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1984 meets THE CRAFT in an all new magical spy thriller novel, illustrated by MARVEL and IMAGE COMICS artists!
'1984' meets 'The Craft' in an all new magical spy thriller novel! It's not too late! CLICK BELOW to pre-order now (limited time!)
'1984' meets 'The Craft' in an all new magical spy thriller novel! It's not too late! CLICK BELOW to pre-order now (limited time!)
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THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE - A magic realism spy thriller

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The North Valley Grimoire is an all new magic spy thriller, and I want to bring it directly to YOU, unfiltered, with all the bells and whistles that are only available through a crowdfunding campaign.

Read the sample chapter here!

I was offered different opportunities to have the book published traditionally, but I opted to publish it myself, starting with Kickstarter

This way I have the final edit without the need to compromise the story, and I can include all of the special bonuses and extras that would otherwise be impossible to include through a bookstore or Amazon.

You'll receive a signed, limited edition first printing of The North Valley Grimoire - and as I hit stretch goals, I'll have additional funds to make the book even more special, adding things like:

  • foil stamping to the cover 
  • interior artwork 
  • and special goodies that I'll pack in with the books 

This is the first and only printing of this edition with the exclusive cover, illustrations and more - it will never be available in stores or  on Amazon!

* Every backer will have their name included in the back of the book! 

There will be a Kickstarter exclusive cover that won't appear anywhere else! For THIS PRINTING ONLY, a David Nakayama special variant cover will be available.

D.NA is Marvel's hottest cover artist, with his work appearing on Ant-Man, Deadpool, Venom, X-Men and more.

Here are some portfolio samples:

The $30,000 CAD stretch goal has been met! There will be ten (10) full-page comic book illustrations added throughout the book, done by the award-winning artist of RAT QUEENS, Roc Upchurch!

Jackson crafting a spell before it's too late
Jackson crafting a spell before it's too late
Agent Malek with his Desert Eagle
Agent Malek with his Desert Eagle

The $40,000 CAD stretch goal has been met! Every shipped package will include limited edition stickers!

The $55,000 CAD stretch goal has been met! Every shipped package will include a limited edition bookmark!

 At the $75,000 CAD stretch goal, every shipped package will receive a limited edition magnet!

Reviews from some of the biggest names in comics and the publishing world are already coming in for THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE!

“I love this book. Blake Northcott has seamlessly shifted genres and proven she’s as masterful in magic and fantasy as she was in superheroes and science-fiction. Don’t pick this up unless you’re prepared to not put it down.” ​  

- Mark Millar (Writer of Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Marvel's Civil War, Old Man Logan)


"There is world-building going on all throughout fiction these days -- and then there is Blake Northcott taking it to another level. Telling the story of a magical conspiracy through the lens of teen adventure, The North Valley Grimoire is what would happen if James Patterson and J.K. Rowling had a baby and it grew up to be a best-seller." ​  

- Scott Lobdell (Hollywood screenwriter of blockbuster Happy Death Day, Marvel Comics writer of Uncanny X-Men and X-Factor) ​ ​  


"From the first paragraph, The North Valley Grimoire grabs the reader. And once it takes hold, it refuses to let go. Successfully fusing a spy thriller and supernatural adventure is not easy, not without losing key elements that make both genres so entertaining, but Blake Northcott delivers in full, face-melting force, all while building an immersive world that you will not want to leave. She has a real winner on her hands here!" ​ 

- Cullen Bunn (New York Times bestselling author of The 6th Gun, X-Men Blue, and Deadpool Assassin) ​ ​ 

 
"A razor sharp page-turner that seamlessly blends two worlds--a late 90s teen horror film, and a cat-and-mouse spy thriller where magic is a weapon. It's electric, and I've never read anything like it."  

- Rees Jones (co-author of Royals, with the world's #1 selling author, James Patterson) ​  


"Engaging, relevant and poignant! A deft combination of ancient magic and modern mayhem!"  

- Dan Panosian (Spawn, Thor, Captain America) ​ ​  


“The North Valley Grimoire is like the tight flashlight beam preceding you into a basement where you’re sure you heard something loud and wrong but you can’t help but explore, no matter what awaits.”  

- Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Gen13) ​  


"Anyone that knows me knows I hate magic, but after The North Valley Grimoire I'm changing my opinion. I blame Blake Northcott." ​  

- Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Power Girl)  


"Blake Northcott is one of the bright and shining stars of comics and literature. Her stories are told in unique and interesting perceptive, and are wholly entertaining." ​  

- Frank Cho (Hulk, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy) ​ ​


"Horror has a compelling, new protagonist in Calista Scott, and a powerful, new voice in author Blake Northcott. Read this book...but do it with the lights on."  

- Bryan Edward Hill (Writer at DC's Detective Comics, Hollywood scriptwriter of Ash vs. The Evil Dead)

Risks and challenges

One of the risks that any creative person runs into is late delivery. As a backer, there is nothing more annoying that backing a project, and waiting around to receive your product.

While my books have always been delivered on, or close, to the promised fulfillment dates, I wanted to take EXTRA precautions this time - the manuscript is already 100% FINISHED.

As soon as the campaign is over I will be printing the books, signing them, and mailing them out to backers.

The current target date for mailing out the packages is week 1 of September (about three weeks after the campaign is over).

The audio book will begin production in August, and I'm targeting an October release date.

All the books are going to be printed in America (a reliable printer in Ohio) to ensure both quality of the final product, and that they will be printed and delivered in a timely fashion.

PREVIOUS CHALLENGES

I have had three previous campaigns on Kickstarter, where I crowdfunded a series of sci-fi/superhero books called ARENA MODE.

While the books were mailed out on or close to the promised delivery dates, the audio book for the 3rd campaign, FINAL EMPIRE, was delayed as I had to contend with recording artists quitting without notice. However, now that Canadians have access to Audible/ACX, any future audiobooks will be recorded by professionals hired through that service, and will be completed and mastered in a timely fashion.

The average turnaround time for an audiobook now will be approximately 6-8 weeks, including mastering!

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    Audiobook + Digital Ebook

    Do you ever pick up a book and think, “this is cool, but I can’t hear it?”

    Well you’re in luck, because for the first time ever, you can have someone with an epic voice read a book *to* you—no page turning or bookmarking required!

    Enjoy filling your ear holes with The North Valley Grimoire!

    In addition, you'll receive digital eBooks that will play on every device (Kindle, Kobo, Nook, a tablet, laptop, desktop or phone!)

    Preferred option for readers outside of USA/Canada who want the full North Valley Grimoire experience without paying for shipping.

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    Timeless Edition Book

    Get a special Timeless Edition copy of THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE - a signed copy of this limited one-time-only printing.

    This durable, perfect-bound book is printed in America with the highest quality paper and a silk laminate cover. This is made to last generations.

    This Kickstarter-exclusive version will never be available in bookstores or online - when they're gone, they're gone!

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    Timeless Edition Book + Digital Pack

    Get a special Timeless Edition copy of THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE - a signed copy of this limited one-time-only printing.

    This durable, perfect-bound book is printed in America with the highest quality paper and a silk laminate cover. This is made to last generations.

    This Kickstarter-exclusive version will never be available in bookstores or online - when they're gone, they're gone!

    AND by choosing this package, you save over 50% on the audiobook and eBook!

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    Timeless Edition Hardcover Book

    A numbered, signed, limited edition case-bound hardcover edition of The North Valley Grimoire! This upgraded collector’s edition will be the crown jewel of your bookshelf. All your other books will be envious.

    This durable book is printed in America with the highest quality paper and a solid, silk laminate cover, with the oversized volume measuring 6" x 9". This is made to last generations.

    This Kickstarter-exclusive version will never be available in bookstores or online - when they're gone, they're gone!

    Comes with an EXCLUSIVE cover by Marvel’s hottest cover artist, David ‘D.Na’ Nakayama (Deadpool, X-Men, Ant-Man).

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    Timeless Edition HC Book + Digital Pack

    A numbered, signed, limited edition case-bound hardcover edition of The North Valley Grimoire! This upgraded collector’s edition will be the crown jewel of your bookshelf. All your other books will be envious.

    This durable book is printed in America with the highest quality paper and a solid, silk laminate cover, with the oversized volume measuring 6" x 9". This is made to last generations.

    This Kickstarter-exclusive version will never be available in bookstores or online - when they're gone, they're gone!

    Comes with an EXCLUSIVE cover by Marvel’s hottest cover artist, David ‘D.Na’ Nakayama (Deadpool, X-Men, Ant-Man).

    AND by choosing this package, you save over 50% on the audiobook and eBook!

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    Deluxe Collector's Pack

    The deluxe collector's package, including both a perfect bound copy of THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE and a hardcover edition, as well as the audiobook and eBook!

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    Ultimate Collector's Pack

    The ultimate collector's package, including both a perfect bound copy of THE NORTH VALLEY GRIMOIRE and a hardcover edition, as well as the audiobook and eBook!

    You'll also reveive a high quality t-shirt! This limited edition shirt will be a custom designed black garment, available in your size (XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL)

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    Original Pencil Art

    Own a piece of history!

    Own an ORIGINAL, finished pencil sketch to go on your wall!

    There will obviously be a very limited supply of these illustrations, so it's first come, first serve. Unfortunately we can't hold or reserve any pieces without payment, and the first Backers will have their pick of the available art.

    Please inquire for details blake.northcott@gmail.com or reach me through Kickstarter.

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    Original Pencil Art - Cover

    Own a piece of history!

    Own an ORIGINAL, finished pencil sketch to go on your wall!

    This is the cover illustrated by the award-winning Image Comics artist, Roc Upchurch, featuring Calista Scott in her schoolgirl uniform, and Agent Malek looming in the background, framed by tentacles.

    There is only one cover, so it's first come, first serve. Unfortunately we can't hold or reserve any pieces without payment.

    Please inquire for details blake.northcott@gmail.com or reach me through Kickstarter.

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    Be a Character

    Be a CHARACTER in The North Valley Grimoire 2 (that's just a working title, it won't be that lame, I promise)

    When the sequel is penned (est. summer 2019) YOU will be one of the characters! You'll also have a professional illustration of YOURSELF to keep forever!

    HOWEVER, as the writer, I cannot guarantee your fate ... you might die horribly by evisceration, disemboweling, or simply burst into flames. OR, you might survive and be one of the lucky scriveners who outsmarts the deadly FATHER Division ...? Who knows!

    Either way, you'll make history.

    And we will be BFFs.

    Please inquire for details blake.northcott@gmail.com or reach me through Kickstarter.

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    Your own custom book

    Work with me to create your own custom short story! Be the hero (or have a hero of your choosing) battle in a 10,000 word short story set in the world of the North Valley Grimoire.

    Is the character YOU? Someone you know? Your own creation? And will they be a scrivener, protecting a grimoire or in search of a long-lost enchantment ... or maybe they're the villain, working for the government's relentless FATHER Division, set to capture or kill every magick user?

    It's up to you!

    Work with me to create your own story, and I'll write it, have a custom cover designed, and send you ten (10) copies anywhere in the world, as well as eBook editions. You'll have them in your collection forever.

    Please inquire for details blake.northcott@gmail.com or reach me through Kickstarter.

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