Making Stories Happen: Two Kickstarter Anthologies

I’ve agreed to write a new short story for two new anthologies that are now up as separate Kickstarter projects, WINTER IN THE CITY and CARS, CARDS, AND CARBINES.  Each of these projects has a very cool high concept and a great cast of authors.

But the stories will only happen if the projects fund.  Please take a few minutes to look at the video, the authors who have agreed to contribute.  If either of these books looks like something you’d like to read, consider contributing.  You can make the stories happen.


Noisy, crowded, ever in motion, the City is an unrecognized character in Urban Fantasy. Much more than just a setting, the City is the ever-present constant companion to the characters in the genre. Sometimes antagonist, sometime protagonist, the city surrounds and engulfs a good Urban Fantasy yarn.

Winter in the City: A Collection of Urban Fantasy Tales will be a celebration of stories that take place in different cities around the world during the bleak—sometimes harsh—season of winter.


This anthology was originally conceived as Mad Max meets Maverick and The Wild, Wild West, by way of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, but the concepts now go much farther than that. Each story will do something unique to incorporate those three themes, without restrictions on genre. The list of award-winning/bestselling authors who agreed to contribute have very different writing styles and work in numerous genres.

One cool thing about putting together this kind of anthology (aside from the sheer talent we’ve already assembled) is the way the three elements of the theme can be stretched. “Cars” can mean a lot of things: hot rods, getaway cars, train cars, mine cars, horse-drawn carriages. While originating from a Poker theme, “Cards” can be expanded into things like credit cards, tarot cards, programming cards, green cards, and more. And of course “Carbine” literally means a short-barreled rifle used generally by cavalry, but could easily reach into all sorts of firearms across almost any milieu.

Put these three together, throw in these authors, simmer, and the possibility for action and adventure is limitless. Stories will be all over the genre map, from noir to weird western, steampunk to cyberpunk, science fiction to straight-up horror.