ANNOUNCEMENT: The King Must Fall goes live today!

Today, our new Kickstarter anthology The King Must Fall goes live!

 

The King Must Fall is a dark fantasy anthology featuring 14+ authors writing about rogues, assassins, mages, blackguards, and warriors on quests to kill their kings, rulers, and leaders. We’ll be offering ebook, hardcover, numbered signed edition hardcovers, and a leatherbound signed lettered edition.

Wrapped in Felix Ortiz’s beautiful cover art, designed by the legendary Shawn King, and with a stretch goal to fill it with Carlos Diaz’s interior art, The King Must Fall will be a gripping read and an eye-catching addition to your bookshelf.

Cover mock up for The King Must Fall

Cover mock up for The King Must Fall

 

We have an epic line-up of authors from epic, dark, and grimdark fantasy whose list of awards, best-sellers, and accolades is as long as your polearm:

Stretch Goal Authors

One of the best parts of Kickstarter anthologies is building on that author list. The following authors have all committed to joining the anthology based on the below stretch goals.

 

The above authors and the print run of The King Must Fall are just the beginning. Help us grow this project by sharing it with your friends so that we can make it even bigger and better with interior artwork, more great authors, and free e-books bundled with print copies to give you more bang for your buck.

Financial stretch goals

AU$36,500 (US$28,200 approx.): Carlos Diaz will create a 1/3rd black and white illustration to go on the title page of every short story.

Carlos Diaz's story art for The Face of the King by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Carlos Diaz’s story art for The Face of the King by Adrian Tchaikovsky
AU$37,300 (US$28,900 approx.): Anna Stephens will write a Syl Stoneheart short story based in the Godblind world.
AU$39,800 (US$30,900 approx.): Author pay increase by AU$0.02 per word.
AU$41,500 (US$32,200 approx.): Luke Scull will write an additional short story based in the Grim Company world.
AU$42,500 (US$33,000 approx.): Alex Marshall will write an additional short story that advances the story of The Crimson Empire (set after the end of the trilogy).
AU$48,400 (US$37,500 approx.): Audie award-winning narrator Greg Patmore will create an audio version of The King Must Fall to be sent to all backers.

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AU$50,000 (US$38,800 approx.): Deborah A. Wolf will write an additional short story based in the Godsword world.
AU$54,000 (US$41,800 approx.): Author pay increase by another AU$0.02 per word.
AU$57,000 (US$44,100 approx.): Matthew Ward will write an additional short story based in the Legacy world.
AU$61,000 (US$47,200 approx.): Author pay increase by another AU$0.02 per word.
AU$65,000 (US$50,300 approx.): Open window for fiction submissions at full pay rate for one short story purchase from the slush pile.
Backer number stretch goals
We’ve also got a few backer numbers goals thanks to our contributors to reward your awesomeness as we hit 350, 400 and every hundred after that. All book rewards are in ebook format.
350 BACKERS: 2018 Issue Bundle from Grimdark Magazine. Every e-issue published in 2018 in mobi, ePub, and PDF formats.
400 BACKERS: 2019 Issue Bundle from Grimdark Magazine. Every e-issue published in 2019 in mobi, ePub, and PDF formats.
500 BACKERS: 2020 Issue Bundle from Grimdark Magazine. Every e-issue published in 2020 in mobi, ePub, and PDF formats.
600 BACKERS: Evil is a Matter of Perspective in mobi, ePub, and PDF formats.
700 BACKERS: Black Stone Heart and Smoke and Stone ebooks by Michael R. Fletcher.
800 BACKERS: The entire SNAFU military SF horror catalogue from Cohesion Press in mobi and ePub. You’ll know some of these stories from Netflix’s LOVE, DEATH + ROBOTS. 

 

Wondering just where in all the levels of hell the damned extra goodies are that come with the backer tiers of other Kickstarters? We’ve made the call to push all extra coin back into creating book content–stories, art, and paying contributors. However, not having that artwork in every facet of your life would be a crime. So here’s a couple of add-ons for you to sink your teeth in to.
  • Bookmark: Want something pretty to mark your place in THE KING MUST FALL without being a page-folding monster? Use a bookmark featuring the awesome artwork by Felix Ortiz and there’s no need to doggy ear your gorgeous anthology! $5AUD ($3.50USD)
  • Extra Hardcover: Need to stock up on birthday presents? Got a mate who hasn’t had their eyes opened to grimdark? Like the weight and aerodynamics of our tome as a projectile? Then grab yourself a cheeky extra hardcover. $35AUD ($27USD) 
The extra hardcover is limited to one per backer and requires that you double your postage amount in Backerkit. Make sure to factor this in to your backing commitment and to use the backer survey to let us know what all the extra money is for!

 

As we hit our target and surge towards stretch goals and make it rain rewards, I’ll keep you updated below.
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Adrian Collins

Adrian Collins runs Grimdark Magazine and loves anything to do with telling darker stories. Doesn't matter the format, or when it was published or produced--just give him a grim story told in a dark world by a morally grey protagonist and this bloke's in his happy place. Add in a barrel aged stout to sip on after a cheeky body surf under the Australian sun, and that's his heaven.