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Poe is one of the greatest storytellers ever, and you'd like to share him with your kids. But isn't he too scary? Li'l Eddie can help.
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Hey, I've been here before, and I see you've made your funding.  Do you have stretch goals?

Boy, do I!  Scroll down to the bottom and you'll see them.  We've already hit the first one, but there are several more to aim for!

I haven't been here before, and I want to know more before looking at your stretch goals. Who are you, and what is this?

I'm Micah Edwards.  I'm good at many things!  I came up with Ricky's Spooky House as a joke back in 2010.  Essentially, my thought process was, "What's the least appropriate reinterpretation of an Edgar Allan Poe story?"  I briefly dabbled with the idea of interpretive dance, but settled instead upon a children's story.  I picked The Fall of the House of Usher because it's my favorite Poe story, and I chose to create this as a board book because that seemed like the option most likely to make Poe shake his head in dismay.

Ricky's Spooky House retells the story of The Fall of the House of Usher in just over 200 words and 16 pictures.  It keeps the basics of the original story intact, but recasts everything in a tone and style suitable for small children.  Where Usher begins:

During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country ; and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, within view of the melancholy House of Usher. I know not how it was - but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit.

...my story instead starts:

One fall, I went to the country to visit my friend Ricky. Ricky lived with his sister Maddy in a big, spooky house.

If this doesn't make you laugh, this project might not be for you!  Please go tell a friend about it; either they will love the idea, and thank you for making their day better, or they will also not find it funny, and the two of you can mock this together.  You come out ahead in either case.

Ricky's Spooky House will be published as a board book on 250 gsm C1S artboard, which looks like this:

It'll stand up to the rough handling of children still working on their fine motor skills, enabling them to enjoy this book for many years.  And you'll finally get to read your children a story that isn't about animals making poor decisions!  Everyone wins in this scenario.

Who is this Tom Brown character?

I'm glad you asked!  Here is Tom's list of credentials:

  • Artist for graphic novel series, Hopeless, Maine  (Published by Archaia Entertainment).
  • Cover artist for numerous books, magazines and albums.
  • Frequently works with chap hop legend Professor Elemental.
  • Dweller of the liminal areas between steampunk and gothic.
  • Eater of artichokes.
  • Creative (and life) partner of Nimue Brown (author of Hopeless, Maine among other strange and wonderful things)

If you're so good at things, why do you need an artist?

I'm good at many things, not all things.  My art needs a bit of work.  See, here's Tom's version of Li'l Eddie with his toy raven:

 ...and his rendition of the first page of Ricky's Spooky House, where the narrator first arrives at the creepy house in the country:

 Now, if I'd been drawing this, Li'l Eddie would have looked like this:

 ...and the first page of the book would have looked like this:

So as you can see, it's a good thing that I brought Tom in to work on this one with me.

What's it going to look like?

The book will measure 5.625 x 5.625", with rounded corners and thick artboard pages.  Each page will have full-bleed pictures and accompanying text.  The actual art by Tom does not yet exist, but here's a storyboard of pages 3 and 4, with "art" by me just to give you an idea of what the layout will look like:

So what do I get for backing this project?

Any of the fine rewards listed off to the side!  But here are some details, with pictures.  Please note that all of these pictures have been created on my computer, and are subject to change when entering the real world.

THE BOOK

This is what you're really here for!  As mentioned above, the book will be printed on 250 gsm C1S artboard, making it safe and durable for small children.  It will feature 16 full-color illustrations by Tom Brown, and over 200 words by me.  It will be a thing of beauty; you should probably buy two just so you can keep one in a museum-style case to gaze upon, and still have one to read.

THE TCHOTCHKE PACK

Tchotchkes are little knick-knacks.  This project offers them in three varieties: the pin, the bookmark and the postcard.  The pin will look something like this:

 The bookmark will look like this:

 I can't show you an image of the postcard, because each of them will be handwritten and unique.  They'll be done in the style of Li'l Eddie, as seen on his pen pal blog.

Any tchotchke can be added to any other reward level for just $2, or $5 for all three!  After all, they're tchotchkes; you can just pop them in anywhere.

THE POSTERS

The posters will feature one of the pieces of Tom Brown's art shown above, either the image of Li'l Eddie, or the picture of the narrator of Ricky's Spooky House in front of the decrepit Usher home.  I suppose you could also get posters of my versions of those instead, but that'd be pretty weird.  Still, I'm publishing a kid's book version of a Poe story, so I'm not going to cast stones.  Do what you want.

The small poster can be added to any other reward level for $10, and the large one can be added for $16!

THE SHIRT

The shirt will have Li'l Eddie emblazoned on the front, and will look something like this:

The shirt can be added to any other reward level for $18!

That pretty much covers it!  If you have more questions, please feel free to contact me; I'm happy to provide more details or clarification on any point.

Hey, do you have any stretch goals?

I'm glad you asked!  I sure do.

$5000: MADE IT! I will add a new keychain tchotchke option to the tchotchke pack. Additionally, anyone who has pledged at the $10 level or above will receive a free tchotchke! Hooray, stuff!

$6000: MADE IT! I will make the book larger! Instead of being 5.625 x 5.625", it will be printed as an 8 x 8" book! That's over 40% larger. Also, I will change the name of this project to Medium Eddie. That last statement is not true at all.

$7000: Because people have asked for this -- I assume for the purposes of mocking me -- I will do a complete version of my own illustrations of the book, and will provide it as a PDF to anyone backing the $5 level or above.

$8000: I will make the book more durable! Instead of being on 250 gsm artboard, it will be on 400 gsm artboard. That's 150 more gsm at no additional cost to you! On the off chance you're not up on your gsm thicknesses, it means that the book will be about half again as thick, and therefore that much harder to tear. Also, I will change the name of this project to Fat Eddie. Again, that last statement was not true, but I might start a band named that.

$9000: In case reading isn't your thing, I will make an audiobook of Ricky's Spooky House. I will probably be the one doing the reading, unless I can find someone to do a Vincent Price impression, in which case I will totally get that guy to do it. The audiobook will be provided to anyone who pledges for a copy of the book, and also as its own standalone $5 reward level.

$10000:

 Under development.  Stay tuned!

Risks and challenges

I've never attempted to print a board book before, so there's a possibility that I'll run into unexpected production delays. I've talked with several companies to get an idea of how long I can expect the process to take, including initial proofs, samples, test runs and receipt of the finished product, but there are a lot of steps and I'll be working with a company I've never dealt with before. I believe I've built enough time into the schedule to compensate for any potential delays, but if I am wrong, I'll be certain to keep all of my backers updated.

It's also possible that this will be successful beyond my wildest dreams and I won't be able to complete all of the short stories in the time I've allowed, or Tom won't be able to complete the drawings. Wouldn't that be a nice problem to have? Should I inadvertently become a smashing success, I'll know about that before the end of the Kickstarter, and will update my anticipated delivery dates for those rewards accordingly.

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    Just a Poe Boy: You're backing the project! At this level, you'll receive one of the following: a Li'l Eddie bookmark, a fancy pin with Li'l Eddie's face on it, or a postcard from Li'l Eddie himself! You also receive access to all project updates as they occur.

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    Poellector: You'll receive the complete tchotchke pack: a pin, a bookmark and a postcard from Li'l Eddie!

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    Small Poester: A beautiful 8.5 x 11" print of either the narrator from Ricky's Spooky House, or Li'l Eddie himself, complete with toy raven. Your choice!

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    Poewnership: The board book itself! You will be one of the first proud owners of a durable copy of Ricky's Spooky House.

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    Poewnership II: Edgarlectric Boogaloo: The board book, only autographed by both the author and the artist! We can even make a custom inscription for you, if you'd like. Tom is in England, so this will likely involve some manner of bookplate.

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    Large Poester: Like the small Poester, but larger! This is a 24 x 36" print of either the narrator from Ricky's Spooky House or Li'l Eddie.

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    The Cask of Amonti-shirt-o: It turns out that putting Poe puns for every backer level is harder than I expected. But that's my problem, not yours! You get a delightful t-shirt featuring Li'l Eddie and his toy raven.

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    Poersonal Touch: You will receive an autographed copy of the book. Also, at a mutually agreed-upon time, I will call you up and read the story to you, or to a small child of your choosing.

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    Mr. Poetato Head: I will write you a custom short story, up to 1,000 words, on a topic of your choosing. You can be a character! I will not guarantee that things will end well for this character, though, so be warned.

    The name of this level has nothing to do with short stories, but I really wanted to use it.

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    Mr. Poepularity: Maybe you have friends who need this book! Maybe you have a store. Maybe you just want five copies of the book for yourself. You can have them! This level gets you five copies of Ricky's Spooky House.

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    Custom Poetrait: Tom Brown will draw a 6 x 9" toned sketch of you in the style of Ricky's Spooky House. Hang yourself on your wall, in a manner less gruesome than usually associated with Poe!

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    Poenanza: You get the complete tchotchke pack, your choice of size and style of poster, a t-shirt, an autographed copy of the book, and a digital copy of the book for easy transportation. In addition, Tom will draw you in the style of Ricky's Spooky House, and I will write you a custom short story! That's nearly everything!

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    Poeriginals: You will receive one of the 16 original pieces of art created by Tom Brown for Ricky's Spooky House! No one else will have this particular one. You can lord it over your friends, or keep it locked away from the world; it's totally up to you.

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    Poego: I will modify a bounce castle for you into a bounce house of Usher. You will keep the bounce house; it will include the blower to inflate it, creepy-but-kid-safe distressed-looking exterior walls, and a ball-pit tarn for it to sink into. If you want to pay for me to come out to wherever you are, I will even set it up for you, and for no additional cost, also recite the final terrifying paragraph from Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher as we deflate the bounce house afterward. This bounce house is designed for up to 5 children, and not recommended for adults! However, if you as an adult want to risk destroying your own bounce house of Usher, I will not stop you.

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    Impoestor: For this amount of money, I will add your name as a co-author. Tell your friends you wrote it! I won't tell them otherwise. You will also receive a copy of the book and a complete tchotchke pack.

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