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Help keep the Cultural Gutter online and help us keep our commitment to paying writers for their work.
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Carol Borden
Writing
Ypsilanti, Michigan
United States
3 Team Members

The Story So Far...

Based in Ypsilanti, Toronto, and Brooklyn, The Cultural Gutter was founded in May, 2003 with the intention of providing thoughtful and provocative writing on disreputable art. Since then, we've had ten editors in two countries and five cities write on comics, romance, genre movies, tv, science fiction, fantasy, video games, and porn films. And in all that time we paid our writers, both regulars and guest stars. Then we lost our operations funding. In 2013, a small, rag-tag band of donors joined forces to keep the Gutter online and helped us keep our commitment to paying writers for their work. Our survival for the next year depends on Gutterthon. We hope you'll consider donating.

What We Need & What You Get

Our $3100 goal breaks down to: $400/year/writer (or about $33/article); $400/year for the Evil Overlord for publishing, promoting, finding new writers, day-to-day content management and making sure all the perks are shipped out;  $382/year for our fine Webhost at No Media Kings; and about $600 for printing and shipping perks, promotional materials, paying any guest writers and paying Indiegogo and Paypal fees. These fees take up a significant chunk. For example, if we hit our goal of $3100, Indiegogo will take $277 in fees, leaving us $2883 before Paypal's fees. If we don't hit our goal, Indiegogo will receive 9% of whatever we make.

In return, along with thoughtful and provocative articles on subjects like Duran Duran & William S. Burroughs; Jackass & masculinity; Frozen & Jane Austen; Godzilla & Realism; The Mummy (1999) as love story; Planet of the Apes & relatability, you will have your choice of some fine perks.

The British Fantasy Society Award-nominated Fox Spirit Books have donated digital copies of their anthologies, Noir Carnival and Guardians. Noir Carnival is a genre-bending collection, "The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent." It  includes, "The Mermaid Illusion," a story by the Gutter's own Carol. Guardians is an anthology based on the question, "What if the thing you were afraid of was what stood between you and a bloody death?" Copies are available in both Mobi and ePub formats.

Our sister site Pornokitsch donated books from their Jurassic London imprint, including a signed copy of limited edition printing of Kim Curran's Glaze, "a combination of astute technological insight, uneasy social commentary and brilliant adventure." They've also donated digital copies of The Book of the Dead. "The Book of the Dead addresses the most fascinating of all the undead: the mummy. The mummy can be a figure of imperial dignity or one of shambling terror, at home in pulp adventure, contemporary drama, or apocalyptic horror," featuring stories by Gail Carriger and Paul Cornell; British Fantasy Award Finalist A Town Called Pandemonium, "the wildest, weirdest West you'll ever visit: a shared world anthology created by some of the best new writers in horror and fantasy"; Unearthed, "eleven classic tales of the mummy, selected by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) and Jared Shurin"; The Brick Moon (1869), "a lost classic of Victorian SF--the first tale to imagine the launch of an artificial satellite"; and  Lost Souls, "Two dozen carefully restored tales of damnation and redemption."  They've also kindly donated digital copies of Speculative Fiction 2013, "which collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom--from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual harassment at conventions; from feminist themes in summer blockbusters to life-changing video games; from the merits of grittiness to the downfalls of grimdark." The essays selected by The Book Smugglers' Ann Grilo and Thea James include Monster Island Resort Podcast's Miguel Rodriguez'"The Good Outnumber You: A Look At Heroism In Storytelling," first published on the Gutter.

The Gutterthon Library, including digital editions of Noir Carnival; Guardians; The Book of the Dead; A Town Called Pandemonium; Unearthed; The Brick Moon; Lost Souls; and Speculative Fiction, 2013.

ETC Press has donated print copies of The Cultural Gutter (2011), a collection of pieces published on the Gutter from Jim Munroe, James Schellenberg, Carol Borden, Chris Szego and Ian Driscoll. This print version also has fantastic infographic illustrations by artist EJ Lee.

A new set of five Sexy Supervillain Postcards by artist and YA authorEvan Munday: This time featuring The Joker, Thanos, General Zod, Juggernaut and Solomon Grundy.

An Abominable Dr. Phibes assemblage created by artist and jewelry-maker Edie of EJPCreations

A Gutterthon-themed necklace made by EJPCreations. 3 pendants featuring Jane Austen, Godzilla and one of the taglines of the Gutter itself: "Beyond Good And Bad There Is Awesome." The whole necklace is antiqued brass with a gunmetal chain and extension/counterbalance.

A digital email subscription to the next 10 mini-comics publisher by Silber Media. Silber publishes mini-comics about a robot fighting his programming; a saxophone-playing walrus in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and a speculative biography of Conan-creator, Robert E. Howard.

The Gutter's own Carol Borden will be donating handmade homunculi as well as more papier mache skulls with facial hair painted on them and a variety of hand embellished notebooks:

An orange, 8 x 6" Fabriano Ecoqua Notebook with hot lava monsters and volcanic eruption on the cover drawn by the Gutter's own Carol.

Light Blue Cthulhu handprinted on a dark blue pocket Moleskine.

Gray pocket Moleskine with the Snake Venom mask from Five Deadly Venoms handprinted on it

NEW PERK: The Gutter's own Carol will bake you cookies and ship them to you (Sorry, International friends shipping cookies is US ONLY, but if you do select this perk, Carol will send you a chocolate chip or Earl Grey cookie recipe).

A poster of the glorious Gutterthon banner designed by Brian Kirby of Shelf Life Clothing Company, designer of the Cleveland Caucasians t-shirt, and Capo di Capos at Drive-In Mob

A Cultural Gutter Membership package including a numbered and dated CG Membership Card and a decryption key for decoding the CG Secret Messages posted at the top of the Sponsor's Page.

And a CG Super Pack, with a signed copy of The Cultural Gutter; a papier mache skull with facial hair painted on it by the Gutter's own Carol Borden; a surprise Moleskine decorated by Carol; a Gutterthon poster and a CG Membership package.

But even $1 gets our Undying Thanks.

If we don't reach our goal, we'll use the funds to print and ship your perks, pay our webhost and see how much we can pay each editor. Exceeding our goal would give us breathing room with regards to being able to hire guest writers and create promotional materials to leave at comic and bookstores, cafes and theaters.

The Impact

We like to think that the Gutter offers something that is unusual online: Clear-eyed, thoughtful and thought-provoking writing on disreputable art and media. If you donate or support the campaign by sharing, you will help keep the Gutter online and running; support our particular take on disreputable art; and help support paying writers for their work.

We ran a successful fundraiser last summer, we sent out all our perks, and, thanks to everyone's help, we kept going.  With your help, we can do it again. The Cultural Gutter's survival does depend on Gutterthon.

Other Ways You Can Help

We know that times are hard for a lot of people and any little bit helps, even a retweet or sharing our campaign on Facebook. Indiegogo has tools that make it easy.

Thanks!

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$1,600USD
raised by 52 people in 1 month
52% funded
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$3,100 USD goal
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This campaign ended on July 18, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $1USD
    Undying Thanks

    You will receive our Undying Thanks!

    2 claimed
  • $5USD
    Eternal Thanks

    You will receive our Eternal and Undying Thanks.

    2 claimed
  • $10USD
    Immortalization

    Your name will be immortalized on the wall of the Cultural Gutter's Sponsor's Page. Anonymous donors are recognized by the Statue of the Unknown Contributor.

    0 claimed
  • $10USD
    Silber Mini-Comics

    A digital subscription to the next 10 minicomics published by Silber Media. Includes comics about robots and a Post-Apocalyptic Walrus. Plus, our undying and eternal thinaks and immortalization on the Sponsor's Page Wall.

    1 claimed
  • $15USD
    CG Membership

    You will recieve a membership card and a decryption key, allowing you to decrypt secret messages posted at the Gutter as well as having your name immortalized on our Sponsor's Page.

    1 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $20USD
    Noir Carnival

    A digital copy of Fox Spirit Book's anthology, Noir Carnival: "The carnies bring you stories, a heady mix of shadows and candy floss, dreams gone sour and nights that go on too long. Let them lure you into the tent." It includes a short story by The Gutter's Own, Carol Borden. You will also receive a CG Membership Card, a decryption key and our undying thanks.

    5 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Guardians

    A copy of the Fox Pockets anthology, Guardians, featuring stories by . You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key & immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    3 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Book of the Dead

    A digital copy of Jurassic Pandemonium's anthology The Book of the Dead. "[N]ineteen original stories of revenge, romance, monsters and mayhem, ranging freely across time periods, genres and styles." Includes stories by Gail Carriger & Paul Cornell. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    A Town Called Pandemonium

    A digital copy of Jurassic Pandemonium's anthology and British Fantasy Award Finalist, A Town Called Pandemonium, set in 1853 in the shared world of Pandemonium. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Speculative Fiction 2013

    Digital copy of Speculative Fiction "collects over fifty pieces from all corners of speculative fiction fandom--from book criticism to incisive commentary on important issues like sexual harassment at conventions; from feminist themes in summer blockbusters to life-changing video games; from the merits of grittiness to the downfalls of grimdark." Includes Miguel Rodriguez' CG piece, "The Good Outnumber you." Plus, membership card, decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Lost Souls

    A digital collection of "tales of woe and angst, loneliness, redemption and humour, featuring starving artists, possessed Popes, damned kings and hopeful prisoners." Published by Jurassic London Press. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    The Brick Moon

    First published in 1869, The Brick Moon is "a lost classic of Victorian SF--the first tale to imagine the launch of an artificial satellite." It includes "Another Brick In The Moon," a sequel by Adam Roberts. You will also receive a Membership Card, decryption key and immortalization on the Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 5 claimed
  • $20USD
    Unearthed

    A digital collection of "eleven classic tales of the mummy, selected by John J. Johnston (Egypt Exploration Society) and Jared Shurin. These stories date back to the middle of the 19th century, and several have not been republished for almost two hundred years." You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 4 claimed
  • $25USD
    Supervillain Postcards

    New set of five Sexy Supervillains featuring: General Zod, Thanos, The Joker, Juggernaut and Solomon Grundy. All drawn by illustrator Evan Munday. Plus, a decryption key, membership card and immortalization on our Sponsor's Page.

    2 out of 5 claimed
  • $25USD
    Re-Animator Postcards

    A postcard set of six illustrations for the Monster Island Resort reading of Herbert West, Re-Animator drawn by the Gutter's own Carol Borden. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key & immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • $25USD
    Snake Venom Moleskine

    A gray 3.5 x 5.5" pocket Moleskine with a green Snake Venom mask from Chang Cheh's classic kung fu film Five Deadly Venoms handprinted on the cover by the Gutter's own Carol. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 2 claimed
  • $25USD
    Blue Cthulhu Moleskine

    A dark blue 3.5 x 5.5" pocket Moleskine with a light blue Cthulhu handprinted on the cover by the Gutter's own Carol. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 3 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $25USD
    The Cultural Gutter Book

    A print copy of The Cultural Gutter (2011), a book collecting essays from The Cultural Gutter by Jim Munroe, James Schellenberg, Carol Borden, Chris Szego and Ian Driscoll. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    2 out of 2 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    Gutterthon Necklace

    Edie from EJP Creations surprised us with this amazing Gutterthon themed necklace. 3 pendants depicting Jane Austen, Godzilla & one of the Gutter's taglines on an antiqued gunmetal chain. Plus membership card, decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $30USD
    Hot Lava Monster Notebook

    An orange, 8 x 6" Fabiano Ecoqua Notebook with hot lava monsters and volcanic eruption on the cover drawn by the Gutter's own Carol. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $50USD
    Homunculus

    A small clay homunculus. It is not guaranteed to do your bidding, but it is guaranteed to try. It is, after all, small and clay. Suitable for use as a shabti. Plus, a decryption key, membership card and immortalization on the CG Sponsor's Page.

    3 out of 5 claimed
  • $50USD
    Skull With Facial Hair

    A papier mache skull featuring facial hair, most likely a mustache, painted on by Carol. You will also receive a decryption key, membership card and immortalization on the CG Sponsor's Page.

    0 out of 5 claimed
  • $50USD
    Glaze--Signed

    A signed copy of Kim Curran's Glaze from a limited printing by Jurassic Pandemonium of 75 copies. Glaze is "a combination of astute technological insight, uneasy social commentary and brilliant adventure." You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    0 out of 1 claimed
  • SOLD OUT

    $75USD
    Vincent Price Assemblage

    A fine piece of art celebrating the work of Vincent Price and featuring Vulnavia, from The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Donated by EJP Creations. You will also receive a membership card, a decryption key & immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    1 out of 1 claimed
  • $100USD
    Super Gutter Pack

    A signed copy of The Cultural Gutter book; choice of a skull with facial hair painted on it or a homunculus made by the Gutter's own Carol; a copy of the Gutterthon poster; a membership card; a decryption key and immortalization on the Gutter's Sponsor's Page.

    0 out of 3 claimed
  • $150USD
    Gutterthon Library

    The Complete Gutterthon Digital Library including: Noir Carnival; Guardians; The Book Of The Dead; Unearthed; A Town Called Pandemonium; Speculative Fiction 2013; Lost Souls; Brick Moon. Plus, a membership card, decryption key and immortalization on the Sponsor's Page.

    2 out of 3 claimed
  • $500USD
    CG Carol Bakes You Cookies

    The Gutter's own Carol will bake and ship you chocolate chip or Earl Grey sugar cookies. Unfortunately, international friends, shipping is US only. You will also receive a CG Membership Card, a Decryption Key and immortalization.

    0 out of 3 claimed
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