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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 16 2015 9:37 PM UTC +00:00

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'Clockwork Corpse' cover
'Clockwork Corpse' cover

“It’s an upper-class, steampunk YA adventure, where high society descends into anarchy after an invasion of the undead. As the hordes of mutant, rotting corpses grow more numerous, the royal resistance wanes, and then withdraws all together, leaving everyone else- from the richest of noblemen, to the poorest of slum urchins- to die.

Clockwork Corpse interweaves elements of both the steampunk and dystopian genres, with black comedy as its tone. It’s intended for Young Adults because of the mature themes that I intend to explore. But it doesn’t take itself too seriously, relying a lot on grim, dry humour and sarcastic, almost self-aware characters. 

Charity Steele, a determined and observant noblewoman and lead singer of the Royal Amphitheatre, is intended to be one of the main protagonists of the story, as she struggles to survive in the ensuing conflict. There are many questions- where did this violent undead army come from? Who started it? And why? I intend the book to be 80-100k words, with an ensemble cast and multiple PoV characters interwoven into the main conflict with the rotting army.

Right now, Charity is the only protagonist set in stone, and I am still working out the specifics of the others; one possible addition to the main cast is a very psychotic/obsessive widow who is obsessed with reviving her late husband, who unbeknownst to her had a young secret lover. 

For those that chose the $60 perk (limit of 5 people) you can help me work out what kind of characters you want to see featured (either as a PoV, or in the supporting cast). You can be as specific as gender, name, occupation and backstory, etc., or you can just give me vague stimuli. I do already have an idea where the story will be heading, but I will rework the main plot so that these fan-created characters will be critical factors in the narrative. 

Anyway, the project proposal has turned out to be quite a bit longer than I intended, but I hope that it’s ticked some dots for potential backers. 

Thanks for taking the chance on it and I look forward into bringing this story to life. There is a distinct lack of (original and exciting) steampunk literature in the modern day, and so I hope to fill that void with Clockwork Corpse. Thank you so much :)

Here is my email for general enquiries, questions, friendship requests, fan-letters or anything of the like: fluorescentsloth@gmail.com 

 ~Jae V. Reece aka Fluorescentsloth

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    -A separate PDF document, which will written prose from me, Jae, about my inspirations for the project, and well as elaborating on the themes and intentions of the narrative. I'll also be including writing tips about what I find works best, as well as outlining my workflow, from conception to publication, so that other writers can get started, too.

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    The Honourable Pledge.

    -A PDF copy of the book, to be sent out via email on or before Christmas Day 2015 (A full month before other backers get it, and a full month before it goes up on Amazon).

    -Four Clockwork Corpse desktop wallpapers (1920 x 1080, PNG)

    -A separate PDF document, which will written prose from me, Jae, about my inspirations for the project, and well as elaborating on the themes and intentions of the narrative. I'll also be including writing tips about what I find works best, as well as outlining my workflow, from conception to publication, so that other writers can get started, too.

    -A shout out-in the acknowledgement page at the back of the book.

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    -A PDF copy of the book, to be sent out via email on or before Christmas Day 2015 (A full month before other backers get it, and a full month before it goes up on Amazon).

    -Four Clockwork Corpse desktop wallpapers (1920 x 1080, PNG)

    -A separate PDF document, which will written prose from me, Jae, about my inspirations for the project, and well as elaborating on the themes and intentions of the narrative. I'll also be including writing tips about what I find works best, as well as outlining my workflow, from conception to publication, so that other writers can get started, too.

    -A shout out-in the acknowledgement page at the back of the book.

    -After you've read the book, you can send me an email and request a custom-made PNG 1920 x 1080 desktop wallpaper using whichever Clockwork Corpse characters you want, doing whatever you want, in any location you want. This offer is redeemable any time, but do allow me a week or so to actually produce the image.

    -You can also collaborate with me on the conception of a short story set in the same world of Clockwork Corpse, where you get to chose the premise of the short, pick the characters, make any new ones (they can be all original characters if you chose, but still has to conform to the same 'feel' of the original). I will write the short story, and will compile them all into a novella (Release Date TBA) that you will get credit for coming up with the concept of the short, as well as a free PDF copy of the finished compilation.

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    The Producer's Package Pledge.

    -A PDF copy of the book, to be sent out via email on or before Christmas Day 2015 (A full month before other backers get it, and a full month before it goes up on Amazon).

    -Four Clockwork Corpse desktop wallpapers (1920 x 1080, PNG)

    -A separate PDF document, which will written prose from me, Jae, about my inspirations for the project, and well as elaborating on the themes and intentions of the narrative. I'll also be including writing tips about what I find works best, as well as outlining my workflow, from conception to publication, so that other writers can get started, too.

    -A shout out-in the acknowledgement page at the back of the book.

    -After you've read the book, you can send me an email and request a custom-made PNG 1920 x 1080 desktop wallpaper using whichever Clockwork Corpse characters you want, doing whatever you want, in any location you want. This offer is redeemable any time, but do allow me a week or so to actually produce the image.

    -You can also collaborate with me on the conception of a short story set in the same world of Clockwork Corpse, where you get to chose the premise of the short, pick the characters, make any new ones (they can be all original characters if you chose, but still has to conform to the same 'feel' of the original). I will write the short story, and will compile them all into a novella (Release Date TBA) that you will get credit for coming up with the concept of the short, as well as a free PDF copy of the finished compilation.

    -In the same way as before, you get to design a character that will be included in the next instalment of the series, and I'll rework my story so that your character will play pivotal roles in the narrative. You can be as detailed (or vague) as you want. You can go as far as give me character sketches, or even page-length back-stories, etc. It's up to you how involved you want to get, but it's basically a free-for-all (note, I said 'basically'), where I won't reign you in (within reason).

    -You will also receive "The Making of... Clockwork Corpse" PDF which will have a bunch of character sketches, maps, building layouts, any 'missing' chapters, and general backstory information in regarding to major characters, and historical plot points of importance.

    -You'll also receive a mention in the dedications page at the start of the novel, and be credited as a producer.

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