Chiral Mad 5 is now 115% funded! This means the anthology will include at least 15 stories and 15 poems, or around 90,000 words (but will most likely include more, depending on the success of this campaign, probably closer to 100,000).

But the campaign is not over yet, and is scheduled to end August 4, 2020 at 11:59pm PDT, which means there’s still time to pre-order and help make the book even better. Those who pre-order directly through the campaign will receive the book a few months prior to publication. And if we hit the next stretch goal, which isn’t far off, the anthology will include illustrations.

Chiral Mad 5 will be released in eBook, trade paperback, trade hardcover, and in a special deluxe signed & numbered hardcover limited to only 100 copies (which you can only get through this campaign), so if you want one, get it now by clicking any of the links within this post, or on any of the images, or click here.

When the campaign reaches 130% funding, or $6,500, illustrations will be included. If you’re familiar with previous Written Backwards anthologies, you know the artwork will be incredible, and created by the best in the business.

Here’s an update on the Table of Contents. Please note that some of the invited writers have until the end of the year to turn in their work, so more exciting announcements are on the way in the near future. Basically, if you’ve seen them in the news these last few weeks, it’s most likely them.


  • “Feeling Like a Big Kid at the End of the Beginning” by Paul Michael Anderson
  • “Tears That Never Stain” by Jessica May Lin
  • “The Drunken Tree” by Tonya Liburd
  • “The Queen of Talley’s Corner” by Gary A. Braunbeck
  • “Sable’s Bestiary for Those Who Remain” by Hailey Piper
  • “Redstarts in the Last Summer” by Vajra Chandrasekera
  • “Ancestries” by Sheree Renée Thomas
  • “Elevator” by Michael Paul Gonzalez
  • “I’m Not Sam” by Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee (paperback / hardback only)


  • “Chasing the Serpent” by Marge Simon
  • “Dark Neighborhood” by Cindy O’Quinn
  • “Corpuscular” / “Absence” / “Chalk” by Shane Douglas Keene
  • “The Infinite Lives of the Little Match Girl” by Christina Sng
  • “Seasonal Meat” by Jamal Hodge
  • “Asphyxia” by Maxwell I. Gold
  • “Magmatic” by LH Moore
  • “Yesterday at 1:53 p.m.” by B.E. Scully
  • “Spectacular Degeneration” by Zoje Stage
  • “Colorblind” by Wrath James White

More announcements are on the way.


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