As of my writing this, the Kickstarter to publish a deluxe, hardcover edition of my out-of-print debut collection Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings is counting down in hours, rather than days. (Which isn’t to say there aren’t still a couple of days left.) Soon it will all be over except the
crying crushing my enemies, seeing them driven before me, and hearing the lamentations of their women actual work of publishing the book, with any luck.
This also means that it’s your last chance to get on board. 48 hour notices will be going out shortly, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed for the usual boost in the last couple of days. My publisher (who has a lot more experience with these kinds of things than I do) seems very confident that we’re going to fund, which means that this beautiful book will be a real thing very soon!
If you’ve already pledged, shared the link, or otherwise boosted the signal, thank you very much! If you haven’t, check out the Kickstarter, we’ve got a lot of cool stuff going on. And even if you already have the original edition of Never Bet the Devil, I urge you to check this one out! It’s going to be illustrated throughout by the great M.S. Corley, whose work on it has been absolutely stunning so far, and it will contain at least two stories not included in the original edition, “A Night for Mothing,” which originally appeared in The Mothman Files but has never been previously collected, and “Goblins,” an entirely new story written exclusively for this volume. Plus a new introduction by Nathan Ballingrud, and did I mention those M.S. Corley illustrations?
Plus, once we reach 250 backers–and we’re getting very close!–everyone who pledged at the $30 tier or higher (to get the physical book) will also be getting a PDF of (mostly) never-before-seen ephemera written to complement several of the stories in Never Bet the Devil. For a taste of what you can expect from the ephemera, check out the one for “Black Hill” here. And if you’ve never read “Black Hill,” you can do so for free right now on the Strix Publishing website. Or check out my story “The Barghest,” which has never before been published outside of this collection, over at Aeryn Rudel’s Rejectomancy blog!
While I will be spamming social media about the Kickstarter nonstop over the next few days, there’s a decent chance that this is close to the last you’ll hear about it through these channels. So whether you’re new to my work or an old fan, there’s no better time than now to jump on board the Kickstarter for Never Bet the Devil & Other Warnings and help us make this very special book a reality!