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Lon Chaney - "Outside The Law" (1920) Crime Novel Reprint.

Reprint the rare paperback novel of Outside The Law (1920), a silent era film starring Priscilla Dean and Lon Chaney.

Lon Chaney - "Outside The Law" (1920) Crime Novel Reprint.

Reprint the rare paperback novel of Outside The Law (1920), a silent era film starring Priscilla Dean and Lon Chaney.

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About

Lon Chaney, Priscilla Dean and Wheeler Oakman in Tod Browning's Outside the Law.

This quick moving crime thriller greatly expands on the plot of a film.  The uncredited author based their story on Tod Browing's photoplay. 

Scenes that are brief in the movie are fleshed out with more detail in this book, the motives of the characters are clearer (Chaney's Ah Wing too!), main characters have a back story, the jewel heist at the mansion is more suspenseful, and Lon Chaney's Black Mike Silva meets a much more grisly demise at the end that would not have passed the censors!

My name is Darren Nemeth and I published four other books so far.  How To Film Moving Pictures in the 1910's, which was funded here successfully in early 2018, 1907 Chicago Projecting Co.'s Entertainer's Supplies Catalog No. 122; Deluxe Edition printed in 2015, a reprint of the 1907 pulp novel The Great Express Robbery funded through Kickstarter in June, 2019, and Four Dime Novels From The Old Sleuth funded here in August.

Why Reprint This?

The pulp novel for Outside the Law  was published in 1926 in time for the movie's re-release, not long after the debut of The Phantom Of The Opera.  It sold very well. Unfortunately, they are extremely scarce and expensive today.  After nearly a century later the paper may become brittle to the point where it can't be read from cover to cover without pieces falling out.

This long out of print edition of Outside the Law was never reprinted or is readable online.  

This Kickstarter is for the funding of at least 100 books.

How Will This Reprint Be Created?

Each page of Outside The Law was carefully scanned at 600 dpi with the pages laying completely flat on the scanner.  The cover and the three still photos inside the book are going to be extensively retouched.

One of the three stills inside the book after being digitally retouched.

There are more than twelve pages that were printed too light to digitally restore so the high resolution scans were read by an Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program to create a word processor file.

Some of the pages were printed too light to restore back to being printworthy so text was extracted from all 135 page scans with an optical character recognition program (OCR). The above shows one of the lightly printed pages and how the OCR text turned out. This and a number of similar pages from Outside The Law had to be retyped. All 135 have been rechecked four times (so far) against the book for accuracy.

The retyping and corrections to 135 pages of OCR text was finished in August.  The remaining formatting will be completed this week.  For example, there are hundreds of quotation marks in the book that OCR recognized as double apostrophes.  All that and more will be taken care of.

The final result will be formatted like the original pulp novel using the same font, Scotch Roman.

When Does It Ship?

If the goal is reached, all rewards will ship early November, 2019.

As soon as they are delivered to my house all will be packaged and mailed to backers.

Risks and challenges

Low risk. The book will be ready for the presses by the beginning of October and the printer is already lined up and ready to go.

If funded all rewards ship in early November.

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    Outside The Law crime novel.

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