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Shane Crash and Anthony Mathenia bring two action-packed tales in a split pulp book: vampire hunters, female convicts & more!
Shane Crash and Anthony Mathenia bring two action-packed tales in a split pulp book: vampire hunters, female convicts & more!
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ABOUT THIS PROJECT

We've wanted to work together on a writing project since we first met, but we waited for the perfect opportunity. This came in early 2013 when we had both just released heavy literary novels and wanted to have some fun with writing pop fiction. Thus, the idea for a retro pulp double-book was born. 

The books pull from a variety of influences, including pop culture, comic books, and grindhouse cinema. These stories are exciting and enjoyable! We know you'll have as much fun reading them as we had writing them.

We've conceptualized the book to resemble an old dime-store pulp "flip book," with two retro covers by artist Diego Galindo and designer Tim Anderson. After reading one story, you can turn the book over to read the next. This is the same format by which Junkie by William S. Burroughs was first released.

Ryan Pierce wakes alone and dazed, in an abandoned facility once used to imprison the world's most bloodthirsty killers: vampires. He must travel alone for hundreds of miles through vampire-infested territory in order to reunite with his friend and his lover. Tabula Rasa is a gritty tale of survival, packed with humor, action, and emotional resonance.

Assassin Theta Butterfly goes deep undercover in a remote space prison in a life or death attempt to locate her missing twin sister. As a prisoner, she has to confront a gang of ferocious inmates lead by Honey Bee, a black bombshell from the dark side of the moon. Theta must find the will to live as she is subjected to livid abuse at the hands of the warden, the infamous Dark Mother. Caged ... tortured ... Theta Butterfly cuts through all obstacles to find out the horrific secrets of Deep Penitentiary 6

While we have worked with other publishers before, we've decided to put out Tabula Rasa and Deep Penitentiary 6 under our own banner, Red Forest. Releasing it this way not only ensures that we have complete conceptual control over the book, it will also allow us to do some exciting things with our properties in the future. 

This also means that we have the burden of paying for things our publisher would normally manage like editing, art, and printing.  We've set the Kickstarter goal low to just cover our initial printing costs.  Anything over and above will go toward paying back the investment we have already made in the project. If this Kickstarter does really well, it will allow us to take our characters into other mediums. 

EXCERPTS

Read excerpts from the stories at the authors' websites:

Tabula Rasa
Deep Penitentiary 6

THE AUTHORS

Shane Crash is an activist and author of the bestselling novel, Forest Life (Civitas Press). He's published several zines centered on alleviating poverty and homelessness. In 2009, he co-authored a collection of satire and poetry in the short zine, Lost Thoughts. From the age of 21 to 23, Shane traveled the world, voluntarily homeless, living out of a backpack, traveling from city to city. In 2010, he released Travel Logs, a short chronicle of his travels across the globe. Shane likes pizza and Marvel comics. www.shanecrash.com

Anthony Mathenia is a novelist and writer.  He is the author of Paradise Earth: Day Zero (Curiosity Quills Press).  His travel writings have appeared on Vagobond and other places. His works deal with personal identity and liberation from oppression.  He grew up in a religious cult and sincerely apologizes for waking you up on Saturday mornings in order to recruit you. www.anthonymathenia.com

STRETCH GOAL

Releasing the book on our own means that we have the freedom to expand the stories and characters in other exciting ways. If we hit $3,000, all backers at the twenty dollar level and above will receive a really cool bonus item. As awesome as the book is, this surprise reward is potentially more thrilling!

THANK YOU

If you are fan of our previous books or are new and digging this concept, we ask that you please support us by pledging and sharing this Kickstarter on your social media of choice!  We can't do this without you!

Risks and challenges

There are minimal risks associated with this project. The stories have been written, professionally edited, and been graced with excellent cover art. The only thing that remains is printing. The goal has been set to cover initial printing costs. Bottom line: if we meet the goal, you'll get the book! Time estimates may vary due to unexpected production/printing delays.

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    Staggering! >> Anthony & Shane will take a drink and acknowledge your support in a special "Thank you" video. Warning: hilarity may ensue. (All backers with a pledge of at least $1 will receive this.)

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    Pulverizing!! >> Anthony & Shane will send you a handwritten note of appreciation on a swanky pulp postcard. (All backers with a pledge of at least $3 will receive this.)

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    Explosive!!! >> You get an edition of the book in several eBook flavors with no harmful DRM. You can't burn a digital book, but they are pretty convenient. (All backers with a pledge of at least $5 will receive this.)

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    Astonishing!!!! >> You'll want a print edition of this book. It's super snazzy, featuring two covers and the seductive scent of printed paper. At this reward level you'll get a signed, printed copy. I love my Kindle, but this is where it is at.

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    International-Smash! >> Don't live in the US? Don't worry, we love you too. I neglected to add to our book-only reward that we would ship out of the US for a small up-charge. Hell's bells! So, that is what this reward is for. At this level we will send you a print edition of the book to wherever you are on this big blue marble in the cosmos.

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    Spine-Tingling!!!!! >> Along with the signed, print edition of the book, you'll get your choice of cover as an art print: Diego Galindo's primo-pulp art printed on 11"x17", glossy, heavyweight paper, perfect for framing.

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    Gut-Punching!!!!!! >> Can't decide which cover you like better? At this reward level you get both art prints along with a signed, print edition of the book.

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    Pulse-Racing!!!!!!! >> If you missed Anthony or Shane's first books, you can grab a copy of your choice of 'Forest Life' or 'Paradise Earth: Day Zero' at this level, along with a signed, print edition of the new book, and the two art prints.

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    [Expletive Deleted]!!!!!!!! >> For completists, we'll ship one copy each of 'Forest Life', 'Paradise Earth: Day Zero', 'Tabula Rasa/Deep Penitentiary 6', along with two prints. But wait, there's more! In the "Thank you" video we won't just take a drink and say your name, we'll take a shot and shout it!

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    Superstar Filled!!!!!!!! >> Want a role in 'Deep Penitentiary 6'? Back us at this level and Anthony will write you into the story as a supporting character. If you are a guy you'll be cast as a prison guard. If you are lady you'll fill the role of a convict. You'll also get a signed copy of the book and the two art prints. Finally, we'll take a special shot in your honor on our video thank you!

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