Mythic Delirium Kickstarter update: stretch goals and add-on rewards

/ July 17th, 2013 / No Comments »

Cross-posted from Mythic Delirium Kickstarter update #9:

Hi, folks! Anita and I are back from ReaderCon in Boston and have recovered enough from a productive and exhausting trip to pick the Kickstarter ball back up again. I’m grateful to all of you folks who’ve backed us so far for your faith and your patience, and I’m amazed and delighted at how this Kickstarter continued to grow during the time we couldn’t devote our full attention to it. We don’t have long at all to go to reach our $3,250 stretch goal, but we do have only six days left to do it in.

As an added incentive, when this Kickstarter passes $3,000, I’ll post an amusing video made during our room party Saturday night. It’s PG, I promise.

While we were at ReaderCon, Anita finished making the special jewelry pins that we’ve offering at the $75 reward level. Here’s a gander at them that I took with my iPhone in our hotel room. No two are alike, though all contain the “message tube” holding the cover of Mythic Delirium 0.1.

Consistently throughout this Kickstarter, I’ve been asked about add-on rewards. This possibility never came up for discussion during our previous campaign to raise the funds to publish the Clockwork Phoenix 4 anthology. Because of this, I didn’t build them into the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter reward system from the start, and I also didn’t know I could adjust the limited reward totals if those rewards were claimed as add-ons. Now I know I can do that.

So here is a simple add-on system that I think is fair to those who have already pledged and might want to add something more. First, to obtain an add-on you must pledge at the $25 reward level at minimum.

You may then increase your pledge by the following amounts to obtain these reward items:

  • $5 (outside U.S. $8): your choice of a print back issue of Mythic Delirium (36 left)
  • $5: E-book copy of my forthcoming Hungry Constellations poetry collection
  • $10 (Outside U.S. $15): subscription to the last two remaining print issues of Mythic Delirium
  • $20 (Outside U.S. $30): special edition signed “Triptych” art print by Paula Friedlander (9 left)
  • $25: poem critique by myself and Anita (8 left)
  • $25 (Outside U.S. $30): signed limited edition of The Immigrant by Cherie Priest (2 left)
  • $50 (Outside U.S. $60): Mythic Delirium jewelry pin by Anita (18 left)
  • $75: story critique by myself and Anita (2 left)

If you decide to take advantage of these offers, you must message me through Kickstarter or email me at to tell me what you’re pledging for so I can keep track of how many are left.

There is are also a special add-on that we have been offering through the backers-only updates — but obviously, you have to become a backer to see what it is. #SFWApro

Again, folks, thank you so much for all the support you’ve given us. Not long now!

MYTHIC DELIRIUM is fully funded!

/ July 8th, 2013 / No Comments »

Last year, on the Monday before ReaderCon, I launched a Kickstarter to revive the Clockwork Phoenix anthology series. It went better than I ever could have dreamed.

Today — on the Monday before ReaderCon — the Kickstarter to revitalize my other longtime publishing project, Mythic Delirium, has reached its funding goal. We’ll be able to keep publishing the new web and e-book version of the magazine at least through mid-2016. It’s like an anniversary gift!


This community is an incredibly generous, giving group to be part of. Thank you all.

Of course I have stretch goals, heh. For $750 more — $3,250 total — I’ll be able to publish a print anthology gathering the stories and poems in the first four issues of the new zine. Fortunately, perhaps, for those who’d like a break from my constant sales pitch, I’m not prepared to outline this second phase in full, as I have to finish prepping for our trip to Boston. #SFWApro

So instead I just want to point out that we have plenty of cool swag left that’s ripe for claiming. We have available:

  • Ten special color art prints from Paula Friedlander
  • Four copies left of the signed and numbered chapbook edition of The Immigrant by Cherie Priest
  • 18 unclaimed jewelry pins that Anita is in the process of making — and will likely finish at ReaderCon
  • Two story critiques from myself and Anita
  • And lots of other stuff. I hope you’ll give it all a look.

    The jewelry pins for the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter in progress

    / July 8th, 2013 / 1 Comment »

    So a year ago today, more or less, I launched my first Kickstarter, to make Clockwork Phoenix 4. And thanks to amazing support from this community, that ended up going really, really well.

    Today, my second and much smaller Kickstarter is less than $300 away from being fully funded. If we reach full funding early I have a couple of fairly simple stretch goals. An additional $750 will cover the cost of a print anthology collecting Mythic Delirium 0.1 through 0.4, and if we get that far, another $750 would cover an anthology of the next year’s issues, putting us at a total of $4,000. #SFWApro

    Anita’s been working on a special set of Mythic Delirium pins just for this Kickstarter (only one of the 20 has been claimed so far,) and I can finally give you a sense what they will look like. They’re not finished yet, but if you catch us at ReaderCon this weekend, you’ll likely get to watch her putting them together.






    Poems accepted for MYTHIC DELIRIUM 29

    / July 7th, 2013 / No Comments »

    I’m pleased to announce that the following poems have been accepted for Mythic Delirium 29, the penultimate print issue of our zine, due out around October. (And of course, I’m revamping Mythic Delirium as an electronic publication, the very first issue of which is available now through our very nearly fully funded Kickstarter.) #SFWAPro

    Here are the poets poems that will appear in Mythic Delirium 29:

  • Constance Cooper, “Great-Great-Grandmother’s Recipe Box”
  • Lara Elena Donnelly, “Apocalypse Walking”
  • Preston Grassman, “The Edge of Visible Light”
  • Ada Hoffman, “The Siren of Mayberry Crescent,” “The Tooth Fairy Throws In the Towel” and “The Witch’s Courting Song”
  • Deborah P Kolodji, “Echoes of Futures” and “Seasons of a Time Traveler”
  • Jenna Le, “Tainted Wedding: A Palindromic Fairy Tale in Four Parts”
  • Sandi Leibowitz, “The Raven’s Invitation”
  • Kurt Newton, “The Stranger”
  • Laura Praytor, “Alternatives”
  • Alexandra Seidel, “The Ice Thief”
  • Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, “Strange Monster”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “Hypnos and Thanatos”
  • Anita is making action figures of my novel characters

    / July 7th, 2013 / No Comments »

    Anita’s been making dolls of the characters from my first novel, THE BLACK FIRE CONCERTO. These dolls are still in progress, but I can sure tell who they are. From left to right: a Grey One from the temple above Violet Bluff, my novel with its mystery sorceress on the cover, and my heroines, Erzelle and Olyssa. #SFWApro


    Updated to add: Here’s Olyssa and Erzelle braving the wild territory atop the mantelpiece.


    Soooo close

    / July 6th, 2013 / No Comments »


    So it’s not quite two weeks yet, and the Kickstarter for the new version of Mythic Delirium has only $500 more to raise to reach fully funded. And we haven’t even posted any images of the new jewelry pins Anita is making! (With any luck, we’ll be able to do that tomorrow…)

    Mind you, I know $500 isn’t chump change. Still, this is pretty amazing, especially since my zine focuses so heavily on poetry. Thanks so much to all of you who’ve supported us so far!

    Yesterday and this morning I started thinking hard about stretch goals. (Gee, I wonder why 😀 )

    I promised Anita when I started working on this newfangled Mythic Delirium that we wouldn’t completely abandon print. Right now I have built into the new Mythic Delirium contracts terms for rounding up each year’s worth of issues into an annual trade paperback anthology, not unlike what many of the other online zines do, but it’s optional, not definite. If we reach full funding soon enough, I think I’ll change focus to making those books a certainty. It shouldn’t take much compared to what we’ve already raised. #SFWApro

    I wrote this

    / July 4th, 2013 / No Comments »

    You can’t buy it yet, but you can “look inside,” and you can sign up for an e-mail telling you when you can purchase it.


    I am speechless

    / July 3rd, 2013 / No Comments »

    This review of Clockwork Phoenix 4 at Strange Horizons pulls no punches.

    But here’s how it ends:

    … this anthology, and this anthology series, are serious about working on the edge of commercially viable fiction. There is room here for the confusing, intentionally or otherwise; for the unexplained; for the extremely different. When it pays off, it pays off spectacularly. The first three Clockwork Phoenix anthologies were published by Norilana Books, but this one was funded by a Kickstarter campaign run by Allen after Norilana ran into financial difficulties. It’s good to see that a community can come together and support an original endeavor of this kind, and delightful to see how well the results have turned out. Whether Allen continues this particular anthology series or not, this book is in several distinct ways a look into the future: the future of fantasy and science fiction, diverse, strange, and wonderful; the future of these individual writers, many of whom are at or near the beginning of careers which promise to be interesting; and, additionally, the future of publishing, in which a crowd-sourced publication from a very small press can produce, and can present professionally and beautifully, work which is at the height of what is being written in genre. This particular phoenix has risen from its ashes triumphant.


    The pins Anita is making for the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter: a teaser

    / July 3rd, 2013 / No Comments »

    Anita has shared the first image of the pins she’s making as rewards for the Mythic Delirium Kickstarter (which has less than $1,000 to go to be fully funded; click the link for proof.) #SFWApro

    She also offers this poem:

    Twenty little pinny pins, all lined up in a row.
    Twenty little pinny pins, whose faces I won’t show.
    Twenty little pinny pins, a poet’s joy and pride.
    Twenty little pinny pins, that I shall soon provide.

    And she adds this:

    ( This is the beginning of the special Kickstarter pins for Mythic Delirium, our poetry magazine. Keep an eye out for updates as I create these little works of art. I hope to do them daily. Like the Clockwork Phoenix pieces, the style is similar, but each pin is unique. And Like the CP pieces, I won’t be making more of this style again. )

    My schedule at ReaderCon (& news of a party)

    / July 2nd, 2013 / No Comments »

    I have a great schedule at ReaderCon. And a full schedule. And a ton of things to promote: my anthology Clockwork Phoenix 4 (now out!), my novel The Black Fire Concerto (almost out!), the new Mythic Delirium and its attendant Kickstarter (over halfway but still needs help!). Anita and I are holding a room party Saturday night to celebrate my double book launch — and we planned this even before word got out the hotel wouldn’t have a bar this year. Should be a blast. #SFWAPro

    Thursday July 11

    9:00 PM RI Write What You Know All Too Well. Mike Allen, Gemma Files (leader), Shira Lipkin, Sonya Taaffe. Gemma Files is currently making the transition from writing a series of novels (the Hexslinger series) to a stand-alone novel (Experimental Film), from historical fantasy to contemporary horror, and from something very separate from her life to something that actively riffs off it in a somewhat intimate, vulnerable-making way. She will discuss this process and invite others to talk about similarly intimate work they might have created or experienced.

    Friday July 12

    1:00 PM RI Speculative Poetry Workshop. Mike Allen (leader), Margo Lanagan, Alex Dally MacFarlane. Speculative poetry can be defined a number of ways. One is that a speculative poem uses the trappings of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or more unclassifiable bends in reality to convey its images, narratives, and themes. Speculative poetry can unfold with the same subtlety and power that speculative fiction does, with considerably fewer words. Come prepared to write.

    4:00 PM NH Clockwork Phoenix 4 Group Reading. Mike Allen, A.C. Wise, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Barbara Krasnoff, Shira Lipkin, Yves Meynard, Ken Schneyer. All of the critically acclaimed Clockwork Phoenix anthologies have officially debuted at Readercon since the series began in 2008. That bond deepened when editor and publisher Mike Allen launched the Kickstarter campaign for Clockwork Phoenix 4 at Readercon 23. The campaign was a smashing success, and the latest lineup of boundary-pushing, unclassifiable stories has been bought and paid for. At this official reading, the new anthology’s authors will share samples from their stories with everyone who helped make this book reality

    5:30 PM VT Reading: Mike Allen. Mike Allen. Mike Allen reads an excerpt from the novel The Black Fire Concerto.

    Saturday July 13

    3:00 PM NH Mythic Poetry Group Reading. Mike Allen, Leah Bobet, C.S.E. Cooney, Gemma Files, Gwynne Garfinkle, Andrea Hairston, Samantha Henderson, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Rose Lemberg, Shira Lipkin, Alex Dally MacFarlane, Dominik Parisien, Caitlyn Paxson, Julia Rios, Romie Stott, Sonya Taaffe, JoSelle Vanderhooft. Over the past decade, speculative poetry has increasingly turned toward the mythic in subject matter, with venues such as Strange Horizons, Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Stone Telling, Cabinet des Fées, Jabberwocky, and the now-defunct Journal of the Mythic Arts showcasing a new generation of poets who’ve redefined what this type of writing can do. This reading will feature new and classic works from speculative poetry’s trend-setters.

    7:00 PM F Speculative Poetry Open Mic. Mike Allen. Mike Allen emcees an open mic for speculative poets. Sign up at the information desk.

    8:00 PM F A Most Readerconnish Miscellany. Mike Allen, C.S.E. Cooney, Lila Garrott, Andrea Hairston, John Kessel, Daniel José Older, Caitlyn Paxson, Sonya Taaffe. C.S.E. Cooney and Mike Allen emcee an extravagant evening of music, theater, and readings to benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and Operation Hammond. Bring cash or credit cards to make donations toward these very worthy organizations, all while being entertained by exquisite performers including Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan, Daniel José Older, John Kessel, Sonya Taaffe, C.S.E. Cooney and Caitlyn Paxson, and a capella group Sassafrass. Don’t miss this unforgettable event.

    Sunday July 14

    12:00 PM E Autographs. Mike Allen, Rosemary Kirstein.

    1:00 PM ME Crowdfunding: The Glory and the Peril. Mike Allen (leader), Kevin E.F. Clark, Matthew Kressel, Ken Schneyer, Cecilia Tan. In this troubled market, small publishers, authors, and editors are all turning to crowdfunding to get the backing for their cherished projects. Novelists, anthology editors, and magazine publishers are asking for funds on Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and other sites, and some are coming away triumphant. If you want to try it for yourself, how do you make it work? What do you avoid? What unexpected problems lurk? Author, editor, and publisher Mike Allen, veteran of a $10,000 campaign to fund the anthology Clockwork Phoenix 4, will lead a discussion of what works, what doesn’t, and what successful campaigners wish they’d done differently.

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