By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Here’s one of the more interesting crowd funding projects I’ve seen in a while: the inaugural volume of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction is looking for some support. Laird Barron will be editing the inaugural volume for Undertow Publications.
Barron is considered one of finest practitioners of the Weird tale. His latest work includes The Croning, from Night Shade Books (2012), and The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All, also from Night Shade Books (2013).
Undertow Publications is home to the acclaimed Weird journal, Shadows & Tall Trees. Undertow, a Canadian company, is based near Toronto. In 2010, Shadows & Tall Trees was a finalist for the British Fantasy Award for Best Periodical/Magazine. In 2009, Apparitions, their anthology of ghost stories, was a finalist for The Shirley Jackson Award.
The publisher says:
The publishing landscape has changed. The big publishers mostly still view weird fiction as a strange and esoteric thing. In short, it isn’t seen as a viable commercial opportunity. But we think there is a need for such a volume. That is why we are appealing to you to help fund this and future volumes of the Year’s Best Weird Fiction. All the funds will be used to pay the editor, the contributors, the designers, typesetter, printing, shipping, etc. Your money will help support what we hope will be an annual and vital volume of the best weird fiction.
The are trying to raise a little over $6,000. It’s a pretty neat idea.