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The rotting carcass of once proud Gyldenbrae sleeps. Best let it lie. Its hideous truth holds nothing but despair.
The rotting carcass of once proud Gyldenbrae sleeps. Best let it lie. Its hideous truth holds nothing but despair.
1,656 backers pledged $100,337 to help bring this project to life.

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The Crawling King is a 200 page fully illustrated dark fantasy novel by award-winning independent animator Einar Baldvin. The book is published by Starburns Industries, the studio behind the Oscar nominated film Anomalisa and the animated hit show Rick and Morty.

Fully drawn, inked, painted and written by hand, the novel is a collection of stories from the doomed city of Gyldenbrae and the surrounding countryside. Presented in the form of legends, fables, manuscripts, first-hand accounts and historical documents, the Crawling King invites readers to delve into the dark ruins of a world consumed.

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Far from being an ordinary book, each original page has been dirtied and damaged, torn and burnt by hand before being photographed on black velvet.  Each page bears not merely the horrid words of a terrible tale but the physical manifestation of the doom that came to Gyldenbrae. The Crawling King is a book whose physical appearance echoes the terror within.


Why Kickstarter?

Deep under the ruins of Gyldenbrae, there resides a mad sorcerer they call "The Printer” He possesses the terrible power to turn a single object into multitudes. We have struck a bargain with him. He will turn each page into many and then he will wrap them in a cloth woven by black spiders. He will adorn each copy with gold stolen from weeping widows so that your eyes can feast!  But….his is a terrible price.

We are ready, but The Printer craves gold. Please help us satisfy his hunger.

The Book

Once in your hands, you will at first caress the tome. After its evil seeps through the tip of your fingers, you will absorb the words within as your eyes cry for help. Finally, regret will be your companion forever.

  • 200 pages of fantasy horror.
  • Hardcover.
  • Bound in black cloth.
  • Insignia embossed in gold on the cover.
  • Handwritten stories and handmade art on every page.
  • Art photographed on black velvet.
  • Printed on high-quality, high-texture paper
  • Deckled edges

About The Author

Einar Baldvin is an award-winning animation director from Iceland who lives and works in Los Angeles. He is known for making terrifying, hand-crafted films. His work has been exhibited all around the world at top-tier film festivals.

His latest film The Pride of Strathmoor premiered at Telluride Film Festival in 2014 and took the top awards at Slamdance, Florida Film Festival, Nordisk Panorama, among others. A lifelong fan of macabre fiction, The Crawling King is his first novel.

Parting With Your Gold and Sanity

Worldly possessions and sanity are fleeting, fragile. Why hold on to them at all? 

A letter from the ruins - $5

Do not expect an overly courteous letter from the treasury, but rather one of adequate warmth. You are but a commoner after all.

Includes:

  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Known to administer adequate warmth to commoners.
Known to administer adequate warmth to commoners.

An Apparition - $10

An illusion, lighter than air but depicting something horrid, brought to life in front of your eyes.

Includes:

  • A digital copy of 'Mr. Scarafaggio' one of the stories from The Crawling. King.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Like this poor soul, you might get more than your bargained for.
Like this poor soul, you might get more than your bargained for.

 A Hideous Home- $20

An unbecoming portrait found in the ruins of Gyldenbrae. Some would dare whisper that it depicts a member of the royal family, most simply look away and try to forget.

Includes:

  • A high quality print of an infested portrait found in the book. Perfect for a hideous home.
  • A digital copy of Mr. Scarafaggio.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Expect rot to form behind it.
Expect rot to form behind it.

The Crawling King - $35

A massive tome, collected from the ruins of Gyldenbrae and signed by an unhinged man.

Includes:

  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Readers of The Crawling King rarely get strangled.
Readers of The Crawling King rarely get strangled.

 A Legion of Crawl - $50

A cornucopia of creep lurks within the wretced tome.

Includes:

  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  • A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio' 
  •  A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Spreading joy.
Spreading joy.

 A Haunted Tome $100

Lured into being by the promise of gold, a maddening picture appears on a page previously blank.

Includes:

  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  • An empty page in the book now includes a unique original ink drawing.
  • A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio'
  • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
What hides beneath this blank page?
What hides beneath this blank page?

 A Malodorous Remnant - $250

An original piece of manuscript, snatched from the ruins of Gyldenbrae. It reeks of something, but of what?

Includes:

  • Unique original Crawling King art - on specially treated paper.
  •  A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  •  An empty page in the book now includes a unique original ink drawing 
  •  A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  •  A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio'.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
A reserve of unguessed horrors can be yours for but a purse of gold.
A reserve of unguessed horrors can be yours for but a purse of gold.

Idol of The Hideous Tree $500 

Idol made by men who worship The Hideous Tree. Gold might not be the only thing you part with if you decide to bring this object into your home.

Includes:

  •  A unique hand-crafted and hand-painted Hideous Tree Idol made of real wood and sculpted elements. 7-8 inches in height.
  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  • An empty page in the book now includes a unique original ink drawing in your copy.
  • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  • A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio' 
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.

 

 

 

Twisted Decay $1000

Mysteriously shrunk and brought to your doorstep, experience an actual piece of a ruined kingdom in your home.

Includes:

  • A ruined building from Gyldenbrae. One of the unique hand-crafted concept buildings seen in the video.
  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  • An empty page in the book now includes a unique original ink drawing.
  • A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio' 
  • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
A decent home for a small family.
A decent home for a small family.

 

Fresh air does one good.
Fresh air does one good.

Grand Idol of The Hideous Tree $2500

Snatched from a temple hidden deep under the ruins of Gyldenbrae. The Grand Idol is surpassed only in odiousness by the Hideous Tree itself.

Includes:

  • A large unique hand-crafted and hand-painted Grand Hideous Tree Idol made of real wood and sculpted elements. 20 inches in height 
  • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author. 
  • An empty page in the book now includes a unique original ink drawing in your copy.
  •  A high quality print of an infested portrait.
  •  A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio'
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
Isn't this drawing horrible enough? Do you need a Grand Idol?
Isn't this drawing horrible enough? Do you need a Grand Idol?

The Horror in Clay $5000

There are things best left unseen, best left untouched. Stop! Enough! Let the sleeping carcass of Gyldenbrae lie.

Includes:

  • A unique, hand-crafted and hand-painted sculpture of a character featured in the book. 14 Inches in height.
  • Two copies of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
  •  An empty page in the books now include a unique original ink drawing in your copies
  • A digital download of the story 'Mr. Scarafaggio' 
  •  A high quality print of an infested portrait.•
  • A digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
He could manifest and live by your side forever.
He could manifest and live by your side forever.

Lost manuscripts from Gyldenbrae below. Descend at your own risk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

It is never advisable to delve into a tome of ancient evil. Neither is acquiring idols from a doomed kingdom. Consider yourself warned.

We are ready to face that mad sorcerer, The Printer, as long as our purse fills with your contributions.

Aquiring idols, shrunken buildings and other horrors is time consuming and dangerous but we are confident in our abilities to deliver those to you in a timely manner. Should any of our agents meet a tragic end, others will be sent. Do not despair!

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    A Letter From The Ruins

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    The Crawling King

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    A Legion of Crawl

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    Includes:
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
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    Beast of Burden

    One of our many-legged messengers can easily carry more than one odious artifact on its back, so why not acquire two?

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    A Haunted Tome

    Lured into being by the promise of gold, a maddening picture appears on a page previously blank.

    Includes:
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
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    A Lurking Spirit

    Two tomes of cursed manuscripts, snatched from the ruins of Gyldenbrae. One is haunted, but which one?

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    • An empty page in ONE book includes an original ink drawing
    • Get two books, only pay shipping for one.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
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    A Malodorous Remnant

    An original piece of manuscript, snatched from the ruins of Gyldenbrae. It reeks of something, but of what?

    Includes:
    • Original Crawling King art on specially treated paper.
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
    • Digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
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    Idol of The Hideous Tree

    Idol made by men who worship The Hideous Tree. Gold might not be the only thing you part with if you decide to bring this object into your home.

    Includes:
    • A unique hand-crafted and hand-painted Hideous Tree Idol.
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
    • Digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
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    Twisted Decay

    Mysteriously shrunk and brought to your doorstep, experience an actual piece of a ruined kingdom in your home.

    Includes:
    • A ruined building from Gyldenbrae. Hand crafted and painted.
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
    • Digital thank-thou letter from the treasury of King Aemelius I.
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    Grand Idol of The Hideous Tree

    Snatched from a temple hidden deep under the ruins of Gyldenbrae. The Grand Idol is surpassed only in odiousness by the Hideous Tree itself.

    Includes:
    • A unique hand-crafted and hand-painted Grand Idol
    • Highly detailed, 14 inches in height.
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
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    The Horror in Clay

    There are things best left unseen, best left untouched. Stop! Enough! Let the sleeping carcass of Gyldenbrae lie.

    Includes:
    • A hand-crafted and painted sculpture of a character from the book
    • Highly detailed, 14 inches in height.
    • A copy of The Crawling King, signed by the author.
    • An empty page in the book now includes an original ink drawing.
    • A high quality print of an infested portrait.
    • A digital download of the story 'Mr.Scarafaggio'
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