In the midst of the war to end all wars,
When blood of men mixed in earthen scars.
When an explosion went off and swallowed a country
While a single crater was left in its place.
The Generals scrambled, the Politicians blamed,
and the world went wild for answers that were not there.
All the time the soldiers fought.
But then the monsters came…
World War Occult is a 76 page art book by Charles Ferguson-Avery. The book features a series of 38 illustrations, as well as text that illuminates a horrid, fantasy world war, where an eldritch hell literally spills out across the battlefield. A great book for lovers of fantasy or horror, as well as illustrations to inspire and intrigue!
Excerpt From Book:
I remember the night, the night this hell began. At the stroke of midnight a blast of light erupted off the northern flank towards Belruche. It filled the sky and burned brighter than daylight, blinding those dumb few who looked directly at it. We all peered up from our trenches, shielding our eyes from the brightness, and watching as the entire blasted country was covered in piercing, white light. It was at once, so terrible and mesmerizing… as if a new sun had just been born onto the surface of our world. Its light, all at once, illuminating all within sight, making the shadows of craters and embankments into streaks of black across the landscape. We all stood transfixed until someone had the nerve to shout, DOWN, as the billowing cloud of the shockwave hurtled towards us. I ducked into the safety of the trench and stuffed my ears with dirt just as the sound hit. The sound of the blast hit first, a single, violent, explosion of noise. No more than ten seconds long and yet I felt my entire body rattle from the incomprehensible volume of the blast. I knew that when pulled my hands away from my ears they would be bleeding, just as many of the newer recruits, or those who had been to slow to cover, were already doing; the viscous fluid pouring freely from their heads as they gawked, stupefied from the deafening blow. The shockwave came next and I pressed myself deep into the packed loam of the trench’s wall as the slow rumble began to build. The wave upon wave of debris and wind sounded like some biblical storm. I could hear things crash above me, watch things catch and break against the opposite side of the trench, one poor soul was too close to lip of the trench and was whipped out of the trench and hurtled, screaming, into the ravenous maelstrom. For a moment I waivered, thinking this was some divine judgement cast down on us. I shut my eyes tight and screamed, trying to drown out the sound of the howling, the breaking, the crashing and the shrieking. It ended in mere moments. The rolling storm could be heard passing further into the front, slowly dissipating into the night to consume some other fortification. Shakily, we all stood from our hiding places, shaking off dirt and rubble, and converged at the lip of the trench; now torn apart and worn down to half its size. The damage had been immense. Fortifications that had taken us weeks to build up had been shredded in an instant. Some spots had been filled entirely with dirt, trapping men under two meters of dirt; while others had been lifted out of their positions and flung far, far into the darkness. Many of us had gone completely deaf, as I had, prisoners of that metallic ringing that plays constantly in our skulls. But, order was reestablished and we resumed our positions and duties, signing orders and seeing to those who had been injured. Few slept after that, and those that did were wracked with fitful nightmares.
Risks and challenges
As with any project worth doing, I have my risks and rewards. This is my first major Kickstarter, and because of that I am setting my goals for this project well within reach of the one to three man operation I have at my disposal.
The printing will be done by both me, for the small prints and artwork; while the book printing will be handled by the well respected and trusted Steuben Press.
Overall, I am incredibly excited to be working on this project and I look forward to seeing what you think!
- (30 days)