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The natural result of Chicago's best voice actors & master builders let loose on a military fantasy adventure soaked in ancient magic.
The natural result of Chicago's best voice actors & master builders let loose on a military fantasy adventure soaked in ancient magic.
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An audio book brick movie? Why, yes, yes we did.

Ghosts in the Yew, book one of the Vesteal Series, is an adult fantasy adventure that tells the story of four people banished to a distant land who must survive the magic of an ancient murder. If you would like to hear the whole story or see more of the stop motion movie, find yourself a reward level that suits you. We have the audio book, of course, copies of the hardcover edition, full color prints of the new Ghosts in the Yew cover, and for those who have a scene from the book in mind, you can have it made.

Why a brick movie?

The Vesteal Series has been a successful endeavor, but slow. Most of those who have started the series did so because the author personally convinced them to—one hard fought hardcover sale at a time. What we are after is a way to introduce the story to a larger audience, and this short film stands a good chance of doing that.

A New Vesteal Series Novella - The Silent Rebellion

Also included in the project rewards, for those who have already chewed through books one and two is the next book in the series, The Silent Rebellion. It is a novella that picks where the choas of Native Silver left off.

Cover photography by Robyn Latham
Cover photography by Robyn Latham

Where are your dollars going?

You are covering the production costs of the audio book and the making of the brick movie. You receive the reward you selected. You and the rest of the world gets to see the brick movie version of the tale.  For every $4,000 raised, we will produce another portion of the movie.

The Movie

The brick movie begins with Chapter Eight of Ghosts in the Yew, as Barok is arriving at Urnedi Manor. Once funded, we will produce the second half of Chapter Eight and all of Chapters Ten and Eleven, introducing Leger Mertone and seeing our hero make a fateful trip into the trees.

If we fund, our next segment will be in and around the ancient castle, Urnedi Manor.

The Gates of Urnedi Manor
The Gates of Urnedi Manor
Gallery alcove in the great hall
Gallery alcove in the great hall

First Stretch Goal - $9,000

Our first stretch goal will cover Chapters 12-18, adding both Dia and Geart into the mix.

Second Stretch Goal - $12,000

If we reach our second stretch goal, we will cover Chapters 18-30. Ohh, how cold a winter it was!

Third Stretch Goal - $15,000

The third and subsequent installments will be determined by the final funding amount.

Our Producer and Voice Actors

Lauren Faits is the Producer for the Ghosts in the Yew audio book, as well as the voice of Dia. She discovered Blake Hausladen's work through her blog, Geek Girl Chicago. In addition to writing and audio production, Lauren also enjoys working in infomal education, creating cosplay, and being a pretty rad wife. She currently lives with Clayton on the north side of Chicago.

Lauren Faits as Dia Esar
Lauren Faits as Dia Esar

Clayton Faits grew up in Southwick, Massachusetts, where the days are short and the winters are long. After studying theater and history at Tulane University, he moved to Chicago where conditions are much the same. He is the creative director for the award-winning audiodrama Our Fair City (www.ourfaircity.com), and also works as an educator and team leader in the field of digital manufacturing. In addition to writing for Our Fair City, he enjoys games of all kinds, toys that fly, and jokes that aren’t funny.

Clayton Faits as Prince Barok Yentif
Clayton Faits as Prince Barok Yentif

Bill Dunbar is an actor working in the Chicago area. He has appeared in regional productions of Bernard Pomerance's "The Elephant Man" ("Ross") and David Mamet's "The Water Engine" ("The Announcer/Tour Guide"). As a member of Moebius Science Fiction Theater, Bill stage-managed "R.U.R." by Karel Capek and performed in "The Martian Chronicles" by Ray Bradbury for the World Science Fiction Convention. Bill is a licensed aircraft dispatcher, and served as a non-commissioned officer in the Illinois Air National Guard.

Bill Dunbar as Captain Leger Mertone
Bill Dunbar as Captain Leger Mertone

Jonah D. Winston (Geart Goib): Jonah is overjoyed to take part in this wonderful project and to have had his first audiobook voiceover experience be for the character of Geart. A graduate of the Butler University Jordan College of the Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana as well as a Master of Letters recipient from the Flinders University Drama Center in Adelaide, South Australia, Jonah can typically be found on stage performing with various theatrical companies in and around the Chicago area; including the First Folio Theatre, Profiles Theatre, and the Goodman Theatre. His voice work can also be heard on the radio in various commercial spots as well as in museum exhibits in Chicago and Indianapolis. Thank you to Blake, Lauren, and Clayton for allowing me to take part in this journey and to my friends and family for being the foundation on which I build my dreams. Cheers everyone!

Jonah Winston as Geart Goib
Jonah Winston as Geart Goib

Cover Artist

David Lee Pancake’s sculptures and illustrations grace homes and business all over the world. He has illustrated book covers, magazines, websites and games for a variety of clients. He pursues a wide variety of subject matter that includes dragons, superheroes, risqué angels, abstracts, horror sculptures, and paintings. His talent expresses equally in clay or canvas. He states: “I love detail and texture and angels, dragons and other mythical creatures allow me the freedom to play with paint and clay to bring to life what’s imagined.” David is an entrepreneur, avid reader, science fiction and fantasy aficionado, arm chair philosopher and science nut, but his first love is art.

Sound Man

David Rheinstrom has been working in audio since 2005, when he got his first voiceover gig at the age of sixteen.  Since then, he's produced and performed in many audio dramas and audio books, including the award-winning series Our Fair City, as well as several titles on Audible.  He was happy to serve as an assistant editor on Ghosts in the Yew.  Parsh!

Risks and challenges

As with our first successful kickstarter campaign, there are few risks to the completion of this project. The production team has finished recording, the brick movie sets are built. Audible upload and USB production will begin as soon as the project funds.

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    AUDIO BOOK - You receive either an Audible promo code or a DRM free USB copy of the audio book version of Ghosts in the Yew, Book One of the Vesteal Series.

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    NEW BOOK ONLY PLEASE - You receive a hardcover copy of The Silent Rebellion, the new Vesteal Series Novella.

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    EBOOK LOVER - You receive DRM free EPUB and MOBI copies of all three books in the series, Ghosts in the Yew, Native Silver, and the new novella The Silent Rebellion.

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    GHOSTS ONLY PLEASE - You receive a signed hardcover edition of the the first book of the series only.

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    NATIVE SILVER - You already have book one and really just want a signed hardcover copy of Native Silver, book two of the series.

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    AUDIO BOOK STAT! - You absolutely cannot wait to listen to the audiobook and want special access to the prerelease version a week early.

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    AUDIO AND ART - You receive the audio book and a signed 8x10 print of the cover art.

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    SOFTCOVER LOVER - You receive signed paperback copies of all three books in the series, Ghosts in the Yew, Native Silver, and the new novella The Silent Rebellion, as well as three full color maps.

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    BOOK AND ART - You receive a signed hardcover copy of the new novella, The Silent Rebellion, and a signed 8x10 print of the cover art.

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    THE NEW STUFF - You receive the audio book version of Ghosts in the Yew, Book One of the Vesteal Series, a signed 8x11 print of the new cover, and a signed hardcover edition of the new Novella, The Silent Rebellion.

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    HARDCOVER LOVER - You receive signed hardcover copies of all three books in the series, Ghosts in the Yew, Native Silver, and the new novella The Silent Rebellion, as well as three full color maps.

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    THE WORKS - You receive the audio book, a signed 11x14 print of the cover, and signed hardcover editions of all three books in the series, Ghosts in the Yew, Native Silver, and the new novella, The Silent Rebellion, complete with three full color maps.

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    IMMORTALIZED AND TUCKERIZED - We will create a brick version of you and add your figure as an extra in one of the scenes. We will also tuckerize your name into the new novella, The Silent Rebellion (modifying it to fit Zoviya). You receive the signed hardcover and eBook versions of the novella, the audio book, and the figure.

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    ART FAN - You receive the audio book and novella, plus a wall-sized hand painted linen map of Zoviya and a 24x36 print of the cover art, both signed by the artists.

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    DIRECTOR - Name a scene from Ghosts in the Yew. We make it. You receive the audio book, signed 11x14 cover art, and hardcover editions of all three books.

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Funding period

- (19 days)