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The turmoil of being in the middle of an unknown zombie pandemic with your closest friends, and the life-changing events that follow. Read more

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The turmoil of being in the middle of an unknown zombie pandemic with your closest friends, and the life-changing events that follow.

Toronto, Canada Fiction
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A zombie story spanning three days; the bonds of friendship stretched to their limits and beyond. Survival needs to be the only concern, or whatever shreds of hope remain will be lost.

"A few years back, I'd eaten a peanut butter and marmalade sandwich just before bed and dreamed of what anyone else would have: an apocalypse. Yup, my night time snack-a-roo would give me one the most vivid dreams I have ever had and started me on a story that would take seven years to complete. 

The next morning, after my apocalyptic sandwich I began writing an outline of what happened; and about a week after that, Chris walked by my desk as I was in a flurry of writing notes and shared the outline of a chapter I'd written. From that day on I had a partner in writing this story."

-JC Thorne

"The idea morphed, evolved, and turned into Insula Zero. It was about surviving in a city on an island during a terrifying outbreak. JC's original dream was more about nuclear fallout and trying to escape the city as it was happening, but we decided that it would be better to shift that into something more like an infection, a pandemic of some sort. We didn't care about the origin of the infection and we weren't interested in seeing another city go through the steps towards civilian collapse, we just wanted to get right to it, to join our characters smack dab in the middle of their reality. We wanted to see how they had been surviving and how they would get out of this mess..

Originally we figured we would write it for our friends, but it started to become so much more than that, and we felt like we had something we could be proud of."

-Chris Peckford

Insula Zero is a full-length novel about a group of friends who are nearing the end of their supplies and need to make some difficult decisions. They are weak, tired and are even at times at each others throats... but still they persist in hopes of living through another day without being killed, or worse: being infected. This is their three-day journey to make it out alive and hopefully unscathed.

The writing is complete and the book is ready for digital distribution; the bonuses are all created, and we're very much looking forward to sharing everything we've come up with over the last couple of years with the world, and this is where it starts.

Pledge Reward Levels Available:

*Additional Information Regarding Renaming Rewards: All names submitted for renaming rewards should be within reason. Anyone who purchases a Reward Pledge that has renaming rights as a part of it will be asked to submit five (5) different names for the category they've picked; of those five names one will be picked by the authors as the most suitable for the character/street/place that is being renamed.

-More detailed examples of some of the rewards:

Stickers:

-Buttons:

-Limited Infected Print by Chris Peckford:

-Rescue Level Reward Additional Information:

-Special Thank You Page: a page dedicated specifically to you.

-Original Infected Drawing by Chris Peckford: A one of a kind drawing done specifically for you.

-Hard Copy: be amongst the first group to get a hard copy of the book before it's rolled out to conventions and shows.

If you have any questions concerning our project, please feel free to contact us through insulazeronovel@gmail.com. If we cannot answer the question publicly in the Project FAQ, we will answer you directly.

For more information about the book check out the Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/insulazero.

Risks and challenges

Our main challenge was shipping. We want Insula Zero to reach as many people as possible, but we quickly learned that once we added shipping, a hard copy of the book would be about twice the cost, and well beyond our ideal $25 donor goal. We have since decided to move in the direction of the fast-growing, more efficient digital format. By going digitally and removing the costs of shipping, we are allowing the Kickstarter base direct access to a digital version of the novel. This will ultimately help us to get that first print run of hard copies ready for marketing.

We intend to use the money made from this Kickstarter to get a small run printed of the book, as we would like to exhibit at horror/fantasy/comic-related conventions, festivals and expos around the city. Anything we make beyond the cost of the print run would help us to cover the registration fees for these shows, as well as to help us continue the design and production of more Insula Zero merchandise to bring with us to these events, as well as to sell directly online.

We believe that Insula Zero works well in the digital format, but the ultimate goal is to have a copy you can put on your shelf, so this Kickstarter will serve as the first step to achieve that goal.

Once again, If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through insulazeronovel@gmail.com or through the Kickstarter platform and we will try to cover everything we've missed in Kickstarter's 'Project FAQ' section. I'll link to it once we go live if and when there are questions to answer.

And as always, for more information about the book you are invited to check out the Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/insulazero.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $5 or more

    0 backers

    Thank You Level:
    -Emailed Thank You Letter.
    -Wallpaper for Smartphones and computers.
    -First Chapter Teaser PDF via email.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $15 or more

    4 backers

    Virtual Level:
    -Everything in previous level.
    -Plus: Insula Zero in PDF format via email.
    -Plus: 'Evan's Journal' in PDF format, exclusive additional story content.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    10 backers

    Bonus Level:
    -Everything in previous levels.
    -Plus: 5 Character Stickers Set.
    -Plus: 5 Infected Stickers Set.
    -Plus: 4 Button Set.
    -Plus: 11x17 Poster.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Street Level:
    -Everything in Previous Levels.
    -Plus: A print by Chris Peckford.
    -Plus: You get to name a street in the novel (within reason, of course.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $45 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Bridge Level:
    -Everything in Previous Levels (Excluding other renaming categories.)
    -Plus: You get to name a bridge that is featured in the novel, after yourself, or in tribute of someone else. (Name within reason, of course.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    Tower Level:
    -Everything in Previous Levels (Excluding other renaming categories.)
    -Plus: You get to name a tower the characters spend time in, with dozens of mentions throughout the novel. (Name within reason, of course.)

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    2 backers All gone!

    Minor Character Level (Male):
    -Everything in Previous Levels (Excluding other renaming categories).
    -Plus: You get to name a minor male character (Name within reason). Characters are featured for a few chapters.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    1 backer All gone!

    Minor Character Level (Female):
    -Everything in Previous Levels (Excluding other renaming categories.)
    -Plus: You get to name the girlfriend of one of the main characters, who appears throughout the novel. There will even be a chapter named after this character. (Name within reason).

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    5 backers

    Rescuer Level:
    -Everything in Previous Levels (Excluding renaming categories.)
    -Plus: Fully inked zombie drawing by Chris Peckford.
    -Plus: Your name will appear in the Special Thank You Page as a huge thank you for your amazing support.
    -Plus: You will get an early, signed hard copy of the book as well.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world

Funding period

- (30 days)