The pre-apocalyptic tale of a crimson-eyed killer, a sugar-addicted demon, and the parasitic infection only they can stop. Read more
This project was successfully funded on May 1, 2013.
About this project
Hi! I'm Chase Webster, a munitions storage troop for the US Air Force and a former production assistant for corporate theater. Before I joined the military I devoted the previous decade to learning the craft of writing. I wrote as a crime reporter for The Shorthorn and published my first novel LA Fisher in 2009. Crime stories have always appealed to me, along with the relationship between a good hero and good monster.
For the last five years, I've invested countless days and nights working on my next novel. There have been multiple drafts, iterations and revisions leading up to this point, and I'm currently working the latest draft based on advice I've received from a trusted colleague. Now I need to raise the money to hire a professional editor and publish the novel in multiple formats.
THE STORY SO FAR:
The apocalypse has already happened, humanity was almost entirely lost, only one person saw it coming. His name is Jacob Brook, and with the help of a foot-tall crimson-quilled demon named Eat'em, he did everything in his power to prevent it. Unfortunately, as Jacob's the only one aware of the Grotesque-infection threatening humanity, police don't take his medication of violence as a suitable virus-eradicating cure. Now, after surviving Texas Death Row and furthermore surviving what many are calling the end of the world, Jacob recants what might have been if people would have only believed in him and his demon sidekick.
The current draft of Eat'em is approximately 300 pages. You can read a sample of the story here.
With Eat'em nearing completion, I want people to read it. With your help I will be able to make the book better and get Eat'em into the hands of even more readers. I am not under the label of any major publishers, which is actually a good thing. For one, it allows for more creative control, and puts me in charge of distribution. It also makes you a critical part in the success of Eat'em.
Here's a breakdown of how your backing helps:
- developmental editing
- bulk printing of the novel to bring down individual book costs
- registration fees
- costs associated with getting listed in online bookstores
- costs associated with getting shelf space in physical bookstores
- shipping costs
- extra copies in case of breakage
WHY I'M HERE:
For the love of the book. Every new book is a new journey, the view of the world through someone else's eyes, a quest that can be experienced nowhere else. The journey always begins in a similar fashion, a trip to the bookstore, the smell of freshly-pressed pages. Over time, the cracked spine reveals new worlds, fantastic creatures, beautiful relationships, and catastrophic events. Each new story becomes a part of us, imbedded in our memories for years to come.
As I scan the books on my own bookshelf, I'm immediately brought back to all of these fantastic worlds. The people within these pages are set to memory. These pages with their pen marks. These pages with their coffee stains. These pages with their tears, their folds, their crinkled edges.
I buy paperbacks, hardcovers, and digital books. All of them have a special place. I always have a book in my pocket, ready to read, on the digital pages within my iPhone. My physical books are treasures, worn over the years, read with a savage hunger.
Eat'em is the culmination of that hunger. It's an homage to my favorite books. My goal is for people to enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Risks and challenges
EAT'EM is going through an arduous editing process. There are changes to be made, there's fat to be cut, and there's fleshing out that needs to be done. It's not the easiest to predict process and can take time. And there's the risk that a major publisher expects more changes and higher jumping through smaller hoops.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The True Death offers you the chance to be a character in the story. And not just some small bit part, we're talking a whole chapter devoted to your character. To make that happen, you and I will have a personal discussion about your role and how it will affect the plot. We'll collaborate on your appearance, and how and when your character shows up in Eat'em.
This is all within reason, of course, because you will be made to fit the story so far. Will you be in a pink zebra striped leotard, fighting Jacob on a dragon as he falls from a spacecraft? Most likely not. But you'll get plenty of say as to how you think they should interact, and you'll get some early details to help get your creative input in sync with my own.
Finally, in the event that you want to be included in the story but you want to be surprised, that is entirely an option. It's up to you how involved you want to be in your character. Either way, I can't wait to write you into this crazy adventure!
For more detailing on The True Death reward, go to Update 10 to find out what happened when Matthew Dunar joined the ranks of the Grotesque Infection.
Fans of post apocalyptic fiction, thrillers, suspense and fantasy will all love Eat'em. There are some heavy themes and a good bit of violence all lightened with a comedic undertone.
Read if you like:
Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk
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IMMORTALITY: Succumb to the Grotesque-Infection and forever have your name acknowledged in the novel itself. All who read Eat'em shall know thy name.Estimated delivery:
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AMONG THE HIDDEN: Like reading, but hate paper? No problem. With a sleek digital copy of the book, Eat'em will follow you anywhere you go, hidden away on your high tech smart phone (you sly dog). Everyone else with a copy of Eat'em will know of your IMMORTALITY as well.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE GIVER: For readers that love the smell of a new book. Show off your paperback copy of Eat'em at the park, on the subway, or on your next dinner date. Point out your IMMORTALITY to random strangers, and when your friends ask to borrow it, fear not, for you will have a digital copy safely tucked away on all of your electronic devices.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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BRAVE NEW WORLD: It's difficult to trust an unfamiliar author. For your bravery you will receive a personalized copy of the book, autographed to you and you alone. A letter of appreciation, the digital copy, and IMMORTALITY.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE WANTING SEED: Get the whole scoop with a digital copy of every draft of the book. Want to know how the story evolved? Curious about how the editing changed the story? Want more bang for your buck? You'll get a deeper experience with this package and you'll still receive the previous packages too.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $35 or more
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THE TIME MACHINE: Jump in your DeLorean and go back in time to grab a copy of my first novel LA Fisher. You'll get signed copies of both books and all the previous rewards too. Tell your friends you were with me from the start.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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HARD TIMES: A signed Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover, the digital copy, and your name acknowledged in the back of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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ANIMAL FARM: Two Kickstarter-exclusive hard copies. One for you and one for a friend. Both signed. A digital copy and your name acknowledged in the back of the book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE TRUE DEATH: You are infected. You are no longer in control. You are Jacob's next target. We all die in the end, but you'll know how you go before everyone else, for your name and likeness will be used in the Final Draft of Eat'em as one of the many people infected by the Toxoplasma Grotesque parasite. You'll get all previous rewards too.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE DEATH CURE: With my personal handwritten notes, you'll know more about the infection than anyone else. These notes and chapters were written with good ol' fashioned pen and paper over the duration of Eat'em's creation. They're truly one of a kind, signed by me, and delivered to you along with all previous rewards.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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THE LEGION: 5 signed hardcovers for your book club, coffee shop, friends, family... your name in the acknowledgements and the digital copy.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $500 or more
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EAT'EM and GREET'EM: I will meet you anywhere within a four hour drive from Abilene, Texas at the restaurant of your choosing. We can discuss this project or your own project. You decide. Get all other previous rewards too, before anyone else, and have more creative input about what goes in the book and on the cover.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
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