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An illustrated collection of short horror stories & poems for kids, young adults, and those who miss being creeped out.
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I've always loved scary things, as far back as I can remember. As a child of the 80’s, I grew up on books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and the works of Shel Silverstein (often quite dark), TV series like Jim Henson’s Storyteller, and movies like Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, and The Neverending Story.

Now in my 30’s, I have a 6-year-old son who ADORES horror. Turn on Netflix and he’ll instantly search for Goosebumps, The Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Munsters (because it has "a Frankenstein Daddy”). When it’s storytime before bed, he usually picks something like The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree or Bears in the Night.

But as the father of a budding horror-aficionado, I’ve noticed something whenever we visit the local bookstores: nobody writes horror for kids anymore. There are plenty of 'spooky' books, but the genuine danger and creepiness of books like Scary Stories seems all but extinct in modern children’s literature.

And I’d like to fix that. Teaming up with cartoonist Matthieu Cousin, I’m working on an original illustrated horror story collection entitled Afraid of Everything. The book is a collection of 26 single-page stories and poems, each accompanied by a character illustration, that tell a creepy story centered around one A-Z phobia (from Arachnophobia to Zoophobia).

Of course it can be, when written with them in mind. These stories and poems aren’t gory or morose or mean-spirited. But as in Scary Stories and the other horror books I loved growing up, each of our 26 protagonists experiences actual risks and scares, and they don’t always make it out of their stories in one piece. Kids can handle stories about consequence, fears, and come-uppance, so long as it's written in a way that's appropriate for them to digest.

This book is targeted at kids 8 to 16, but could be appreciated by horror fans of any age. As part of this campaign, we’re debuting the first 5 stories right here, which should give you an idea of the tone, scares, humor, and writing style we have planned. Give them a read (or listen to the first story in our video) and see if you think this book might be right for you and your young ones. Matthieu and I can't wait to create more stories, and with your help we can put together a unique and haunting hardcover collection of horrific tales.

If the above link goes down, CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE.

And here are some audiobook versions read by some of our voice actor friends:

"Sciophobia (Shadows)" read by Takahata101

 "Bibliophobia (Books)" read by Cryaotic

 "Necrophobia (Death)" read by Arin Hanson

 "Arachnophobia (Spiders)" read by Sarah Anne Williams

"Electrophobia (Electricity)" read by Erica Mendez

"Osteophobia (Skeletons)" read by Jim Sterling

"Ranidaphobia (Frogs)" read by Cristina Vee

"Technophobia (Technology)" read by Lucien Dodge

Afraid of Everything will be a roughly 64-page, 8” x 8” hardcover book with full-color glossy interior pages, full-color wraparound cover, table of contents, introduction, author bios, and Special Thanks section.

I back a lot of Kickstarter campaigns and one of my favorites was Philip Reed’s book on unlicensed Transformers toys, Transforming Expectations. I was very impressed with the quality of Philip’s hardcover book and the low price at which he was able to offer it. Philip was kind enough to put me in touch with his printers, and we’ll be using the same printers and the same high-quality print settings that Transforming Expectations did.

We’re purposefully staying away from producing any sort of trinkets and T-shirts and posters and statues that would distract Matthieu and myself from completing the book as quickly as possible.

For a $5 contribution, your name will be included in our book's Special Thanks section. And for between $25 and $250, you can get various editions of the book, including signed & numbered copies, character sketches, dust jackets, and even an original hand-written, hand-illustrated story created just for you!

See below for more details:

TIER 1 - $5   "SPECIAL THANKS"

  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section

TIER 2 - $25   "FROGS EDITION" (EARLY BIRD PRICE)

  • Unlimited hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 100 backers)

TIER 3 - $30   "FROGS EDITION"

  • Unlimited hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section

TIER 4 - $45   "DONOR'S EDITION"  

  • 1 unlimited hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything (for you)
  • 1 additional copy donated to a local library (in your name)
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section

 TIER 5 - $50   "SNAKES EDITION" (EARLY BIRD PRICE)

  • Limited (of 125) hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Signed & numbered by the authors
  • Special "SNAKES" dust jacket
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 50 backers)

TIER 6 - $55   "DOUBLE FROGS EDITION"

  • 2 unlimited hardcover editions of Afraid of Everything
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • Save $5 off the individual purchase prices!

 TIER 7 - $60   "SNAKES EDITION"

  • Limited (of 125) hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Signed & numbered by the authors
  • Special "SNAKES" dust jacket
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 50 backers)

TIER 8 - $100   "SPIDERS EDITION"

  • Limited (of 50) hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Original sketch by Matthieu Cousin
  • Signed & numbered by the authors
  • Special "SPIDERS" dust jacket
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 25 backers)

TIER 9 - $115   "LIBRARY COLLECTION"

  • Perfect for SCHOOLS & LIBRARIES interested in getting multiple copies (at a discount)
  • 5 x unlimited hardcover "FROGS" edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • Save $35 off the individual purchase prices!

TIER 10 - $165   "CREEPY CRAWLERS SET"

  • All 3 above editions of the book (see below details)
  • 1 x unlimited hardcover "FROGS" edition of Afraid of Everything
  • 1 x limited (of 125) hardcover "SNAKES" edition of Afraid of Everything (signed & numbered by the authors and special "Snakes" dust jacket)
  • 1 x limited (of 50) hardcover "SPIDERS" edition of Afraid of Everything (with original sketch by Matthieu Cousin, signed & numbered by the authors, and special "Spiders" dust jacket)
  • 3 names in the books' Special Thanks sections
  • Matching edition numbers across the books
  • Save $25 off the individual purchase prices!
  • (limited to 25 backers)

TIER 11 - $200 "LIFE EDITION"

  • Limited (of 10) hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Choose the NAME, APPEARANCE, and FEAR of an original story's protagonist (perhaps yourself?)*
  • This story will be included in EVERY copy of the book we print (as one of the twenty-six alphabetical tales)
  • Original sketch by Matthieu Cousin
  • Signed & numbered by the authors
  • Special "LIFE" dust jacket
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 10 backers)

 TIER 12 - $250   "DEATH EDITION"

  • Limited (of 5) hardcover edition of Afraid of Everything
  • Choose the NAME, APPEARANCE, and FEAR of an original story's protagonist (perhaps yourself?)*
  • This story will be hand-written and drawn (not digital)
  • The original artwork and text will be included ONLY in your copy of the book
  • Original sketch by Matthieu Cousin
  • Signed & numbered by the authors
  • Special "DEATH" dust jacket
  • Your name in the book's Special Thanks section
  • (limited to 5 backers)

 *Fear selection pending feasibility and decency. If Matthieu and I find your selections problematic for any reason, we'll work with you to decide on new, appropriate selections.

*Because the book won't use duplicate fears, names, or letters of the alphabet, there is a chance any of your exact choices may be unavailable. However we will work with all backers (and think creatively) to make everyone as happy as possible.

Our $6,000 base goal covers the following:

  • Story & Art Production: $1,200
  • Book Printing: $3,400
  • Shipping Costs: $900
  • Kickstarter Fees: $500

And now that we're OVER 100% FUNDED, listed below are the campaign's STRETCH GOALS! Each stretch goal expands the book in some way and EVERY BACKER at the $25 tier or above will receive ALL of these additions with their copy of the book. The more backers we get, the more book YOU get!

If the campaign reaches $7,000, we'll include a Bookmark with each copy of the book. "Big whoop," you say? Well that bookmark will also include brand new art and an additional story (number twenty-seven).

If the campaign reaches $8,500, we'll include a Dust Jacket featuring new art (essentially an alternate cover). And we'll do some voting and discussion amongst the backers so you guys can help decide exactly what that art is.

If the campaign reaches $10,000, we'll include a Making Of Section at the back of the book, filled with first draft stories, rough sketches, and commentary on the process of creating this book.

If the campaign reaches $12,000, we'll include a free download of Audiobook Recordings of all 26 stories, just like the narration videos we've been posting. Confirmed narrators include:

  • Cryaotic
  • Lucien Dodge
  • Arin Hanson  
  • Erica Mendez
  • Jim Sterling
  • Cristina Vee
  • Sarah Anne Williams
  • ...and more!

If the campaign reaches $15,000, we'll include Ten More Stories in the book. That's 10 additional illustrations and 20 additional pages, bumping up the page count substantially. The first 26 stories were themed A to Z, so these final ten stories will be themed 0 through 9.

NEW GOAL! If the campaign reaches $18,000, we'll add a Special Guest Art Gallery at the back of the book, where artists that Matthieu and I admire will draw their childhood fears. Initial confirmed artists include:

  • Alex Ahad
  • Mariel Cartwright

Adam Tierney (writer) lives in Southern California and has been directing videogames since 2005 (many of them quite spooky). He’s also written for TV cartoons and was once a substitute English teacher.

Matthieu Cousin (artist) is an artist and creator of comics (many of them quite spooky) currently based in Sweden. His list of past clients includes Tribute Games, WayForward Technologies, Catalist Universe, Cartoon Network, and more.

Even if you can't afford a copy of the book, you can still help us get the word out on this campaign! If you've got a Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or any other social media account, we'd love it if you helped share this campaign with your friends and followers!

Click the banner below to download it for your website:

Or use the following link to help promote this campaign:

WWW.AoEbook.COM

As Matthieu and I get paid to draw and write (respectively) for a living, we’re used to working under deadlines and producing words and illustrations for use in professional products. Afraid of Everything is our first major book effort, but we’re working closely with an established printer (Taylor Printing in Dallas) and producing our book with the exact same dimensions and specs as one of their previous, excellent products. There’s very little risk of anything going wrong in the printing process, but if problems do arise, those will be sorted and dealt with before your books are shipped out to you.

Although it might be possible to complete and print this book within a few months, we’re setting a target release of June 2016 in anticipation of things we can’t anticipate. If we finish earlier, you'll get your books earlier. But we feel confident that we can at least meet that June 2016 date, for anyone who’s planning this book as a birthday present or otherwise timely gift.

THANK YOU for reading our story and I hope you consider backing our project!

-- Adam Tierney

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