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The PENPAL story has received a great deal of attention around the internet. I've revised and expanded it; now I want to publish it.
The PENPAL story has received a great deal of attention around the internet. I've revised and expanded it; now I want to publish it.
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      Theo Swartz on

      is the movie idea gonna work out?

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      Professor Snake on

      Opening my package right now!!!

    3. Dathan Auerbach Creator on

      The surveys will go out soon!

    4. Michael Pena on

      Can't wait for my email so I can fill the survey to get my $75 package! Good Job Dathan!!!! What is everybody else getting?

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      SirisC on

      I first learned about and read your short stories 1 day before this kickstarter was over. Made me realize I haven't been picky enough in the books I read, none of the horror novels I've read have been as riveting as those posts on reddit. I can't wait to read the novel.

    6. Zach Lyons on

      I think we can get this to $16,000! We're almost there!

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      Jared Trezise

      Haha I just noticed there's no Penpal pens! They aren't iconic in the book or anything, just the name sounds appropriate huh. =P
      The art cards look/sound awesome! It's a shame they aren't postcard-sized. They're collector's cards though, so the size is good and probably more manageable, just I have a friend who collects postcards (or art of that size, to fit her collection) and it might have made a good gift! Looks like the original art is large enough though, which is good.
      Will the collector's cards be available at any later date? Or is this the final call? I can't imagine anybody parting with theirs from this Kickstarter for others to buy and finish their set later is all! =O

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      adveres on

      I've got to say that this Penpal project continuously impresses me. You keep adding new things or creating new items for other people to enjoy. Really spectacular work!

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      D. on

      I always stay away from nosleep (I'm a huge coward), but I definitely wanted to help out no matter what... so here ya go! Good luck on this! :)

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      Courtney Lee on

      I'm so honoured to be able to back this project. It gives me chills.

    11. Rob on

      Can't wait. Thanks, and thank you KickStarter as well for allowing these opportunities.

    12. Brian Anton on

      Congrats on meeting the new goal! I've been thinking how awesome it is that we live in a time in which we have a place to discover awesome stories and writers like yourself, and how kickstarter has given this project, and so many others, the ability to become accessible. Can't wait for the full story.

    13. Zach Lyons on

      WOO! I made it $12,000! Haha

    14. Todd Moreau on

      Good luck to you! You made quite an impression on reddit, I CANNOT express how excited I am to read the entire novel, and share with friends!

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      Phil Foord on

      Over 9000. :p There is a joke about that. On that note, I have read the stories several times and on a recent road trip, listened to the podcasts from the /nosleep podcast site. Sammy Raynor did an excellent reading and that two part podcast is the best they have made yet, in my humble opinion.

    16. Jackie on

      I'm so excited for this to happen. I heard about it from a Facebook friend and immediately got sucked into reading all six parts on /r/nosleep. You are an excellent writer, I can't wait to read your book!

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      Matt Kimmel on

      I am so excited that I get to be a part of the creation of this book. I have read the stories numerous times, and refered friends to them as well. I cannot wait for my copy of the book to come in.

    20. Sally Thompson on

      So pumped to be a part of the ground breaking of what I'm sure will be a very long and excellent success for Dathan. Cannot wait for the many nope nope nopes waiting down the road!

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      Dana Blair on

      Goal destroyed, and then some! Congratulations! I can't wait for my signed copy =D


    22. Bevin Cheng on

      This is going to make a lovely early birthday present for my girlfriend. She loved this on Reddit. :)

    23. Lewis on

      Dathan the series is amazing I cannot wait to get my signed copy :D

    24. The Redheaded Pharmacist

      I read all six of your Reddit shorts in one marathon session....and then immediately backed this project. Good luck with your Kickstarter project. Looking forward to reading this book.

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      Eric Johnson on

      Can't wait to get my copy! A true work of art.

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      adveres on

      Best of luck!

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      Marilyn on

      Dathan, you are so talented and amazing! I have so much faith in you!!!

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      TG_Alibi on

      Congratulations! I think this may be the quickest funded project I have seen on Kickstarter!

    29. Greg Pennisi on

      I'm throwing money at my screen but the picture of the book just stays on the screen! I can't wait for this book, Dathan. You're a gifted writer.

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      David Lithman on

      Loved it the first time. Can't wait for the extended version! Congrats on already reaching your goal on Day 1

    31. Alex Ace Vasquez on

      Alright! Over 2000 dollars on the first day :D Just ordered the pledged for the book! Can't wait :D

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      Phil Foord on

      Less than an hour and the goal is met! Go Go Dathan!

    33. Jamie Stephens on

      haha, almost there ALREADY!! Knew you could do it! "Faster MUSH! MUSH!" :)

    34. Chris Lee on

      I'm really excited for you! Good luck!

    35. Rob Ivey on

      Can't wait! Thanks, Dathan!

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      Phil Foord on

      Dathan is a gifted writer and I am pleased to be able to back his kickstarter effort.

    37. Jaime Blalock on

      Count me in! I've been a big fan ever since I read your stories on /r/NoSleep! Great to see a fellow Redditor doing something with his talent, and I'm glad to help!

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      Jan Wasdin on

      I loved the short story and can't wait to read the novel, plus I love the T-shirts!!!!

    39. Jamie on

      I am so happy for you and I'm glad you are able to get this started! I'm sure you're going to make this and more, so good luck :)