Friday, July 21, 2017

Reason #5 to support Mysterion

The fifth reason to support Mysterion on Kickstarter is because you want to see better dialogue within and between the Christian and speculative fiction communities.

Certain controversies over the last few years have not, we're sad to say, brought out the best in our communities.

Good stories can bring us together. The characters, the themes, the conflicts and epiphanies. And most of all, the flaws, the weaknesses, and the plot holes. We love to geek out about those. You can bond over these things, or at least get into really good arguments that can change the way you view the story, each other, and the world.

And the stories themselves talk to each other. We love stories that argue with one another and take different perspectives on the same idea, and we're thrilled when we can make that happen in one book. That's why the same anthology that had "Cutio" and "Of Thine Impenetrable Spirit" also had "St. Roomba's Gospel," that gave you "Golgotha" also gave you "This Far Gethsemane." This way you can read different perspectives without arguing or name-calling or ALL CAPS SHOUTING ON THE INTERNET COMMENT SECTION, but rather good stories where believable characters struggle with hard questions.

If you want to see more of this kind of dialogue, support us on Kickstarter!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Reason #4 to support Mysterion

The fourth reason to support Mysterion on Kickstarter is because you read the first anthology, and you loved it.

Our first anthology contained twenty short stories, by newcomers and old hands alike, all dealing with Christianity in some way. From fallen priests to desperate missionaries, from angels to demons, from astronauts to poachers to robots, we included it all: science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between. If any of our stories beguiled you, thrilled you, entranced you, or scared you, you know that you want more. And we want to provide it.

If that's the case for you, please support us on Kickstarter.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Reason #3 to support Mysterion

The third reason to support Mysterion on Kickstarter is because you want to see a new professional market for short speculative fiction that engages with Christianity.

There are never enough markets for science fiction and fantasy short stories, especially places that pay a pro rate. When you're an author, you're always looking for new places to send your work, and it's like a miracle when you find the perfect fit for your story.

Whether you're an author or not, if you want to see a new pro-paying market, please support us on Kickstarter!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Reason #2 to support Mysterion

The second reason to support Mysterion on Kickstarter is because you want to support authors of speculative fiction that engages with Christianity.

The best way to support artists in their work is to pay them. We at Enigmatic Mirror Press are firm believers in Yog's law: "Money should flow toward the author." We believe in promptly paying our artists, whether authors, cover artists, cover designers, or layout artists, a fair amount. That is why we pay a professional rate of six cents per word upon acceptance, once the editors and author agree on edits and sign the contract, so they don't have to wait until the book comes out.

We decided we needed a Kickstarter so we could raise the funds to pay our authors. If you want to help us do that, please contribute!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reason #1 to Support Mysterion

The first reason to support us on Kickstarter is that you want to read high-quality speculative fiction that engages with Christianity.

Not all Christian fiction is bad, but it's not uncommon to read Christian fiction that is preachy, that gives pat answers to straw man questions, and that censors a fallen world in order to be clean enough for children. Nor is all mainstream speculative fiction unfair to the Christian faith, but too often you find Christians stereotyped as repressed theocrats and bigots, the divine shown to be evil or a lie, and wicked monotheists oppressing the enlightened polytheists and atheists.

In short, we can all do better. You want to read stories that treat the faith seriously, but acknowledge the problems and shortcomings of the faithful; that ask the hard questions and look past the easy answers; and above all, you want to read good stories, with authentic characters, engrossing plots, and adept prose.

And we want to give you all those things, in Mysterion 2, so support us on Kickstarter!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mysterion 2 Kickstarter

When we released Mysterion: Rediscovering the Mysteries of the Christian Faith last year around this time, we were very happy with the result. Now that we've had a chance to rest, we've decided to do it again. But publishing an anthology is expensive, so we could use your help.

We're currently running a Kickstarter to raise the funds to pay our authors. To the best of our knowledge, Mysterion is the only Christian-themed anthology that pays professional rates of 6 cents per word, and paying pro rates for twenty stories adds up.

You can make pledges to the Kickstarter for copies of the anthology, both the new one and the old. We'd also really like your help spreading the word, and letting others who would be interested in this anthology know about Mysterion and our Kickstarter. So be sure to share the news on Facebook, Twitter, your blog, or wherever you hang out online (or even in real life, if you’re into that sort of thing).

And if you'd like to submit a story, watch this blog or sign up for our newsletter, so you'll be one of the first to know when we open to submissions.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Enigmatic Mirror Press is now on Twitter!

Enigmatic Mirror Press now has a Twitter account, so be sure to follow us @EnigmaticMirror for all the latest news on Mysterion and other projects!