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The first book in an ambitious Urban Fantasy series, by the author of The Mountain and The City.
The first book in an ambitious Urban Fantasy series, by the author of The Mountain and The City.
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5/16 update:

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My name is Brian Martinez and I'm the author of a few sci-fi/horror books you may know, including A Chemical Fire and The Mountain and The City. It's okay if you haven't heard of me. Really, it is. But I'm looking to change that. 

I love my readers. They're loud, passionate, and more than a few of them have been inspired to write their first review by one of my books. Even D.J Molles, author of the best-selling Remaining series, who is consistently ranked in the top lists on Amazon in the sci-fi, fantasy and horror genres, has said some very, very, very kind words about me. I'm thrilled with the amount of love and support my books have gotten, but despite it all I've struggled to get noticed. The thing is, I'm not the kind of guy who believes in complaining. What I do believe in, however, is stepping my game up.

The Obscured: A Dark Urban Fantasy Series

Imagine parallel worlds. Places filled with gods and monsters both large and small, creatures that would terrify the normal person. Imagine these creatures hate each other, and they want nothing more than to destroy each other and take over each other's worlds, until only one species remains on top.

Now imagine the only way they can get at each other, is through us.

This is because there are places on Earth where the walls between worlds are weak, allowing intruders to sneak through. This has gone on for millions of years, affecting us in ways we're unaware of, from stories to superstition to even evolution, and as time goes on, and the walls become weaker, the creatures become more impatient to attack our world and each other. Luckily there are heroes among us, a select few equipped to deal with this threat in ways unknown even to themselves. Without realizing it they’re drawn to these weak points, and thus to their destinies.

The Obscured will follow not one but four of these unassuming heroes, alternating between them as well as the places they protect, settings which vary from western towns to big cities and even deserts. Women, men, young and old, these brave few will struggle to keep our world safe, and at the same time come to terms with their roles in this epic battle.

How many books will there be?

Four to start with. If it's going well at that point, for both me and the readers, then four more. And so on.

What’s Urban Fantasy?

Think Hellboy. Think Neil Gaiman. Think Constantine and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural, stories where fantasy elements collide with modern-day settings and people, where wonder and horror and humanity are rolled into one.

Are you any good?

We're getting personal now. I like it. If you want to see what I'm about first, you can check out a few free stories of mine here and here. Pay close attention to the second one, you just might be reading the back-story for a future character.

Here’s the good news: I’m almost done writing the first book, Shallow Veins. It introduces us to Franklin Butcher, a recently divorced, hard-drinking small town cop who starts off investigating a disappearance and ends up over his head in conspiracy and murderous creatures. And if you like it you won’t be waiting around for sequels like some poor George R.R. Martin fan- I’m planning to release a new one every three to four months. These are short, fast stories without the filler, and I’m not looking to stop anytime soon.

So what’s the money for?

1) Cover art. In the past I’ve designed my own covers, and I’d like to think I’ve done a serviceable job, but for this I’m envisioning images I can’t pull off with stock photos, Photoshop and a pocketful of moxy. I already have an amazing illustrator picked out and ready to work, now I just want to pay them what they deserve. This part is especially enticing for those of you who get the paperback since it’ll look that much cooler on your coffee table, and doubly so for anyone who splurges on one of the art print tiers.

2) Editing. I’ve managed alright on my own up to this point, but I’d like some professional help to make the book as tight and seamless as it can be. Quality matters to me, and I know it matters to you.

Stretch Goal

If I’m fortunate enough to surpass the initial $1,000 goal, any additional money will simply go toward cover art and editing on Book Two, then Three, and so on. I have big plans for this series, and the more I get here the brighter its future.

Risks and challenges

To be honest, the risk here is very minimal. It costs me nothing except time to write and I wouldn't know what to do with myself if I didn't. I'd be writing whether people read my work or not, and in fact did for many years starting as a kid before I began self-publishing in 2010. Not to mention the first book is essentially done.

The only things I can't control are the ones I'm not doing myself, such as the illustrations and editing, but there are plenty of capable and professional people out there, so if by some chance the first people I go to back out I can quickly and easily find others happy and willing to do the work.

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