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Mike Baron’s outrageous rock ’n’ roll horror novel in signed HC & e-book: Cover by E. M. Gist with Interior Art by Jordi Armengol. Read more

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Mike Baron’s outrageous rock ’n’ roll horror novel in signed HC & e-book: Cover by E. M. Gist with Interior Art by Jordi Armengol.

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Robert Garcia's American Fantasy Press intends to publish a signed limited edition, a signed trade edition and an e-book of a new novel by Mike Baron, author of Whack Job, Helmet Head, Biker, Skorpio, Biker and Bruce Lee: Ghost of the Dragon. Mike’s the winner of two Eisners and an Inkpot award for his ground-breaking comic epic Nexus available as a dozen graphic novel archives. Banshees will have a cover by Erik M. Gist and B&W interior art by Spanish cover artist Jordi Armengol. Mike has been working on this book for about two years, and it will be his first hardcover novel.

BANSHEES

The Banshees are Back!

(But they’re dead, aren’t they?)

Notorious for their satanic lyrics, drunken excess and rumors of blood sacrifice, the Banshees shocked the world with their only album Beat the Manshees. Death stalked their concerts—lightning, stabbings, overdoses. The world heaved a sigh of relief when the Banshees all died in a plane crash.

Or did they?

Forty years later, with no fanfare, they appear in a seedy Prague nightclub, looking and sounding exactly the same. The Banshees phenomenon goes viral — are they real or is it all a brilliant publicity stunt? And the nightmare has gotten worse. Every time the Banshees play someone dies. Is it bad luck or part of some diabolical plan? 

Ian St. James, son of original Banshees drummer Oaian St. James, can't believe his eyes. He joins with In Crowd magazine’s beautiful young reporter Connie Cosgrove to discover the truth. As the two travel Europe and America following the band, they discover the secret history of the Banshees and their ties to black magic, the Russian mob and the mysterious Lord Rathkrogen. 

Ian must fight through his own jealousy, inadequacy and alcoholism to battle the most dangerous demon of all. Or the Banshees concert in Palisades Park in Los Angeles will be more than just the end of the tour. It could be the end of the world.

What We'll Publish

The Books

SIGNED AND NUMBERED KICKSTARTER EDITION For supporters at the SINGLE LEVEL and above: Hardcover featuring a full color dust jacket by Erik M. Gist with 3 pieces of black and white interior art by Jordi Armengol. 

  • Clothbound first edition 
  • Size: 6" x 9" 
  • Signed by author and artists 
  • Printed on Natural acid-free stock
  • Stamped in gold on Spine 
  • Embossed endpapers unique to Kickstarter edition 
  • Smythe-sewn 
  • The Banshees Kickstarter Edition will be limited to the number of backers and the book’s contributors and publisher. It will have a separate bound-in sheet with backers’ names. It will not be available as an Add-on.

COPIES FOR SALE TO THE PUBLIC / SIGNED EDITION Hardcover featuring a full color dust jacket by Erik M. Gist, and 3 pieces of black and white interior art by Jordi Armengol. 

  • Clothbound first edition
  • Size: 6" x 9"
  • Signed by author and artists
  • Printed on Natural acid-free stock
  • Stamped in gold on Spine
  • Smythe-sewn
  • Planned Retail Price $40.00

E-BOOK EDITION : An e-book edition of Banshees

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BANSHEES RIP BACKSTAGE PASS: This is a small laminated faux Backstage Pass to a Banshees Comeback Concert in L.A. with a lanyard. Great for Halloween or conventions, where you can splash some fake blood on it for effect. —TO BE DESIGNED

THE FINAL COVER SKETCH for BANSHEES by Erik M. Gist: The one-of-a-kind final cover sketch for the cover painting of Banshees. This will be signed by Erik.

THE ARCHITECT: Graphic Novel trade paperback. A stand-alone 70-page horror graphic novel written by Mike Baron and illustrated by Andie Tong, published by Big Head Press. It’s a tale that starts with petty evil and grows through one-man’s megalomania into an epic horrific catastrophe. Blogcritics Review: “The Architect is a horrific and fun tale of a master builder gone bad and the havoc he wreaks on his family. Baron excels at fast-paced, tightly plotted storytelling, and this story is no exception.” The Pulse: For Your Consideration: “No detail is insignificant, and the foundation upon which Baron constructs his tale is solid and entertaining, moving the story forward while dropping these incidental details along the way like bread crumbs in a forest. Readers may absorb the many pieces of the puzzle, but their importance will not be understood until the climax rushes upon them.”

The Architect Graphic Novel
The Architect Graphic Novel

AF PREMIUMS:

We're offering 3 books from American Fantasy Press as premiums:

A WALKING TOUR OF THE SHAMBLES: A little 5x8 Square Bound trade paperback ($15 SRP): Neil Gaiman and Gene Wolfe take us on the tour of the most dangerous neighborhood in the Windy City. In the vein of Charles Addams or Edward Gorey, this little chapbook is a perennial favorite. Cover by Gahan Wilson. Interior art by Earl Geier and Randy Broecker.

A Walking Tour of the Shambles
A Walking Tour of the Shambles

DARKSIDE: A limited edition hardcover (750 copies). A novel by Dennis Etchison ($35 SRP). A story of a father looking for his missing step-daughter during a rash of teenage disappearances in L.A. We feel it's a great quiet horror companion to Baron's Banshees. One of author Dennis Etchison’s "California Gothic" horror novels where evil flourishes in the harsh glare of Californian sun. This is the author's preferred text. Signed by author Dennis Etchison and Horror Legend Ramsey Campbell who provides an introduction. Ray Bradbury said of the book: "Dennis Etchison's Darkside at last brings him to the forefront of this genre, where he belongs." 

Darkside Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition
Darkside Signed, Numbered, Limited Edition

THE DREAMTHIEF’S DAUGHTER: A signed/numbered limited edition hardcover (600 copies) with slipcase. Michael Moorcock’s 2001 Elric novel. (Published price $125) This is the true 1st US edition of the novel with a special double-stamped cloth binding. It’s signed by Moorcock, and a Who's Who of top Fantasy artists: Michael Whelan, Robert Gould, Don Maitz, Todd Lockwood, Michael Kaluta, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni and Randy Broecker. A fantasy art fan's dream. Michael Moorcock says: "It’s really the best edition of an Elric book ever...I love this book".)

Dreamthief's Daughter Ltd. Edition
Dreamthief's Daughter Ltd. Edition

Add a Banshees RIP Backstage Pass to ANY LEVEL for $10 .00. Postpaid in the US.

Add a signed copy of The Architect to ANY LEVEL for $15.00. Postpaid in the US.

Add a copy of the FOR SALE EDITION of Banshees to ANY LEVEL for $40.00 a copy. Postpaid in the US.

American Fantasy Press books:

Add a copy of A Walking Tour of the Shambles to ANY LEVEL for $15.00. Postpaid in the US.

Add a copy of the Ltd. Edition of The Dreamthief's Daughter to ANY LEVEL for $135.00. Postpaid in the US.

Add a copy of the Ltd. Edition of Darkside to ANY LEVEL for $35.00 Postpaid.

WHAT WE’LL BE DOING

We’ve begun a Facebook page for BANSHEES. http://www.facebook.com/BaronsBanshees

There and here, we’ll be talking about the book's production. We’ll be opening it up for people’s opinions on everything BANSHEES from the final logo design to band tie-ins (possible t-shirts, buttons and more). We’ll also keep you apprised of Mike Baron's convention appearances, and much more…

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

Mike's fans are a wild and fearless bunch. We ask that you share this campaign on Facebook, via twitter, anyway you can. Please tell all your friends.

FUNDING

Funding for this book will be used to pay for:

  • completion of the production work (ie. designing, copy-editing, printing the signature pages, etc.).
  • rights for this edition from Mike Baron
  • creation of the incidental art throughout by Jordi Armengol.
  • creation of the cover painting  by Erik M. Gist.
  • the printing and shipping of the books.

THE PRINCIPALS

THE AUTHOR

Mike Baron is an author with a unique sensibility and style that always makes his fiction exciting and sometimes controversial. He made his career as a comics writer creating the popular Nexus and Badger characters. Nexus brought Mike two Eisners and an Inkpot award, and has gone on to be published by four different publishers at last count. Badger continues to jump around, a new series promised from the revived First Comics. He has also written the comic series The Flash, The Punisher, Deadman, Batman, Green Lantern and more. He adapted Timothy’s Zahn’s Heir to the Empire for Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics, and has countless stand-alone issues to his credit. 

In 2012, Mike began writing novels, Whack Job, Helmet Head and Skorpio are available from WordFire Press. The mystery novel Biker is available from Airship 27.

WHACK JOB is a science fiction thriller written by Mike Baron. The heads of state are combusting and retired secret agent Otto “Aardvark” White is brought back to active duty to discover the most outrageous plot in the history of the world. Expert Comics Review: "Mr. Baron weaved layers upon layers with the book always moving forward, there was no lag, no stall and absolutely no let up. I gladly recommend this book to readers of Sci-Fi, action, drama, intrigue, love stories and comic books!" SFRevu Review: “Baron has crafted a gem of a story, with a scope that spans from the dusty wastelands of Libya to the White House. (and nearby Alexandria, VA) to a loner's shack out in the woods. There are surprise returns and reversals along the way, with a big twist arriving as events race toward their conclusion.”

HELMET HEAD is Baron’s grind-house tour-de-force. Helmet Head was just a rumor to the one percenters--a monstrous motorcyclist dressed all in black who rode the back roads of Little Egypt cutting off the heads of other bikers with a samurai sword. But on one terrible stormy night, Deputy Pete Fagan discovers that Helmet Head is all too real and filled with a fury that won't be satisfied until his demonic sword drinks deeply. CBGXtra.com Review: "a striking combination of horror, science fiction, urban legends, and men’s adventure stories.” Feomante Review:Helmet Headfeels like it came out of an all night, booze-guzzling think tank consisting of Georges Arnaud, Richard S. Prather, Richard Laymon, Mike Mignola, George Miller, and Byron Kennedy….More than science fiction, supernatural or even slasher, Helmet Headis an intrinsically American, high-octane, hard-core 1960s style pulp novel set to modern times.” Comimix: “It’s got plenty of bikers, high-holy-horror and senses-shattering action that certainly will thrill his many fans.”

BIKER is the story of an ex-con turned private investigator which delves deep into the world of drugs, dog-fights, guns and biker gangs. Charles Saunders, author of Imaro and Damballa:“Hard-boiled. Hard-edged. Hard-core. Hard to put down until you get to the last page.”

http://www.bloodyredbaron.net 

COVER ARTIST

 ERIK M. GIST gained notoriety as the cover artist for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain comic series. He has also painted numerous illustrations for book covers and games, including work on several Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, and Eberron series of novels, as well as Magic the Gathering, The Phantom, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Erik's clients include TOR, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Boom! Studios, Moonstone Books, Radical Publishing, Night Shade Books, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Moebius Models, Quarto Publishing, and Chiat-Day.

http://www.deadoftheday.blogspot.com

WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SAMPLES OF ERIK'S PAINTINGS FOR OTHER PROJECTS NOT BANSHEES:

 Cover for Creepy

Cover for THE STRAIN
Cover for THE STRAIN

INTERIOR ARTIST

JORDI ARMENGOL is an artist from Barcelona, Spain. As an illustrator, Jordi has painted all the science fiction covers for "Libro Andrómeda" from 1999 to 2011. Artist on the cover of the book Skorpio by Mike Baron, among other stuff. He is also the cover artist for the series "Chronicles of an Urban Hero" by Norma Editorial. As a writer, Jordi has been a finalist in the "Manuel de Pedrolo" awards and has been included in the anthology Fabricantes de Sueños published by AEFCFT (Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror).

http://jordiarmengolartblog.blogspot.com

WHAT FOLLOWS ARE SAMPLES OF JORDI'S PAINTINGS FOR OTHER PROJECTS, NOT BANSHEES:

 

PUBLISHER

ROBERT GARCIA & AMERICAN FANTASY PRESS

ROBERT GARCIA, and his wife Nancy are the publishers at American Fantasy Press. This private press specializes in producing limited editions, hardcovers and chapbooks. AF has presented the writings of Michael Moorcock, Neil Gaiman & Gene Wolfe, Mike Resnick, Dennis Etchison, Steve Rasnic & Melanie Tem and Mary Frances Zambreno. The Man on the Ceiling by the Tems won the World Fantasy, IHG and Stoker Awards. The original American Fantasy magazine brought Bob and Nancy a World Fantasy Award. Bob has also designed beautiful books for DreamHaven Books (Creature From the Black Lagoon), Stars Our Destination Books (Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox), ISFiC Press (Win Some, Lose Some), Fedogan & Bremer (Weirder Shadows Over Innsmouth), Temporary Culture (Arabian Wine), and more. He promises Banshees will be a very special addition to your library.

 http://www.americanfantasypress.com

http://www.gpsdesign.net

At $14,000 we’ll bind the Kickstarter Edition of Banshees in bonded leather.

At $16,500, we’ll produce an 11" x 14" signed, limited edition print of the Erik M. Gist cover art of fine art paper, given free to POWER CHORD supporters and above.

At $23,000, we’ll produce a trade paperback version of the book available as an add-on to any LEVEL for $15.00.

Risks and challenges

American Fantasy Press has been publishing books since 1991. BANSHEES is written and edited and the interior layout is almost finished. The interior artwork is not finished. The cover art will be ready by April, and we have a printer selected to print the book. We expect to have the book ready to ship in June 2014.

With any project like this when all the elements are not in hand there could be a delay in getting the cover art or the printing, but AFP has met every publishing deadline since its beginning.

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    FAN: You’ll receive
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from Mike Baron.
    • A desktop wallpaper of the cover.

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    OLD SCHOOL: You'll receive:
    • A copy of the BANSHEES e-book
    • A signed copy of THE ARCHITECT graphic novel by Mike Baron.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author.

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    5 backers Limited (345 left of 350)

    THE SINGLE: You'll receive:
    • A signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author, Mike Baron.
    • AMERICAN FANTASY BONUS BOOK: The first 125 backers at this level will also get a signed copy of the California Gothic horror novel DARKSIDE by Dennis Etchison. Signed by Etchison and Ramsey Campbell.

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    BACKSTAGE PASS: You receive 3 books: • A signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed copy of the "California Gothic" horror novel DARKSIDE by Dennis Etchison. Signed by Etchison and Ramsey Campbell.
    • AF PREMIUM: An unsigned copy of Neil Gaiman’s and Gene Wolfe’s A WALKING TOUR OF THE SHAMBLES.

    • "RIP" BANSHEES Backstage Pass laminated ID with lanyard.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author, Mike Baron.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    VIP SUITE: You receive 3 books:
    • A signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • A signed copy of THE ARCHITECT graphic novel by Mike Baron
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed hardcover of the limited edition of Michael Moorcock’s THE DREAMTHIEF’S DAUGHTER signed by Moorcock and Randy Broecker, Donato Giancola, Gary Gianni, Robert Gould, Michael Wm. Kaluta, Todd Lockwood, Don Maitz, and Michael Whelan.
    • "RIP" BANSHEES Backstage Pass laminated ID with lanyard.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author, Mike Baron.

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    $200 reward

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    GIFTER: You'll receive
    • 5 signed trade edition copies of BANSHEES by Mike Baron

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    $225 reward

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    GROUPIE: You receive 4 books:
    • A signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • A signed copy of THE ARCHITECT graphic novel by Mike Baron
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed copy of DARKSIDE by Dennis Etchison. Signed by Etchison and Ramsey Campbell.
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed hardcover copy of the limited edition of THE DREAMTHIEF’S DAUGHTER by Michael Moorcock. Also signed by artists—See above.
    • "RIP" BANSHEES Backstage Pass laminated ID with lanyard.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author, Mike Baron.

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    $500 reward

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    I’M WITH THE BAND: ••
    Mike will name a character in his next novel after you. (The choice of character is at the discretion of the author.) ••
    Plus receive 5 books:
    • A copy of Baron’s next novel with a character with your name.
    • A signed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • A signed copy of THE ARCHITECT graphic novel by Mike Baron
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed hardcover copy of the limited edition of THE DREAMTHIEF’S DAUGHTER by Michael Moorcock. Also signed by artists—See above.
    • AF PREMIUM: A signed copy of DARKSIDE by Dennis Etchison. Signed by Etchison and Ramsey Campbell.
    • 2 "RIP" BANSHEES Backstage Pass laminated IDs with lanyards.
    • A signed thank you Nexus postcard from the author, Mike Baron.

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    ALBUM ART: You'll receive:
    • The signed original cover rough for BANSHEES by Erik M. Gist.
    • A personally inscribed hardcover Kickstarter edition of BANSHEES by Mike Baron, with your name listed in the book as a supporting backer.
    • 5 "RIP" BANSHEES Backstage Pass laminated IDs with lanyards.
    • Your choice of any one of the American Fantasy Premium items.

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