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Unspeakable Carols - A Tome of Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns

A Mythos-Themed Tome of Unspeakably Altered Holiday Carols and Songs With Recipes for Festive Drinks and Libations

Unspeakable Carols - A Tome of Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns

A Mythos-Themed Tome of Unspeakably Altered Holiday Carols and Songs With Recipes for Festive Drinks and Libations

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UNSPEAKABLE CAROLS

Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns and Cthulian Canticles

Following on the heels (spine?) of the beautiful and terrifying Necronomnomnom - A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror comes the second in the Gruesome Grimoires series: Unspeakable Carols. As with The Necronomnomnom, this book will be a 9"x 12" Hardcover book. With your help, it can have the same premium features. It's the same team, same publisher, same artisan. 

Within the pages, your beloved holiday songs and carols are transmogrified by dark sorcery (not really) into haunting canticles steeped in the shared Mythos of the likes of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert W. Chambers, Clark Ashton Smith, and others. Will they rouse a certain slumbering Great Old Ones if sung correctly? We'll all soon know. 

But wait, there's more! Wait...maybe there's smores? Yes! Much more. In addition to a ph'nglui pile of poetic psalms - you get corrupted holiday cocktail recipes, perhaps some other Lovecraftian-themed songs, and maybe a short story or two (holiday themed and in the Lovecraftian-vein of course)! 

This Horrendous Hymnal will be a feast for the eyes, ears, tongue, appendages and those feelers you keep trying to keep hidden! 

The tome will be illustrated  by Kurt Komoda, written by Mike Slater - author of The Necronomnomnom, voiced by Ray Greenley, Deluxe covers by David Pirkle, and driven by terrifying commands shouted by The Disembodied Voice of Thomas Roache! This second volume of the Gruesome Grimoires series is sure to delight those in need of some dark humor come the 2020 (or every) holiday season.


 Behold the original carol that started it all...

The Night of the Black Mass - font feedback welcome. Space left for possible illustration or flourishes.
In His Sleeping Cap, Cthulhu Lies Dreaming
Cover concepts - got a favorite?
Cover Concept II, slightly different feel - not finalized
Most of these are already written. Some, especially among the "other songs" may or may not be included for thematic reasons - feedback welcome.

A Note About Shipping:

To help ensure we fund well enough to summon forth this Gruesome Grimoire, shipping will be a seperate charge after the book design is finalized. We anticipate this to be spring 2020. Please see the costs below - so there are no surprises when we get to fulfillment and you get that request for the shipping/fulfillment cost. 

In some regions, shipping is as much as the book itself. Partly this is because the price of the book is exceptional for our backers. The book will retail for $50-60 after the project.

The below prices are the current rate estimates from our international shipping partner. They are based on a 3lb weight and 9”x12”x1.5” size (the final product could weigh a bit less, or more., so...you know how this goes). These rates do not cover VAT taxes and other government-imposed fees. Such fees are based on the tributes demanded by the Powers of your region, and are your responsibility alone. Please be aware of this.

Backers ordering physical products should be aware that some parts of the world are just not shipping-friendly. If a professional fulfillment company can’t get it there - we sure can’t. While we’d like to have anyone interested able be a backer - we have to have a service willing to get a physical product to you. If you know you are in such an area, please limit your pledge to the digital-only offering.

Combined total shipping/handling/fulfillment fees:

US - $9 

Canada, France - $18

Mexico, Brazil - $19

Germany Australia, Austria, Ireland, Denmark, UK, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands - $21

Asia - $28-$40 - depending on exactly where you are (like the void between worlds, Asia is big). 

Elsewhere - maximum $40, likely less

These rates are for the single book. Additional books will have fractional additional shipping costs. The above estimates are subject to change pending final weights, dimensions, alternate dimensions, dark dimensions, non-dimensions, and your provided destination at time of fulfillment. 

If all goes smoothly, you can expect the book to begin to ship within approximately 9 months after the end of the Kickstarter. 

We will keep you in the loop every step of the way.

Risks and challenges

Shipping costs could change. Fees imposed by governments (tariffs, taxes, and other evils) could increase. We would be forced to pass any such cost increases on to backers.

Backers could miss that this book could be rather slim, page count-wise and be upset that they receive a slim book, not having seen that it will be slim, as mentioned in various places throughout the project - but we think the chances of that are...slim. With the survey responses, this seems less of a worry, as the idea of supplementary content (drink recipes, other corrupted songs, perhaps a short story, etc.) was well-received.

Artist, publisher, distributor, and fulfillment timelines could slip. Still, we are rather far ahead on this one...we don't think this is a big concern. The only real risk is someone thinking this is targeted for delivery during the 2019 holiday season...which is just not possible.

Church groups could get really angry over what is obviously just a little dark humor, and set upon us with torches, pitchforks, and free publicity.

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