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What if Clint Eastwood was a f#*king orc?
If you're a fantasy reader looking for something a little different, this is the place for you. The Grimluk, Demon Hunter series combines high fantasy elements like elves, dwarves, and orcs, with elements of horror, heroic sword and sorcery, and the Wild West. In a genre filled with heroes who tend to be human or elf, it's not often that you see an orc in the lead, much less a gunslinging orc, right? There's magic, there's demons and Lovecraftian abominations, diverse characters, and saloons full of all of them.
If you're a new reader, good news, you won't need to have read the first two books to jump in now with The Demons Within. The Grimluk series is being written so that each book is self-contained, in a similar vein to the Dresden Files series. While being a fan of westerns (especially the spaghetti variety) isn't a requirement, it certainly helps but this is a west that's of the Weird variety. So...
Grimluk is an orc with one purpose: hunting demons.
A small, isolated farming town has a demon problem and though it's a cold winter, Grimluk aims to correct that problem. After arriving in the town, he witnesses a meteorite land somewhere nearby. While he hunts the town's demon, something emerges from the fallen rock. Something oozing and hungry and alien to the world of Arkod.
Once the demon's dead, Grimluk moves on, unaware of what the meteorite brought with it. He spends some time in Downingville, enjoying the company of an orc woman named Emerald but that enjoyment is soon interrupted by something Grimluk has never seen before. Something huge and grotesque. Something that calls out his name in a demon's voice.
As he fights to protect the town's citizens, the thing vanishes and in its place comes someone who should be dead. Now Grimluk is faced with the prospect that this demonic creature could be anyone around him. He learns all too quickly that it'll take more than a quick gun to win this fight.
Read the first chapter here.
In this new adventure, Grimluk will face a strange new threat. If Demon Haunted was inspired in part by Poltergeist, then this book owes some of its creation to The Blob and The Thing. There will still be plenty of weird west stuff to go with it but this time, you'll get to see a bit more of what being a demon hunter is like for Grimluk, and a bit more of what life is like in the provinces of Ornesea. For new and returning readers, hopefully, you'll find a fun, interesting adventure.
If all of that sounds interesting, and you've read this far, I'm sure you're wondering what the budget breakdown is and what the rewards are. Cost is listed below and rewards are, of course, listed to the side.
First up, we have one of the most important aspects of making a book: Editing. Now, while I do my best to craft a great story, sometimes a writer needs some help with polish. That's where the editor comes on. Once everything is settled, you move on to Proofreading, to cut out as many final errors as possible.
Next up, the beautiful cover art. Bob Kehl will once again be doing the cover for Grimluk (the covers for book 1 and book 2) and this might be my favorite part of writing a new book. And you, dear backers, will get to see the cover progress as I see it and you'll get to see the final reveal before anyone else.
After that, it's shipping and supplies, self-explanatory, along with the obligatory Kickstarter fees. The overall cost looks like this:
$400 for Shipping and Supplies
$600 for Art
$1000 for Editing, Proofreading, and Printing
$200 for Kickstarter Fees (10% of total)
Should funding exceed my goal, the following items will be added to the rewards:
Note: These are prototype patches, final versions may be different.
Risks and challenges
The second draft is done, so you're not backing a malformed project. Barring medical emergencies or death, the only real challenge to completing this project is cost. Which is why you're here and hopefully backing me. And given that this is the third Grimluk book, you know I'm serious and I've done this before.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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