A KickStarter Campaign to Fund the Self-Publication of my Short Story Anthology, “Human.”


For the past two years, I have been writing and compiling an anthology of short stories, quotes, and nonfiction interludes in a collection named, “Human.”  At this juncture, I now have enough material to finish my anthology, but now I need backers.  I have decided to self-publish this go-around, because I wanted to get people involved–I want external support to make this a successful project, and with the popularity of KickStarter rising I decided that it would be a good idea to use it to finance the self-publication of “Human.”

I am trying to raise $3,800 to pay for the publishing, marketing, and editing services of Amazon’s CreateSpace, the rewards that the backers will receive, and the fees that KickStarter and AmazonPayments will deduct on a successful campaign.  I want this to be a success; a first of many.

Check out my KickStarter campaign page by clicking the KickStarter logo below and please donate what you can.  $8 will nab you an electronic copy of the anthology and $20 will get you a signed paper back with the rewards only climbing from there.  However, feel free to donate even just a dollar, or at the very least spread the word.  Share this post on your blog or your Facebook/Twitter account–I would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you for reading this post, and I hope you will give this project a chance.  I look forward to reading your name in the ‘Thank You’ section of the short story anthology, “Human.”

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“Rory Winters” in the “Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1.”


A while back I got to know a fantastic writer, publisher, web designer/developer, editor and all around entrepreneur via Twitter by the name of Faydra D. Fields.  She is an amazingly talented individual, and I have had the pleasure of working with her off and on for about a year or so now.

She has an impressive resume, that recently expanded, with her production of the “Independent Author Index Short Compilation.”  Faydra is the creator of the Independent Author Index website and network, and recently furthered this endeavor with a regularly published anthology of short stories.  I was lucky enough to submit and be featured in the first volume with my short dubbed, “Rory Winters.”

“Rory Winter” is a tale of rival treasure hunters stalking the same mysterious artifact. Their fates are intertwined at a level that they cannot even imagine, but how far will the rabbit hole take them before it finally releases its grip?

This, essentially, was a homage to all of the wonderful action/adventure stories set in the 1930’s and 1940’s.  The very same ones that George Lucas pulled from to create the “Indiana” Jones” tetralogy.  This project was particularly close to my heart because it plays into several past times of mine, and if you are grabbed by these genres just as I am, don’t fret–I have plans to serialize Rory and Ashe’s adventures into a long running series that will (hopefully) develop into an anthology of novellas.

You can purchase the “Independent Author Index Short Story Compilation, Volume 1” via Amazon by clicking the cover image below, or you can visit my short story’s page on the Independent Author Index’s website by clicking the “Rory Winters” cover.

If anything, check out this collection of short stories to get a feel for all of the wonderful material that indie authors are producing today.

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“Dorian Waters”


I’ve been slowly working on a new short story titled “Dorian Waters,” which will be an Amazon exclusive upon release.  I wanted to take the charisma of 007, the cheesiness of a ’70s sci-fi flick, and the ridiculous strength of Stallone’s Rambo–with all that being said…let me introduce you to Dorian Waters:

Dorian Waters

Dorian rocketed towards the outer crust of the lush planet at speeds almost intolerable for his Tibranium launch suit.  At just the precise moment he jotted in his PI code and the blackened outer shell of suit unbuckled from his frame in a thousand fractured pieces, rocketed past him, and immediately burned up in the upper atmosphere.  Dorian repositioned himself as he fell into a sort of Swan dive and fell headlong into a thick layer clouds.  With a flick of his wrist he yanked the ripcord and his blue shoot billowed from his back pulling him upwards briefly before eventually allowing him to slowly descend into the dark green canopy below.

“Terra de Verde,” Dorian muttered in awe as he came into the canopy lining.

The landing was a bit rough, but with only a couple scratches from broken branches, and the consideration that little to no preparation time was had when he rashly jumped out of the low orbit Skirt Pod, it could have gone much, much worse.  He hung gently swinging, listening, and thinking about the sounds he was hearing before finally unsheathing his knife and cutting himself loose from the thick, brown branches that held him captive.

He awoke flat on his back, clutched for his knife which was missing.  He glanced upwards towards the canopy where he had fallen through several strata of branches–loll and behold he could see the glint of steel lodged into the bark in the distance.

Quickly thinking, he pawed for something close by, found a rock, and struck the cat-like creature as it leapt for his prone body.  The 180-lb creature growled in pain and fell to its side in a hiss of dust and a belabored roar.

“Kitty’s got claws,” Dorian mumbled to himself and then promptly passed out.

He awoke in awash of his own blood and rain.  Dorian sputtered water as he jolted awake in a nightmarish-like fashion.  He grimaced and propped up on his elbows.

“Fuck…it’s wet.”

Waters was ironically drenched and thoroughly pissed.

“Jack and the Lilac Butcher” and “The Well”


“Jack and the Lilac Butcher” is a novel that I have been slowly working on for the past several months.  It follows two Pinkertons in 1920’s Seattle/Spokane as they hunt for a serial killer that has been dubbed the ‘Lilac Butcher’ by the locals.  Thus far my published previews have been quite popular and I am hopeful that this will be the transcendental ‘one’ once completed.

You can check “Jack and the Lilac Butcher” out in the “Samples and Previews” page, on this very blog, or you can watch as it progresses over at Wattpad (dot) com.  On Wattpad the interaction is more fluid and transparent, so if you’re curious about the Pinkertons journey head over there to give it a thumbs up, a share, or even a comment/suggestion.  Thanks again for the support and the read!

“The Well” is a short story that I composed on a whim after work one evening and serves to amalgamize various points in my childhood, while simultaneously experimenting with point-of-view and style.  I published “The Well” as an eBook over at Smashwords (dot) com and it is available for FREE! as a download for almost any eReader imaginable including the popular Kindle, Nook, and Sony eReader.  So, check it out, and don’t forget to provide some feedback!  A review would much be appreciated.

 

Cheers,

A.R. Schultz

 

Zombies & Literature


Zombies for lack of a better phrase “are in.”  Like vampires, and a myriad of other supernatural creepy crawlies, the pop culture bubble we live in has been overrun with the shufflers, the neck biters, and everyone’s favorite, ‘the corporeally impaired.’  For me and many of my confidants this is simply amazing!  Finally a genre with a much needed popularity bump has received one.  Some have done it better than others.  For me I prefer my supernatural scoop to be of the shuffling, groaning variety instead of the heartless, shimmering ones, but regardless of your flavor it is quite stellar to see the cult darkness finally shed into the pop light.  It seemed as if only those who possessed the insatiable love for horror movies and dabbled in black humor along with the occult were the only ones inclined to partake in the genre.  But, somewhere, some zombie, let out a garbled cry that loosely translated to, “Viva la revolucion!” And, thus the genre was reborn in his rotting image.

Now you may ponder: what does this have to do with literature as your title may suggest, good sir?  Well, along with the sudden revitalization of the horror genre authors and publishing houses by the truckload have also followed suit in a mass effort to capitalization on the latest fad…after all it is the American way.  I, myself, have also dabbled in the genre in years past.  My first foray into zombism was a short story entitled, “Slaveway.”  A horrible little jaunt into the whimsies of an individual who thought he could write.  In other words…it sucked.  I desperately tried to create a tale of carnage and woe set within my little local sphere, Spokane, pertaining to the ever-interesting grocery biz.  A semi-good premise, which was poorly executed.  I ended up mashing my goofy sense of humor, with shallow grocer’s jargon, which I then finally capped up with some undead.  On the whole it was awful.

Since then I have tried my best to write in ad nauseum in order to hone what little writing ability I have into something more sharp-witted and cohesive.  With that being said I am seriously considering re-writing “Slaveway” in the hopes off creating something worth acknowledging. -As an aside, it is kind of ironic that the first bit of work that I published was actually a short story about zombies.-

With Halloween just passed and my recent reading and viewing of the “Walking Dead” graphic novels and television series I am vastly more intrigued by the premise of creating what would essentially be an entirely new property of my own.   I think Robert Kirkman said it best, “For me the worst part of every zombie movie is the end. I always want to know what happens next.”  With that in mind I plan on creating a short story (still set in Spokane) that deals with the trials and tribulations of a group of locals fending off zombies.  I’ll keep the grocer’s bit in there in order to provide humor to the niche, but regardless I think it would be great to chronicle a motley crew of Spokannites hell bent on surviving by using the history of the city as a crutch to their survival.

Everyone always kills off their main character(s); everyone always focuses on the blood and gore; and, everyone always ends the tale horrifically.  But, I ask this: Why?  Why, do these tried and true gut reactionary plot pieces have to exist?  I think zombies can be deeper than that.  Anything from social commentary to moral existence can be delved into with an apocalypse and a crowd of zombies as the catalyst.  I think the “Walking Dead” and a few others have begun to dive into this infinite pool of discovery, but on the whole the genre is still lacking.

Anyhow, I’ve ranted and raved long enough about a silly passion of mine as well as some varied story ideas that are constantly swirling about my cerebrum.

What is your favorite creature that goes bump in the night?  What are some of your favorite supernatural novels and films?