Would like to thank Harold Bryant for his media assistance and our friend, Vienna, for use of parts of her music work to bring attention to "Missing Children", a topic in our book...in this campaign video.
Excerpt from Book One:
Chapter 1: The Trooper and the Machete
Dale felt the timber in the stairs yield and heard them groan as she walked up them with determination. In his panic, time slowed and he watched the eternity it took for the doorknob to rotate once, twice, three…the door slowly creaked open on its hinges and there she stood above him.
“You are going to wish you were dead.”
This was the ritual. First, she always told him what he would suffer, then she would let his fear build, and finally she would act. Mental terror, emotional terror, physical terror, three-pronged, like a devil’s trident.
With her hands still at her side, she continued: “I am going to kill you over and over and over again. You are going to die so many times you will wish you were dead.”
Imploring her to stop, begging that he loves her, Dale put up his hand to deflect the blow he knew was coming from somewhere. He saw the movement of her arm and the flash of the machete she held. He crouched as she swung, the blade slicing his tiny hand and into his skull from the forehead to the back of his skull. It snagged in his flesh and she had to yank it out to release it. Dale felt his scream vibrate within him but he barely made a sound. She began to punch him in the head and kick him. Blood spurted and poured down his face, filling his mouth until he had to swallow so he wouldn’t choke on it. She picked him up and slammed him into the walls, again and again. It was agony – red pain, fire pain – but his thoughts were clear.
I’m dying. Not afraid….not losing anything I want. I want to die. This is it. I’m dying. My life is over. This is it. I’m dead.
She let his limp body slump to the floor and raged out of the room. With great effort, he turned on his side and curled up, like a fawn in a field. His only emotion was sadness that she’s gone, because she didn’t finish, and because she’ll be back. The room was filled with sickening, rusty smell and the heat was drying his blood to a crust. Through his haze of pain, he heard her climb the stairs again. He waited, knowing that this was when it was going to happen. From the other side of the door, she detailed the prolonged suffering of his slow death. Then, he heard the sound of hammer striking nail. Three, maybe four nails, each taking six or seven blows – he counted as this room, his coffin, was sealed shut. Then, the silence began, broken only by an occasional few notes of birdsong and, once, the scream of a hawk. Dale knew now the sign of the hawk, its flight, its hunt was to be his enemy, as well. The pain won’t go away. I can’t get up. I can’t pull up. I can’t wake up....
My name is Dale Henry McGrath and I am a rights advocate, an investigative reporter and a victim of shockingly extreme child abuse and enslavement as a child, living on the streets quite like "Oliver Twist" (book One), escaped the primary abuse, torture and enslavement only to be victimized by a system that believed at the time that "family business is personal" and the child must be at fault for "chronic history of running away"(book two), grew up trained by the various elements of the system to be a gangster and a radical (book three) and later in life, against ALL ODDS, became an effective civil rights advocate, voice of the downtrodden and a professional investigative reporter...to the present(book four).
To assist me in completing the first book and most painful elements of the stories therein, I enlisted the assistance of good friend and professional editor, Lisa Petrocelli to be "ghost writer" and Professor of Psychology Eric Carlson to assist in therapeutic approach with insight. Hudson Falls, NY creative artist, Mike Willig, drew the cover for Book One.
Why am I asking you to pledge? Though painful and tormenting - the object of the four (4) book series is to enlighten those who hide in society out of shame and self blame that they may achieve against ALL ODDS...The message in the books will give those less fortunate and who still suffer a greater insight into the power of their heart and soul...that their story may be told. What is unique here is that my life is broken into four books because they depict four completely different segments of struggle - that, although connected, may reveal an unexpected end.
So, your pledge will have a greater power and purpose by giving us a unique and valuable opportunity to publish the first book of the series
Risks and challenges
The greatest obstacles have been financial and emotional - as I delve into and suffer the memories. Although much of book one is complete it requires several months for actual completion, publishing and promotions. With absolutely no funding to do so...it rests on the table "almost done" and has been for over 3 years. We are thankful to KickStarter for the opportunity to seek pledges in hopes this book project can get the KICK it needs! It is all or nothing...Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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