Amanda Serner casts black Jersey barriers in her Kreuzberg studio. Her grandfather wades through barbed wire in hell. A golden beetle climbs toward the ceiling in Hauptbahnhof. And somewhere in the big city, a plaza opens amid crumbling ruins.
Berlin in the summer of 2017 is a city where reality is starting to fall apart. The old capital of the Prince-Electors is the border between the world we know and the world we have chosen to forget. In abandoned buildings covered by graffiti, doors are opening into the metropolis left behind by humanity. Beneath the villas at Wannsee, a black citadel appears. An old hospital built by angels holds secrets from the time when artists tore down walls and defied authority. A Swedish sculptor comes here, searching for inspiration. Instead, she finds the path to Inferno.
Death is Only the Beginning is a horror novel about art and falling barriers, based in the universe of the classic KULT roleplaying game. The novel is written by the original creators of the game: Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersén.
With cover art by the awesome Axel Torvenius and graphic design by Dan "Dante" Algstrand, who is also the designer of the upcoming RPG KULT: Divinity Lost by Helmgast, this approximately 250-page book will be a thing of beauty, printed on top quality paper. Should we exceed the initial funding goal, the book will get a beautiful hardback cover and a dust jacket.
The Swedish script is already written and in final stages of editing. We need your help to give this book a professional translation into English, and for editing and printing. If we reach the stretchgoals we have lined up, Gunilla and Michael will write additional short stories and even a complete RPG scenario for KULT: Divinity Lost.
The Death is Only the Beginning novel will be published by Free League in cooperation with Cabinet Entertainment, the owner of the KULT license.
Shipping of the physical books will be added in the Pledge Manager after the Kickstarter is over, and is not included in the reward sum. We will do our utmost to keep shipping low, and it should not be higher than approximately 40 SEK (5 USD) in Europe or North America.
Denna efterlängtade roman kommer självklart även på svenska! Faktum är att den svenska versionen kommer att släppas först, med titeln Döden är bara början - redan i april i år. I den Pledge Manager som följer efter Kickstartern anger du vilket språk du vill ha boken i. Det gäller även den begränsade utgåvan.
Du har även möjlighet att hämta ut boken i Stockholm och få den signerad av Michael och Gunilla!
Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersén ended up on they same roleplaying group in 1981, and continued on that path ever since. In 1984, they played a central role in rise of Swedish RPG as writers of the original version of the Swedish Mutant RPG (of which Free League is the publisher of the current version, Mutant: Year Zero).
After spending the 80s as prolific RPG writers, they started the 90s by creating a horror RPG that has become a modern classic: KULT. At its launch, this modern and provocative RPG, sprung from the goth culture of the time, caused a moral outrage. That didn’t stop it from becoming an international hit, with editions in English and several other languages.
Since then, the duo has written a variety of RPG material as well as working at the awesome SciFi Bookstore in Stockholm's Old Town. Now, more than 25 years after first dreaming up the nightmares of KULT, Gunilla Jonsson and Michael Petersén return to the horrific world they once created in this their debut novel: Death is Only the Beginning.
Death is Only the Beginning will be a horrifying and beautiful book no matter what, with story, paper, printing and binding of the highest quality. Yet, we do have a few stretchgoals lined up, should we exceed the initial funding goal:
STRETCHGOAL 1: HARDCOVER BOOK - UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, the Death is Only the Beginning book will be printed with a sturdy hardback cover.
STRETCHGOAL 2: DUST JACKET - UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, the Death is Only the Beginning book will also be given a glossy dust jacket.
STRETCHGOAL 3: SHORT STORY "THE CHOIR" - UNLOCKED!
If we reach this goal, Gunilla and Michael will write an extra short story set in the KULT universe, entitled "The Choir." All backers at the NEFARITE level and above will get access to the story in PDF format. A summary:
On a shelf in a Berlin basement, a line of skulls sing at night. They carry the memories of fourteen lives. Thirteen skulls sing with one voice. The fourteenth has gone silent, waiting for a voice from below.
STRETCHGOAL 4: SHORT STORY "CLOSE YOUR LEFT EYE AND FORGET" - LOCKED
If we reach this goal, Gunilla and Michael will write a second extra short story set in the KULT universe, entitled "Close Your Left Eye And Forget." All backers at the NEFARITE level and above will get access to the story in PDF format. Summary:
In the Swedish town of Södertälje, despairing souls seek solace in a hidden cathedral. Those who come here are tired of life, but want something other than death. Among them is an old man, a young woman, and a lictor longing to forget.
STRETCHGOAL 5: SHORT STORY "MY NAME IS MORITZ" - LOCKED
If we reach this goal, Gunilla and Michael will write a second extra short story set in the KULT universe, entitled "My Name is Moritz." All backers at the NEFARITE level and above will get access to the story in PDF format. Summary:
In the valley of the river Havel, there is a house for nameless boys, found in the ruins of World War II. Some wait for a new life, other for death. One boy prepares to escape and opens the gates to hell.
STRETCHGOAL 6: RPG SCENARIO "A LICTOR ON THE WALL" - LOCKED
If we reach this goal, Gunilla and Michael will write a exclusive roleplaying scenario for the upcoming KULT: DIVINITY LOST roleplaying game, called "A Lictor on the Wall." The scenario will be co-published by Free League and Helmgast, the publisher of KULT: DIVINITY LOST. All backers at the NEFARITE level and above will get access to the scenario in PDF format. Summary:
The year is 1967. After the fatal shooting of student Benno Ohnesorg, protests against university curriculum changes turn violent. A group of students at the Free University of Berlin decide to investigate the shooting, and find a reality falling apart.
Below is a summary of what is included in the different pledge levels that you can choose between.
You can complete your pledge with additional products, at a discounted price. These will be delivered together with your copy of Death is Only the Beginning, at no extra shipping cost.
Please note that you can only order addons if you are a backer at level LICTOR or above. To buy an addon, click the "Manage My Pledge" button and increase your pledge manually with the total cost (in SEK) for all the addons you want.
When this Kickstarter is over, you will get access to a Pledge Manager where you can indicate which addons you want.
EXTRA COPY OF THE NOVEL IN STANDARD EDITION - 199 SEK
An additional copy of the Death is only the Beginning novel, in standard edition. Available in English or Swedish.
EXTRA COPY OF THE NOVEL IN LIMITED EDITION - 399 SEK
An additional copy of the Death is only the Beginning novel, in limited edition. Available in English or Swedish.
FOR THE LOVE OF GODDESS NOVEL BY ANDERS FAGER - 199 SEK
A printed copy of acclaimed horror writer Anders Fager's KULT novel For The Love of Goddess / För Gudinnan. For now, only avaiable in Swedish.
Risks and challenges
We have completed several successful kickstarters and have solid experience in the field. The full Swedish script of Death is Only the Beginning is in final editing - all we need to translate the text, finish the layout, print and ship. Our international distribution and shipping is handled by the excellent people at GamesQuest in the UK, who have handled the fulfillment of several Kickstarters for us in the past.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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