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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

I'll be joining the Lovecraft eZine podcast this afternoon in just a couple of hours, in part to talk about VASTARIEN and the Kickstarter campaign. You can watch it live here:


If you miss it, the show will be archived in short order.

Campaign Update:

$9,407 pledged, 191% over original funding goal, 101 backers, and 24 days to go.

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

VASTARIEN: A Literary Journal
Campaign Update
$9,881 pledged
201% of original funding goal
108 backers
23 days to go


New $80 Reward - Simple Vastarien 1 Year Subscription

You'll receive a one year print and Kindle subscription to VASTARIEN (issues 1-3), your name will be listed on our website as a benefactor and on the Acknowledgments page of Issue 1. Finally, you'll receive a personal email of thanks from Matt and Jon.

Estimated delivery: Apr 2018.
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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Campaign Update
$9,508 pledged
193% of original funding goal
115 backers
21 days to go

Unfortunately, we had the first setback of the campaign today, as one of our $1,000 donors cancelled their backing. The good news is that we're still in great shape--very nearly at double our initial goal amount with three full weeks to go. The other piece of good news: one of the Nethescurial level Rewards is available again, featuring an original piece of Dave Felton's art from the inaugural issue of Vastarien. Snatch up this reward while you can.

And if that's out of your range of affordability, take a look at the many Rewards we offer our backers at all backing levels.

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Update:

$9,921 pledged
201% of original, funded goal
123 backers
20 days to go


Vastarien: Years in the Making


In early August of 2015, a small group of readers and writers came together with a common goal: to create a journal that would feature new Ligottian/weird nonfiction, fiction, visual art, poetry and ideas. Our process, from the beginning, was slow, deliberate and painstaking. Months of planning, by-law creation, and budgeting followed, leading up to the implementation of the Vastarien: A Literary Journal website in May of 2016. We opened the publication for submissions for issue 1 shortly thereafter.

The unexpected occurred: two of our founding editors dropped out of the project and our editorial staff shifted around until things stabilized in 2017. As time passed and final acceptances were made, we became aware that the inaugural issue of Vastarien was taking shape before our eyes after literally years of planning and hard work. And now the editorial staff is on the brink of sharing this special journal with the world.

Of course, even in those early days of its inception, we knew fundraising for Vastarien would be essential. In fact, one of our first, editorial group emails mentioned that a crowdfunding campaign would be necessary to raise the funds for the quality publication we wanted to make.

I wanted to share this prior timeline of planning and implementation to underscore how much time and personal investment we’ve already made in Vastarien to date. Some people are understandably skeptical about Kickstarter campaigns—leery of another fly by night scam that promises big for some quick cash and produces little to show for it. With Vastarien, this has not, is not and will not be the case. Even if the Kickstarter campaign had failed, which it clearly will not, issue 1 would have appeared. Even before the campaign began, it was essentially complete and only awaits some final polishing and printing.

But the extraordinary response we’ve received since initiating the Kickstarter campaign not much more than a week ago (almost 200% above our funding goal with 122 backers to date) will ensure that Vastarien continues onward throughout the year with two more issues to come and that the contributing artists and authors will be recompensed more appropriately than the token fee we were initially able to afford. In fact, it is my hope that we will reach a threshold that will allow us to pay pro-rates for issues 1-3. Either way, I’m grateful to our backers’ generosity and confidence in our efforts. If you haven’t backed us yet, please know that your donation will translate into a journal of greater quality and quantity. Every dollar not spent on fees and taxes will go into Vastarien. We will build on your donation and have already proven that we’re not afraid to contribute deeply into our own time and pockets. This is foundational support. The money you donate now will help Vastarien become self-sustaining as time passes, throughout 2018 and into 2019.

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Matt Cardin, and I have produced Ligottian content for the past two decades, when I created a website in February of 1998 called Thomas Ligotti Online). With your help, we will take the next step in sharing a singular, weird vision with Vastarien: A Literary Journal. Please give generously and share the word with interested friends and family. Thank you.

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

I'll chime in to say that Jon's account of the origin of Vastarien is photorealistic in its accuracy. The journal has been a long time coming, with a fairly titanic amount of planning and effort put into it over the past two and half years. This makes the early flood of financial backers and backing in response to the launch of the Kickstarter campaign all the more gratifying.

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Update: $10,180 pledged, 207% funded over original goal, 128 backers, 19 days to go


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New Reward: $60 - Vastarien 1 Year Kindle Subscription


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"You'll receive a one year Kindle subscription to VASTARIEN (issues 1-3), your name will be listed on our website as a benefactor, and your name will be listed in the Acknowledgments page of Issue 1. Finally, you'll receive a personal email of thanks from Matt and Jon."

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Update:

$10,772 pledged, 133 backers
15 days to go!


New Rewards:
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You'll receive a copy of the Cadabra Records release of 20 SIMPLE STEPS TO VENTRILOQUISM, written, read and signed by Jon Padgett with front cover art by Yves Tourigny and back cover art by Dave Felton, with liner notes by Thomas Ligotti, You'll also receive a one year print and Kindle subscription to VASTARIEN, your name listed on our website as a benefactor, and your name listed in the Acknowledgments page of Issue 1, as well as a personal email of thanks from Matt and Jon.

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You'll receive two, gorgeous Dave Felton Vastarien prints (original to the journal). You'll also receive a one year print and Kindle subscription to VASTARIEN, your name listed on our website as a benefactor, and your name listed in the Acknowledgments page of Issue 1, as well as a personal email of thanks from Matt and Jon.

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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Hi Dr. Locrian. I know you said that postage for a single issue via Kickstarter is $30 to the UK. If I took out a 1 year subscription would I be charged $30 postage for the 2nd issue or will I pay the postage to yourself? Quite new to kickstarter so just working out how things will work for the 2nd and 3rd issues. Thanks in advance
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Re: Vastarien Kickstarter Campaign is Live

Quote Originally Posted by Lucian Taylor View Post
Hi Dr. Locrian. I know you said that postage for a single issue via Kickstarter is $30 to the UK. If I took out a 1 year subscription would I be charged $30 postage for the 2nd issue or will I pay the postage to yourself? Quite new to kickstarter so just working out how things will work for the 2nd and 3rd issues. Thanks in advance
With the Simple Vastarien 1 Year Subscription Reward ($80), shipping would be and additional $18 to the UK and would cover all three issues.

If you want only issue 1, through, say, the $50 Clown Puppet level, you'd pay an additional $10 for shipping.

There was a bit of a learning curve for me as well!

Hope this helps.

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Vastarien: A Literary Journal – “Nightmare Made Normal”


My Lovecraft eZine article on the origins and trajectory of Vastarien: A Literary Journal...

"NecronomiCon Providence, August 2017.

Once I arrived at the 17th floor of the historic Biltmore hotel and walked into the Grand Ballroom for our panel on “The Bleak Universe of Thomas Ligotti,” all my fear disappeared. It was a huge kick sitting at the table with Michael Cisco, Michael Calia, Matthew M. Bartlett, and Alex Houstoun before the panel, watching the ballroom fill up almost to capacity (the largest gathering I saw aside from the very last panel of the convention). It was impossible not to be moved. Thomas Ligotti, who twenty years before that moment was largely unknown aside from a cult following, now has an enthusiastic, substantial following of sensitive readers who love and feel connected to his work, often as intensely and intimately as I have since the day I picked up Songs of a Dead Dreamer back in 1991. Many of the panel’s audience members were also members of the website I had created two decades before and which is still going strong, Thomas Ligotti Online. And here we all were in Providence, celebrating Ligotti’s work together. It was a magical hour and fifteen minutes."

Read the rest of the article here:
Vastarien: A Literary Journal | Lovecraft eZine

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