.
And now it comes to you, gentle reader: I wish for your participation, and help, in bringing this project to reality. I have a publisher whom I trust, and a truly formidable lineup.
What I need now, is you.
Join the party. Help this noble project come to life.
There are perks, of course – ebooks, and print books, and even upcoming select FREEDOM OF SCREECH! merch!
And, cuz, why not, even the brand new music album by yours truly -- CRAIG SPECTOR: RESURRECTION ROAD, which is slated to drop in June 2017 -- will be in the perk lineup.
All to hopefully entice and beguile you to contribute to this very worthy project.
But also, to join in this fleeting, meeting of the raucous tribes. Which, having read this, I hope you will do.
Because you, too, are invited.
And, as ever, I thank you for all your care, concern, and support.
Editor, FREEDOM OF SCREECH!
P.S. Thanks to a very generous David Niall Wilson, the 25% off CODE in the contributions perks now will apply to an ENTIRE purchase from Crossroad Press at EVERY contributor level above $25, so you can really load up on your favorite CP books and save, while helping FOS go live! Thanks David! :D
P.P.S. Every level of contributor above $25 gets a custom signed FREEDOM OF SCREECH bookmark! Cuz..well, books! :D
- Suzanne Cappelletti
- John Mathias
- Brian Emrich
Virginia Beach, VA