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Fund a first printing of author J.M. Perkins' action horror novel 'CHEMO: How I Learned to Kill.' Kick in today!
Fund a first printing of author J.M. Perkins' action horror novel 'CHEMO: How I Learned to Kill.' Kick in today!
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I get it; you're not a fan of videos. You'd rather be reading. That's great because I'm trying to fund a book. So here's an explanation what I made and why you should support it.

Book Synopsis:

With tooth and nail, with Gun and Blade I've come.

So begins the 8th battle Hymn, a biofeedback device Agent Joseph recites daily. As the newest recruit of the paramilitary cult CHEMO, Joseph has pledged his life to battle 'cancers of the body of mankind.' The group hunts everything from insane telekinetics to memetic pathogens to a Lovecraftian abomination budding in the deepest, blackest trench of the Pacific Ocean. 

Through every mission, Joseph will rely on his conditioning, his growing ruthlessness and the support and guidance of the man who once saved his life: Master Agent Burke. But when his mentor is forcibly inducted into the all-as-one hive mind, Joseph -and the organization he reluctantly serves- will have to face their most dangerous enemy yet.

CHEMO: How I Learned to Kill by J.M. Perkins is a complete action horror novel in the tradition of Beowulf, the X-Files and Heavy Metal lyrics.

Want more? Check out my project page to hear Audio Adaptations of the first two chapters. or download Wallpapers and other stuff. (I also have attribution for all the awesome people who contributed for the artwork/trailer stuff).

A Little More about the Project:

I’m looking to raise funds for the first printing of my novel CHEMO: How I Learned to Kill. CHEMO is completely written, has been professionally edited and the only thing I need money for is printing and shipping.

One of the things that makes CHEMO unique (besides the fact that it is awesome) is that it’s structured like a season of your favorite television show. Each chapter is an episode with every few episodes telling a story that feeds into the book’s overall plot.

CHEMO is more than a self-contained novel; it's the key to unlocking deeper story elements in the style of Alternate Reality Gaming. The novel contains secret messages that will be changed in other editions of the book, so now's your only chance to experience them. More importantly, owning a copy will allow you to locate and decipher additional story elements in encoded blogs, twitter feeds and other innocuous places. Codes may have already been hidden in related artwork (flash a message: like this, except I’m not going to make things quite so easy). If you’re curious about the basics of what I'm planning, here's some information about book ciphers.

Wait, you’re still not convinced? Ok, well here's some of the things real people have been saying about the Book.

Reviews:

Keith (Long Beach, MS)

Between The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Podcast and 19 Nocturne Blvd. I listened to two dramatic productions of chapters of this book. I'm very excited that I can now read the whole thing.

Michael (Orange, CA)

I just finished it.
Amazing!...page turner. Great read. Great twists at the end. Loved it.

Luis (San Diego, CA)

It's fucken awesome!!! It was an amazing story. Argh I want to read more!!!

Nim (Random Internet Guy, I have no Idea)

Wow – this is fantastic. Creepy, funny, intriguing – great writing!

Credits and Attribution

You can contact me about anything at john@strugglingwordguy.com

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    A DRM Free digital copy of the book in whatever format you prefer. Kindle, Nook, or brain implant: it's all good!

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    Poster print of the art work! Plus digital Copy of Book. Physical books? Psshhhh, like you care.

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    Early backers get the first printed run of the book + the digital copy for an amazing price! Enjoy your worm Mr. or Ms. Early Bird.

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    You will get a first printed run of the book, numbered and signed by me, Plus a digital copy! So flipping awesome!

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    You will get a physical copy of the book numbered and signed by me, digital copy, and a poster print of the art.

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    You get everything in the $25 reward bracket + you get a Three CHEMO postcards. Awwww yeah!

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    You will get a copy of the book, encased in a customized metal tin, specially designed by me. It's gonna be bad-ass. Plus of course you get a digital copy (of course!)

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    You will get all the rewards from the $25 dollar level and two watches (one Seiko and one Disney) customized by me. These may or may not come in handy for finding secret extra layers of the story... maybe.

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    You will get all the copy of the book encased in the customized case, the poster print, every piece of art printed as a postcard, and I will take you out for an adult beverage (assuming you are over 21 years old). Must be in the greater San Diego or Orange County California area. This is perfect if you're going to comic-con this year because I'm gonna be all over that!

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    All the previous stuff and you can suggest something! Note: I am happily married, healthy and (relatively) sane and I'd like to keep it that way. Also, want something but didn't see it on the list? Suggest it and I'll try to make it happen.

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