THE SHADOW BEAST is a violent graphic novel crafted in the style of a Grimm-Anderson fable.
A girl is born with a shadow that takes the shape of a beast. When the villagers see its fangs and claws, they warn the mother to abandon the cursed child. Surely this demon can only bring ill deeds. This proves true as the Shadow Beast destroys everything it touches: pillows, mirrors, and even skin. Covered in bleeding gashes, the elders banish the girl from the town. Ostracised, she moves to a cave in the hills and tries to hide her shadow in the darkness.
But when she becomes a woman, a transformation comes over the Shadow Beast and it grows strong and terrible. It begins to kill people in the village, one by one. Will the girl find a way to control the Beast before it kills the ones she loves?
Money raised will cover illustration costs for Caroline Jamhour, publication fees, kickstarter fees, and supplies for reward. If we raise more than our target goal, money will be used toward a fourth graphic novel. If the budget for that book is met, anything extra will go toward my research writing fund (aka traveling).
$1 - Approach the beast before it gains its full power. Receive a tweet detailing the type of injury you have sustained and a digital wallpaper.
$10 - The beast begins to stir, biting at its leash. Receive a digital copy of 'The Shadow Beast' and two digital wallpaper illustrations.
$20 - Breaking free from its physical tethers, the beast gains its true shape. Comes with a full color copy (17x11 when open) of 'The Shadow Beast,' a digital copy, three wallpaper illustrations, and two character buttons.
$40 - Consumed with its new power, the hungry beast begins to stalk the village. Receive a 17x11 poster of a Shadow Beast illustration, a full color copy of 'The Shadow Beast,' a digital copy of the book, four wallpaper illustrations, and two buttons.
$55 - None can hide from the insatiable appetite of the beast. Comes with a SIGNED full color copy of 'The Shadow Beast' and a SNEAK PEEK digital copy of my next fable 'Counting White Stones.' Includes all previous rewards.
$75 - When its murderous deeds are discovered, the beast has two choices: fight or flee. Receive THREE physical books, one copy of 'The Shadow Beast,' 'Death’s Footsteps,' and 'Four Arms.' Also get three secret tracks from my storytelling podcast and a digital copy of my next upcoming fable.
Note: Tier 6 is aimed at international backers, but also available for backers who don't need buttons or a poster.
Risks and challenges
This is my third kickstarter project and I've learned a lot from the past two books on what to expect and how to fulfill rewards in a timely manner. The nice thing about having done this before is I already have all my avenues in place. From the publisher, to the printer, to the button maker, it's all squared away. Caroline is working on a few finally illustrations but I'm confident that all the rewards will be in backers hands well before the holidays.
There was a case of a couple posters (3 out of 100) being damaged last time, so I'm making sure to increase the strength with a more expensive padding and sturdier packaging (hence the slight bump in poster reward prices).
If there are any issues, they will be handled with care and communication.
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