Project 13 Dark Issue #2 – Cursed Crossing – CROWDFUNDING

Hello and welcome! Come closer! My name is Joseph Sale, author and editor and Storgy contributor of yore. Sometimes I’m called The Mindflayer by those who know my true form, and today I’m here to tell you about a new venture in need of your help. Ah, yes, you’ve tried to step away but now I have you in my grasp. My masters will not allow me to let you leave until you’ve heard what I have to say. Mindflayers have souls too, and they too can be cast down into depths.

Last year, I began a project called †3Dark with the aim of publishing radical fiction by both new and established voices. We value art over commercial appeal, deep understanding over zeitgeists. The stories here do not conform to standard publishing lengths and play with structure in compelling ways. Our work explores the bigger questions of reality: is there such a thing as good and evil, as destiny and purpose, why are we here?

We feel that not enough fiction goes to these depths. As a society, we’ve exchanged deep philosophical ideas for petty social observations. While there’s a place for every type of story in our world, we want more of the former! We want our minds blown, our hearts stirred, our minds melted with profundity. We’ve hunted down some of the most radical and awesome authors working today, many of them hidden, and our mission is to bring their work to a wider audience.

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After an embattled start, we published our first issue in 2017, getting our funding via an IndieGoGo campaign. Our first issue was praised for the quality of its production and unconventional stories, with work by Ross Jeffery, Tice Cin and Samuel Parr. We’re very proud of that first foray, and proud to introduce three new authors to the world. Our second issue promises to be even bigger, with incredible tales from Andy Cashmore, Anthony Self, Christa Wojciechowski and the one and only Richard Thomas!

If you want a feeling for what we do, check out this review of our first issue from the great Eden Royce, guru of Southern Gothic fiction and author of Spook Lights 1 & 2:

“While this project had to change from its original concept of 13 individual stories, released separately, the final product is no less stunning. And it holds fast to its original promise of story theme: Light and dark. Sacred and profane. Comprised of short dark stories by three authors, each with an intro by editor Joseph Sale, †3 Dark also gives each tale searingly gorgeous artwork packaged with an eerie cover” – Eden Royce

Right now, we’re launching an IndieGoGo campaign to get our second issue off the ground. There are currently 9 days left to get your hands on our second issue, which will feature some 41,000 words of quality fiction (plus some artwork too if funding allows). The funding is flexible, so any contribution will guarantee a reward.

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Curious but not sure yet? Why don’t you head on over to our IndieGoGo updates to check out some extracts from the stories we’re publishing?

If you’re new to us, don’t worry if you didn’t read the first issue, the stories are standalone, unified by theme and tone. However, there’s also a chance to get both issues in this campaign at a discount, so you can play catch up if you want to. We’ve also got plenty more crazy rewards on offer, including Horror and Dark Fantasy book bundles, original artwork from our first issue of †3Dark by comics veteran Shawn Langley, and a chance to buy your own Cathedral of the Deep essay on any subject of your choosing!

Your contribution not only gets our issue out into the world. It’s more than simply making a digital thing physical. You will also be supporting the careers of up-and-coming writing stars and fighting the publishing machine and the dearth of quality, imaginative fiction in our world by breathing life into something genuinely fresh.

I’ll let you go now, intrepid wanderer, you have stayed with us long enough and heard my tale. I hope you will come to the aid of the Mindflayer and support us in our hour of need. Any help will satisfy my dark masters: sharing our IndieGoGo page and spreading the word (mind-virus!), a small contribution, or even just a digital hug. We Mindflayers are not the monsters you think we are.

Well, not all of the time…

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