About this project
It's the FINAL WEEK on Kickstarter and the response to Flint's adventure has been fantastic, a huge thank you to everyone who has got us to this point over the last few weeks. 100% is within reach in the next 7 days, and what would be a life changing project for me (author Nick) could take flight, in an airship of course ;-)
We have a special Final Week Reward launching today. With this reward you could have an 'Astonishing Adventure' in the universe of The Astonishing Adventures of Heracles Flint - Forever in Shadow.
You’ll get a short story, approx 20 pages, written featuring you, or someone you know, perhaps your kids, set where you live or another location of your choosing.
Your tale will be an action packed blast against the forces of darkness, or perhaps you’ll want to be a villain, taking place within the time frame of Forever in Shadow, so any time between the 1870s and the present day.
As there’s such a wide range of time your tale could be influenced by a host of ‘punk’ sci-fi genres, including Steampunk, Dieselpunk, Decopunk, Teslapunk, Atompunk, or Cyberpunk, and perhaps a dash of sorcery.
The story will be featured on the www.heraclesflint.com website, and a larger planned site showcasing tales from Flint’s world. Along with your story, sent to you as a PDF with its own cool cover image, you’ll get everything from the Digital Art Reward as well, the ebook, the digital character art portfolio etc.
Your adventure will be age appropriate, so if you wanted to invest in this to have your children battling the supernatural with jetpacks and spud guns they’ll have a grand adventure. Est delivery for these is April 2014 but they will appear between now and then as Forever in Shadow progresses, so if a birthday was coming up, or Xmas, etc I’ll try to accommodate the backers needs :-) These are limited to 10 only so grab one before they’re gone!
Now back to our regularly scheduled message....
The novel, The Astonishing Adventures of Heracles Flint – Forever in Shadow tells of the adventures of monster hunter Heracles Flint and his global network of Victorian knights, The Society of Esoteric Technica, who have battled various threats to humanity in the late 19th century.
The Society led by Flint with his close companions, Diana Von Storm, the bride of Frankenstein’s monster, clockwork android Charles Brass, and Alexandria, Queen of the Wolves, fall foul of a plot to destroy them by their arch nemesis, the vampire God, Dracula.
Dracula has seized the time machine of Harold Wells, a descendant of HG Wells, who had been travelling back to Victorian London to visit his famous relative. Using Wells' device the Prince of Darkness has constructed a portal to the present day, where he seeks to rule all, free of the constant pursuit by the Society who have thwarted his efforts for years.
In a pitched battle both he and Flint fall through time and Flint’s friends are lost presumed dead. In the present day Flint finds a much changed, much harsher, world than the future he’d hoped would evolve from his time, and gathering what resources he can, makes plans to stop Dracula once and for all.
If he fails, the world of tomorrow, will live forever in shadow...
Who is Heracles Flint? http://heraclesflint.com/characters/who-is-heracles-flint/
Who is Charles Brass? http://heraclesflint.com/characters/who-is-charles-brass/
Who is Diana Von Storm? http://heraclesflint.com/characters/who-is-diana-von-storm/
Who is Alexandria, Queen of the Wolves? http://heraclesflint.com/who-is-alexandria-queen-of-the-wolves/
Who is the Prince of Darkness? http://heraclesflint.com/characters/dracula-lord-of-the-vampires/
With The Astonishing Adventures of Heracles Flint we are laying the foundation stone of a world of action and adventure. A world of steampunk inventions, vampires, werewolves, robots, aliens, time travel, airships, and swashbuckling!
Forever in Shadow introduces us to Victorian adventurer Heracles Flint, his friends and allies, and the darkest of enemies. His universe is one that encompasses many of the 'punk' genres of science fiction, and gives a mainstream on ramp to those dark edgier fringes of sci-fi.
As well as producing the novel due for completion in April 2014, plans for the sequel Hades Unleashed, and a third book The Last Day are already in place, and we're also looking at making the book and new short stories into a comics series for late 2014. We're kickstarting it all right here :-)
The team here at Flint HQ are also currently creating an expanded universe of new characters, and some making an appearance in the book, for other authors and artists to build stories and visuals around.
Forever in Shadow spans over a century in time, and there are the couple of decades of tales to be told before the 1891 setting of the book. There are solo adventures to be told for mechanical man of mystery, Charles Brass, from his years as a freelance secret agent during WWI and II, and as he moves through the ages of dieselpunk, and atompunk.
There’ll also be many more stories of members of the Society of Esoteric Technica, Dracula's Cult of the Vampyre, the Werewolf nation, and others. We’re seeking to create a huge diverse universe of clockwork, steam, and volts, a playground for artists, authors, fans, and makers, somewhere to enjoy the finest flights of imagination that Steampunk, and a few other punk sci-fi genres have to offer.
We've started gathering some of the expanded universe characters here - http://heraclesflint.com/characters/expanded-universe/
For a behind the scenes look at the creation of Flint's world and what we're hoping to achieve check out CJ Cotter's GeekScape interview with author Nick Moore at http://www.geekscape.net/behind-the-kickstarter-curtain-the-astonishing-adventures-of-heracles-flint-interview-with-creator-nick-moore
Hello investors, I'm the author Nick Moore and this is will be my first published work after many years of having movie scripts, TV shows, novel synopsis, comics concepts, and more taking up the ever shrinking space in my head.
I've decided to let Flint and his friends loose on the world as it combines everything I love to read about, steampunk, sci-fi, horror, time travel, vampires, werewolves, aliens, monsters, history, airships, action, and adventure, and yes it's actually all in there! :-) If you want to chat about the project you'll find me on Google+ at +Nick Moore
I've partnered with brilliant artist Bentti Bisson, who will be bringing to life some of the characters and scenes from the novel, like his take on Heracles Flint under attack in Victorian London. I'm a comic book fan of 35+ years and Bentti's art is some of the best I've seen, and I can't wait to see him bring more of Flint's world to life.
Check out more of Bentti's amazing art on his website at http://www.benttibisson.com
Everything costs money unfortunately and an ambitious project like the one we're taking on needs a few £/$/€ behind it.
We'll be using the funds to provide a professional edit of the book. A vital expense as when fighting off hordes of vampires, or steering a huge airship down the Las Vegas strip, all grammar tends to go right out the window. :-)
Other associated book costs are ISBN numbers, and some promotional costs around the time of the launch early next year.
Our other expenses are art costs, Bentti's got a new baby on the way and those diaper bills stack up!
We hope we've got you excited enough to help get us funded and we've some great rewards for you for investing, check them out, you might even make it into the book! :-)
Risks and challenges
'Forever in Shadow' is on course for completion in April 2014 and that's when we intend to ship the ebook to all funders. If this was to be delayed due to editing requirements or other unforeseen problems our funders will be alerted and kept informed.
Bentti Bisson has pencils and inks at the ready to complete the gallery of all the characters featured in the awesome Digital Art Reward. We've given him good lead time as another new little artist is due to appear in his family before Christmas :-)
Other books requirements such as ISBNs etc should in theory be straightforward, and other rewards such as our T-shirt has the well experienced company Teelaunch standing by. Short of the author getting hit by a bus, we're good to go :-)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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