"Terrifying and engaging, impossible to put down." Henrique Couto, Writer/Director of Babysitter Massacre and Director of Haunted House on Sorority Row and Scarewaves.
"Creepy, contemporary riffs on Lovecraftian themes!" John Oak Dalton, Screenwriter - Among Us, Haunted House on Sorority Row, and Scarewaves.
Greetings fellow horror lovers!
I am excited to bring you a novel that will stick with you long after you have closed the back cover and tried to go on with your normal life! This is my first novel and it entitled The Things in the Darkness. I think you will enjoy reading it just as much as I enjoyed writing this. Although I first hit the save button after typing the first words of this novel about eighteen months ago, in a way, this project has really been ongoing for over twenty years. First allow me to tell you about the story, then I will tell you about myself and why you should back this thrilling tale!
It is the tale of a man, Kevin Tremmel, and his family. They are an average lower-middle class family. They have two young children who they adore. Kevin and his wife, Sarah, had a rough patch in their marriage when it looked like things wouldn't last, but in the end, they managed to bring it back together. Kevin is a teacher and coach and is adored by his students. Sarah runs an independent graphic arts company and dreams of the day when she can create non-corporate art for a living. Things are not perfect, but the Tremmels are happy until the day of the accident.
On his way home from work, trying to make it home safely in the midst of a terrible storm, Kevin is in a devastating car accident. He is rushed to the hospital, already clinically dead. With the skill of the doctors and the help of modern medical technology, Kevin is brought back from "death." However, all is not well as Kevin falls into a coma and stays under for three months.
When Kevin finally regains consciousness, he begins to find himself changing. Violent images and urging voices fill his head. His sleep is plagued by unclear, nebulous forms beneath a heavy curtain of darkness. As Kevin begins to search for answers, his life is thrown into turmoil. Will it turn out that Kevin is suffering from a mental illness related to the trauma of his accident, or is something darker at work? Do the answers lie in the medical realm, or is Kevin falling victim to something he brought back with him from the other side, the things in the darkness?
Hopefully, I have whet you appetite for the terror that lies within this story. Now, allow me to tell you a little bit about myself. I work full-time as a case manager for a mental health court after leaving a seven year stint as a teacher. When I am not working or spending time with my family, I am immersing myself in all things horror!
Since the age of 11, when I read my first horror novel from the adult section of the library (The Shining by Stephen King), I have been obsessed with horror. I write, edit, and maintain a horror blog, The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void, where I review horror books, movies, games, or anything else horror related as well as conducting interviews with horror celebrities and sharing original fiction. If you are not familiar with The Rage Circus, you can check it out at http://ragecircus.blogspot.com. In addition, I was one of the writers for the independent horror movie anthology Scarewaves, in which I wrote the segment Office Case. Scarewaves will be coming out on DVD some time in October as a pre-release with a nation-wide release shortly after. I have also written the script for another independent horror film which is in pre-production to be filmed an a currently undetermined date.
All of this is part of what I feel makes me a great horror writer. I am first and foremost a fan. I find great inspiration in the works of H.P Lovecraft, Stephen King, and Clive Barker. I love stories and movies that leave you trying to make out random shapes in the darkness long after you have finished with them. I love to scare and be scared. What I ask of you, my fellow horror fans, is to let me scare you.
Risks and challenges
One of the great things about this project is that the risk is minimum. The greatest risk when dealing with a novel is that the novel will not get finished. As a backer of "The Things in the Darkness," you do not have to worry about that risk, the book is already done! It has undergone multiple drafts, it has been reviewed by other readers in order to get a different perspective on the story and the characters, and it has been through a thorough viewing for the purpose of editing the technical details of the writing (grammar, spelling, typo correction).
There are very few things that could delay this project shipping on time, but allow me to lay out a few possible issues to be as upfront as possible.
1. The cover art work could be delayed. I am working with a very talented graphic artist to design the cover, spine, and back of the book. While I do not anticipate any delays in this area, if it does happen, I will make sure to keep you up to date with the progress. Rest assured that the artist with whom I am working is a professional with a great track record for delivering her work as promised.
2. Delays with the printing. The book will be printed through Amazon CreateSpace. Amazon states that it takes five days to ship an order, but without actually having a final number of copies that they will be printing for my order, I can't get an estimate on shipping. I have built in a large amount of time to allow for delivery to me by Amazon and then from me to you. The campaign is scheduled to end September 5 and I aim to have the books in your hands by the end of October. If I am able to get them out earlier, you can be assured that I will. All electronic benefits (e-books and digital art work) will be sent out within 72 hours of my receipt of the funds from the campaign as they are not delayed by printing times.
3. The last time related risk is the final shipment from me to you. I will be shipping all books via USPS media mail. The post office says that it will take 8-10 days to deliver all orders in the United States. All international orders should anticipate a longer wait, but I will be sure to let you know when to expect it based on what I am told at the post office.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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