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An accident puts Kevin Tremmel into a coma.  Upon waking he is not the same.  Is it psychological trauma or something darker at work?
An accident puts Kevin Tremmel into a coma. Upon waking he is not the same. Is it psychological trauma or something darker at work?
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"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.

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    A big thank you from me to you for your support of my horrific vision! This thank you will appear both on the Facebook page for the novel as well as my author Facebook page. This will be done shortly after you donate.

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    A big thank you from me to you for your support of my horrific vision! This thank you will appear on the Facebook page for the novel as well as my author Facebook page and will also appear on my horror blog "The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void". This will be done shortly after you donate.

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    It's time to not only support the horror of "The Things in the Darkness," but to experience it as well! At this level, you get your thank you on the novel's Facebook page, my author Facebook page, and "The Rage Circus" blog AND you get a digital copy of the book.

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    Ah, just like the horrors of the Necronomicon, seeing is not enough! For you, the terror needs to be held in your hands for it to be real! At this level you get your shout out from the previous levels on all three sites and you get a physical copy of the book. I will sign the book before sending it to you and include a personalization if you so desire.

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    Digital or print? What to do if you can't decide? Why not have both? At this level you get the thank you shout out on my three sites plus you get BOTH the physical copy of the book AND the e-book version. I will sign the book before sending it to you and include a personalization if you so desire.

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    Oh, you're a brave soul, aren't you? Not only do you want to experience the horrors, but you want "The Things in the Darkness" to invade your computer screen as well! At this level, you get the shout out on my three sites, the physical and e-book copy of the book, and you get a PDF of the artwork from the cover of the book completed by the very talented Cindy Butor! Permission to print a copy of the art for your personal use will be included. I will sign the book before sending it to you and include a personalization if you so desire.

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    Do you want a thank you inked in blood on the physical pages of this work of fear for all eternity? Well, you can have it (except for the blood part that is, ink will be used)! At this level, you get your digital thank you on my three sites, the physical and e-book copy of the novel, the PDF of the artwork with permission to print for your personal use, and you get the chance to have your recognition in the book for all time! That's right, at this level I will include your name on a thank you page in the book. This way, you can let people know that you were a part of bringing this horror to life! I will sign the book before sending it to you and include a personalization if you so desire.

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    NEW! This reward is an exclusive opportunity for other authors of Indie horror. "The Things in the Darkness" is a first novel that is being published independently. As such, there are no other titles that need to be advertised at the end of the book. Why not put your book in that spot? At this level, you still get a paperback copy of the novel, but in that novel, you will find a promotion for your work! You provide the cover art/picture, a description of your work, and where to get it and it will appear in a section titled "Enjoy this story? Check out other great independent horror titles!" You will get a full page for your book. Don't miss this exclusive opportunity. (Please note that printing will be in black and white and choose your image appropriately.)

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    NEW! Do you want to live on in horror fame (or infamy) forever? Be a character in my next novel! That's right, this is your chance to actually appear as a character in a novel. I will send you a form to fill out with information and then conference with you via Skype, phone, or e-mail to ensure I have your character right. I will then fit you into the story. The earlier you take advantage of this reward, the better chance of being a major character! Also included is a paperback of "The Things in the Darkness."

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    Do you aim to stand out among the other crazed supporters of horror fiction? This level can do just that for you! You get everything mentioned in the $75 level, but instead of finding your name on the supporter page, you go directly into the dedication! Your thank you will stand out on the dedication page for all to see throughout all of eternity!

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    Do you desire something one of a kind to be in your sole possession forever? Are you an ultimate lover of horror fiction who wants to experience not only the fear invoked from the story, but to see how it all developed? This is your one chance for that! At this level, you get it all - the thank you on all three sites, the signed and personalized physical copy and the e-book copy of the novel, the digital copy of the artwork with permission to print for personal use, a thank-you on the dedication page, and a one-of-a-kind bonus! You, good friend of sleepless nights, get all of my original notes and printed drafts of the novel (including my personal proof copy) that brought me from start to finish. Only you will know what could have been compared to what came to be! These are not reproductions. You will get the actual, messy, written (and sometimes furiously scribbled upon) pieces that led to this tale of the macabre. I will include a personally-created, signed COA certifying that these are the originals.

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