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Madness. Murder. Children's literature. A psychedelic odyssey of vengeance and family.

Thanks for reading about my project.

My debut novel Nefarious Twit is a 300-page book featuring 14 of my own full-page illustrations. I've been working on this novel for the last 6 years and I am happy to say that it's finally ready to share. 

Nefarious Twit reads sort of like a psychotic, adult Lemony Snicket. It's a really dark, drugged out, surreal road trip story about two brothers who are severely damaged people. Some parts are bleakly funny, some are beautifully sad and a lot are seriously weird. The main character is a young man named Rick Lime, who is looking for his father, a legendary children’s book author with the pen name Nefarious Twit. The Shel Silversteinesque Nefarious Twit disappeared from the public eye 22 years ago and abandoned Rick and Rick's mother at the height of his fame after releasing one final controversial children's book. Rick Lime wants to find his father so that he can murder him.

Cheery stuff, I know.

The book begins after Rick's mother has committed suicide and Rick convinces his-half brother Lou that her death is Rick's father's fault; that his father leaving their mother and cutting off all contact led to this. The bulk of the novel consists of the two brothers, both addicted to a fictional drug called Vitrillum, which was once legal and prescribed to them when they were kids as an alternative to Ritalin, and their quest to find Twit. 

As the Lime brothers leave their hometown of Tucson, Arizona and set out for misguided vengeance, their drug-soaked journey begins to resemble one of Twit's children stories more and more. Reality and Twit's stories seem to converge as the brothers follow the path of the dark ladder, the ominous symbol from Twit's most popular books, which seems to be leading them right to the author.

All the while Lou is becoming more and more violent and unpredictable the closer they get to confronting Twit. Eventually Rick is faced with the hard choice of abandoning his loyal but dangerous brother in order to get revenge on his father or giving up this grand plan and sticking by the only family he has left.   

The book is a bent sort of odyssey through the darker parts of North America. There are stop offs involving blissful, stoned children on psychotropic drugs administered by their mothers, erectile dysfunction,  and the prevailing myth of the Wandering Jew.

I feel my novel isn't simply bizarro or weird for weird's sake. The novel is crazy, there is satire, and there is violence but there is also heart. Not sentimental drivel, but a real story about fathers and sons, underneath all the insanity.

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If the Kickstarter is successful Nefarious Twit will go to print immediately so you should have your copy of it and your rewards by Christmas!

The book will be published in two formats:

1. A paperback edition for Kickstarter and for retail distribution.

2. An epub edition for the Kindle, Nook, or iPad for the Kickstarter and for retail distribution.

I need ISBN numbers and funding to get this book to press. With your money from this Kickstarter I can get them. I can also get the funds needed to promote this book and to get it not only to the hands of readers but also so I can give out advance copies to critics and take the book to conventions and in general get the word out on Twit.

I have spent the last 6 years writing the many drafts of the book ( at least 12 drafts probably more) and I've spent the last 6 months teaching myself Adobe InDesign so I could design this book myself, incorporating my own artwork and making the best possible, professional level project I can.

The book has been proofread by outside eyes and is finally ready for the masses. The only thing that can stop this project from happening is me and I simply won't let that happen.

The book means too much to me.

Writing means too much to me.

It's all I've ever really cared about doing and doing it for a living is what I've been working towards my whole life.

(Okay, when I was 6 years old I wanted to be a farmer, but now that dream is dead! )

Thank you kindly for your time.

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