The Miskatonic Papers
In 1907 an expedition to the wild steppes of Siberia makes an astounding discovery before going terribly awry. Gathering proof of the discovery and their troubles, a lone explorer travels back to civilization seeking help. But the Old Ones are persistent and their influence spans far and wide. Madness and death follow. These papers, telling the tale, have been hidden for decades and are only now coming to light, exposing us to darkest recesses of the night.
This book was inspired by the cosmic horror of H. P. Lovecraft and set in the mythos he created. It is about an expedition led by Professor Tyler Freeborn from the fabled Miskatonic University to the Tunguska region of Siberia. The stout party, far from civilization and under great duress begins to suffer from madness, confusion, and violence. It begins eating away at the crew and in order to bring their discovery to light must seek help. Can they maintain their sanity and their very lives until help comes? Will help even arrive in time?
A Book Like No Other
The Miskatonic Papers is an experiential book limited to 200 signed and numbered copies. You don’t just open the book and read it, you explore and experience the mystery, assembling it from numerous artifacts that have been hidden from view for decades. It’s like breaking open a time capsule and trying to figure out what happened to this expedition over one hundred years ago. Composed of 50 printed pieces, including letters, telegrams, drawings, newspaper clippings, a broadside, burned tatters of found stationery, and a journal that was written by hand and printed by letterpress. All of these – letterpress printed, hand stamped, aged and weathered – comprise this Stygian work of unnameable horrors.
In addition, you'll receive a cast resin fragment of the artifact that plays an important part in the story. For Kickstarter backers only, you'll also receive a special personalized letter to you from one of Lovecraft's nefarious characters explaining how this secretive tome has found its way to you.
The story, in three acts, is sealed within three custom designed and printed folders from the dusty shelves of the Miskatonic Archives. The folders have been kept away from prying eyes for decades and are held in a beautiful clothbound and foil-stamped clamshell box, which will keep your edition looking gorgeous and protect the forbidden secrets held within.
The Miskatonic Papers is Angel Bomb's largest and most ambitious book to date. You have the chance to get one of the few copies of this unique book. This small edition will go fast and be prized possessions of collectors for years to come.
Every piece was designed, drawn, and printed on 1950s era Heidelberg presses at Angel Bomb. There is even an alphabet unique to this book based upon the oldest known Slavic alphabet, Glagolitic. By modifying the letterforms into a style more in-line with story elements, I created Cthulhic, which plays straight into the story line. Glagolitic was created by a Byzantine monk to spread Christianity, while I imagined Cthulhic was used by ancient peoples for darker deeds. The journal is handwritten and the pages have been artificially aged using archival methods to ensure the book will endure the ravages of time.
In 2012 I received a Jerome Book Arts grant to create my first letterpress book, The Airship, a digitally enhanced graphic novel. Since then, Angel Bomb has created two more books, one being an activist piece inspired by Thomas Paine's Common Sense, which was funded in part with an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. The most recent book was a miniature accordion-fold retelling of Frankenstein to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's remarkable novel. It was designed with a custom leather-looking box to vend from a vintage cigarette machine. I have also served as Master Printer for two Winter Books published by the world-renown Minnesota Center for Book Arts. With this project, Angel Bomb seeks to build a larger audience allowing me to create and print books full time. These books have won design awards and are featured in the special collections of over thirty university libraries and museums across the country.
I've created rewards at a variety of prices so that even if you can't get one of the limited edition books, you can still show your support at another level. All of the rewards feature artwork from the book.
Set of Coasters
Letterpress Print - The Sculpture
Letterpress Print - The Temple
Letterpress Print - Cthulhu
Fragment of the Artifact
Letterpress Print - Set of All Three
All Six Fragments of the Artifact
The Miskatonic Papers + Fragment of Artifact
The Miskatonic Papers + Set of Six Fragments of the Artifact
The book measures 9.75 x 12.75 x 2.625" with all 50 of the pieces printed on various sheets of French, Glamma, and Mohawk Keaykolour papers. There are some other handmade sheets as well. The fragment of artifact is cast from resin.
Funds raised through this Kickstarter project will go towards paper, negatives, printing plates, binding costs, silicone and resin for the artifacts, boxes and other shipping supplies, and Kickstarter fees.
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Risks and challenges
I have been designing and producing fine arts books for seven years. With three hand printed books complete, the only difference in this Kickstarter campaign is a desire to reach a wider audience and expand the existential horrors. The book is completely written and illustrated, 20% of which is already printed. As a graphic design and print vendor for hundreds of clients over twenty plus years, I have carefully packaged and shipped products across the globe. Delivery of the finished books by March of 2020 is easily within our capabilities and experience.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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