Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side is a treasury of twisted tips, strange scenarios and disturbing sparks to help ignite the fuel in your creative furnace. Its aim? To push you into the danger zone of your imagination, by thinking in unconventional ways and trying things you never thought — or dared — to try before in your writing, art, or dreams.
See the catalog page for more information. Or visit scribd.com for a meaty excerpt. Writers responding to the prompts are already beginning to populate the new Instigation Showcase web page, too — join us!
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Tonight is Instigation night. Help me spread the word, share a link to this website, circulate by hashtag (#Instigation) on twitter, or just write something instigated by the prompts on gorelets.com and then let me know if you publish it online.
Subscribers to the newsletter at the mastication website can get a copy directly from this website at a discount, once it is available for sale online. Backers of The Fridge of the Damned will all be getting their copies first via email, as their reward. It will also be made available for purchase via paypal here. Then it will begin to appear on amazon, nook, and other ebook providers over the week to come. The circle will be complete. The corruption will spread. The end will be nigh. The four horsemen of the gorpocalypse ride tonight. They’ve got meat wagons hitched up behind them. Climb aboard!
I have also just released the Instigation Showcase page to highlight the work that people produce as a result of working on the Instigation prompts. Let me know if you’re already one of them and you’ll get listed early. I love receiving feedback in reviews, comments, and email as well. It’s no longer my book once it is released this evening. It will then be yours. — Mike Arnzen
Here is Renate Muller’s final cover art for our soon-to-be-published ebook, Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side. She did a fabulous job building all the pitchfork components from scratch — and I love all the little details (like the way it pokes through the “O” in “prompts” and how the ‘pencil’ tip smolders with puffs of smoke made of lettering. The title font, too, is fetching and dastardly.
The book rocks and the scope of it is quite epic. It is in the final editing stages and on time for an early March release. Backers of the Fridge of the Damned (sneak photo of the tins here) will be getting their copies first, in gratitude.
“Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you’re doomed.” — Ray Bradbury
February has been a high production month, to the core.Working hard to finish many things related to the recently funded (doubly-so!) kickstarter campaign for The Fridge of the Damned, in cooperation with the good folks at Raw Dog Screaming Press and microhorror.com. (You can see some of what I’ve been up to behind-the-scenes this month in my flickr photo set related to it). Chief among these projects is the Instigation ebook, which is a very big collection of creative writing prompts, story starters, and imagination agitations — and everyone who backed the fridge magnet set will be getting a free copy of it. The book right now has 365 prompts, 31 “spurs” for stories-in-progress, and countless other forms of inspiration for journal writing, revision and more. Proofing and organizing the ebook has gotten me thinking of all sorts of new things… and Bradbury’s quote above rings true to me. The more you do, the better you get. But more than that, the more you do, the more you want to do. Creativity is contagious and sparks lead to fire.
I’m excited to see how people will respond to Instigation…I want to see a raging inferno come out of it. Assuming everything stays on track, the ebook will be released early March.
Here’s a screen capture of the “corkboard” in Scrivener that I’ve been using to organize the prompts… and this is only a partial, vague, view of what is going into this book.
Raw Dog Screaming Press is sponsoring something called Arnzstigation Days for the second half of January 2013. It’s a neat way to get a glimpse of how a book like Instigation has inspired some of the dark creative writers and artists out there. There’s an event page on facebook and a “hub” page on livejournal collecting everyone’s Arnzstigated writing. If you want to participate, check in with them before Jan 31st!
Although we’re still “tweaking” it, I couldn’t wait to share with you the prototype book cover for Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side, featuring an awesome “devil’s pitchfork” icon with a pencil tip! Renate Muller made it totally from scratch — which impresses the hell out of me. We may adjust the fonts or layout, but this is the general look of what the final cover will be like.
You may already know that you can reserve a copy of Instigation for as little as a one dollar page on The Fridge of the Damned kickstarter campaign, since it is one of the many rewards for that campaign. And I’m happy to report that the Fridge was “fully funded” this morning, which means that the project was backed and that all pledgers WILL get the ebook come March! If you haven’t made a pledge yet, now’s the time — the chance to get this ebook for a buck (and to support our “stretch goal”) will expire on February 1st! Pledge right now!
Read more about Instigation.
Here’s a glam photo of our test cover art for the Instigation ebook in progress for Mastication Publications (to be published in March 2013). This is NOT the final cover…but it’s close!
Instigation: Creative Prompts on the Dark Side is a collection of ideas, questions, and scenarios to help writers, filmmakers and artists formulate new horror or suspense stories… or to give their ideas more crazy levels of conflict and more terrifying twists.
The book is scheduled to be released in March 2013, for a price tbd. But you can reserve your copy for as little as a $1 today. Every pledge to the Fridge of the Damned will get a free copy of this ebook in March, so please back us before the campaign expires on Feb 1st: kck.st/YUsPdL
If you have feedback on the cover, please leave a comment!
A higher res image of the Instigation cover is up in the Fridge of the Damned gallery on Flickr.
Today our Kickstarter page for The Fridge of the Damned included a very special reward level: the “Compulsive Chewer”! Pledge $175 or more to the project, and you’ll not only get ebooks and books and CDs and collectables galore, but also a LIFETIME SUBSCRIPTION to all products that Mastication Publication ever puts out in ebook or print format, for as long as you or the press shall live. I’ll even throw in the box our early chapbooks from the 1990s, and a copy of Sportuary.
Act fast, because this pretty awesome offer expires on Feb 1st, 2013!