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Steven Jon WhritnerBy Steven Jon Whritner
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Steven Jon WhritnerBy Steven Jon Whritner
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"Taz slowly walks up behind Nina, secretly admiring her exposed midriff. A tattoo of a fanged snake is inked on the small of her back. The serpent is depicted embracing a bright red apple -- THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT." (From NOCTURNAL)
"Taz slowly walks up behind Nina, secretly admiring her exposed midriff. A tattoo of a fanged snake is inked on the small of her back. The serpent is depicted embracing a bright red apple -- THE FORBIDDEN FRUIT." (From NOCTURNAL)

NOCTURNAL (A Gory Love Story) - THE GRAPHIC NOVEL

WRITTEN BY AWARD-WINNING WRITER AND PRODUCER STEVEN JON WHRITNER AND ILLUSTRATED BY JAMES 'ZIRCO' FISHER, "NOCTURNAL" IS AN EXCITING NEW GRAPHIC NOVEL THAT BRINGS THE HORROR GENRE TO IMAGINATIVE, GORY AND UNAPOLOGETICALLY SEXY NEW HEIGHTS!

SET IN MODERN DAY NEW ORLEANS, A YOUNG COMMERCIAL ARTIST, WHILE OUT ON THE TOWN AT THE ÜBER CHIC NIGHTCLUB NOCTURNAL, MEETS AND ENDS UP FALLING HARD FOR A BEAUTIFUL AND MYSTERIOUS WOMAN WHO TURNS OUT TO BE AN INSATIABLE NIGHT DEMON THAT FEEDS ON HUMAN FLESH.  SOON OUR RELUCTANT HERO IS CAUGHT BETWEEN HIS GROWING PASSION FOR A WOMAN CURSED WITH A KILLER CRAVING AND HIS NEWFOUND RESPONSIBILITY TO RID THE WORLD OF THIS SOUL-SUCKING FEMME FATALE.  HIS FINAL SACRIFICE FOR THE GIRL HE LOVES IS AS ROMANTIC AS IT IS HORRIFYING!

WHRITNER’S AUDACIOUS, NO-FRILLS STORYTELLING AND FISHER’S TWISTED, UNIQUELY DETAILED ARTWORK TAKES WHOEVER DARES TO READ THIS CHILLING TALE ON A DARKLY ROMANTIC JOURNEY THEY WON’T SOON FORGET!

"Eat... then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as GODS."  (From NOCTURNAL)
"Eat... then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as GODS." (From NOCTURNAL)

Your generous pledge will help fund the premiere print publication of the graphic novel NOCTURNAL. The book is the first installment in a planned graphic novel and entertainment franchise from PLYMOUTH ROCK ENTERTAINMENT. NOCTURNAL will be printed in both hardcover and soft cover “pre-trade” premium editions personally overseen by the author and artist themselves.

If our Kickstarter goal is reached, Plymouth Rock will print a very select number of SPECIAL COLLECTOR’S EDITIONS (premium hardcover volumes personally signed and numbered by both the author and artist), in addition to a first run series of “perfect bound” paperback editions. These special limited editions will feature high quality off-set, full-color printing and will be approximately 180 pages or more in length.

NOCTURNAL Cover Art
NOCTURNAL Cover Art

100% of all proceeds from this special Kickstarter raise will go directly to covering the actual cost of producing the finest quality books possible, including Mr. Fisher’s illustrating services as the book’s penciler, inker, colorist and letterer (yes, he's a workaholic); Mr. Fisher's old school art supplies and professional grade, third party printing costs; shipping and packaging expenses that’ll bring your rewards swiftly and safely to your doorstep; plus those modest fees we’ll owe to the nice folks at Kickstarter and Amazon Payments who help make all of this possible. If we exceed our goal (and with your munificent help, we will), any additional monies raised will go directly to giving Mr. Fisher a much-deserved raise, while also increasing the soft cover edition’s print run to accommodate the additional demand!

In addition to the deluxe printed copies of NOCTURNAL, we are offering a variety of exciting NOCTURNAL REWARDS to all those who pledge.  Slip past the red velvet rope and descend into the chilling world of NOCTURNAL (if you dare)!  Pledge your choice of the “cover charges” described on your right and you’ll get to take home the corresponding door prize, along with our eternal gratitude!

"He discovers Nina waiting for him at the edge of the dance floor, tall and slender in a clingy short skirt, like some malevolent Siren ready to lure him in." (From NOCTURNAL)
"He discovers Nina waiting for him at the edge of the dance floor, tall and slender in a clingy short skirt, like some malevolent Siren ready to lure him in." (From NOCTURNAL)

NOCTURNAL’s script is being personally adapted by Mr. Whritner from his original motion picture screenplay of the same name. Mr. Fisher’s original artwork is already in advanced stages of production (some cool examples can be seen here and in the above video) and he’s been averaging an impressive, labor-intensive output of three to four fully colored pages per week! Currently, the target release date for the book’s first printing is Spring 2013 (certain Rewards will be made available as early as this coming October). But we assure you that it’ll be worth the wait! Regular progress reports (and exclusive sneak peeks) will be provided to anyone contributing to this unique project! Also, be sure to follow - and "Like" - NOCTURNAL on Facebook for breaking news and related stories.

NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER: In keeping with the genuine spirit of the horror comic genre, NOCTURNAL will contain artfully illustrated nudity, a smattering of profanity and a splattering of comic book violence perpetrated by bloodthirsty night demons. It is intended for mature audiences.

For information regarding trade publishing rights for NOCTURNAL, please contact Mr. Whritner at: swhritner@plymouthrock.tv

ABOUT THE ARTIST:

James 'Zirco' Fisher is a Toronto based illustrator and composer who has worked his macabre vision professionally for over a decade. He is the creator/artist of the popular DISFIGURES OF SPEECH comic franchise as seen in the pages of Rue Morgue Magazine from 2003-2011. 

In 2001 Fisher created ZIRCO RESHIFE, a live act that successfully merged his visual talents with his skills as a musical composer. He has performed as the opening act for rock superstars BLONDIE and celebrity magician CHRIS ANGEL, as well as CIRCUS ORANGE as seen on Discovery Channel.

Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher
Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher

In 2003, James launched his first graphic novelette entitled THE TABOO FLOO. He followed up with the internationally acclaimed clown duo MUMP + SMOOT’s graphic novel CAGED.  Also in that time, he created a large body of theme-specific artwork entitled PHARMACIA MONSTROSITY, which was shown at multiple art shows.

Most of these works were made while touring internationally as the live Foley technician for the theatrical show CIRKUS INFERNO, produced by Daredevil Opera Co.  After a 3-year tour period, Fisher worked with Daredevil on an illustrated adaptation based on a story about the fires of Barnum’s New York Circus Museum. 

Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher
Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher

In 2004 James teamed up with RUE MORGUE founder Rodrigo Gudiño to create the live art-house theatrical piece NIGHTMARE PICTURE THEATRE in which he re-scored and performed the music to the short film collection of the BROTHERS QUAY. The production caught the attention of author CLIVE BARKER, which in turn inspired the personal homage soundtrack adaptation to Barker’s novel ABARAT.  Fisher went on to collaborate with Gudiño once again on a graphic novel adaptation of Gudiño’s first script WALPURGISNACHT.

In 2008 Fisher was approached to compose the soundtrack for the Canadian Stage Company’s theatrical adaptation of STEPHEN KING’S MISERY.  In 2011 Fisher completed the soundtrack to the horror/thriller KENNEYVILLE for Robanzo Films.  James has released three other albums under his independent ZIRCO CIRCUS label.

Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher
Copyright 2012 James 'Zirco' Fisher

Fisher's current brainchild that merges his twisted artistic and musical sensibilities is the Electro-Glow Industrial Circus Band Project SQUID LID for which he composes and performs dark electro-pop music and designs all the glowing masks and band graphics. (To view more examples of James 'Zirco' Fisher's work, go to ZircoCircus.com.)

NOCTURNAL ™ and © 2012 Plymouth Rock Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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    THE SWEET DREAM: Our heart-felt thanks and solemn oath that you’ll never be visited by sexy night demons whilst you slumber (unless, of course, you’re into that sort of thing). You will also be added to our mailing list which will keep you posted on the growth of this creature creation and all that is to come from this franchise!

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    THE HIGH-FIVE: Our un-dying gratitude, plus your choice of one (1) of the following items: The official “Nocturnals Do It in the Dark” crack & peel Bumper Sticker; “No Rest for the Wicked – I’m Nocturnal” Collector’s Pin; “Nocturnal – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” Book Mark, OR the racy NOCTURNAL Cover Art kitchen magnet! (Please add $2 for international shipments.)

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    THE MAIN EVENT: RESERVE YOUR PERSONAL COPY OF THE DIABOLICAL FULL COLOR, "PERFECT BOUND" SOFT COVER EDITION OF THE “GORY LOVE STORY” GRAPHIC NOVEL NOCTURNAL TODAY! (Please add $10 for international shipments.)

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    THE HEADLINER: BE ONE OF THE SELECT FEW TO RECEIVE THE DELUXE HARDCOVER, FULL COLOR, LIMITED COLLECTOR’S EDITION OF NOCTURNAL, NUMBERED AND SIGNED BY BOTH THE AUTHOR AND ARTIST! (PUBLISHER'S NOTE: ONCE THESE SPECIAL "PRE-TRADE" LIMITED EDITIONS ARE GONE, THEY'RE GONE FOREVER! DON'T MISS OUT!) (Please add $12 for international shipments.)

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    THE BOTTLE SERVICE: The above numbered and signed COLLECTOR’S EDITION of NOCTURNAL, plus YOUR NAME (or the name of someone you love) under “Special Thanks” in the book’s acknowledgements! (Please add $12 for international orders.)

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    THE VIP-PAK: Includes the NOCTURNAL Fan-Pak, quality Poster, official T-Shirt AND an autographed first run copy of the limited, hard cover COLLECTOR’S EDITION of NOCTURNAL with your name (or the name of a special someone) in the book’s acknowledgements! A $135 VALUE! (Please add $30 for international orders.)

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    THE RETAILER'S CORNER TABLE (RESERVED FOR BOOK STORE OWNERS ONLY): SIX (6) NUMBERED & SIGNED limited hard cover, first run editions of NOCTURNAL, plus 6 FAN-PAKS. Add just $120 for an additional 6 copies of the SOFT-COVER EDITION and 6 more FAN-PAKS ($345 total)! Includes domestic shipping and handling! (Please add $45 for international shipments on the Hard Cover package or $65 additional if you also add the 6 Soft-Covers to the package.)

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    THE PRIVATE AFTER PARTY: A GORGEOUS LIMITED (NUMBERED) COLLECTOR’S EDITION, archival-quality GICLEE artist’s PRINT (approximately 24” x 30”) of NOCTURNAL’s provocative Cover Art (see image on left; YOUR CHOICE: with or without text), printed on FINE CANVAS and SIGNED and AUTHENTICATED by the artist himself! We'll also throw in the Nocturnal FAN-PAK, plus YOUR CHOICE of a FREE PDF copy OR a FREE SOFT-COVER copy of the GRAPHIC NOVEL! (Please add $25 for INSURED international shipments.)

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    THE IMMORTALIZER: SPECIAL LIMITED OFFER! You or someone of your choosing (a spouse, a child, a significant other, a parent, a beloved pet, etc.) will appear in the pages of NOCTURNAL as a walk-on character! YOUR LIKENESS (or that of your special someone) will be reproduced and integrated into a scene specially selected by the book’s author and illustrator. You will then receive a unique “SPECIAL APPEARANCE BY" credit in the book; a signed and numbered LIMITED HARD COVER EDITION of NOCTURNAL; the PDF version; the Fan-Pak; the Poster; the T-Shirt; PLUS a one-of-a-kind PRINTER’S PROOF of the scene your character appears in, SIGNED and AUTHENTICATED by the author and illustrator, and CUSTOM FRAMED, ready for hanging! Includes INSURED domestic shipping & handling. (Please add $75 for INSURED international shipments.)

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