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The Scourge is a critically-acclaimed novel about a 14th century knight searching for his wife in an England ravaged by demonic plague.
The Scourge is a critically-acclaimed novel about a 14th century knight searching for his wife in an England ravaged by demonic plague.
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~~ Check the bottom of the page for a fun stop-motion animation about The Scourge, created by Tyson Richards! ~~

Hi there. My name is Roberto Calas and I am an author of fantasy and historical fantasy novels. In 2012, I wrote a novel called The Scourge, which was published by 47North. 

The novel was about a 14th century knight named Edward Dallingridge (a real historical figure) searching for his wife amid a plague that turns its victims to mindless demons. Sir Edward takes two of his knights with him and ventures northward, into the thick of the plague, encountering terror, madness and a danger more harrowing than any he has faced in war.

The Scourge has sold very well and has reaped critical praise. So far, it has gathered roughly 150 reviews, most of them 5 or 4 stars. My publisher was happy. I was happy. My readers were happy. 

In 2013, I wrote the second book in the trilogy, The Scourge: Nostrum. Sales have been good and reviews have been even better than the ones for the first book. 

And now, on the cusp of 2014, my publisher has declined to publish book three. I hold no ill will for 47North. They have been wonderful to me. But The Scourge story is not over. I would like to finish my trilogy, and I think a lot of readers out there want to find out how Sir Edward's story ends. You have a chance to personally help Edward finish his quest. 

So . . . I am asking for help from my readers and for anyone out there who loves history, fantasy, or just a great story about friends pulling together amid adversity to help a man find his wife.

I make my living as a writer. I have no other "primary" source of income. Writing is my day job, and it doesn't pay well at the moment. So to put together a novel of the same caliber as the first two, I will need help. A content editor and a copy editor for starters. I am fortunate to have gone to art school after my first career as a reporter, so I think I can design a suitable cover. But I will need to purchase stock images. (I plan to share my ideas about the cover on my blog and on Kickstarter to get input on what you guys think, and which variations you like best.) 

There are also a myriad of smaller costs: buying an ISBN number, registering with the Library of Congress, that sort of thing. Lastly, because my publisher will not be handling the novel, I will need to market it myself. So I will pay for advertising.

The amount I am looking to raise in the project is the bare minimum. It does not include other marketing materials (bookmarks, stickers, posters and such). If the goal is exceeded, I will provide my pledgies with whatever marketing materials I make. Additional stretch goals include - a hard cover version of the book, a Scourge calendar of the places Edward visited in the series, a "making of" The Scourge book, and many others. I'll keep you posted on them if the campaign is doing well. 

As a last note, I want to say that I appreciate your support immensely, and I will always remember your assistance.  

Now, here's a stop-motion animation about The Scourge by 12-year-old Tyson. If you are interested in his work, please visit his website at http://epictjcreations.blogspot.com/. (my favorite is "Life of a Pig" under Mine-imations.)

And lastly, here's the first paragraph of The Scourge, book 1:

At first, the priests and bishops called it a scourge from God. They preached that only the impure needed to fear it. That the holy hand of the Father was purging the wicked from the earth. But the holy hand of the Father started purging priests and bishops too. They call it a plague now.

Risks and challenges

There are very few risks in this project. If it is funded, the book will be published and will complete the trilogy that began in The Scourge. Your help will have allowed Edward to finish his quest, and you will always have a share in the glory of the entire series.

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    A pledge of $1 will win you my eternal gratitude, and the knowledge that you helped Sir Edward get back to his Lady Elizabeth.

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    A pledge of $5 gets you everything in the $1 category, and an e-book copy of book 3, The Scourge: Emaculum.

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    A pledge of $25 gets you everything in the previous levels, but instead of an e-book version, you will get a signed and personalized print version of The Scourge: Emaculum, and an e-book copy of my novel, The Beast of Maug Maurai, book 1.

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    A pledge of $50 gets you everything from the previous level. Additionally, you will receive an ebook copy of Book 2 of The Beast of Maug Maurai and an e-book copy of my soon-to-be-released short story, Angel: A comic tale of modern magic and romance.

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    A pledge of $100 gets you all of the rewards of the previous level, and a signed, personalized copy of The Scourge (book 1). You will also receive an e-book copy of my Kindle Worlds novella, Kingdom of Glass. But wait, there's more, you will also be mentioned in the acknowledgements of The Scourge: Emaculum, and on my blog (robertocalas.com) (with a link to your page if you like) .

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    A pledge of $150 gets you personalized, signed copies of all three books in the series and a huge thanks in my blog. I will also extend an invitation for you to join my fledgling "Street Team," and mention you in the acknowledgements of The Scourge: Emaculum. Lastly, I will call you personally to thank you for your generosity.

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    A pledge of $350 gets you everything in the $100 category. I will also *name a character in the book after you or someone you choose*. We can discuss the best way to include your character (particularly if you have a strange name). Names like Bambi or Bobby Jo might have to be altered slightly considering the historical aspect of the story. Maybe Lady Bambi. Kidding. We'll figure something out that works.

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    For $500, you will receive everything in the previous category, and a beautiful, 18"x24" map of medieval England.

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    A pledge of $1000 get you everything in the $300 category, but in addition, I will read and provide an (honest) review of one manuscript of 350 pages or less.

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    Pledges of $2,000 will receive everything from the previous category and . . . *drumroll* The Scourge: Emaculum will be dedicated to you. That's right, for ever and ever, you will know that the final book of The Scourge was made possible by you. And everyone else will know, too. And lastly, the beautiful map of England will be a framed, glicee print, ready for hanging anywhere in your home. The $2000 pledge is available only to three people, so sign up quick if you want it.

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    All of the previous rewards, but additionally, my fiancee and I will travel anywhere in the United States or United Kingdom and have lunch or dinner with you (we'll even pick up the check).

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