We are very excited to announce the launch of Big Bang Press!
Big Bang Press is a small publishing company that will publish original fiction by talented fanfiction authors. If you’re familiar with fanfic, you’ll know that there are A LOT of amazing writers out there, but many of them don’t get a chance to share their original fiction with the world. We plan to publish novels by three writers you may already know: Erin Claiborne (eleveninches), Kady Morrison (gyzym), and Natalie Wilkinson (febricant).
Excerpts from all three novels are available on our website, bigbangpress.org, along with sample art from our cover artists, and general information about Big Bang Press and its authors. The novels can all be pre-ordered in both ebook and hard copy format from our Kickstarter page, which is how we’re funding the publishing costs. There are also a lot of other cool rewards available through Kickstarter, including art prints, exclusive short stories, and the opportunity have any of our authors to write something just for you — including Kady/gyzym offering to finish some of her WIPs!
For this project to succeed, we need to raise $40,000. This pays the authors, the cover artists, the website designer and publishing team, and funds the publishing process itself. For more information on our plans, see our website and Kickstarter page.
You can learn about our selection process on Kickstarter, but for now, here’s the lowdown on our three novels.
A Hero at the End of the World, by Erin Claiborne (eleveninches), with future cover art by hydrae.
"Sixteen year-old Ewan Mao knows one thing for certain: according to prophecy, it’s his destiny to kill the evil tyrant whose dark reign has terrorized Britain. Although he’s just a normal boy, deep down Ewan is confident that he has exactly what it takes to be a hero. But when Ewan’s big moment comes, he freezes. His best friend, the clever and talented Oliver Abrams, defeats the villain for him, and Ewan’s bright future crumbles before his eyes.
Five years later, Oliver has a job as an Unusual in the government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, the life he and Ewan always dreamed of. But a routine investigation leads him and his partner, Sophie Stuart, to uncover a dangerous and powerful cult… one that seems to have drawn his former best friend into a plot to end the world.”
A deftly plotted, hysterically funny take on Chosen One narratives, A Hero at the End of the World expertly walks the fine line between satire and sincerity. Its sensitive depiction of a broken friendship and wry take-down of unfairly great expectations will appeal to all readers of modern fantasy.
Read an excerpt from A Hero at the End of the World on our website.
Juniper Lane, by Kady Morrison (gyzym), with future cover art by quaedam.
"Mim Robinson never expected to find herself back on Juniper Lane, the opulent suburban street where she spent one hazy childhood summer, nor to be taken in by her aunt after a nasty break-up. She certainly didn’t expect to find herself striking up a strange, unexpected friendship with the intimidating Nadia Bahjat, the only other twenty-something on the street. But now that she’s here, Mim thinks she might just do anything to stay – no matter the cost.
Meanwhile, Nadia, a professional chef and a perennial disappointment to her parents, has been forced by her father’s illness to return to Barn Ridge, Ohio. Though she loathes her wealthy, seemingly perfect neighbors as much as she always has, she’s increasingly finding her growing friendship with Mim a balm to heal old wounds. But the longer she stays on Juniper Lane, the more she begins to suspect that when it comes to her family, not all is as it seems.”
An innovatively structured queer romance that encompasses both a cutting satire of suburban American life and a nuanced depiction of the psychological aftermath of abuse, Juniper Lane is a moving paean to the freedom of embracing the chaotic uncertainty of adulthood.
Read an excerpt from Juniper Lane on our website.
Savage Creatures, by Natalie Wilkinson (febricant), with future cover art by longerrpigs.
"Francis Harding has always been good for one thing: doing what his family tells him. So when his mother asks him to travel across the Atlantic to hunt down his mysteriously vanished sister Catherine, he goes without hesitation, only to find himself an unwelcome shapeshifter in a strange city looking for a woman who may not want to be found.
Without any alternative, he finds himself turning to Jamie Besckei, a slippery but compelling character from the wrong side of the tracks. His particular brand of magic makes Francis’ skin crawl, but it just might help him track down Catherine. As his own magical abilities begin to fail him and his options grow fewer, Francis makes a bargain that binds him to Jamie in ways he never expected, and that will change the course of his life forever.”
A fantasy noir cum psychological thriller set against the backdrop of a grim, quasi-dystopian Europe only a half step away from our own, Savage Creatures is a haunting meditation on the destructive power and vital importance of family that will rivet readers from first page to last.
Read an excerpt from Savage Creatures on our website.
If you’re interested in any of these books, or want to support a project that gives talented fan writers the attention they deserve, then please share these links, reblog this post, and check out our website! :)