I think you should cut your hands off, wave your bloody stumps around.*
Maybe that is a bad idea, but do cut out the big media companies out of your media diet! As Brian Niemeier says, “Don’t give money to people who hate you”. And let’s be frank, other than your money, most big media companies hate you. They put out garbage that insults your morality and is of low quality. Don’t misunderstand; I’m not saying that all fiction must be pure and wholesome and explicitly put forth a Christian worldview full of scenes where characters listen to sermons.
I mean something with defined good and evil, even if characters don’t always live up to it (just like real people). Something that doesn’t glorify moral relativism and evil acts.
Lately, I have been doing that by reading books by smaller publishers and self-published. And, I don’t want to go back…
What does success for the Martha Klemm project look like? The Cosmic Courtship was just one book–Martha Klemm is 3 + an omnibus.
We had nearly 500 backers for The Cosmic Courtship and raised over $17k. We need to make AT LEAST $50k to consider this project as successful as The Cosmic Courtship We hope that our performance with our last crowdfund will grow the number of backers on our current Kickstarter.
There has been an incredible amount of time and resources put into this project, whether it has been Robert typing the texts, Michael acquiring and scanning original pulps and restoring artwork, or me doing layouts and promotion.
We cannot express enough how much we appreciate the support everyone has given us that has allowed us to donate The Cosmic Courtship to Project Gutenberg [it was a LOT of work!].
We hope that you will continue to support this exciting project to collect and restore the rest of Hawthorne’s All-Story Weekly fiction and be able to donate them as well.
As of right now, we’ve hit our first stretch goal for The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm: pulp trading cards to all backers. The next stretch goal is to offer ebooks and to donate the texts.
But… we’ve had an interesting request: Can backers of The Cosmic Courtship receive the trading card for The Cosmic Courtship without having to back for the omnibus?
Right now, no… BUT! If we get 500 backers for The Strange Recollections of Martha Klemm, we will check against The Cosmic Courtship backer list and include the card to all backers of the previous project!
The ultimate goal of this project is preservation and restoring these fantastic works so they can be read and enjoyed by the entire world. As public domain works, these stories are part of our shared world intellectual heritage, and it is important that they be available to everyone, not just collectors and historians.
Everyone who is supporting this project is helping make this possible by underwriting our efforts to find and restore these nearly-lost works of classic fiction!
We had to kick this post back a day because of our big announcement on Monday, but if you missed it, Michael Tierney was on Geek Gab saturday talking about Wild Stars, his Robert E. Howard art chronology, and the Cirsova Classics projects he’s working on with us!
We have finalized the Cirsova lineup for 2022! This is going to be an incredibly exciting year.
Major features include not only the serialization of Michael Tierney’s Orphan of the Shadowy Moons, a sword & sandal sci-fi epic from the 70s seeing publication for first time, but the serialization of an original sword & sorcery novel from Dave Ritzlin, Vran the Chaos-Warped.
After numerous picaresque adventures, Jim Breyfogle’s Mongoose and Meerkat moves into its climactic final arc.
Next year also sees some returning favorites, including Adrian Cole’s New Dream Lords Saga with Serpent God of Mars, Louise Sorensen’s Darla of Deodanth in her third Cirsova adventure Firewood, more of Mark Mellon’s Melkart, Harold R. Thompson’s bookish explorer Anchor Brown, and quite a few other familiar names and rising stars of Cirsova Magazine’s roster. [We’re dubbing Mark Pellegrini “the King of Gen Y Horror” and crossing our fingers our Spring issue does 1/10th of the numbers that his comic books are doing.]
We’re also looking to expand the number of illustrations per issue, but we’ll get more on that soon!
Spring (March 2022)
Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 1) – Michael Tierney
The Flying Mongoose – Jim Breyfogle
Channel 121, After Midnight – Mark Pellegrini
The Recorporator Finds a Live One! – Andrew Majors
Serpent God of Mars – Adrian Cole
The City of the Crocodile God – Owen G. Tabard
Firewood – Louise Sorensen
An Ayre By Landor – Jeffery Scott Sims
Just Another Crappy Story that Kills Everybody In It – Jim Breyfogle
Dreaming of Mart Senson – Liviu Surugiu
Touch of Night – Erik Johnson
The Sound of Silence – Rodica Bretin
Summer (June 2022)
Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 2) – Michael Tierney
Death and Renewal – Jim Breyfogle
Vran the Chaos-Warped (Book 1) – D.M. Ritzlin
What Price the Stars – Jeff Stoner
Dead Planet Drifter – J.D. Cowan
People of the Stone God – Harold R. Thompson
The Last Khazar – Rev. Joe Kelly
Melkart and the Crocodile God – Mark Mellon
Fall (September 2022)
Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 3) – Michael Tierney
Fight of the Sandfishers – Jim Breyfogle
Vran the Chaos Warped (Book 2) – D.M. Ritzlin
The Impossible Footprint – David Skinner
The Wisdom of Man – Adam S. Furman
New Troops for Old: A Review of Jerry Pournelle’s Janissaries Series – J. Comer
A Long Way to Fall – David Eyk
Fall of a Stormking – Misha Burnett
Tripping to Aldous – J. Manfred Weichsel
Cerulean – J. Thomas Howard
The Strickland Line – Alec Cizak
Winter (December 2022)
Orphan of the Shadowy Moons (Part 4) – Michael Tierney
Thunder in the North – Jim Breyfogle
Vran the Chaos-Warped (Book 3) – D.M. Ritzlin
Sister Winter – John Daker
Pick Trick – Troy Riser
Wishing Well – Michael Wiesenberg
The Nighthawk – Michael Gallagher
House Odds – Ken Lizzi
Moon Magic and the Art of Fencing Doubtful Jewels – Tais Teng
Cirsova Publishing has made all of its acquisitions for 2022 and will have quite a line-up to announce on Monday.
The new Fall issue of Cirsova is out now, featuring the exciting conclusion of Michael Tierney’s The Artomique Paradigm, the conclusion of Paul O’Connor’s Badaxe, and the latest installment of our long-running Mongoose and Meerkat series!
Covers by Raven Monroe and Genzoman pay tribute to two of the series’ heroines [Kat from Mongoose and Meerkat and Tanree from Badaxe] and one of the other series’ villain [Red Queen from Wild Stars].
We are mailing out Jim Breyfogle’s The Paths of Cormanor to kickstarter backers next week.
Achilles “Whip” Hister is dead! The Galactic summit has turned into a massacre, and the Artomiques are ready to unleash their ultimate weapon: dreadnoughts based on the Space Shark Erlik created! Can anyone, or anything, stop them?!
Too Many Mangos
By JIM BREYFOGLE
Foes pursue the Mongoose and Meerkat in the frigid north, seeking to prevent retrieval of a magic trinket for a client! One of the bandits…appears to be Mangos!?
The Black Skull
By REV. JOE KELLY
A strange and forbidding artifact has wended its way to an abbey! What is the black skull, and what strange powers might this grotesque and evil object possess?!
We Have Always Been Beasts
By S.H. Mansouri
An evil rain falls on the cursed children of Grewal… Brothers hope that they can end the rains that have corrupted and deformed them by ending their father’s life!
By DAVID SKINNER
Armed with his only wits and his experimental Existential Motion Detection Device, a man is determined to discover exactly what has become of his neighbor!
The Light of Reason
By TEEL JAMES GLENN
Jack Stone and his mentor, Doctor Argent, have finally tracked down the vampire lord, Count Mendoza! But will they be able to vanquish the cornered monster?!
Locker No. 249
By JAMES LAM
A new student has just been assigned a locker next to that of a boy whose mysterious disappearance is connected to rumors of a Chinese mummy’s curse!
By LOUISE SORENSEN
Ghosts of animals appear as if by magic in paintings! The phenomenon is a strange blessing… Until a butcher begins supplying choice cuts of mystery meat to the artist!