The Zombie Apocalypse Like You've Never Seen Before! And YOU can help make it happen!
Join Ashford Dane as his post-apocalyptic existence is thrown into chaos by the sudden arrival of a ZILF!
Yeah, you know what I'm talkin' about. If not, look it up. I'll wait...
Comfortably situated at the end of the world Ash stumbles across a group of soldiers traveling through his neighborhood and meets Vix, the hottest pseudo-corpse since Lily Munster. Lonely, and mostly bored off his ass, Ash invites them to dinner only to have uninvited guests show up for a nibble. A cannibalistic nibble, that is, and these guys like their meat burnt.
Ash's home and a lifetime of supplies go up in flames and he's forced to flee with the soldiers. Nowhere else to go he joins their mission: To hunt down the only scientist capable of saving Vix from the horrible infection that threatens to turn her into a full blown zombie.
Things just go downhill from there, hordes of zombies standing between them and their goal. But hey, if they succeed maybe then Ash'll stand a chance of escaping the dreaded friend zone.
Like the Demon Squad novels, ZILF! will be jam-packed with crazy action, adventure, and excitement, as well as chock full of witty one liners and topical humor (likely requiring some kind of cream) with all the zombie tropes turned on their decayed little heads in fun and interesting ways.
The plan is to have Carter Reid, that guy from the Zombie Nation and the cover artist for the Demon Squad novels since book three, whip up an awe-inspiring cover that, not only will I be proud to showcase, but that YOU'll be super stoked to stare at endlessly, wishing you were standing right there with Ash and Vix. On top of that, Carter will craft five scenes from ZILF! to be included in the book in black and white. (I will post pictures of Carter's ZILF! art as soon as I have something.)
Then Shawn T. King of STK∙Kreations is gonna wrap it all up into a beautiful package (just like he does with everything he works on, be it for Ragnarok Publications or anyone else) and we'll get this bad boy printed and shipped out to you, the Backer of Fabulousness.
Now here's a look at the first page of ZILF!:
The zombie apocalypse arrived without warning.
And Ashford Dane fucking loved it.
Well, not exactly without warning. Anyone with a brain could have seen it coming miles away. That meant the government was blindsided but LARP survivalists like Ash were ready. But seriously, who reanimates an ancient virus and doesn’t expect the zombie apocalypse?
Scientists, that’s who. White-coated nerds with doctorates and not a lick of common sense in their skulls.
“Hey! Let’s play God! What the hell could possibly go wrong?”
For Ash, though, their idiocy was the start of a brand new existence. One that brought his particular set of skills into the limelight: hitting shit with sticks and surviving on Spam and Ramen. He was King of the World now. Mind you his castle was a stuffy studio apartment stocked wall to wall with survival gear and canned foodstuffs, but since he’d offed the property manager with a thrust through her eye hole for trying to eat his brains he didn’t have to pay rent anymore.
It was the little things that made life worth living after the internet crapped out.
Oh, and society too. Can’t forget about those guys. Wannabe gangbangers, bobble-headed celebrities, lying politicians, fanatic government clerks, and terrorists. Yup, it’s a real shame that all of those people up and died.
Insert sarcasm tag for all those having a hard time keeping up.
The end of the world was the best thing to ever happen to it.
Now that you know what you're getting into, let's take a look at what else you might help to create if the ZILF! campaign funds beyond expectation.
Stretch Goal One: $3,700 = Carter Reid will create 3 more pieces of black and white art for the interior.
Stretch Goal Two: $4,200 = Everyone from the Survivor tier and up will receive a custom-designed ZILF! bookmark.
Stretch Goal Three: $4,400 = Chapter by Committee! Tim will write a bonus ZILF! epilogue featuring Ash and the survivors, incorporating any and all ideas (with a few limitations for legality) posted in the comments after we reach this goal.
Stretch Goal Four: $5,400 = Everyone from the Survivor tier and up will receive a custom-designed ZILF! collectible pewter coin.
Stretch Goal Five: $6,200 = Everyone from the Survivor tier and up will receive a custom-designed ZILF! bumper sticker.
Stretch Goal Six: $8,200 = Everyone who backed ZILF! will get a copy of the audio book on top of all the previous goals and rewards, the story professionally narrated and produced by Noah Michael Levine, the voice of Frank "Triggaltheron" Trigg in the Demon Squad audio books.
Stretch Goal Five: Plotting! There will be coolness when we get to this point.
Stretch Goal Six: Plotting! There will be even more coolness here.
And here's a look at the T-shirt designs for the Dressed for Distress tier:
Here are the books you get in the RAVENOUS ZOMBIE tier:
Wild provided by the Live-Action GI Joe that is Lincoln Crisler.
Gnomeageddon generously provided by the Gnomestress herself, Tonia Brown.
AND, if you're into card games, Ragnarok Publications is still funding stretch goals on Mark Lawrence's Horsemen of the Apocalypse right here on Kickstarter. Here's a look at the game. Stop by to see the real deal.
Risks and challenges
While this is the first Kickstarter project I've managed entirely on my own I've been a part of four successful campaigns with my publishing house Ragnarok Publications (alongside my partner in crime Joe Martin.) Those campaigns are Blackguards, Kaiju Rising, Genius Loci, and Mark Lawrence's Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
On top of being an author, I'm an editor and publisher and have published 31 of my own books since 2009, not including anthology appearances. On top of that, I write quickly and already have a nice chunk of ZILF! in the bag so I foresee no problems barring those of a catastrophic nature such as World War III or, ironically enough, a zombie apocalypse.
I've also worked with both Carter Reid and Shawn King before and know how they operate. They will perform above and beyond expectation, in a timely manner, and help me to produce awesome for all of you to enjoy.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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