Philip Fracassi’s ALTAR: a Limited Edition Release

The following is taken from the ALTAR Kickstarter story. This 7-day campaign is now live!


Altar is redolent of hard-edged supernatural horror from the golden days of McCammon and King. Nobody is safe in a Fracassi story.” – Laird Barron

Few books have captured the admiration of readers and writers of cosmic horror like Philip Fracassi’s Altar. It was a joy to read the Dunham’s Manor release back in 2016, and its inclusion in Behold the Void  is most welcome. There’s no doubt, however, that Fracassi’s Altar is due for a special treatment. It’s one hell of an honor to announce that we’ve been graced with this limited edition as Silent Motorist Media’s debut single author publication. We couldn’t ask for a more exciting project.

This limited, signed, and numbered 7″ X 10″ hardback will feature the title novella plus an exclusive, original story by Fracassi of approximately 8,500 words relating to a character in Altar. It will also have an introduction by John Langan, and cover* and interior illustrations by François Vaillancourt (two of which you’ll find below). As you can see, we are serious about making this release a true celebration of Fracassi’s stunning tale. The special edition hardback will be limited to 50 copies only, and they’re expected to run out quickly. We’re committed to preserving the integrity of this limited run. No stretch goals will unlock further printing of the hardback edition. However, we’re also printing 100 numbered and signed, color, 7 x 10, limited paperback editions, which can be expanded to 200 in our initial stretch goal.

*The header image to this description is not part of Vaillancourt’s cover art. It is a promotional image designed specifically for this campaign.   

Altar cooks the skin with the same baked heat of the concrete surrounding this striking story’s swimming pool. Philip Fracassi sets a nostalgic, suburban tone, but already there are fractures in the façade. You sense something’s not quite right because the tension is already tightening. With an eye for place and detail rivaling that of a great noir film, Fracassi knows when to hold back and when to twist the knife. Fortunately for us, there’s more of the latter. Altar is riveting stuff.” – Michael Wehunt

For those of you who are unaware, Philip Fracassi is the author of the award-winning story collection, Behold the Void, which won “Best Collection of the Year” from both This Is Horror and Strange Aeons Magazine. His short stories have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Best Horror of the Year, Nightmare Magazine, Black Static, Dark Discoveries, Cemetery Dance and others (including our recent anthology, The Nightside Codex).

(click here to read our 2018 interview with the man himself!)

Philip’s work has been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, LOCUS Magazine, Rue Morgue and many other magazines, blogs and review sites. The New York Times called his work “terrifically scary.”

As a screenwriter, his feature films have been distributed by Disney Entertainment and Lifetime Television, with several projects in various stages of development. He lives in Los Angeles, California, and is represented by Elizabeth Copps at the Maria Carvainis Agency.

For more information on his books and screenplays, visit his website at You can also follow him on Facebook, Instagram (pfracassi) and Twitter (@philipfracassi).

“Fracassi mixes scenes of intense physical drama with deftly-drawn moments from a life lived in the shadow of a heartbreaking absence.  Along the way, he never lets the suspense slacken, even as his narrative rockets to its harrowing conclusion.” -John Langan

Now let’s get to the nuts and bolts of our little project. This hardcover run is and will remain a very limited run. If this campaign reaches its initial funding, we’re looking at 50 signed hard copies and 100 limited paperbacks. Our immediate stretch goal will expand paperbacks to 200. Please note that we are fully committed to maintaining the collectability of this edition.

Our goal is simple: we want to print a collectible edition that does justice to Altar’s emerging status as a cult classic. Doing so with this Kickstarter campaign will allow us to actively respond to the demands of readers like you. Our initial goal of $4,600 will allot for approximately $2,600 in printer’s fees, $1,000 in artists fees, $500 for shipping, and $500 for Kickstarter’s fees. Hitting our stretch goal of $5,500 will allow us to double our run of 100 to 200 trade paperbacks. Further stretch goals to be announced in detail if the time comes.

We should stress that this edition will contain a shining new 8,500 words of original fiction directly relating to the events in Altar that you won’t find anywhere else. Fracassi fans in general (and fans of Altar in particular) don’t want to miss out on this!

This Silent Motorist Media hardback edition of Altar is available for $100 plus shipping as a tier to this campaign. The first 25 limited paperbacks will be discounted to $25 under the special tier marked “discount.” The other 75 will be available at normal price. But don’t stop there. We encourage you to look around; there’s a variety of exciting items for dedicated fans and collectors of Fracassi’s work, including remarqued hardback editions of Altar by François Vaillancourt, and copies of Behold the Void remarked by Dave Dick, who did nine illustrations for Fracassi’s celebrated collection.

“Fracassi has the ability to inject dread into the familiar and everyday, ratcheting the tension to reach absolute horror. Profoundly disturbing.” – Christopher Slatsky

Please note that this is an all-or-nothing campaign. Any project proposed as an initial or a stretch goal will not be revisited outside of this campaign. We thank you heartily for your support!


-Justin A. Burnett


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