Richard Thomas’s writing skill blew me away early last year when I read his novel Disintegration. Then, at the tail end of last year, I got my hands on an advance copy of his (now published) book Breaker, and I was firmly hooked as a rabid fan. I’m excited to share the news that Richard Thomas has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for an online magazine called Gamut that promises to be exceptional. Read on for details.
American neo-noir author Richard Thomas launched a Kickstarter project on February 1st, 2016, to fund the launch of Gamut, an online magazine of neo-noir, speculative and literary fiction. The Kickstarter closes on March 1st, 2016.
To be successful, the Kickstarter will need to raise $51,000, which works out to 1,700 annual subscribers paying $30 per year for access to the magazine, which will focus on publishing genre-bending, hybrid fiction that utilizes the best of genre and literary voices. If successful, Gamut will launch online January 1st, 2017.
Speaking of his plans for Gamut, Thomas said: “I want to support the voices that aren’t getting enough recognition, I want to pay a great rate (twice the going professional rate) and I want to surround myself with talented authors and artists that inspire me.”
“We need more markets like this,” he continued, “publishing edgy fiction that straddles the fence between genre and literary fiction. I think we’re in a golden age of dark fiction and there is a real demand for it.”
Over the past eight years Thomas has written and published over 100 short stories, in magazines such as PANK and Cemetery Dance; three novels—including Disintegration and Breaker at Random House Alibi; and three short story collections.
Thomas, also editor-in-chief of Dark House Press and co-editor with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer of the transgressive fiction anthology Burnt Tongues (a Bram Stoker finalist), has secured a wide range of contributors for the first planned year of Gamut, including Stephen Graham Jones (Mongrels, William Morrow), Benjamin Percy (The Dead Lands, Grand Central Publishing), Lucy A. Snyder (Soft Apocalypses, Raw Dog Screaming Press, Bram Stoker Award Winner, 2014) and Helen Marshall (Gifts For the One Who Comes After, ChiZine Publications, Shirley Jackson Award Winner, 2014).
Backers of the Kickstarter can buy a year’s subscription to Gamut for $30 and a guaranteed annual rate of $30 per year for as long as they choose to renew. The standard rate of subscription, if the Kickstarter is successful, will begin at $60 per year.
“Gamut will include mostly original fiction and fiction reprints, but also columns, non-fiction, art, flash fiction, poetry and maybe even a serial memoir or novella,” said Thomas, expanding on what subscribers could expect.
“To begin with, I’ll be publishing solicited material but I open up Gamut to submissions later in 2016. When that happens, I’ll consider fantasy, science fiction, horror, neo-noir, crime, mystery, thrillers, magical realism, transgressive fiction, Southern gothic, literary fiction and poetry —I want to read anything done with innovation, heart and emotion.”
“Everything I enjoy reading and writing,” he continued, “typically leans toward the dark side, but I have been known to embrace lighter work, and humor, now and then. It just has to move me. And I like to be surprised. Also, diversity is important to me—so whatever your sex, race, orientation, religion, country of origin, current location—send me work, I want to read it.”
Authors that have given verbal agreements to contribute original and reprint fiction to Gamut so far include: Stephen Graham Jones, Laird Barron, Brian Evenson, Usman T. Malik, Matt Bell, Damien Angelica Walters, Letitia Trent, Mercedes M. Yardley, Alyssa Wong, Benjamin Percy, Lindsay Hunter, Axel Taiari, Amanda Gowin, Laura Benedict, Nathan Ballingrud, Dino Parenti, Ted E. Grau, Rebecca Jones-Howe, Sarah Read, Paula Bomer, Kelly Luce, Livia Llewelyn, Josh Malerman, Carmen Machado, Peter Tieryas, Kevin Catalano, Paul Tremblay, John Langan, Nina McConigley, Nik Korpon, Craig Wallwork, Steve Himmer, Antonia Crane, Steve Rasnic Tem, Kristi DeMeester, Tara Ison, David James Keaton, Cassandra Khaw, Nikki Guerlain, Lucy A. Snyder, JS Breukelaar, Helen Marshall, Amelia Gray, H. L. Nelson, Craig Davidson, Jacklyn Dre Marceau, and Lincoln Michel.
Contributing artists include Luke Spooner, George C. Cotronis, Daniele Serra and Bob Crum, as well as photographer Jennifer Moore.
Fiction editors at Gamut will be Dino Parenti, Mercedes M. Yardley and Casey Frechette, poetry editors will be Heather Foster and Whittney Jones, with Keith Rawson, Max Booth, and RK Arceneaux acting as regular columnists, in addition to freelance essayists covering everything from film and books to travel and food.
If Gamut reaches its $51,000 goal, stretch goals include a scholarship at the $52,000 mark to help low-res MFA students and other authors, publication of a memoir showcasing one woman’s fifteen-year experience as a professional exotic dancer, Stripped: A Memoir, at $55,500, and a print anthology of the best of Gamut’s first year of fiction at $82,660.
About Richard Thomas:
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books—Disintegration and Breaker (Random House Alibi), and Transubstantiate (Otherworld Publications); three short story collections, Staring Into the Abyss (Kraken Press), Herniated Roots (Snubnose Press), and Tribulations (TBA); as well as one novella in The Soul Standard (Dzanc Books). With over 100 stories published, his credits include Cemetery Dance, PANK, storySouth, Gargoyle, Weird Fiction Review, Midwestern Gothic, Arcadia, Qualia Nous, Chiral Mad 2 & 3, and Shivers VI. He has won contests at ChiZine and One Buck Horror, and has received five Pushcart Prize nominations to date. He is also the editor of four anthologies: The New Black and Exigencies (Dark House Press), The Lineup: 20 Provocative Women Writers (Black Lawrence Press) and the Bram Stoker-nominated Burnt Tongues (Medallion Press) with Chuck Palahniuk and Dennis Widmyer. In his spare time he is a columnist at LitReactor and Editor-in-Chief at Dark House Press. His agent is Paula Munier at Talcott Notch.
The Kickstarter campaign is live and will run through March 1, 2016. You don’t have to pledge a lot to contribute. Every dollar counts. Richard has some fantastic pledge rewards on offer, including subscriptions to Gamut and signed copies of his books! Ready to join the fun? Click the link and choose your reward: http://kck.st/20BytmV