This morning we launched the Kickstarter for Invisible Threads edited by Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner, and as of now, we have raised $1,032 towards our $20,000 goal.

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No matter who you are or where you come from, there are boundaries and barriers that dictate what you can do, where you can go, and who you can become. Invisible threads running through society, pulling you this way or that, tripping you when you try to better yourself, ensnaring and holding you back. Whether these threads come from others in the form of racism, misogyny, or ableism, from those in power through laws and rigged systems, or from within yourself through cultural ideals and values, they are there. They keep you locked in a constraining box of “who you should be,” rather than letting you grow into the person you truly are. Invisible Threads is an anthology of dark sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories that examine these barriers.

What is Invisible Threads

Invisible Threads editors Jason Sizemore and Lesley Conner are striving to build a ToC representative of the world around us. The barriers each of us face in our day to day lives are dependent on where we come from. Not only geographically, but also dictated by economic standing, race, gender, and so much more. The goal of the anthology is to give room for as many of these stories as possible. With this mind, Jason and Lesley have invited a diverse and talented group of authors to create all new works of fiction. We expect the book to contain 20-25 stories and be approximately 100,000-125,000 words.

Confirmed authors include Alix Harrow, Maurice Broaddus, Fran Wilde, Chesya Burke, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor, Stephanie Malia Morris, Jordan Kurella, K.T. Bryski, ZZ Claybourne, A.C. Buchanan, Damien Angelica Walters, Beth Dawkins, Geoffrey Girard, Sabrina Vourvoulias, A.C. Wise, Michael Wehunt and more!

We’ve asked these authors to write stories that explore the inherent social and political boundaries in our society. Why do they exist? How do we overcome them? How do they affect us and our world? Which boundaries each author chooses to confront in their story is up to them. What we are hoping to highlight are the invisible struggles that our neighbors are facing but we never see.

Each of us is fighting something. Whether it is something larger and in the public eye such as racism, or something smaller and personal such as a parent’s expectation that you will set aside personal dreams to uphold a family obligation. The systemic boundaries tangle and knot around us, preventing us from reaching our potential. The contributors to Invisible Threads will shine a light on these injustices and light a fire to your anger. Join us in snipping the threads that hold us down!

With your help, Apex can bring you this important anthology written by a fantastic lineup of authors. Your pledge money will cover Invisible Threads’ costs and provide Apex with the means to enhance the anthology and pay our contributors, cover artist, graphic designers, and editors.

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