Created by Peter Chiykowski

A book of 88 stunning micro-stories written as postcards from strange worlds and alternate lives, featuring the voice of Cecil Baldwin

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Stretch goals + welcome Dread Singles + Gen Con + early stories
10 months ago – Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 06:56:31 AM

Hi everyone! I just wanted to quickly share a few updates on the campaign!

Stretch goals ahoy!

First off, holy heck, we are smashing through stretch goals like it's nobody's business. We passed $20,000 last night and we keep going strong. When I first launched the page, I didn't have a stretch goals graphic because I didn't think we'd need it. I just had a plain text list of goals under $20,000.

Now I'm going to have to make serious plans for if we blow past $30,000.

For now, you'll get to enjoy better paper, a month of bonus Wednesday stories, 3 guest-of-the-month stories (authors to be announced soon), French flaps on the book and a full 13 stories narrated by Cecil Baldwin.

Next up: we'll upgrade from 3 to 6 guest-of-the-month stories!

 Welcome Dread Singles

One of my all-time favourite Twitter accounts is Dread Singles, a dark Lovecraftian take on social media written and run by Jordan Shriveley, and I'm so thrilled to welcome him as a guest author in the book. I'd reached out shortly before the launching the campaign and he was able to confirm his availability this week. I couldn't be happier!

I'm probably not going to be at Gen Con

I've been advertising on Twitter that I would be at Gen Con this weekend, but I will probably sending a friend to run my table in my stead.

Just as the campaign was coming together and launching, I was also running around like a madman as my senior rescue basset hound's health took a turn for the worse. Some of the campaign planning happened from the library by the emergency vet while my dog was being looked at by specialists.

Last week confirmed that he's got a nasty terminal cancer and started palliative care. Gen Con is one of my favourite shows, and I get to do it in the company of some of my favourite artists, but I just can't stand the thought of being away from my little dude for 6 days. He is 14, and a total champ and my best friend and the reason I wrote the "Rescue Dog" story, and I am probably going to be getting time in with him while I can.

I'm waiting until Monday to cancel my flight, and the booth with be open for business for my webcomic Rock Paper Cynic either way (booth 2129), but I wanted to give you the heads up and to explain why I've been slow with the project updates.]

Next Thursday's story early

Here's one of next week's stories available early for you as a thank you! It's one of the longest stories I've put into postcard format, but I think it does a lot with the extra word count.

Also, you might enjoy last Thursday's story, which needs to be read on the website and I'm particularly proud of.

 Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

My 30 best stories in one album + ALL VOICE ACTOR GOALS UNLOCKED!
10 months ago – Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 06:51:48 AM

Hey everyone!

Lots of exciting news today!

First up, I just put together 30 of my best stories in an album on imgur, and I would LOVE if you could upvote or share the link with someone you think would enjoy it.

Click to read!
Click to read!

Next, we just passed $14,500, which means we have unlocked all 13 stories narrated by Cecil Baldwin.

I had Cecil's voice in my head as I was writing so many of these weird, dark, oddball stories, and to have him narrate so you can hear them EXACTLY the way I imagine them--that's a privilege so few authors get.

Thank you for this gift!

Our next stretch goal is one I'm super passionate about. At $16,500, I will start up a "guest of the month" series on The Shortest Story where I can commission a postcard story from emerging and established writers and make sure they actually get paid for their work.

Thank you so much for all you're doing to help make this project all it can be.

PS: Just because this update is so long, here's that imgur link again.

Stretch goals and add-ons!
10 months ago – Tue, Jul 24, 2018 at 05:35:46 AM

Hi everyone! It's been a busy few days--so much so that we smashed through 3 stretch goals in the time it took me to put together a graphic for them!

A lot of you asked me about add-ons, and I've set them up! Basically, you click the "Manage My Pledge" button and add an amount to your pledge to cover the cost for add-ons.

Book add-on

T-shirt add-on

"Postcards From the Future" subscription add-on

 Thanks so much!

Thank you for being a part of this story
10 months ago – Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 06:53:00 PM

My words are completely failing me.

$7,800 on day 2 is ludicrous, and the messages of support I've been receiving from fans new and old have been hitting me in all the soft places.

There's been a moment before every Kickstarter I've launched that I hesitate and wonder, "What if this is a mistake? What if nobody cares?"

With this project, I felt that harder than I have before. I spent five years kicking some of these stories around before I got to starting up the project properly, because I honestly didn't think they would go anywhere. But I figured that I was enjoying writing them so much that maybe that didn't matter. Eventually I decided to put together the website as a mostly-for-my-own-amusement hobby project, which was scary in itself because it meant turning down paid work to focus on it.

Now I just wish I'd started sooner.

I've put more of myself into this book than I have into any project before. I still don't know exactly how to explain what the hell The Shortest Story is or why it matters so much to me, but I'm starting to learn why it matters to other people, and it's helping me understand the shape of my own feelings better.

There will be many more updates to come, but for now, let me just say a huge thank you from the bottom of my demon-bartered heart.

This book feels like a turning point in the story of my life. I couldn't be more grateful to have you be a part of it.

We made it!
10 months ago – Mon, Jul 23, 2018 at 04:59:58 PM

Last night we smashed through the fundraising goal, and my dark-ritual-bound heart grew three sizes!

I celebrated the only way I know how--by frying up a batch of pancakes. (And let the record show that this was the best batch of pancakes I've ever made--just the right amount of fluffy.)

I'm also going to celebrate by showing you one of next week's stories early!

This is BY FAR the fastest I've ever had a project funded, and by far the proudest I've been to see a project pass its goal. To be honest, I wasn't expecting it to take off so quickly, and I'm now starting to think about how we can take things to the next level with stretch goals.

Let's talk stretch goals!

We're already coming up on our first one

At $10,000 we'll be having Cecil Baldwin narrate an additional 3 stories in the collection. I've come up with my list of stories for him to read, including some existing favourites from the website as well as never-before-seen stories.

I've also been talking to our printer about other options for spiffing out the book to make it look as beautiful as possible. I want people to look at it and wonder what the heck it is and what could be going on between those covers.

Also, I've had so much fun working with the guest authors on their pieces, that I'd like to look into putting some of the extra money into commissioning monthly guest stories for the website from different writers. If you have writers you'd like to see postcard stories from, feel free to suggest them below!

Oh, and some of you asked about add-ons!

I am also going to look into how to handle add-ons. Many of you have asked me about adding the t-shirt or postcard subscription to your existing pledges, and I'd love to make that possible! I just want to make sure I can logistically support it.

Thanks so much for your support. I'll update you again soon on new stretch goals!