HELP US PAY PROFESSIONAL RATES!
Once funds have been raised, open submissions will begin and a deadline will be announced.
In the Hour of Our Death is an apocalyptic anthology of stories focusing on how people respond when facing death, when the chips are down, when there are no choices left. What do they do? Are they brave? Cowards? Loyal? Self-serving? The stories may involve zombies, Cthulhu or other Mythos characters, or any other type of apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic scenario. Stories may also explore these scenarios from different cultural, political and religious viewpoints. The pay rate is .05 cents a word up to 3,000 words. Longer works may be submitted, but please note that the pay rate is capped at 3,000 words. Contributors will also receive both electronic and print copies, as outlined in the contracts.
In the Hour of Our Death, edited by Nancy O. Greene, is the first anthology by Unpopular Publications — the brainchild of Jeffrey L. Shipley. "UnPop" is a new publisher dedicated to clawing at the boundaries of storytelling. Since achieving success with its first venture, Tales of Blood and Roses (a beautiful zine of dark fiction, poetry and artwork), Unpopular Publications has expanded to bring its audience more of what they want. Horror and dark tales of massive proportions.
While many successful anthologies featuring apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic stories have been published, there are few on the marketplace that also feature comics as part of the package. With this work, Editor Nancy O. Greene and Publisher Jeffrey L. Shipley aim to bridge the gap between the written word and the visual representation.
Confirmed Contributors To Date
Bram Stoker Award-winning writer and instructor Thomas F. Monteleone heads the successful Borderlands Press, which has published multiple novels and short stories by writers like Peter Straub, Brian Keene and F. Paul Wilson. He is the author of over 30 books, hundreds of short stories and countless articles, including the best-seller The Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel and The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association, a collection of articles from his column regularly published in the popular dark fiction magazine Cemetery Dance.
R. Thomas Riley is the author of the short story collection The Monster Within Idea (2009-2011), published by Hugo-nominated Apex Publications and re-released as a Kindle exclusive in 2011. His second story collection, Their Last Dying Acts, was released in July 2012; and Husks was released in August 2012. If God Doesn’t Show - a Gibson Blount novel (co-written with John Grover) - was published by Permuted Press and Audible.com in August 2012. The Flesh of Fallen Angels - a Gibson Blount novella (co-written with Roy C. Booth) - was published by Grand Mal Press in February 2012. Diaphanous (co-written with Roy C. Booth) is available now on Kindle. The Day Lufberry Won It All was adapted to short film by Frosty Moon Omnimedia in 2010.
Jeffrey L. Shipley served in the United States Air Force as an Airman in the Middle East during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Since then, he has taken his love for writing and art and created the popular and critically-acclaimed zine, Tales of Blood and Roses. Unpopular Publications sprang up from that first venture. As the creative force behind UnPop, Mr. Shipley strives to provide audiences with the type of horror fiction, poetry and artwork they love. He has or will have work in Smile, Hon, You’re in Baltimore!; Tales of Blood and Roses; Rhyme and PUN-ishment; and KamiKaze Woman. In the Hour of Our Death, the first anthology from Unpopular Publications, will be of the same standard which The Examiner called “exceptional, post-normal, bleeding-edge quality.”
Nancy O. Greene started writing at the age of nine. Her short story collection, Portraits in the Dark, received a brief mention in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2007. Other works have appeared or will appear in FEARnet.com; ChiZine; Lovecraft eZine; Cemetery Dance; Tales of Blood and Roses; Haunted: 11 Tales of Ghostly Horror; Shroud Publishing's The Terror at Miskatonic Falls; Dark Recesses; Flames Rising; Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!; and others. She has a BA in Cinema (Critical Studies) and a minor in English (Creative Writing) from the University of Southern California, and is a Film Independent: Project Involve Fellow.
Tyrell Hill & Kat Miller.
What We Need & What You Get
The funds raised will be used to:
- Pay the contributors professional rates
- Pay the artists
- Promote the anthology
- Release a limited amount of print copies
- The book also will be available in electronic format
Shipping costs will be included for all domestic donations.
For your support you will receive many awesome thanks, as well as the perks listed.
Also visit the anthology's Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hour-of-Our-Death-anthology/160951070695146.
Other Ways You Can Help
You may also let people know about our campaign. Promote it on your Facebook pages and your Twitter accounts, your websites and at your events. Whatever, wherever, just get the word out! Thanks!