Seven Stones includes seven stories of The Wrecked Earth, the setting of C.E.L. Welsh’s debut novel, CLUTCH, and its upcoming sequels. The stories of Seven Stones are set after Rockfall before the events of CLUTCH.
The Wrecked Earth is our world, or it used to be until the meteors started falling. The devastation started with Rockfall and never stopped. Civilization was destroyed, and now strange societies and loose bands of misfits struggle for power. Fallen meteors leak radiation, changing the landscape and mutating all that touches them. Herds of mutant animals roam the land and people struggle to survive.
Seven writers were chosen. Each of them was tasked with writing the story of a stone, a special meteorite of The Wrecked Earth. Seven artists brought the stories to life as comics. The result? The coolest word-and-picture project since the world ended.
Experience prose and comics side by side in this innovative anthology celebrating collaboration, diversity, and top-notch storytelling. Each of the seven stories includes a stunning full-color pinup and eight pages of original comic illustrations.
THE ANTHOLOGY - The original Seven Stones stories, gathered together with a fantastic cover and special interior illustrations, initially available as an ebook.
THE GRAPHIC NOVEL - The Seven Stones comics with gripping art from cover to cover, initially offered digitally.
THE OMNIBUS - This has it all! The Anthology PLUS the Graphic Novel all under one cover, PLUS additional content you won’t find anywhere else. This will be a print book, its first print run paid for by this Kickstarter!
C.E.L Welsh established Rockfall Books to publish all of his Wrecked Earth titles, including Seven Stones. Curious how others would interpret the fantastic Wrecked Earth setting, he reached out other writers and artists in the industry.
Outland Entertainment is producing the project, providing art direction and editing services to ensure that Seven Stones is of the highest quality. Owners Jeremy and Emily are also contributors.
The beauty of Seven Stones is its diversity of talent. Each writer brings a different vision and style to the project, and each has a different background. The lineup includes short story and novel writers, comic writers, and screenplay writers. Their specialties are high fantasy, adventure, western, science fiction, mysteries—and of course post-apocalyptic!
C.E.L. Welsh: Author of CLUTCH and creator of the world of The Wrecked Earth.
Howard Mackie: Accomplished comic writer whose credits include Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Ghost Rider for Marvel. He is currently penning a Batman story for DC Comics.
William Meikle: Best-selling, prolific Scottish genre writer of novels, short stories and films.
Jeremiah Tolbert: Short story writer whose work has appeared in Lightspeed and Interzone, as well as anthologies including The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination and Way of the Wizard.
Scott Colby: Author of the urban fantasy showdown Shotgun.
Emily Hall: Writer of the Ithaca comic strip and lead editor for the Seven Stones anthology.
Craig Terlson: Author of Correction Line and the serial time-traveling noir series Bent Highway.
The artists are all professionals in the world of comics and fantasy art. They each bring their unique and powerful style to Seven Stones!
Daniel Govar: Co-creator of RELAUNCH and Comic Book Think Tank, creator of Azure published by DC Comics. Clients include Marvel, Dynamite, Nike, SyFy and Namco Bandai.
Jeremy D. Mohler: Illustrator who has worked with a huge variety of clients such as Upper Deck Entertainment, Archaia comics and Platinum Studios. Founder of Outland Entertainment and Art Director for Seven Stones.
Nicolas Giacondino: Artist best known for his graphic novel Utopia and the web comic Free Mars.
Brian Koschak: Illustrator of Narcopleptic Sunday for Oni Press and various Star Wars graphic novels for Dark Horse Comics.
Chris Meeks: Freelance artist who illustrates several different projects for Outland Entertainment, IDW Limited, Cryptozoic, Image Comics, and Breygent.
Kelly Williams: Comic artist (Alterna Comics, Topsoil Comics), web comic artist (Co-Op) and colorist for the CLUTCH cover.
Kennon James: Freelance artist whose specialties include movie animation, concept and character design, and illustration. Co-creator of the Mohagen comic strip.
Check out the previews for the Seven Stones stories.
“Wrath of the Rat God” by C.E.L. Welsh
This tale takes place years before the events of Book One of The Wrecked Earth and features a much younger Clutch. Just out of his teens, our wandering hero has seen more than his share of meteorites and their effects on the land and its creatures. Clutch has learned to trust his strong arm, steady aim, and sharp wits to survive. He must try something new when he takes a job to help a small-town despot get rid of his "rat problem."
“Cash and Carry” by Howard Mackie
Cash and Cari are street kids who flit across the post-Rockfall landscape stealing what they need to survive. When they steal from the Satan’s Sisters crew, Cash and Cari are given a choice: Die…or enter the remains of an overrun cemetery and retrieve what the Sister's call the “Heart of Darkness.”
“Staying Alive Among the Beasts” by William Meikle
What happens when a loyal zookeeper is faced with the prospect of sacrificing the animals he's cared for through the end of the world and beyond? Fred Atkins kept his animals alive through The Wrecking and everything that came after. Now he has to fend off a gang of hungry marauders, and the animals are only too happy to help him defend the zoo.
“Found” by Emily Hall
When Jamie discovers an abandoned baby on a scavenging trip, she knows that it’s one of the “hill people”—dangerous, cannibalistic mutants who roam the wild plains. She gives into her motherly instincts and raises the boy as her own, marveling at his strange and wonderful ways. All is well until his people come to take him home.
“The Vale of Purity” by Jeremiah Tolbert
This is the tale of the journey of a boy named Elija and his family as they follow the Jebediah, a so-called new prophet of God. Jebidiah and his followers have fled the ruins of Old Denver and travel through the dangerous lands of the Wrecked Earth in search of the promised land seen in a vision; the mythic Vale of Purity, untouched by mutants or meteors. Elijah wrestles with doubts about the true origins of Jebidiah's visions...until he recieves one of his own, a vision that may save his life.
“Teddy's Treasure” by Craig Terlson
Theodore Limpdo has lived alone on the family farm ever since the stones dropped from the sky and beat everyone and everything all to hell. He likes the solitude and is getting tired of strangers dropping in on him to see if the rumors are true. Ever since word got out that Teddy had some hidden treasure on his land, more and more people are coming to see if they can dig it up--and maybe throw skinny Teddy in the leftover hole. Weird thing is, none of those folks are ever heard from again.
“Hope and Desire” by Scott Colby
The story of a pre-Wreck politician with delusions of glory who leads a gang of thugs and demands the citizens of a small settlement join up or ship out. With a month to make their decision, the villagers decide to pursue a desperate gamble; quarantine the loser of a lottery with a meteorite know to cause sudden, drastic changes in the hopes of finding a savior. Will the town's gamble pay off...and do they really want it to?
Each story is accompanied by a gorgeous full-page illustration. Pinups will be colored by Jeremy D. Mohler and offered as rewards. More pinups will be added as updates during our Kickstarter run.
Choose from a host of wonderful rewards that are designed to match your interests. Love reading stories? Grab the Anthology! Comics more your thing? Pick up the Graphic Novel! Dig them both? The Omnibus is for you! Fans of visual art will appreciate the pinups, which are available as high-quality 14x20 posters. Special rewards include limited-run prints of Jeremy D. Mohler’s excellent cover art, original comic pages, commissions, personal messages, necklaces, and more!
Funds raised by this Kickstarter will be used to cover payment for writers and artists, the standard Kickstarter fees, and all backer rewards, including an initial print run. Additional funds over goal will be used to print more books and posters, pay the creators a more competitive rate, and provide even more rewards. Plus there is always the NEXT Wrecked Earth project to consider!
“One of the most rewarding experiences of my career was connecting with the backers of my CLUTCH Kickstarter project. There is nothing quite as amazing as teaming up with readers to get your book in their hands. I can’t wait to have that experience again with SEVEN STONES.” – C.E.L. Welsh
7 Writers, 7 Artists, and YOU!
There are fourteen contributors to the Seven Stones team, but our team is much larger because it includes all of our backers.
Pick a reward level that appeals to you and help us make SEVEN STONES a reality! Don’t forget to connect with the rest of the team at www.sevenstonesanthology.com. Get a sneak peek at art and stories as they develop and read updates about Seven Stones.
NEW BONUS REWARDS! ALL rewards $25 and up will come with a SUPER PACK of ebook stories and novellas and short novels, all from C.E.L. Welsh!
- A.I Trigger - a short story about robots and love!
- Tubifex - a novella about creeping horror and the danger of viral videos!
- Shiver - a short story about karmic justice at sea!
- Coffeyville - a short novel about Harry Houdini performing the one trick he swore he would never do!
Risks and challenges
Seven Stones is an ambitious project. There many moving pieces to manage: communicating with all fourteen contributors, tracking everyone’s progress, and producing ALL of the final stories, comics, and pinups.
We are committed to overcoming challenges and making Seven Stones happen. We assume all of the risks so our backers don’t have to. Rockfall and Outland have personal and professional connections with all of the contributors. We know them to be extremely dedicated (as well as supremely talented). We fully expect the project to run smoothly, but we are also prepared to overcome any obstacles that get in our way.
Should some unforeseen circumstance cause a writer to bow out, we will find another one to take up the charge or write that story ourselves. Likewise, if an artist cannot finish his comic, another artist will step in, either a newcomer to the project or one from our existing team. If our projections are off on publishing or other costs, we will find a way to cover the difference.
We WILL complete this project, no matter what challenges arise!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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