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Babylon Blues Remastered

Faith, demons and firefights in neon-drenched streets. Six cyberpunk horror stories in a single explosive collection.

Babylon Blues Remastered

Faith, demons and firefights in neon-drenched streets. Six cyberpunk horror stories in a single explosive collection.

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About

Welcome to Babylon

In the land of Nova Babylonia, the New Gods rule with an iron fist. Only one group dares to challenge their reign: the elite law enforcers of the Special Tasks Section. Lethal and incorruptible, they form the thin blue line between humanity and Hell on Earth.

Within the STS, the most dangerous assignments go to Team Black Watch. Six battle-hardened operators who will do whatever it takes to protect the innocent.

These are their stories.

I am Kit Sun Cheah, Singapore's first Hugo and Dragon Award nominated writer, author of the Dungeon Samurai trilogy (originally funded on Kickstarter!), and I'm proud to present my latest project: Babylon Blues. Set in a world where archdemons wear the guise of gods, where governments collude openly with corpo-cults, Babylon Blues is Ghost in the Shell meets Shadowrun.

The original stories began life as a collection of webserials, published from 2018 to 2019.  Babylon Blues Remastered is the definitive edition of Babylon Blues. Every story will be cleaned up and compiled in a single place for ease of reading, AND there will be a brand-new story exclusive to the collection! 

Changes include:

  • Edits for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Reworking key scenes for greater punch
  • Cleaning up key terms, characters and canon
  • Correcting errors in canon, descriptions, and jargon
  • Exclusive story to cap the series

Babylon Blues is a massive tome, consisting of four novellas and two short novels. Expected word count is about 205 thousand words. 

* UPDATE: ART BOOK STRETCH GOAL *

BABYLON BLUES is funded! Thanks for your support! 

But the campaign isn't over yet. If we hit $2500, I'll be able to commission a digital art book. This art book will have 12 images, 6 character portraits and 6 scenes, each accompanied by a detailed write-up. 

To see samples of what this art book would look like, please follow this link.

The art book will take about 4 months to complete and deliver, and will be made available to all backers. 

The campaign is in the final phase. Let's bring it to a strong finish!

Meet the Black Watch

The original Babylon Blues series comprises of five stories, each of them focusing on a member of the Black Watch and their relationship with the team leader, Yuri Yamamoto. To find out more, read the synopses below. And if you want to read the originals on my blog, click on their titles as well.

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The Black Watch

Karim Mustafa is the newest recruit in the Special Tasks Section. Assigned to Team Black Watch, he is immediately thrown into a high-risk search and destroy operation. In a night of fire and thunder, he must prove himself worthy to his fellow operators.

But first, he must survive.

The Green Bliss

When a narcotics syndicate connected to a Dark Power surfaces in Moreno Island, team second-in-command James Wood returns home to investigate. But the STS isn't the only organization interested in them. 

In the jungles and streets of Moreno Island, a four-way war breaks out between the STS, two opposing New Gods, and the syndicate. In this chaotic conflict, can Wood tell the difference between friend and foe? And will the STS survive what lurks in the swamps of the island?

Red River

Internecine violence breaks out in the city of Riveria. Working through proxies, the Court of Shadows carves a bloody swathe through the streets, seizing land and power from the Liberated and the Pantheon. With the Black Watch running point, the STS must end the chaos and enforce the law. 

Team breacher and heavy weapons specialist Will Connor has no qualms doing whatever it takes to stop the Court, even if it means killing until the river runs red. But as the body count rises, he discovers that there is more to this gang war than meets the eye -- and that the STS may be the pawns of a hidden puppet master.

The Golden Mile

Suspended after the events of Red River, Team Black Watch goes off the grid. But when cybernetics specialist Zen Tan receives a cry for help, the team reassembles.

To save an innocent soul, the Black Watch must storm the stronghold of the Void Collective, and come face-to-face with the true nature of the all-consuming Void. 

And this time, there is no one coming to back them up.

Babylon Blues

When team sharpshooter Kayla Fox emerges from hiding to secure critical evidence, she is suckered into a deadly ambush. Linking up with the rest of the team, she discovers the terrible truth: the New Gods are hunting the Black Watch.

All of them.

The Black Watch has been a thorn in the sides of the New Gods for too long. Now they are all coming to take their revenge. Outnumbered and outgunned, the Black Watch must hold fast against the combined fury of the New Gods. Facing corrupt cops, private armies, and an alliance of Elect, the Black Watch must find a way to turn the tables before they are overwhelmed and destroyed.

Come what may, this is the last dance of the Black Watch.

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And, exclusively for this collection, here is the final story:

The White Cross (working title)

When a resurgent Dark Power and his cultists threaten his family, Yuri Yamamoto returns to Babylon from self-imposed exile to defend them. But he has no guns, no badge, no allies. Nothing but his blades and his fire-forged faith. 

The Dark Power is an embodiment of primordial evil. The police are out of their depth. The New Gods are waiting for him to slip up. Can he find a way to the light?

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Timeline and Vision

Babylon Blues is slated for publication in December 2019 in ebook and paperback formats. Backers will receive the ebooks at least two weeks before the release date. While reviews are much appreciated, backers have no obligations for reviews or recommendations. 

Babylon Blues synthesizes the best of cyberpunk, urban fantasy, action thrillers and horror, taking the genres in a bold new direction. In these pages you'll find horrifying demons seeking the ruin of souls, militarized law enforcers prowling the neon-drenched  streets of urban metropolises, and men struggling to stay true to their mission and each other. It is a story of high-tech and low life, of decadence and decay in a civilization on the brink of collapse, of holding fast to the truth in a world of lies. 

Babylon Blues is a vision of steel and fire, blood and faith. I'm excited for the opportunity to bring it before you, and I thank you for any support you can provide.

Risks and challenges

The first five stories have already been written. Work on The White Cross is underway and will be complete by the end of the project. The workflow and schedule for all necessary follow-up work, including editing and formatting, have been prepared and accounted for.

I have also booked an artist to create the ebook and print covers of Babylon Blues. The only risk lies in a sudden cancellation, and I have made alternative arrangements for that situation.

For all intents and purposes, there are no significant risks and challenges for this project.

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