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About this project

Description

Of Monsters & Valons will be a collection of approximately 15 epic fantasy short stories written by veteran authors and skilled newfound authors alike. These stories will be exciting, pulse-pounding adventures that throw the reader head first into tales of terrifying monsters and hardened monster hunters (Valons).

With this anthology, we will be going for a nostalgic vibe (much like Dragonlance or Forgotten realms) mixed with a slightly darker, grittier feel. Also we strive for relatable characters, emotional depth, and perhaps even some life lessons. We captured this perfectly on our first anthology, and we are confident we can do so again!

Setting

The world of Harthx is a vibrant setting filled with many different races, whether your looking for classic, unique, mix breeds and mutants. Here are a few: The wood elves fight anyone who cross their borders whether they are good or evil, sea elves fight for control of the depths against a race called the batora, minotaurs and symeon battle each other for supremacy in the deserts. Cyclops, Wendigo, Centaurs, Dwarves, Gnomes, Trow, and many others! 

Harthx is also home to many different monsters whether you're looking for Dragons, Griffins, and Basilisks that fight for the skies, or the Kralle, Trolls, Spriggans that squabble over the lands. Harthx has everything you're looking for in a fantasy setting!

The Authors

Stretch Goals!

  • At $9200 a brand new Short Story written By Richard Lee Byers (Author of over 40 fantasy and Horror novels, including series such as Forgotten Realms and Warhammer) will be added to the anthology!      
  • At $10,000 a brand new Short Story written By Mel Odom (Author of over +140 novels including titles for series such as Forgotten Realms, Diablo and Shadowrun) will be added to the anthology! 
  • At $17,500 a brand new Short Story by Ed Greenwood (Creator of Forgotten Realms) to be included into the Anthology! 
  • At $18,000 an amazing black and white map by our artist Jamie Noble will be added!

 The Cover Artist 

Our cover artist, Jamie Noble Frier has done some amazing work with book covers and he's really done a great job for us with the last anthology cover as you can see below. Click on the picture to check out his facebook and some of the great art he has done! 

Crossroads of Draston by Jamie Noble Frier
Crossroads of Draston by Jamie Noble Frier

 

Risks and challenges

We are very confident that this project will run smoothly. Though, this is our first kickstarter we've ever done, we have been doing a lot of research and planned on how to avoid the many problems you can run into. This is our 2nd anthology we've done, so we are happy to say we shouldn't run into any problems there either!

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    Monster Hunter

    As a slayer of monsters, here is what you'll receive:

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    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
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    Wizard

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    Adventurer

    As a master traveler, here is what you'll receive:

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    Knight

    As a valiant Knight, here is what you'll receive:

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    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
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    Hero

    As a brave hero, here is what you'll receive:

    ~ A Signed copy of the Anthology. Signed by Aaron Wulf, Joel Norden & Charles Beason

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    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
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    Monster Breeder

    As a Monster Breeder, here is what you will receive:

    ~ Pick 1 monster out of a list of 5 for Anna Warkentin's story & pick a defining feature for it (Missing eye, arm broken, scars, etc)

    * We'll work with you to ensure that your choices fit Dragonband. Editor retains right of final approval.

    Includes:
    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
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    Shipwright

    As a Shipwright here is what you'll receive:

    ~ Choose the name of the ship that the monster hunter uses in Aaron Wulf's short story.
    * We'll work with you to ensure that your choices fit Dragonband. Editor retains right of final approval.

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    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A PAPERBACK copy of Anthology.
    • A PAPERBACK copy of Crossroads Of Draston Tales Vol. 1
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    Historian

    As a Historian, here is what you'll receive:

    ~ You will get to name the lost, underwater city that is part of Charles E. Beason's story.

    * We'll work with you to ensure that your choices fit Dragonband. Editor retains right of final approval.

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    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
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    Dragon Tamer

    As a Dragon Tamer, here is what you'll receive:

    ~ Choose the name of the good dragon in Joel Norden's short story.

    * We'll work with you to ensure that your choices fit Dragonband. Editor retains right of final approval.

    Includes:
    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
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    WRITER'S CRITIQUE

    WRITER'S CRITIQUE: You'll receive a detailed critique from one of the anthology's authors of something you've written (up to 7,500 words).

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    The Noble

    As a noble, here is what you'll receive:

    ~ A fantasy character portrait of the backer from a photo done by The Noble Artist.

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    The Dedicated

    As the dedicated, here is what you will receive:

    ~ The anthology will be dedicate to you or the person of your choosing.

    Note: Must be a real name, or at least something respectful.

    Includes:
    • A DIGITAL copy of Anthology. (EPUB/PDF)
    • A DIGITAL copy of Crossroads of Draston. (EPUB/PDF)
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