Steampunk Crowdfunding Roundup: January 2016 Edition

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There are several books looking for backing this month. I find this to be the category of Steampunk projects I see on Kickstarter the most often, and it is really cool to see so many people going out there and making their dreams of being an author become reality. So if you are looking for a new author to read, think about stopping by the campaigns below to get in on the ground level!

What’s Going on Right Now


Curious Cases, end Feb 20

untitledSynopsis: “In an alternative past where leather corsets and steam powered engines are all the rage, two young boys have taken up detective work as an after school job. How do they manage to get any cases? By picking up the ones the police deem to strange to touch of course! Who is kidnapping children all over the city, only to leave them in the graveyard the next morning? How does a grown man disappear from his home overnight without his family noticing? And what right does a talking rabbit have to call someone it just met Stupid? It’s sure to make for some curious cases and a good story to tell over tea.”

You can get a taste of the book here.

My favorite reward: For a $7 donation you can get a full color copy of this hand-illustrated debut novel.

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Gaslight and Grimm, Ends Feb 3

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Once upon a time… ageless tales were told countlessly from one generation to the next. Tales of brave heroes and common men. Of beautiful princesses and good-hearted youths. Tales of danger and caution and magic…classics that still echo in our hearts and our fondest memories even to this day, told from worn, cherished books or from memory at Grandmother’s knee.

Oh yes, tales have been told…but never quite like these. Journey with us through the pages of Gaslight and Grimm to discover timeless truths through lenses polished in the age of steam.

  • In Wolf’s Clothing by James Chambers based on Little Red Riding Hood
  • The Clockwork Nightingale by Jean Marie Ward based on The Nightingale
  • When Pigs Fly by Christine Norris based on The Three Little Pigs
  • From the Horse’s Mouth by Bernie Mojzes based on The Goose Girl
  • A Cat Among the Gears by Elaine Corvidae based on Puss n’ Boots
  • The (Steamy) Tale of Cinderella by Danny Birt based on Cinderella
  • The Steampowered Dragon and His Grandmother by David Lee Summers based on The Dragon and His Grandmother
  • All for Beauty and Youth by Kelly A. Harmon based on Hansel and Gretel
  • The Giant Killer by Jonah Knight based on Jack the Giant Killer
  • The Walking House by Jeff Young based on Baba Yaga
  • The Hair Ladder by Diana Bastine based on Rapunzel

My favorite reward: For a $10 donation you get your own digital copy of the collection.

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The Forge – A Steampunk Inspired Fantasy Novel, Ends Feb 29

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The Forge is a fantasy novel that is complete at 100,000 words. The entire novel is already complete and has been looked over by me and a handful of friends several times. The novel is set in a steampunk-inspired fantasy world, and represents the first of a seven-part series that will follow the characters through their lives into adulthood. The sequel to The Forge, Marked, is already in progress.

While I think characters should be able to stand on their own, and not be ‘pitched’ to audiences solely based on their race, gender, or sexuality, this might be important to some of you, so I’ll mention it here: One of my two main characters is LGBT. I won’t say who it is quite yet, and it might not be incredibly obvious in this book (due to the age of the main cast), but it will definitely come up in the sequel. That said, it doesn’t define him as a person, and is simply another aspect of his character.

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My Favorite Reward: A $5 pledge gets you a digital copy of the final product, or $15 gets you a paperback.

Phoebe Darqueling is an author and artist who is inspired by Steampunk. Keep your eyes peeled for her debut novel, Riftmaker, coming in 2017!

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