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A Greater Monster is a novel featuring 65 pages of illustrations, visual text poetry, graphics and links to original music & animation.

Thank you for reading about my project!

I plan to publish my second novel, A Greater Monster, in October. This 384-page book is a cross-genre, multimedia work that I’m describing as a psychedelic fairytale. My influences include Alice in Wonderland, Williams S. Burroughs, and Grant Morrison. The story features 65 pages of illustrations, visual text poetry, and an original musical composition and an animated sequence linked to the story online.

I spent seven years writing this book, and it’s amazing to be so close to releasing it into the world. The only tasks that remain are completing the cover design and a single round of proofing of the interior.

Why support me?

I have rejected Print-on-Demand as an option because I’m committed to using 100% recycled paper. Your support will fund a print run of 1000 copies on high quality recycled paper, which is more expensive than standard paper.

What’s it about?

The story follows a nihilistic advertising executive who has experienced only brief glimpses of love and cares for little but his own advancement. He takes a drug given to him by a homeless man and embarks on a strange DMT-like trip while riding the silver snake of the L train into the bowels of Chicago. His mind shatters into shards that slice through layers of reality, and he breaks through into an Underworld of living gods and mythology, a dystopian alternate reality where genetic material has come loose and blows like pollen in the wind. While struggling to survive and maintain his sanity, he stumbles into a quest that might just possibly lead him to find peace and enlightenment.

Is it any good?

Pre-release, the book has already received acclaim from published authors and editors:

“Brilliant, insane, and utterly unique….”—Jen Knox, author of To Begin Again (2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award winner)

“Our readers praised it for gorgeous graphics and exquisiteness & brutality at the level of the sentence ... an extraordinary work.” Cara Stratton, Editor, Starcherone Press

"Beautiful mystic-schizo DayGlo wordage. Poetic, peripatetic and diuretic prose that befuddles, enchants and amuses the reader at the same time." —Lance Carbuncle, author of Grundish & Askew

“… contains scenes and unique designs that seem engineered by some Mad Hatter and Chuck Palahniuk cross-breed."—Lavinia Ludlow, author of alt.punk

a spiritual (and carnal) quest that reads like Alice on acid, while channeling every trash sci-fi nightmare Creepy Tales had to offer.”—Charles Lambert, author of Scent of Cinnamon and Any Human Face

Thank you for your support!

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    You will receive a signed copy of both A Greater Monster and Death by Zamboni (with personalized inscriptions), plus the ebook version of the second novel, plus a unique, hand written stream of consciousness letter inspired by any phrase you suggest.

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    You will receive the same as $50, plus a copy of the peculiar unpublished short story I wrote, which was the original inspiration for A Greater Monster.

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