Lethe Press is creating queer and weird books.
55

patrons

$395
per month
Who we are:

Lethe Press began in 2001 as a home for queer and speculative fiction. Since then we have won numerous awards and acclaim for our books. Many readers feel like outsiders because of their sexual identity--our books are welcome reliefs to this problem; the LGBT+  protagonists in our books have adventures, chase danger, fall in love, lead rich lives, and overcome the taint of homophobia. Our speculative fiction is imaginative and strange and wondrous.

Queer books are a labor of love and often lost money (after we pay for the cover art, pay the contributors, purchase review copies, there's really not much of a profit to be made) but our mission to provide the best books for such an audience.

What awards have we won:

Our books have won the Lambda Literary Award in such categories as Best Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror (five times!), Best Gay Romance, and Best Gay Erotica. We have also won the Shirley Jackson Award. Our books are regularly finalists for these awards and have been finalists for the Andre Norton Award, the Golden Crown Literary Award, and even the World Fantasy Award.

Why we have a Patreon:

We are a small press and struggle to make ends meet. Many of our books may receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly or Kirkus but sell less than 100 copies in their first year. We want to continue providing unique books for readers. Your pledge can help us pay the many queer freelancers who we depend on to design the covers and interiors, copy-edit and proof, and narrate and produce our books (and they depend on us to help pay their bills).

Our goals:

First and foremost: to continue publishing quality titles that offer the wealth and breadth of the queer spectrum and delve into the fantastical, the strange, and the eerie. We would like to offer more advances, secure greater publicity, and this Patreon can help all our endeavors while also rewarding our readers with some great swag.

Thank you for your support.

Rewards
Pledge $2 or more per month
15 patrons
Friend to Lethe Press

Your donation won't be forgotten. You will be privy to our special announcements, book giveaways, see artwork in progress for our books, be invited to events, receive some fun swag, and, for every 6 months you are a Friend to Lethe, you can donate a free Lethe Press book to the institution, library, and/or organization of your choice in the domestic United States.
Pledge $5 or more per month
12 patrons
Short Stories, So Many Short Stories

Sign up for this pledge and we'll send you two short stories a month from forthcoming Lethe anthologies. Each PDF-formatted story will feature a mini-bio along with information of the forthcoming title.

And you'll get all the benefits of a Friend to Lethe base pledge!
Pledge $9 or more per month
4 of 6 patrons
Sneak Peek Club!

You'll get an Advanced Reading Copy of one of our forthcoming books in the mail once a month! All your friends will be envious. Hopefully. Domestic US of A pledges only, please.

You also receive all the Friends to Lethe benefits, of course.
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 of 15 patrons
Our Lethe Audio Club!

Do you enjoy listening to the dulcet tones of queer audiobooks? Choosing this limited quantity reward offers you a free audiobook each month! 

We release several of our newer titles in audiobook format through Audible. In addition to the audiobook mp3, you automatically receive the books in whatever ebook format you prefer.

You receive all the benefits of the Friends of Lethe rewards, too.

Picking this reward helps offset some of the costs to Lethe Press hiring narrators to produce our books.
Pledge $15 or more per month
3 patrons
Our Gay Horror Book Club!


Do you enjoy gay horror? Scary books and sometimes scary men. Beasts and boys. We have what you seek.

You receive all our new gay horror books weeks earlier than their release date with no shipping charge if you live in the domestic US of A. Of course if you want them as ebooks, we can do that, too.

Other benefits of this reward include: interviews with newcomers and acclaimed authors in the field; book reviews on classic in the genre; and every week Lethe will post a chilling short story only for subscribers's eyes!

You receive all the benefits of the Friends to Lethe rewards, too.

Pledge $15 or more per month
5 patrons
Our Gay Fantastic Book Club!



Do you enjoy gay fantastical fiction? Science-fiction? My friend, adventure and wonders awaits you! 

You will receive one new gay book a month (novel, anthology, might be a collection of short stories) weeks earlier than their release date with no shipping charge. Want them as an ebook? We're fine with that.

Other benefits of this reward include: interviews with newcomers and acclaimed authors in the field; book reviews on classic in the genre; and every week Lethe will post an awesome short story only for subscribers's eyes!

You receive all the benefits of the Friends to Lethe rewards, too.
Pledge $25 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
Strange Art Collector

Help us commission art for our books and receive something you can hang on your walls and admire.


We will reward our strange art collectors with insight into our production talks with artists: you will see all the stages from idea to execution. Plus you will receive art swag. Stickers, prints, a couple times a year a canvas reproduction for you to decorate your study or reading room. 
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron
Books! Books! Books!

You really love to read. And you must really enjoy having a variety of books on your shelf. Or if you want to fill up your e-reader...

Every month you will receive two free print or four free electronic Lethe Press titles of your choice. If you choose print these will be personally autographed by the author. They may also mail you some candy. If you choose the ebooks then you can play Candy Crush.

You receive all the benefits of being a Friend to Lethe, of course.

Goals
$395 of $707 per month
So we have a new goal, one hopefully achievable since our last goal failed to reach it's mark.

Next year we will be publishing Survivor, a spec-fic anthology of everyday trauma survival. The key component for all of these stories is how relatively ordinary characters survive and thrive, given the traumatic experiences they've had. Editors Mary Anne Mohanraj and JJ Pionke have done terrific work choosing over 100k of stories for this book. We offered the minimum fair author fee and still this will be a very costly venture for us. Ideally, we would like to publish the book traditionally, via an offset printer. If we can increase our number of Patreon followers this can be a reality.
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Who we are:

Lethe Press began in 2001 as a home for queer and speculative fiction. Since then we have won numerous awards and acclaim for our books. Many readers feel like outsiders because of their sexual identity--our books are welcome reliefs to this problem; the LGBT+  protagonists in our books have adventures, chase danger, fall in love, lead rich lives, and overcome the taint of homophobia. Our speculative fiction is imaginative and strange and wondrous.

Queer books are a labor of love and often lost money (after we pay for the cover art, pay the contributors, purchase review copies, there's really not much of a profit to be made) but our mission to provide the best books for such an audience.

What awards have we won:

Our books have won the Lambda Literary Award in such categories as Best Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror (five times!), Best Gay Romance, and Best Gay Erotica. We have also won the Shirley Jackson Award. Our books are regularly finalists for these awards and have been finalists for the Andre Norton Award, the Golden Crown Literary Award, and even the World Fantasy Award.

Why we have a Patreon:

We are a small press and struggle to make ends meet. Many of our books may receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly or Kirkus but sell less than 100 copies in their first year. We want to continue providing unique books for readers. Your pledge can help us pay the many queer freelancers who we depend on to design the covers and interiors, copy-edit and proof, and narrate and produce our books (and they depend on us to help pay their bills).

Our goals:

First and foremost: to continue publishing quality titles that offer the wealth and breadth of the queer spectrum and delve into the fantastical, the strange, and the eerie. We would like to offer more advances, secure greater publicity, and this Patreon can help all our endeavors while also rewarding our readers with some great swag.

Thank you for your support.

Recent posts by Lethe Press

Rewards
Pledge $2 or more per month
15 patrons
Friend to Lethe Press

Your donation won't be forgotten. You will be privy to our special announcements, book giveaways, see artwork in progress for our books, be invited to events, receive some fun swag, and, for every 6 months you are a Friend to Lethe, you can donate a free Lethe Press book to the institution, library, and/or organization of your choice in the domestic United States.
Pledge $5 or more per month
12 patrons
Short Stories, So Many Short Stories

Sign up for this pledge and we'll send you two short stories a month from forthcoming Lethe anthologies. Each PDF-formatted story will feature a mini-bio along with information of the forthcoming title.

And you'll get all the benefits of a Friend to Lethe base pledge!
Pledge $9 or more per month
4 of 6 patrons
Sneak Peek Club!

You'll get an Advanced Reading Copy of one of our forthcoming books in the mail once a month! All your friends will be envious. Hopefully. Domestic US of A pledges only, please.

You also receive all the Friends to Lethe benefits, of course.
Pledge $10 or more per month
6 of 15 patrons
Our Lethe Audio Club!

Do you enjoy listening to the dulcet tones of queer audiobooks? Choosing this limited quantity reward offers you a free audiobook each month! 

We release several of our newer titles in audiobook format through Audible. In addition to the audiobook mp3, you automatically receive the books in whatever ebook format you prefer.

You receive all the benefits of the Friends of Lethe rewards, too.

Picking this reward helps offset some of the costs to Lethe Press hiring narrators to produce our books.
Pledge $15 or more per month
3 patrons
Our Gay Horror Book Club!


Do you enjoy gay horror? Scary books and sometimes scary men. Beasts and boys. We have what you seek.

You receive all our new gay horror books weeks earlier than their release date with no shipping charge if you live in the domestic US of A. Of course if you want them as ebooks, we can do that, too.

Other benefits of this reward include: interviews with newcomers and acclaimed authors in the field; book reviews on classic in the genre; and every week Lethe will post a chilling short story only for subscribers's eyes!

You receive all the benefits of the Friends to Lethe rewards, too.

Pledge $15 or more per month
5 patrons
Our Gay Fantastic Book Club!



Do you enjoy gay fantastical fiction? Science-fiction? My friend, adventure and wonders awaits you! 

You will receive one new gay book a month (novel, anthology, might be a collection of short stories) weeks earlier than their release date with no shipping charge. Want them as an ebook? We're fine with that.

Other benefits of this reward include: interviews with newcomers and acclaimed authors in the field; book reviews on classic in the genre; and every week Lethe will post an awesome short story only for subscribers's eyes!

You receive all the benefits of the Friends to Lethe rewards, too.
Pledge $25 or more per month
1 of 10 patrons
Strange Art Collector

Help us commission art for our books and receive something you can hang on your walls and admire.


We will reward our strange art collectors with insight into our production talks with artists: you will see all the stages from idea to execution. Plus you will receive art swag. Stickers, prints, a couple times a year a canvas reproduction for you to decorate your study or reading room. 
Pledge $30 or more per month
1 patron
Books! Books! Books!

You really love to read. And you must really enjoy having a variety of books on your shelf. Or if you want to fill up your e-reader...

Every month you will receive two free print or four free electronic Lethe Press titles of your choice. If you choose print these will be personally autographed by the author. They may also mail you some candy. If you choose the ebooks then you can play Candy Crush.

You receive all the benefits of being a Friend to Lethe, of course.