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A collection of true tales of mayhem and haunting, drawn from folklore and history.
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For the past year, our loose gang of writers and illustrators have brought you the Dead of Winter Box of Curiosities and the Dead of Summer Tote of Curiosities. Back then, we promised we'd bring you a little something for the this holiday season, and we're as good as our word. 

Welcome to the Dead of Winter. 

We're about to bring you another book full of new slices of dark history, with tales ranging from statues that come to life to a Philly binge-killer, along with a brand new collection of strange gifts for the weirdo in your life. 

The meat-and-potatoes of this project is the third book in our series of dark history. If you've read any of the Weird book series with Matt Lake as the editor or author, or any of Susan Fair's charged history tomes, you'll know what to expect. 

But the side dishes are delicious.

Where else can you find a votive candle with Krampus instead of a saint? Nowhere else, buddy! 

Burn an offering to Krampus while you have the chance!
Burn an offering to Krampus while you have the chance!

And you won't find our ace illustrator H.W. Lawson's hand-inked unique illustrations adorning copies of our editor Matt Lake's book Weird Maryland anywhere else either. (Hurry to get one of these: Five unique designs will be crafted just for our Kickstarters, and that's all!)

Get yours while you can! Only five unique hand-inked copies exist!
Get yours while you can! Only five unique hand-inked copies exist!

Where else can you find a replacement label for your Dinty Moore or Hormel Chili that's inspired by one of the most famous veterans of the American War of Independence? 

The Dead of Winter is a loose gang of writers who write true tales from dark history. Over the years, we've worked with illustrators who bring a similar dark sensibility to their work. And we work together whenever we can. We like to share dark tales with each other at all times of year, and also  exchange strange gifts that we find or create along the way. 

Our contributors include...

Matt Lake (author of Weird Pennsylvania and Holmes: A Serial Killer
Susan Fair (author of American Witches and Mysteries & Lore of Western Maryland)
Brian Goodman (award-winning journalist, editor of The Dagger and contributor to Weird Maryland)

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H.W. Lawson of Rampant Goatfish

So sign up for a collection of weird reads and some gifts you won't find anywhere else. Share 'em with your friends. Or just use them to creep out your family. Either one's good.

Risks and challenges

Production on the edition of stories is seriously underway, and we anticipate no delays. Early page spreads have been created; an expanded collection of stories will slot easily into the production.

Sourcing of materials for creating the gifts we're adding to the package has been completed. The financials for packaging, shipping, and creation have been worked out. We can afford to do this!

Prototyping of the arts for making the gifts has been completed. We are ready for production and assembly.

Risks include:
Supply chain issues, which we can bypass by substituting different-but-equal materials on one or two items.
Timing of delivery, which we can be flexible about up to a point--we have air built into the shipping schedule, but anticipate no problems delivery for the peak vacation season. Some items may not make it in time for regular holiday gift-giving, but you'll get SOMETHING in good time, and the rest will arrive before the wind-chill eases.

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    Krampus card

    Thanks for your support...and here's a custom-made Krampus card to show our appreciation.

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    Stick it to me!

    A collection of stickers celebrating the darkness outside: Turn your PB&J into PB&Blob with Blob Preserve label (goes over Smuckers jars); turn your chili into War Hero Stew; and any bottle of plonk into an H.H. Holmes party bottle with a 27 crimes label.

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    Base book

    You get the book and a thank you...and if you've got enough in your stocking by the chimney with care, that's all you need!

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    Darkness and light

    Your base-level book, Dead of Winter 2017-18, with a devotional candle to burn as you read. The candle? It's got Krampus on it.

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    Book it!

    The base-level book, Dead of Winter 2017-18, along with an e-book PDF of the whole thing to be delivered early for you impatient ones!

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    Book...and book!

    You'll get your base level Dead of Winter book, and we'll throw in a limited-edition page proof of Parnilis Media's newest paean to Poe. And who doesn't like Edgar Allan Poe? The Day Poe Lost His Mustache is in the proofing state, but we have five advance proof copies to share with our generous backers. These proofs will be signed by at least one member of the Dead of Winter team, but not by the authors themselves: Poe and his friend and collaborator John Sartain have been dead for years. *Facsimile copies of their signatures are included.

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    Book beauty

    You'll get your Dead of Winter gift package, but you'll also get a special treat--our illustrator H.W. Lawson will hand-craft a unique cover to the classic dark-history book Weird Maryland. She'll peel off the dust cover and get to work on inking a unique cover. LIMITED EDITIONS of ONE per design!

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    Black Aggie special

    You'll get your Dead of Winter package, but there's a unique extra: A folk art copy of Baltimore's legendary statue Black Aggie. This model is a mixed-media one-off made of found objects by Dead of Winter editor Matt Lake. It's not high art, but it's one of a kind.

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