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DARKEST PERU - 1920's Lovecraftian Style Novel

Welcome to Darkest Peru! A classic Cthulhu-style horror story set in the 1920’s. Based on the tales of Miss Leonore Christian.

DARKEST PERU - 1920's Lovecraftian Style Novel

Welcome to Darkest Peru! A classic Cthulhu-style horror story set in the 1920’s. Based on the tales of Miss Leonore Christian.

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Last updated August 16, 2012

About

The release of our already completed 85,000+ word novel, Darkest Peru, is our first priority at Darkfest Publishing. A publishing company dedicated to high quality science fiction and classic horror novels and games.  For this Kickstarter, we are looking to build a Darkfest Community. We are hoping to entice those, who have a love for stories about humanities struggle against darkness and for eerie tales of unsolved mysteries that constantly flirt at the edge of our mind's consciousness.

Darkest Peru

A classic Lovecraftian horror story set in 1920’s Peru.  After a bad dream, Miss Leonore Christian returns from safari to find her beloved brother has disappeared deep in the wilds of Peru. She leads an expedition into the darkest depths of the Peruvian landscape only to uncover such dreadful horrors as to drive the most stable minds to insanity.

The story follows big game hunter Leonore Christian as she searches the deadliest regions of Peru, looking for her brother’s lost expedition. Thick with drama, suspense, danger and romance, it is a story about human nature and the evils of society in the 1920’s.

…a little bit about Miss Leonore Christian

Ms. Leonore Christian is a New York dilettante who prefers big game hunting in Africa to the life of a New York socialite. She is 27 with a tomboyish appeal; bobby cut black hair and full fat lips. Leonore is the flapper warrior of the 1920’s; she is all aces with a gun and has fighting spirit to match. She leads the expedition into Peru to find her beloved brother who disappeared many weeks ago while searching for a mysterious temple.

…a little about Miss Leonore Christian’s favorite gun (from book)

“Leonore reached into her long black duffel bag, the one she always kept within arm’s reach when she traveled into the uncivilized parts of the world. She slowly unzipped the bag and took out her most prized possession. Her Mondragon self-loading rifle, the one she had personally shortened to a carbine. The shoulder stock had been cut back and modified to snugly fit her hip.

It was not a very accurate gun. It was not very accurate to begin with, but it was capable of unloading its thirty round drum as quickly as you could pull the trigger. The only self-loading rifle of the time, it did have its drawbacks. Leonore did not use it as a hunting rifle however; it was too brutal for sport shooting. “

This 85,000+ word novel is already finished and will be available as an e-book within two weeks of the conclusion of this Kickstarter.

(Reading) from Darkest Peru:

“Billy was not ready to die. He would have to try to disarm her. The sudden unexpected impact of a strong wave was all Billy needed to jump for the gun. Maria playfully pulled away and then moved away a second time as Billy tried again. The pull of the outgoing wave made Billy slow and clumsy but the laughing Maria seemed to glide through it freely with a teasing dance before disappearing beneath the water.

Another wave hit like a brick wall and almost knocked Billy over. He struggled against the water to reach the shore but the tide was going out and its pull was most strong. He looked about quickly at the many shadows in the water; Maria was nowhere to be seen. He knew his gun would still work if wet. It would even fire underwater. He wondered why this strange, beautiful native woman was trying to kill him.

Maria circled around under the wave to Billy’s blind side. She sprung out of the water behind him and jumped onto his back. Billy grabbed the gun away, she did not want it. She did not want the gun; it was just bait to lure him into the water. Billy was what she wanted and he could not escape her now that he was in the water. For Maria was a shark. That was her animal spirit. Before Billy could react, a monstrous wave knocked them tumbling into the surf.

When Billy regained his grounding, Maria was in his arms. He could not resist the warm caress and kisses of her hungry lips. He was a simple boy from Chicago. He had never experienced or even imagined anything so exciting, so exhilarating as this thin-framed Aphrodite in the dark beauty of the tropic Peruvian sea. He became lost in the moment and forgot his duties and obligations. He could not resist her or his own urges for passionate expression, his own needs and personal desires. He was a man.”

Writing samples will be updated intermittently as this Kickstarter progresses.

The Next Two Novels and Art Book in The Tales of Leonore Trilogy!

Darkest Africa: The adventure continues as Miss Leonore Christian returns with a vengeance to hunt down an evil cult hidden in the heart of darkest Africa and to finally resolve her father’s long lost disappearance. It is a resolution that comes at a price however.

This novel is well under way (45,000 words already on the computer) and will be available Jan. 1 2013.

Darkest Egypt: On the run from the evil cult, Leonore explores the back alleys and underground catacombs of Cairo to foil the Evil Gods’ plans, but a sacrifice must be made as Leonore’s sanity is running out.

This novel is well outlined and will be available Sept. 1 2013.

World of Darkfest: Artwork Macabre:  Collection of cover art for The Tales of Leonore Christian and 1920’s art noir with a Cthulhu-ish twist. Over 30 original illustrations of artwork macabre.

This limited edition book and art prints are only available to the backers of Darkfest publishing, through this Kickstarter and will not be made available to the general public. This is a once in a lifetime offer!

This book is already finished and will be available as an e-book within 2 weeks of the conclusion of this Kickstarter.

Other Projects from Darkfest Publishing:

World of Darkfest: The Tales of Leonore Christian Adventure Game.  A 1920’s style board game which combines strategy card play with a RPG character creation chillingly set in a Lovecraftian themed world of evil gods and mad cultists. Exhilarating card play! Can be played solitaire or with up to four players. 2-4 hour average game play .This game can easily be expanded into a RPG.

Rogue Zero: Icy Moon Blues: is a heartfelt pulp science fiction short novel about humanity on the return from a self-inflicted near-extinction. It is an inspirational and soulful tale about faith, courage and humanity as a diversely mixed crew awakens out of stasis to find themselves trapped on a wrecked ship which has crashed on a dangerously erratic ice moon named Rogue Zero. It is a great tragedy and each of the crew deals with it in their own way. They struggle to reshape their reality in the absence of the rigid social structure which had dominated their lives. They must redefine their true natures or perish.

Reading From Rogue Zero: Icy Moon Blues

“Even the coldest, most remote sections of space are not without beauty and not without grace, even if they are never to fall under the scrutiny of human eyes.

Like the great dunes of the Sahara, the snow dunes of this rebel moon migrated to the song of a lonely solar wind.

The sky was a swirling mass of stars and planets, dust and comets, light and darkness. All swirled together in a whirlpool like mass that ended in the impregnable obscurity of a black hole, only visible by the bleeding swirls of its victimized neighboring red dwarf sun.”

The next two novels: Rogue Zero: Deep Space Blues and Rogue Zero: Wartime Blues will follow.

This novel is well nearly complete (55,000 words already on the computer for a 65,000 word short novel) and will be available Sept. 1 2012. The next two novels are already heavily outlined.

Why ‘Darkfest’ as a name? My dyslexic mind has always seen the word ‘Darkness’ as ‘Darkfest’. I like the name because it is an aberration of the mind.

Who is Chad Arthur Evans?

I have been writing and developing my stories for over thirty years and feel it is time to start sharing my work. My stories focus around human integrity, morality and spirituality and the people who have read my work have enjoyed its intensity and well developed characters.

I have written 7 screenplays and 2 complete novels, including the screenplay for Darkest Peru. I am an established artist. My art has been on display at the Faulkner Gallery, Gallery 13 and Atkinson Gallery in Santa Barbara. I have sold several art pieces through these galleries. I am currently involved in an indie art film project called Crossroads.

The artwork macabre is a collection of art I produced after my accident as I reassessed my mortality and the trauma of my near fatal seizures.  It has always been my dream to publish my books and through Kickstarter I am confident I can make that dream a reality.

My well- researched historic novels are full of exotic settings which are vividly rich and thought provoking, they will stir you to your very core. The romance and the drama are powerfully heart wrenching. I welcome you to come revel in the hidden horrors of the World of Darkfest.

Stretch Projections

$6,000: All backers of Librarian/Body Guard level and higher will receive a free e-book copy of Rogue Zero: Icy Moon Blues a week before its public release. (Available Sept. 1 2012.)

$8,000:  All backers of Flapper/Sly Guy level and higher will receive a free e-book copy of Rogue Zero: Icy Moon Blues a week before its public release.

Thank you for all your support in making Darkfest a reality!!!

Be sure to check for all the new updates for more READS and ART!

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