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18 tales of horror by Ramsey Campbell, Kaaron Warren, Paul Kane and more, interwoven with themes inspired by Lovecraft and Clive Barker
Book 1 'Heaven to Some...' has been available since August 2016, and Book 2, '...Hell to Others!' is also available on ebook on Smashwords and Amazon
Book 1 'Heaven to Some...' has been available since August 2016, and Book 2, '...Hell to Others!' is also available on ebook on Smashwords and Amazon
54 backers pledged AU$ 2,573 to help bring this project to life.

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What is The Refuge Collection?

This campaign is for BOOK 1 of The Refuge Collection- These are the first 18 tales from Refuge! Note: You can't bid for Book 2 yet... Although it is a work in progress and we've already completed most of Book 2. If you pledge now, we'll automatically email you when Book 2 is ready!

The Refuge Collection is a collection of dark, supernatural and terrifying tales set in and around the mythical town of Refuge‘Heaven to Some, Hell to Others.’

Ramsey Campbell, World Fantasy Life Achievement Award Winner, 2015:

"The Refuge Collection benefits an admirable project. Please support it if you can!"

Aaron Sterns, Wolf Creek 2 co-writer and Award-Winning Author:

"The Refuge Collection is the most ambitious shared-world horror series to come out of Australia. A horror collection that is both relevant and worthy, a rarity in an often insulated field."

Steve Dillon, The Refuge Collection series editor:

"Inspired by the workings of Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, Lovecraft and more, I set out to develop a collection of interlocking tales which together form an intriguing story arc. With its underlying mythology rooted in the world of the Cenobites and their puzzle boxes, Lovecraftian Mythos, ancient Egyptian deities and legends from across the globe, The Refuge Collection has it all!" - Steve Dillon, series editor.

We've enrolled some of the world's finest horror writers to help build Refuge- Notables such as Ramsey Campbell, Paul Kane, Kaaron Warren, Martin Livings, Lee Murray and More! Plus artists Will Jacques, and Eric Gross, Matty Taylor, Brian Craddock and Edward Miller.

The Rewards

eBooks:

We decided not to include these on the KickStarter, but they are available either from Smashwords or Amazon PLUS! Everyone who pledges for the softback or hardback will also receive download codes for the eBook from Smashwords.

Softback and Hardback Books:

Here's a preview of what the printed book will look like, and some possible interior layouts (this is not yet finalised)...

Interior layout (not finalised)
Interior layout (not finalised)
Simulation of Hardback - over 400 pages!
Simulation of Hardback - over 400 pages!
Coming Soon - The Refuge Collection - Heaven to Some
Coming Soon - The Refuge Collection - Heaven to Some
Possible designs for the interior layout
Possible designs for the interior layout

Artwork Reward:

Here's the artwork from Will Jacques- These will be signed and printed separately- that's 13 illustrations in all. They are 11" x 14" and will look great in an art folder!

Artwork signed by Will Jacques
Artwork signed by Will Jacques

Background to Refuge:

Sarah van Hoden, the town's Angel, has been brutally murdered. There are plenty of suspects, and as the tales are told, we learn more about her killer, their motives, and the overall impact on the town and its people!

The Refuge Collection is a collection of award-winning (and emerging) writers and artists who’ve banded together from across the world to build our little town of Refuge. Each writer has added to the places, people and events that take place in Refuge, slowly building the mythology and adding to over-arching plot. This first collection contains 3 volumes, each containing 6 tales from Refuge. So that's 18 hair-raising, blood-pumping short reads to enjoy by lamplight, sitting on a bench in a churchyard, or on the late night commuter train.

Book 1  (Volumes 1-3) contains 18 stories by Ramsey Campbell, Paul Kane, Lee Murray, Kaaron Warren, Brian Craddock, Martin Livings, Noel Osualdini, Tracie McBride, EJ McLaughlin, David Allen, Steve Dillon and a poem by Chris McCorkindale, written in 1997 and published here for the first time!

The third aspect of The Refuge Collection is a very important one- to raise awareness for real world refugees living real-world horror stories. We all need refuge at some point in our lives, but some people need Refuge more. We're working with the support of charities such as The Sanctuary Foundation Australia and Refugee Action UK to help people living real world horror stories.

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Testaments and Reviews:

Aaron Sterns, co-writer of Wolf Creek 2 and award-winning author, "A horror collection that is both relevant and worthy, a rarity..."

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Stay tuned for more information here or over at www.RefugeCollection.com

Previous Experience:

In 2013, Steve Dillon, at the helm of Oz Horror Con, produced The Book of The Tribes as part of a Kickstarter to screen Clive Barker's 'Cabal Cut' in Australia. Here's a link to a video of the Book. Several of the contributors to The Book of The Tribes are also contributors for The Refuge Collection. https://youtu.be/JPJirKXyIkE?t=16 

Risks and challenges

We've tried to cut the risks out completely: the stories are written, the artwork is in place, the printing is sorted out. We've published most of the stories online and have even done some proof printing, and feedback has been amazing!

Plus, if we don't hit our target, we get no money from you, it stays put in your account!

The only risk remaining is the risk of not raising enough funds to make a difference... you can help us to do that.

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    Pledge AU$ 2 or more About $1.42

    Apply for residency.
    This reward will make sure your name is listed among the residents of Refuge. This will be included in the Town Registry, which will be printed in the book and listed on the website.

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    Pledge AU$ 3 or more About $2

    A bookmark for your for passport...
    You will receive a copy of the exclusive kickstarter bookmark!
    Plus! This reward will make sure your name is listed among the residents of Refuge. This will be included in the Town Registry, which will be printed in the book and listed on the website.

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    Name a Street! You can name one of Refuge's streets. Maybe it will be in the seedy thieves' den called 'The Maze' or maybe in the prestigious area near the Refuge Reporter's offices; maybe the disquieting docks areas near the Refuge Cannery, home to the strange Marsh family! (Note: we reserve the right to veto your street name if considered offensive or too silly, in which case we will offer a refund)

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    Pledge AU$ 20 or more About $14

    EARLYBIRD SOFTBACK

    The printed softback of 'The Refuge Collection Book 1'. Your name will be added to the 'Townsfolk' Registry in the book among the 'first settlers'!

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    Pledge AU$ 30 or more About $21

    Come to Refuge and be a character!
    You can name one of Refuge's characters in an upcoming story by Steve Dillon (or we can discuss with another writer if you prefer). Maybe you work at the Refuge Cannery, home of the mysterious Marsh-folk, or maybe you're locked away in Refuge's asylum, or haunting the Blue Frog Tavern! Or work in the 'Temple of Bes' - You decide!
    (Note: we reserve the right to veto your name if considered offensive or too silly, in which case we will offer a refund. Please note, this must be your name- or we must have the written verified agreement of the other person if you nominate another person)

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    Pledge AU$ 40 or more About $28

    EARLYBIRD HARDBACK

    The printed hardback of 'The Refuge Collection Book 1'. Your name will be added to the Town Registry in the book among the 'first settlers'!

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    Pledge AU$ 60 or more About $43

    EARLYBIRD SIGNED HARDBACK

    The SIGNED printed hardback of 'The Refuge Collection Book 1'. Signed by series editor Steve Dillon.
    Plus! Your name will be added to the 'First settlers' section of the book.

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    Pledge AU$ 150 or more About $107

    Art curator's Reward!
    The SIGNED hardback PLUS LIMITED EDITION SIGNED PRINTS of the artwork by Will Jacques. Plus SIGNED artwork by Brian Craddock, Matty Taylor and Chris Roberts! That's 3 FULL Colour and 13 B/W drawings, specially printed, numbered and hand-signed.

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    Pledge AU$ 175 or more About $125

    FIVE-PACK of the EARLYBIRD HARDBACK

    FIVE COPIES of the printed hardback of 'The Refuge Collection Book 1' to give to friends and family or to sell in your store!

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    Pledge AU$ 300 or more About $213

    Refuge's Art Curator & SCRIBE award!
    Printed art pack SIGNED.
    Get you story professionally edited and published in the Refuge Collection Companion on the web site!
    Plus the signed hardback book, a softback book (SIGNED)

    Plus! Your name will be added to the 'First settlers' section of the book.
    Plus limited edition PRINTED artwork from each story in the book PLUS book covers (all on A3)
    PLUS!!! We will read and professionally edit your story to help make it the best it can be and to fit in with the world of Refuge (up to 7,500 words) AND we will publish it on The Refuge Collection web site AND in The Refuge Companion!

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    Pledge AU$ 340 or more About $242

    TEN-PACK of the EARLYBIRD HARDBACK

    TEN COPIES of the printed hardback of 'The Refuge Collection Book 1' to give to friends and family or to sell in your store!

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    Pledge AU$ 400 or more About $285

    Master of the Hellbreed Reward!
    You are the master of the Hellbreed.
    That's all. Thank you and good night.
    We will mention your name as the Master of the Hellbreed in the book's Acknowledgements page. What are the Hellbreed? Well, you will find out when you get the book, which we will include as part of this reward :) :)

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    Pledge AU$ 1,000 or more About $712

    'What's your pleasure?'

    Name your reward. We can talk about it. If it's legal, ethically sound and safe, and it doesn't end up costing us money, we will try to do it!

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    Pledge AU$ 8,000 or more About $5,693

    Launch the Refuge TV Studio!

    If you pledge this much, you will get books and bookmarks and artwork PLUS!!! You will fund the next phase, which will be to have the first of our screenplay written and a pilot TV episode produced!
    PLUS!!! You will be executive producer!

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