Jerome Stueart is creating dark American fantasy
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Join me in creating stories about living under the homerule of gods


Hi, my name is Jerome Stueart and I’m a writer, cartoonist and illustrator living in Ohio. My first book of collected short fiction, The Angels of Our Better Beasts, came out last year from ChiZine Publications.  I’m a Clarion graduate, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and a Milton Fellow. I write science fiction, fantasy, and literary short stories and am working into novellas and novels. My work has been published in Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Geist, Geez, On Spec, Joyland. I’ve co-edited three anthologies: Imaginarium 4, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18, and Inhuman. I tend to touch on the spiritual side of my characters and my worlds —trying to understand their (and our) search for something deeper in the chaos that we live in.

My fiction can be about a talking dog that saves a gay deacon's life on a cold night in the Yukon, or about trying to figure out how to be a man from working as a park ranger in Teddy Roosevelt's house on Long Island, to a woman blazing through the stars to see all the sacred places in the galaxy before she dies.  People are sacred.  What they do to find peace, to find safety, to find meaning in the world and in their lives is fascinating to me.  I'll use tropes from literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery--all to discover what people are doing to find something real.  

I'd like to write more often, and so I've created this Patreon account to bring you in to my projects! This time I wanted to talk about what happens when people aren't treated as sacred, but treated as objects, and when love of country trumps the love of people.  

Currently, I'm writing the novel, One Nation Under Gods-- but it was supposed to be fiction.


In 2007, I started writing a story about an alternate America—one with a deep religious nationalism—where gods we created and believed in, helped us create a safe, prosperous America, as long as you honoured and praised them—if not, you were turned into bridges and buildings and skating rinks. In 2010, I sold this idea as a short story, “One Nation Under Gods” to Tesseracts 14, and one of the editors wanted to buy the novel that I would make out of this story.

Now, One Nation Under Gods will be released by ChiZine Publications in June of 2018. It’s a dark Huckleberry Finn like escape North for a young quilter and her brother through an American landscape where everyone has made deals with the lesser gods that live around us, and with the greater gods who protect and shape our Nation. The deals made aren’t for everyone’s benefit, but maybe you and your family can survive.

____________
 a short excerpt from “One Nation Under Gods”

On every channel, the nightly news tracked Lady Liberty as she walked whisper soft across America, in case you wanted to see her yourself. She didn’t always walk through Kentucky. She tried to cover every state of the country in a year. So if you were poor or tired or the huddled masses, you could look up from the street and see her grey body passing overhead, see her torch light up your face and find yourself taken up in her skirts as she passed. It was the best thing for the poor, they said.

My family would gather on the porch with our binoculars when she passed once a year. We couldn’t stay outside to see her pass directly overhead; looking up, letting the light fall on you—that would pull you in, so you had to be hidden. But she was beautiful to see on the horizon—sometimes just her crown, moving like a slow train across the land. Then later, we would see her head with her torch held low below the horizon, blazing in a constant stream of orange, combing the streets.

Her feet never crushed anything, her skirts never tossed cars or knocked down buildings, she just walked and searched, looking and looking like a mother for her children, and then—I saw this on TV—she disappeared at the first morning’s light and appeared back on her base on Liberty Island. I think she was my favorite of the gods, maybe because she was consistent and regular, and the rest of them we didn’t see up close and personal. And we knew, whatever happened to our family that Lady Liberty could take care of us, though nobody really knew what life was like once you were taken up.

“Are you sure people don’t get killed?” Celia asked.

She didn’t know History very well, and this was the biggest problem in her life.

And now it was our problem too.

___________

Read the whole short story.

Why Patreon?

My current project is a series of four novels. I’d love to bring you along through this experience. Through Patreon I can build an audience for the novels and my other writing, and also give things to you that no one else will get---all the extras of my worldbuilding, writing, sketches, etc, and you become a part of the writing process. You can also help an author out by keeping him solvent while writing—something that’s often hard to do—even with two jobs. You help by giving me as little as a dollar a month, and I have perks for those who give. It’s a win-win!

Why now?

Three reasons: this novel IS coming out next year and I'm writing it right now; secondly, this is a novel about how everyone lives under a religious nationalist regime, what we do to survive, to thrive, to resist, and who benefits, and, perhaps, in the end, how we change that regime. This is an inclusive story from all sides because in the end, we’re in this together; and finally, because I need your support.

What can you get?

Exclusives! This is like the EXTRAS part of a Blu-Ray—except I’m doing them FOR you. I’ll do some illustrations for the novel that probably won’t make it into the finished novel—sketches, maybe some paintings. You’ll see them as we go. I didn’t pitch this novel as an illustrated one, and certainly not in colour. But you’ll have those so you can see what I’m seeing.

Other perks include excerpts from a book inside the novel: The Field Guide to the Lesser Gods of the Midwest, which also may or may not make it into the book, but are cool side stories that show you where we’re going—extra stories of characters we may meet in the book—certainly detailed worldbuilding—like who is the God of the Ohio River—what does he want from people who travel with him? There will also be cut scenes and descriptions of world-building through Danny’s eyes—as he watches a lot of television, collects collectibles, has opinions about his culture. In many ways, Danny is the Field Guide to this America.

You can also have access to all the blog posts I write concerning this project as I go—fleshing out parts of America, with some of my true stories of going there. I’m taking a route from Paducah, KY up the Mississippi through Caruthersville and St. Genevieve, through St. Louis, then over through Columbia, Kansas City, parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, on my way north to Canada—with detours. My blog posts will be about what most impressed me about these places, and what I want to do with them, and where I’m at in the writing of the book. There will be craft discussions with you, and basically I’ll interact with you on the blog, as much as I can.

So, you can get exclusive sketches and paintings, progress reports and field notes, excerpts and extra stories that probably won’t be included in the novel. For a few of you, I will put together all the work I do through Patreon and mail it to you with a thank you note. It will be a collector’s edition of the extras and ephemera.

The Big Picture

At its heart, this is a story about a brother and a sister.  I love stories about siblings on an adventure.  I grew up with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  I'm sure that Meg and Charles Wallace live inside my characters a little.  But this is more than just their story--like Huckleberry Finn, they will view their nation.  So, I’m making this quilted tent as big as I can—big enough to house the stories of everyday people across the US. If you like your novels with a nice QUILTBAG, enjoy seeing a wide representation of people living and coping with life under a “benevolent”—almost parental-- theocracy,—trying to make sure we don’t hurt each other, even as we hurt each other—and if you like journeys and quests where the threat of being transformed into something more useful is ever present, where two kids have quilt squares, a couple of Field Guides, some forged documents, and a vague idea of Canada—then I think you’ll enjoy this book.

My goal is to give a representation of a wide array of American society and culture—from corn festivals to urban protests, from underground resistance cells to academic treason—all through the eyes of someone who loves his country, and who is seeing it for the first time unfiltered. Danny will tell you everything about his life—and about their journey—and he will change as he learns the truth.  Come join us on this journey!

___________________________________

More about me: 
  I am a writer who has been published in Lightspeed, Fantasy, Icarus, On Spec, Geist, Joyland, several Tesseracts anthologies of Canadian science fiction, and other anthologies. 

I have been taught by Samuel R. Delany, Greg Frost, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Stephen Graham Jones, and Kij Johnson—some of the coolest speculative fiction writers I’ve ever met.

Raised in Missouri and Texas, I lived 10 years in the Yukon Territory in Canada, became a dual citizen, and currently live in Ohio. 


BOOKS

     


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Rewards
Well-Met Wanderer
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you.  You receive access to my Patreon posts and a newsletter of all the things I’m working on and planning to do with the series, what events I will attend—your way of being a part of the whole series. 
Enthusiastic Sightseer
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you!  Along with Patreon posts, you will see the sketches I do for the novel as I'm going--about one or two a month.  
Fellow Passenger
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Thanks!  You receive all the perks of the previous levels+

Side stories, cut scenes, excerpts from the Field Guide to Gods of the Midwest, the extras and ephemera of this novel

Good Traveler
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much!  You receive the perks of the previous levels +

Early chapter drafts, EPUB, MOBI, PDF of Digital content to make it easily downloadable.
Intrepid Voyager
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I'm deeply touched! You receive all the previous perks +

Answering your questions in a 10 min video once a month. (If we reach $1000, videos will become accessible to everyone, but the questions still given by Voyagers.)
Avid Explorer
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Thank you.  You receive all the previous perks +

A chapbook of everything I make here till the book is finished, all the extras, mailed to you with a personal thank you note. It will be a Book of Extras that only a few people will get.  Plus, have your name listed in the book!  
Faithful Companion
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
WOW!  You get all the extras the other levels get + a signed copy of the novel you were a part of, your name listed, an ebook of that book, an audiobook, one short story critique, and a single 30 min chat with me on Google Hangout. 
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$2 of $250 per month
Thank you so much! This kind of money is the difference between a bounced check and fees and being able to pay bills with no worries. Honestly, it makes a difference. All Patrons thus far get their names in the Founders List.

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Join me in creating stories about living under the homerule of gods


Hi, my name is Jerome Stueart and I’m a writer, cartoonist and illustrator living in Ohio. My first book of collected short fiction, The Angels of Our Better Beasts, came out last year from ChiZine Publications.  I’m a Clarion graduate, a Lambda Literary Fellow, and a Milton Fellow. I write science fiction, fantasy, and literary short stories and am working into novellas and novels. My work has been published in Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science Fiction, Fantasy, Geist, Geez, On Spec, Joyland. I’ve co-edited three anthologies: Imaginarium 4, Wrestling with Gods: Tesseracts 18, and Inhuman. I tend to touch on the spiritual side of my characters and my worlds —trying to understand their (and our) search for something deeper in the chaos that we live in.

My fiction can be about a talking dog that saves a gay deacon's life on a cold night in the Yukon, or about trying to figure out how to be a man from working as a park ranger in Teddy Roosevelt's house on Long Island, to a woman blazing through the stars to see all the sacred places in the galaxy before she dies.  People are sacred.  What they do to find peace, to find safety, to find meaning in the world and in their lives is fascinating to me.  I'll use tropes from literary fiction, fantasy, science fiction, horror, mystery--all to discover what people are doing to find something real.  

I'd like to write more often, and so I've created this Patreon account to bring you in to my projects! This time I wanted to talk about what happens when people aren't treated as sacred, but treated as objects, and when love of country trumps the love of people.  

Currently, I'm writing the novel, One Nation Under Gods-- but it was supposed to be fiction.


In 2007, I started writing a story about an alternate America—one with a deep religious nationalism—where gods we created and believed in, helped us create a safe, prosperous America, as long as you honoured and praised them—if not, you were turned into bridges and buildings and skating rinks. In 2010, I sold this idea as a short story, “One Nation Under Gods” to Tesseracts 14, and one of the editors wanted to buy the novel that I would make out of this story.

Now, One Nation Under Gods will be released by ChiZine Publications in June of 2018. It’s a dark Huckleberry Finn like escape North for a young quilter and her brother through an American landscape where everyone has made deals with the lesser gods that live around us, and with the greater gods who protect and shape our Nation. The deals made aren’t for everyone’s benefit, but maybe you and your family can survive.

____________
 a short excerpt from “One Nation Under Gods”

On every channel, the nightly news tracked Lady Liberty as she walked whisper soft across America, in case you wanted to see her yourself. She didn’t always walk through Kentucky. She tried to cover every state of the country in a year. So if you were poor or tired or the huddled masses, you could look up from the street and see her grey body passing overhead, see her torch light up your face and find yourself taken up in her skirts as she passed. It was the best thing for the poor, they said.

My family would gather on the porch with our binoculars when she passed once a year. We couldn’t stay outside to see her pass directly overhead; looking up, letting the light fall on you—that would pull you in, so you had to be hidden. But she was beautiful to see on the horizon—sometimes just her crown, moving like a slow train across the land. Then later, we would see her head with her torch held low below the horizon, blazing in a constant stream of orange, combing the streets.

Her feet never crushed anything, her skirts never tossed cars or knocked down buildings, she just walked and searched, looking and looking like a mother for her children, and then—I saw this on TV—she disappeared at the first morning’s light and appeared back on her base on Liberty Island. I think she was my favorite of the gods, maybe because she was consistent and regular, and the rest of them we didn’t see up close and personal. And we knew, whatever happened to our family that Lady Liberty could take care of us, though nobody really knew what life was like once you were taken up.

“Are you sure people don’t get killed?” Celia asked.

She didn’t know History very well, and this was the biggest problem in her life.

And now it was our problem too.

___________

Read the whole short story.

Why Patreon?

My current project is a series of four novels. I’d love to bring you along through this experience. Through Patreon I can build an audience for the novels and my other writing, and also give things to you that no one else will get---all the extras of my worldbuilding, writing, sketches, etc, and you become a part of the writing process. You can also help an author out by keeping him solvent while writing—something that’s often hard to do—even with two jobs. You help by giving me as little as a dollar a month, and I have perks for those who give. It’s a win-win!

Why now?

Three reasons: this novel IS coming out next year and I'm writing it right now; secondly, this is a novel about how everyone lives under a religious nationalist regime, what we do to survive, to thrive, to resist, and who benefits, and, perhaps, in the end, how we change that regime. This is an inclusive story from all sides because in the end, we’re in this together; and finally, because I need your support.

What can you get?

Exclusives! This is like the EXTRAS part of a Blu-Ray—except I’m doing them FOR you. I’ll do some illustrations for the novel that probably won’t make it into the finished novel—sketches, maybe some paintings. You’ll see them as we go. I didn’t pitch this novel as an illustrated one, and certainly not in colour. But you’ll have those so you can see what I’m seeing.

Other perks include excerpts from a book inside the novel: The Field Guide to the Lesser Gods of the Midwest, which also may or may not make it into the book, but are cool side stories that show you where we’re going—extra stories of characters we may meet in the book—certainly detailed worldbuilding—like who is the God of the Ohio River—what does he want from people who travel with him? There will also be cut scenes and descriptions of world-building through Danny’s eyes—as he watches a lot of television, collects collectibles, has opinions about his culture. In many ways, Danny is the Field Guide to this America.

You can also have access to all the blog posts I write concerning this project as I go—fleshing out parts of America, with some of my true stories of going there. I’m taking a route from Paducah, KY up the Mississippi through Caruthersville and St. Genevieve, through St. Louis, then over through Columbia, Kansas City, parts of Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, on my way north to Canada—with detours. My blog posts will be about what most impressed me about these places, and what I want to do with them, and where I’m at in the writing of the book. There will be craft discussions with you, and basically I’ll interact with you on the blog, as much as I can.

So, you can get exclusive sketches and paintings, progress reports and field notes, excerpts and extra stories that probably won’t be included in the novel. For a few of you, I will put together all the work I do through Patreon and mail it to you with a thank you note. It will be a collector’s edition of the extras and ephemera.

The Big Picture

At its heart, this is a story about a brother and a sister.  I love stories about siblings on an adventure.  I grew up with Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time.  I'm sure that Meg and Charles Wallace live inside my characters a little.  But this is more than just their story--like Huckleberry Finn, they will view their nation.  So, I’m making this quilted tent as big as I can—big enough to house the stories of everyday people across the US. If you like your novels with a nice QUILTBAG, enjoy seeing a wide representation of people living and coping with life under a “benevolent”—almost parental-- theocracy,—trying to make sure we don’t hurt each other, even as we hurt each other—and if you like journeys and quests where the threat of being transformed into something more useful is ever present, where two kids have quilt squares, a couple of Field Guides, some forged documents, and a vague idea of Canada—then I think you’ll enjoy this book.

My goal is to give a representation of a wide array of American society and culture—from corn festivals to urban protests, from underground resistance cells to academic treason—all through the eyes of someone who loves his country, and who is seeing it for the first time unfiltered. Danny will tell you everything about his life—and about their journey—and he will change as he learns the truth.  Come join us on this journey!

___________________________________

More about me: 
  I am a writer who has been published in Lightspeed, Fantasy, Icarus, On Spec, Geist, Joyland, several Tesseracts anthologies of Canadian science fiction, and other anthologies. 

I have been taught by Samuel R. Delany, Greg Frost, Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, Cory Doctorow, Karen Joy Fowler, Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Stephen Graham Jones, and Kij Johnson—some of the coolest speculative fiction writers I’ve ever met.

Raised in Missouri and Texas, I lived 10 years in the Yukon Territory in Canada, became a dual citizen, and currently live in Ohio. 


BOOKS

     


____________________________


Recent posts by Jerome Stueart

Rewards
Well-Met Wanderer
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you.  You receive access to my Patreon posts and a newsletter of all the things I’m working on and planning to do with the series, what events I will attend—your way of being a part of the whole series. 
Enthusiastic Sightseer
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you!  Along with Patreon posts, you will see the sketches I do for the novel as I'm going--about one or two a month.  
Fellow Passenger
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
Thanks!  You receive all the perks of the previous levels+

Side stories, cut scenes, excerpts from the Field Guide to Gods of the Midwest, the extras and ephemera of this novel

Good Traveler
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you so much!  You receive the perks of the previous levels +

Early chapter drafts, EPUB, MOBI, PDF of Digital content to make it easily downloadable.
Intrepid Voyager
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I'm deeply touched! You receive all the previous perks +

Answering your questions in a 10 min video once a month. (If we reach $1000, videos will become accessible to everyone, but the questions still given by Voyagers.)
Avid Explorer
$50 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Thank you.  You receive all the previous perks +

A chapbook of everything I make here till the book is finished, all the extras, mailed to you with a personal thank you note. It will be a Book of Extras that only a few people will get.  Plus, have your name listed in the book!  
Faithful Companion
$100 or more per month 0 of 5 patrons
WOW!  You get all the extras the other levels get + a signed copy of the novel you were a part of, your name listed, an ebook of that book, an audiobook, one short story critique, and a single 30 min chat with me on Google Hangout.