Greetings. I'm Keith R.A. DeCandido (web site | blog | Facebook | Twitter), international best-selling, award-winning author of whole great big bunches of novels, short fiction, comics, blogs, essays, and more.
In my 2004 novel Dragon Precinct (reissued in 2011), I inverted the traditional fantasy narrative by having the band of heroes going off on a quest be, not the protagonists, but the victims of a murderer. Before the novel ends, four members of the party are killed before the detectives of Cliff's End Castle Guard (the actual protagonists of the book and its sequels) find the perpetrator.
In the 2013 collection Tales from Dragon Precinct, the story "Heroes Welcome" tells of one of the adventures of the human hero Gan Brightblade, the elven wizard Olthar lothSirhans, the dwarven soldier Ubarlig, the Temisan priest Genero of Velessa, the barbarian Bogg, and the halfling grifters Mari and Nari.
But there are plenty more adventures of Gan and the gang to be chronicled. They are, after all, heroes of Flingaria, their exploits told in song and story.
This Kickstarter is a chance for you to read one of those stories. "Heroes Welcome" mentioned a great battle Gan and his friends fought against the evil wizard Mitos the Mighty in the Forest of Nimvale, and if I make my goal, I will write that story.
To date, all the stories of Flingaria have involved the Cliff's End Castle Guard. This is a chance to see if folks want to see more beyond Torin and Danthres and the rest, and I figured I'd start with the very first person we ever met in this world from page one of Dragon Precinct, Gan Brightblade (and his comrades).
If you contribute just $2, you get the story, which is, I think, a good deal. This is a world that has given us four novels (with a fifth to come) and ten short stories. I think it's time to see what else Flingaria has to offer. And, of course, if you contribute more, there are plenty of spiffy rewards. So please support more Flingaria stories!
STRETCH GOAL ACHIEVED!!! Since we've hit $2500, five backers, chosen at random, will receive a batch of homemade cookies baked by my fiancee Wrenn Simms. You'll be able to choose from one of several different types of cookies, and we can work within any food allergies or other issues.
In addition, as an added bonus, people who pledged $30 or higher will receive a second audio presentation, that of me and Wrenn reading the all-dialogue story "Brotherly Love" from Tales from Dragon Precinct, with Wrenn as Danthres and me as Mathe.
(Also please note that the rewards will now be coming in May, not April, due to a 28 April novel deadline that jumped the queue after I started this Kickstarter.)
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk for this kind of project -- beyond the obvious of it not getting funded -- is doing something outside the comfort zone. I've done two Dragon Precinct related Kickstarters, one for a short story, the other for a graphic novel, and only the first of those succeeded.
In addition, this is outside the usual realm of Dragon Precinct stories. Usually, they fit the mold of detectives in a fantasy setting solving a crime. This will be a much more standard fantasy tale, though it will do the same kind of deconstructing of epic fantasy tropes that has become a hallmark of the series.
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