Kickstarter Project: “Scheherazade’s Facade”

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On March - 19 - 2012

So, before I pass around the hat on behalf of “Scheherazade’s Facade“, a singular new anthology of fantasy stories with a gender bending theme, I need to provide some context: I have a story in this anthology–in fact, this is my first international sale. I’ve known that for a while now, and I’ve been dying to share the news, but for the longest time I wasn’t even sure if this anthology would ever see the light of day. Now, at last, publication seems possible, but the anthology needs some help to get off the ground, and so my editor, Michael Jones, has taken “Scheherazade’s Facade: Fantastical Tales of Gender Bending, Cross-Dressing, and Transformation ” to Kickstarter. Here’s a bit about the theme:

“For this collection, I looked for a wide variety of things.  First, all stories had to be fantasy. “High, low, dark, historical, romantic, urban, mythical – just about anything goes as long as it has those fantastic elements to it.”  Second, I wanted “stories in which the protagonist or other major characters are disguised or transformed, or otherwise challenge traditional gender roles … heroes and villains, warriors and tricksters, drag queens and cross-dressers, cisgendered, transgendered, and everything in-between.”

Over at the Kickstarter page, you can read about the torturous path the book has taken to publication, and also catch a glimpse of why I’m honored to be part of the anthology: it will have original stories from the likes of Aliette de Bodard and Tanith Lee (TANITH LEE). More than that, the theme is about challenging the status quo. I’d plug this project even if I wasn’t a contributor (just like I plugged the call for submissions way back when) but,  if my being involved makes you want to support it, hey, I’ll take it! My story is called “Kambal Kulam”, and it takes place in a world much like our own, except that sorcery is common enough that one can make a living from the curse-protection racket. “Kambal Kulam” is about desperate sorcerers, a Quiapo fortuneteller, and why you should never assume that a curse is meant to kill…

As always, there are rewards for pledges (from US$5.00 to US$80.00) so head on over to the Kickstarter page if you’d like to support a unique anthology, and feel free to link there or to this page if you’d like to spread the word!

4 Responses to “Kickstarter Project: “Scheherazade’s Facade””

  1. C.S. MacCath says:

    Hello Paolo! I found your post while looking online for mention of our anthology and wanted to tell you how excited I am as well. *bows*

    Pleasure to make your acquaintance!

    • Paolo Chikiamco says:

      Hello Ceallaigh! Great to meet you. Heh, I’m just as excited to read our anthology as I am to be a part of it. As it should be :)

  2. EK says:

    Congrats, Attorney! ^^v lupet!

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