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£2,104
pledged of £7,000pledged of £7,000 goal
34
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, October 31 2017 11:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

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We are raising funds for a fully illustrated collection of short stories including a secret 13th chapter only available here on Kickstarter! 25 brand new stories of horror, mystery and madness each featuring their own beautiful illustration and with additional page decorations.

I'm a full time artist working with my good friend, author Sean Walter to bring this project to life. Last October, we attended the Dark Arts exhibition here in Whitby together, which is where we started plotting a major collaboration.

Us on Karen's stand at the Dark Arts exhibition
Us on Karen's stand at the Dark Arts exhibition

                           (photo credit Simon Blackwood Gallery)

We have worked together before - I produced an illustration for his short An Invited Guest, Sean wrote Forgotten Resident to accompany my drawing of Stephen Under The Bed. This book is our opportunity to combine our skills to produce something extraordinary.

An Invited Guest
An Invited Guest

 

Stephen Under The Bed/Forgotten Resident
Stephen Under The Bed/Forgotten Resident

We have included the two above to demonstrate what we can do. All stories and illustrations in the book and other rewards are brand new, created just for this project. Copies of the two tales above and art prints are available via our own websites.

We have already designed the postcard level, shown below.

Postcard reward
Postcard reward

The chapbooks will look similar to the stack below - illustrations will depend on the stories within and covers will vary in colour.

Chapbook samples (illustration an example only)
Chapbook samples (illustration an example only)

What's the plan long term? Your pledges help in the following ways: A portion goes on the basic expenses of running this project - keeping the rain out and the lights on while we work. The rest (after Kickstarter fees) is for the production and shipping of the rewards. If we exceed our initial target (and we sincerely hope we will) we have the opportunity to invest in professional representation and support to help us develop our careers.

In return, we give you your choice of the following rewards:

  • Postcard sized print featuring a one off mini illustration and a quote from the 13th chapter.
  • A copy of the secret 13th chapter, exclusive to Kickstarter, bound in its own mini edition.
  • A trilogy of the mini chapbooks, including, of course, the 13th chapter.
  • A high quality, professionally bound paperback book featuring all 25 stories. This version of the book is exclusive to Kickstarter.
  • A signed copy of the special edition, which I will scribble on in a suitably artistic manner before giving to Sean to sign for you.
  • A set of 13 individual chapbooks - the 13th of course being our secret chapter.
  • The opportunity to own one of the original hand-drawn illustrations which will come to you framed, along with the original manuscript. This is a limited level as only 25 will ever exist. If you back this level, one of you will get the 13th chapter (selected at random).
  • Our top tier - being written into one of the stories, in a very special, hand-written, one-off edition. After consultation with us, we will create a unique version of one of the tales, and you (or your pet if you like, this is your story after all) will also appear in a new version of the artwork. The art will then be framed and delivered with the handwritten and beautifully bound book - also containing the other stories too of course.

If we meet our target, Sean will share a short story reading with you. Stephen and Mr Thingy will help by acting out a key sequence of the story. They're good like that.

One last thing - this project is all or nothing. Without your support, the monsters won't have our full attention and will be very sad. Or bored, which is much worse....

 

Risks and challenges

This project is low risk. We have allowed a realistic amount of time for the creation of the stories to allow for all creative activities including retrieving lost plots, the proper care and feeding of monsters, etc. The paperback edition and postcards are being produced by companies we have previous experience with.

With the chapbooks, we have a choice of production methods which will be dictated by the number of backers we have for those levels. We can hand produce the chapbooks, or if we have enough orders, we have negotiated with a small press to have them bound professionally. This is why we have reserved sufficient time to complete half the book before sending any out.

We will announce such decisions as and when we hit those points to keep you up to date.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    13th chapter postcard, mini print

    Postcard, A6 - 4" x 6" featuring a unique mini drawing and a line from our secret 13th chapter. Quality mini print, gift to a friend or frame. This particular illustration only appears at this level. A satisfying taster of the bigger rewards.

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    13th chapter chapbook, exclusive

    Mini edition featuring the very secret 13th chapter only available to Kickstarter backers. A6 format, approx 4" x 6", fits in one hand. Keep it and read under the covers or gift to a very special friend.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    Chapbook trilogy including 13th chapter

    A set of three individually bound chapbooks, including the secret 13th chapter only available here on Kickstarter. Three beautiful mini books that fit in one hand. Share with deserving friends or keep them all to yourself.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $31

    Tales in Somber Tones book

    A special edition produced only for Kickstarter backers. The full set of 24 tales plus the secret 13th chapter. Each with it's own beautiful illustration and page decorations.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $62

    Signed and doodled book

    Signed copy of the special edition featuring the secret 13th chapter, signed by Sean and with a little thank you sketch by Karen. 25 stories, all illustrated.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $123

    Chapbook collection

    13 individually bound mini books in a presentation box, including the secret 13th chapter which is a Kickstarter exclusive. Each features its own unique illustration.

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    Pledge £250 or more About $307

    Original illustration and manuscript

    A framed original illustration and manuscript from one of the stories. One per chapter so only 25 available. Your opportunity to own a piece of the book's creation.

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    Pledge £2,000 or more About $2,456

    Be in the book !

    The ultimate exclusive - a single edition with one of the stories and illustrations reworked to include you ! The book will be hand written and bound, featuring a print of your illustration. The artwork itself will be framed and accompanies the book.

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Funding period

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