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Southern Monsters is a work of interactive fiction set in South Arkansas. Lurk cryptid forums. Eat pork rinds. Search for a monster.
Southern Monsters is a work of interactive fiction set in South Arkansas. Lurk cryptid forums. Eat pork rinds. Search for a monster.
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$10000    *MINIGOAL* EARLY EBOOK RELEASE

We'll release the Lonesome Wilderness ebook months ahead of time to backers who receive the special edition! (affects tiers $15 and up)

$11000    *MINIGOAL* ADDITIONAL BUTTON IN BUTTON SET

We'll add a Bravemule button to the button set, bringing the count up to four buttons! (affects tiers $25 and up)

$12000    MOBILE VERSIONS

Bravemule will develop versions of Southern Monsters for iOS and Android devices!

$13000    WHIPPOORWILL

I’ll collaborate with Bruno Dias (VOYAGEUR), Gustav Carlson (TOURIST UNKNOWN), and Priscilla Snow (BENEATH FLOES) to create a short work of interactive fiction set in a supernatural version of the 1920s Ozarks called WHIPPOORWILL. Free to all backers.

In South Arkansas there's talk of a monster. Where he roams, the locust thorns build barbed walls around the riverbank, not far from your house. Your real home isn't made of stock millwork, but telephone lines: an online forum for undiscovered creatures where everyone knows you as cripplefoot. You debate the existence of the strange as your friends leave for distant universities. Outside your childhood bedroom, the cypress trees stretch for miles.

In South Arkansas there's talk of a monster. They say he always follows the creeks.

Choice-based interactive fiction. Go on then. Bother the cat.
Choice-based interactive fiction. Go on then. Bother the cat.

 

Southern Monsters is set across five days in 2005. You play as cripplefoot, a traumatized teen too young to make sense of his emotions. To find the monster, you'll need to strike a balance between cryptid research and cripplefoot's well-being before the dry Arkansas sun sets.

Southern Monsters is deeply personal. It's a dark comedy based on my experiences with online communities, domestic abuse, and being disabled in the weird, weird South. It's also imbued with my love of horror movies like Videodrome, Suspiria, and Eraserhead.

Your actions pass time. Cripplefoot wakes up at noon. Get started.
Your actions pass time. Cripplefoot wakes up at noon. Get started.

 

 

Postcard ($20 and up)
Postcard ($20 and up)

 

Marshmallow pie button from the three-button set ($25 and up)
Marshmallow pie button from the three-button set ($25 and up)

 

Goose button from the three-button set ($25 and up)
Goose button from the three-button set ($25 and up)

 

Logo sticker from the two-sticker set ($30 and up)
Logo sticker from the two-sticker set ($30 and up)

 

Manufacturer's sample of the UCRF patch ($50 and up)
Manufacturer's sample of the UCRF patch ($50 and up)

 

11x17 giclée print of art by George Kavallines ($75 and up)
11x17 giclée print of art by George Kavallines ($75 and up)

 

Print edition of The Lonesome Wilderness, the sensual Bigfoot romance novella ($100 and up)
Print edition of The Lonesome Wilderness, the sensual Bigfoot romance novella ($100 and up)

 

Bravemule pysanka by Brian Belida ($200)
Bravemule pysanka by Brian Belida ($200)

 

Southern Monsters pysanka by Brian Belida ($250)
Southern Monsters pysanka by Brian Belida ($250)

 

My name's Kevin Snow, and I lead the posse known as Bravemule. We created the multimedia Let's Play Matul Remrit, as well as the game The Domovoi. Most recently, we released Beneath Floes, which Rock Paper Shotgun praised as "unpleasant and cruel." Consider these fine folks:

Priscilla Snow, nightmare noise sampler.
Patrick Bonaduce, porcelain cat painter.
Kiel Warren, linguistic mess sifter.
Mike LeMieux, fine vector craftsman.
George Kavallines, the devil's crosshatcher.

Grendel, precious hair beast.
Grendel, precious hair beast.

 

Risks and challenges

Southern Monsters will come out unless I'm dead.

I work a stressful day job where most of my paycheck, along with every other minute of my free time, goes to this game. This Kickstarter will cover stuff I can't pay for myself, which mostly includes compensation for Patrick Bonaduce's tremendous volume of beautiful artwork and Priscilla Snow's haunting soundscapes. If you back this, I deeply appreciate your faith in me.

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    MARSHMALLOW PIE AFICIONADO

    Just want the game, none of that merchandise nonsense? Back at this level.

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    PEANUTS & COKE CHUGGER

    You get the SPECIAL EDITION, which comes with the soundtrack, art book, and Lonesome Wilderness e-book.

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    PORK & BEANS DEVOTEE

    This tier onward, we'll stuff real objects in your mailbox. You get a high-quality postcard with a friendly word of thanks.

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    FRIED GREEN TOMATO ADHERENT

    You get buttons. Not a singular button, no sir: three buttons. Monster button. Goose button. Last of all, marshmallow pie button.

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    PORK RIND FIEND

    Two vinyl stickers: a 4x2 die cut sticker of the Southern Monsters logo, and a 3x3 circle sticker of that godawful goose.

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    • 3-Button set
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    CORNBREAD CONNOISSEUR

    Receive a 2.5” embroidered patch signifying your membership in the Undiscovered Creatures Research Forum. Additionally: a second copy of the game to gift to a friend!

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    • UCRF Embroidered Patch
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    • 3-Button set
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    FRIED PICKLE ENTHUSIAST

    You'll receive a gorgeous, 11x17 giclée print of the Southern Monsters poster.

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    • 2-Sticker set
    • 3-Button set
    • Postcard
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    PINTO BEAN DISCIPLE

    This tier gets you a paperback edition of The Lonesome Wilderness, the sensual and action-packed Bigfoot romance novella mentioned in the game.

    Includes:
    • Printed Lonesome Wilderness novella
    • Giclée poster
    • 2-Sticker set
    • 3-Button set
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    BISCUITS & GRAVY ZEALOT

    You will receive a Bravemule pysanka handcrafted by Brian Belida with a genuine goose egg, who learned the Ukrainian art from his grandmother.

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    • Pysanka
    • Printed Lonesome Wilderness novella
    • Giclée poster
    • UCRF Embroidered Patch
    • 2-Sticker set
    • 3-Button set
    • Postcard
    • Southern Monsters SPECIAL EDITION for PC and Mac
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    PIMENTO CHEESE PARTISAN

    You will receive a Southern Monsters pysanka handcrafted by Brian Belida with a genuine goose egg, who learned the Ukrainian art from his grandmother.

    Shipping limited to US & Canada.

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    • Pysanka
    • Printed Lonesome Wilderness novella
    • Giclée poster
    • 2-Sticker set
    • 3-Button set
    • Postcard
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