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Tales of Love and Terror

There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered.

In these 27 stories and poems, mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.

With brand new stories from:

Gemma Files • Donyae Coles • Brian Evenson

Ai Jiang • Sarah Read • Nadia Bulkin

John Langan • S.P. Miskowski • Shane Hawk

Steve Toase • Christina Sng • Steve Rasnic Tem

Hailey Piper • Gabino Iglesias • Mercedes M. Yardley

and many more

MOTHER

TALES OF LOVE AND TERROR

There is no one with more power and control over the fate of the world than a mother. Whether it’s an evil stepmother or a virtuous mother-to-be, there are stories inherent in the acts of mothering and being mothered.

In these 27 stories, mothers become heroes and villains. The concept of motherhood is examined and stretched to its ultimate limits across time, space, gender, location, and concept. Deliciously dark, each tale forces us to examine the depth and breadth of what motherhood is and what a mother will do for her offspring.

With brand new stories from:

Gemma Files • Donyae Coles • Brian Evenson

Ai Jiang • Sarah Read • Nadia Bulkin

John Langan • S.P. Miskowski • Shane Hawk

Steve Toase • Christina Sng • Steve Rasnic Tem

Hailey Piper • Gabino Iglesias • Mercedes M. Yardley

and many more

Featured Authors

Award-winning authors and the scariest up-and-coming creative minds join together to make this anthology an unforgettable thrill-ride on every page. 

REWARDS

 

What do you get if you back this project? A fantastic anthology, some great swag, and the chance to read the best horror and dark fiction anthology of 2022 first.

Mother: Tales of Love and Terror (Paperback)

Over 20 stories and at least 250 pages of artwork, poetry, and fiction guaranteed to keep you up late at night. With incredible new works from authors like Gemma Files, John Langan, Brian Evenson, and Gabino Iglesias, this anthology is the one you’ll want to keep on the top of your book stack.

Custom MOTHER Mug

#Momster is what happens when mom doesn’t get her coffee mug before Halloween! Unlock this stretch goal and get the most intimidating beverage container at your office. We’ll also add 3 more story slots at bump up the pay to .07 per word

Copper "One Scary Mother" Bracelet

When you back at the MOTHER’S FAVORITE level, you get the GOLDEN CHILD package (with all upgrades) and we will send an additional package to the person of your choice. It includes the copper “One Scary Mother” bracelet, 3-cookie pack, and Michael Cluff’s Grifty Shades of Fey fairie anthology.

Custom 52-card Scary Girls Poker Deck

Gorgeous, full-color designs of some of your favorite horror maidens. It even includes some female interpretations of traditionally male horror villains. This is an add-on that will be unlocked at the $13k stretch goal.

Horror Family Coloring Book & Stories

Want to watch The Exorcist as a family, but your 5-year-old has seen it too many times? Keep your little one (or your big one) entertained with this Weird Little World EXCLUSIVE coloring and activity book. It includes some of the most famous horror moms ever, as well as fun activities for the whole family!

Sugar Cookie 3-Pack

What good is a hot drink without some cookies to go along with it? When you back, you may be eligible to receive our soft, delicious, and home-baked sugar cookies, branded just for you! Warning, may cause delirium from sheer awesomeness. Also, may be slightly evil. 

One Scary Mother: Parenting Tips from Horrible Moms

A collection of informative and hilarious essays on motherhood, written by your favorite horror moms as well as Mary Shelley, the Mother of Horror, herself. Learn the best way to teach a child how to swim (Jason’s Mom), tips for having “the talk” (Carrie’s Mom), and so much more!

M. Weiss Art Plates and Posters

A collection of informative and hilarious essays on motherhood, written by your favorite horror moms as well as Mary Shelley, the Mother of Horror, herself. Learn the best way to teach a child how to swim (Jason’s Mom), tips for having “the talk” (Carrie’s Mom), and so much more!

STRETCH GOALS

 

Although we can make an anthology with just the bare minimum of support, we can make an AMAZING BACKER EXPERIENCE if we go above and beyond. Just remember: it’s what MOTHER would have you do.

$8K Stretch Goal - Sticker Bookmarks and Hardcover Options

Unlock this add-on at our $8k stretch goal, and the MOTHER’S HEART 3″ sticker bookmarks is free for all backers and with your choice from four designs! We’ll also make LIMITED EDITION HARDCOVERS available to all backers as an upgrade. GOLDEN CHILD backers get it for free!

$10K Stretch Goal - Horror Family Coloring Book & Stories

Want to watch The Exorcist as a family, but your 5-year-old has seen it too many times? Keep your little one (or your big one) entertained with this Weird Little World EXCLUSIVE coloring and activity book. We will also add 2 more contributor’s story slots and increase the pay to .06 per word.

$13K Stretch Goal - Scary Girls Playing Cards, Mugs

At this level, we add a few new add-ons for the general backership, and more stuff to the Golden Children for free. Pick from your choice of a MOTHER mug or a 52-card custom Scary Girls deck of poker cards.

$15K Stretch Goal - Sticker Bookmarks and Hardcover Options

Unlock our awesome t-shirts and options at this level. Here, you can choose from our HAPPY JACK Halloween shirt or the MOTHER branded tee. We will also include the HORROR FAMILY COLORING BOOK in all physical rewards packages for free!

$18K Stretch Goal - Author Pay to .07 and FREE ART

This is the goal if you want to show your authors how much you think they’re worth. At this stage, we will pay everyone .07 per word and bump up the word count to 5000 for each story. We will also include a poster and art plate with each book. We unlock our secret novel, written by Willow Becker, to be released in July 2022. This novel will be for sale to all backers.

Anthology Timeline

March 8

Anthology announcement on social media

April 28-30

Monsterclass featuring authors from MOTHER

April 8

Kickstarter begins

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April 15

Submissions open for 5 additional author slots. Ten slots available if stretch goals are met.

May 8

Kickstarter ends at 12:01am on Mother’s Day, 2022

JUNE 1

Submissions close for MOTHER anthology.

JULY 1

All stories final in MOTHER anthology.

August

MOTHER anthology sent to print. eBook rewards are available to all print copy backers.

SEPTEMBER 15

All rewards are sent to backers. ONE SCARY MOTHER ebook is available to top-tier backers.

OCTOBER 1

MOTHER publication release party!