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WE FUNDED PRIZE PACK

One backer pledging $30 or more will win the following prize pack at the end of the campaign.
  • A copy of The Awakened RPG upon its release
  • An autographed copy of the Bram Stoker award-winning graphic novel, Kolchak: The Night Stalker - The POE Mysteries
  • A DVD copy of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children
  • A DVD copy of Beastmaster
  • A DVD copy of Chronicle
  • A Blu-ray (multi-format) copy of Phenomenon 
  • Two dozen homemade cookies (choices: shortbread, chocolate chip, oatmeal craisin, limoncello coconut with candied ginger) 
  • Three 1 ounce bags of Ginger KICK! Homemade candied ginger, all natural, no preservatives. (see add-on section for flavors.)

Are you ready for the next installment of short fiction set in this exciting roleplaying universe? 

eSpec Books is working in conjunction with The Awakened editor and game designer Hal Greenberg to bring you the first-ever incursion of The Awakened phenomenon in the modern world.

The sudden appearance of a second moon in Earth's sky awakens latent abilities in humanity...a link to a familiar, control of the elements, and so much more becomes possible as the second moon takes effect. What impact will this sudden change have on society? Only time will tell.

Contents  

  • Wolves Run by Night by Ed Greenwood  
  • Little Sisters of the Hourglass by James Chambers  
  • Cold Snap by Ty Johnson  
  • Return of the Devis by Torah Cottrill  
  • Silverback by Hal Greenberg and Ken Shannon  
  • Whiteout by Erik Scott de Bie  
  • Details in Death by Jennifer Brozek  
  • Song of Tyrta by Drew Bittner  
  • Fire and Brimstone by Walt Ciechanowski

The Awakened RPG is scheduled to release this year, but already there are two anthologies--soon to be a third--of action-packed stories to whet your appetite for more. We will keep all of you updated on the game's progress in case you are interested in that as well.

CAMPAIGN NOTE: If you can't decide what pledge reward you would like because there are multiple options that interest you, send me a private message and I will create a custom pledge level.

 

UNLOCKED! The First 16 Backers At a Digital Reward Level will receive a download code for the Transcendence audiobook written by Danielle Ackley-McPhail, voiced by Jennifer Fournier.

UNLOCKED! The First 16 Backers At a Physical Reward Level will receive a print copy of the original version of The Awakened.

UNLOCKED! The First 25 Backers Bonus - The first 25 backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of The Awakened.

UNLOCKED! The First 50 Backers Bonus - The first 50 backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of The Awakened II.

The First 150 Backers Bonus - The First 150 backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of the short story collection Transcendence by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The First 200 Backers Bonus - The First 200 backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of TBA

The First 250 Backers Bonus - The First 250 backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of TBA

500 Facebook Likes Bonus - https://www.facebook.com/eSpecBooks/ All backers will receive a DRM-Free copy of "The Devil's Own Luck" by Danielle Ackley-McPhail (Current count: 375 Likes)

UNLOCKED! $1500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "Awakened" by Hal Greenberg and Ken Shannon.

UNLOCKED! $1800 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "Daedalus Reborn" by Ty Johnston.

UNLOCKED! $2100 - We will add two illustrations to the book.

UNLOCKED! $2400 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "Roadside Shark Show" a previously unpublished story by Torah Cotrill. Once this is unlocked, we will add a tuckerization in this story to the Pledge Reward options.

$2700 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "Longevity Clause" a previously unpublished story by Bruce R. Cordell. Once this is unlocked, we will add a tuckerization in this story to the Pledge Reward options.

$3000 - We will add two illustrations to the book.

$3300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "Sins of the Victims" a previously unpublished story by Greg Schauer.

$3500 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of "the Eye of Midnight" a previously unpublished story by Darren.W. Pearce.

$3800 - We will add two illustrations to the book.

$4000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of the original, unpublished story "The Last Leaf" by Drew Bittner, sequel to his novella, The Girl in the Hourglass.

$4300 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of TBA.

$4500 - We will add two illustrations to the book.

$4800 - We will add a story by Darren W. Pearce to the book.

$5000 - All backers at the $5 or higher level will receive a DRM-Free copy of TBA.

$5500 - We will add a story by James M. Ward to the book.

$6000 - We will add two illustrations to the book.

$7500 - We will offer a Limited Edition hardcover option for the book to be added to the add-on section and as an available pledge reward.

$10,000 - an original story by Richard Lee Byers will be added to the collection. Once this is unlocked, we will also add a Tuckerization in that story to the pledge reward section.

Quick Explanation: Kickstarter doesn't really have an intuitive way to do add-ons, and the process can be confusing, so here's a quick explanation. To add one of the below onto your current pledge, just click on the "Manage Your Pledge" button at the top right of the page, click in the "Pledge Amount" box, and change the pledge amount to reflect the addition of the amount of the add-on you want.  

Example: if your current pledge amount is $10, and you want to add a $5 add-on, you would click into the "Pledge Amount" box and change the pledge amount to $15. At the end of the Kickstarter, we'll send out a questionnaire to find out what add-ons you contributed for.  

NOTES: all ebooks listed available in .epub, mobi, or .pdf, unless indicated. Also, we can autograph a book to whomever you want and you can order more than one copy of the same book when doing an add-on.  

$1 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of Danielle Ackley-McPhail's short story "Consigned to the Sea" to your pledge.

$4 - Ginger KICK! bonus add-on. Add a bag of homemade candied ginger to your pledge reward, all-natural, no preservatives, no sulfides. Can be multiplied. Available flavors: Plain, Lemon, Lime, Apple, Pineapple, Mint, Rosemary, Chai, Earl Grey, Vanilla Cinnamon, Orange, Grapefruit, Root Beer, Cherry. (If you have backed at a digital level, please add $7.15 for shipping.)

$5 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of The Awakened Modern to your pledge.

$5 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of The Awakened or The Awakened II to your pledge.

$5 – Add a DRM-Free digital copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, Gaslight and Grimm, Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, In the Lamplight, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Issue in Doubt, In All Directions, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Best of DTF, OR The Die Is Cast). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one.  

$5 - Add a DRM-Free digital copy of the Paper Phoenix Press title of your choice to your order (Yesterday's Dreams, The Halfling's Court, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea.)

$5 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the James Daniel Ross's eShorts collection: Radiation Angels: The Mission Files to your order.  

$10 – Add DRM-Free digital copies of the Jeffrey Lyman eShorts collection: The Fall of Autumn, Lord of Fire, Lord of Wind, and The Troll King.  

$20 – Upgrade your digital copy of The Awakened Modern to a print copy.  

$25 – Add a print copy of the eSpec Books title of your choice to your order (The Sister Paradox, POST, Gaslight and Grimm, Best of Bad-Ass Faeries, In the Lamplight, The Weird Wild West, The Side of Good/The Side of Evil, The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson, Issue in Doubt, In All Directions, Dogs of War, Man and Machine, If We Had Known, Best of DTF, OR The Die Is Cast). Multiply by the number of titles desired if you want more than one. They make great gifts! (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.)

$25 - Add a print copy of the Paper Phoenix Press title of your choice to your order (Yesterday's Dreams, The Halfling's Court, A Legacy of Stars, Consigned to the Sea.)

$25 -  Add a print copy of The Awakened to your pledge. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.) 

$25 -  Add a print copy of The Awakened II to your pledge. (Includes domestic shipping. If you're a backer outside the U.S. who has backed at a level that does not include shipping, please add $25 for shipping.) 

 

 

Hal Greenberg is an ENNIE winning art director, author, game designer, lead on anthologies, and world builder. Some of his works include the world of The Awakened®, Sisterhood of the Blade®, Bluffside: City on the Edge, Approaching Dawn: Witching Hour. Hal has worked with such industry veterans as Monte Cook, Todd Lockwood, Jeff Easley, Jim Butler and many more. He has been a guest at GenCon, Necronomicon, and Salty Bay Con.  

Hal is a divorced father of two, with one dog, who resides in Florida. His hobbies include collecting: books, games, movie and TV props, art (sci-fi/fantasy and animation), watches, knives, and swords. He has also recently taken up the art of Bonsai with his daughter. Hal enjoys playing RPG's (online and in person), board and card games, and binge watching Netflix® in his spare time. You can find him on Facebook at realhalgreenberg.

Greg Schauer has been a bookseller for over 33 years as the owner of Between Books in Claymont Delaware. He has also helped produce concerts by local and national bands at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden Delaware, one of the country’s oldest continuously run secular utopian art colonies, for the past 10 years. He has previously worked on Stories in Between: the Between Books 30th anniversary anthology with W.H. Horner and Jeanne Benzel, Steampowered Tales of Awesomeness Vol 1 by Brian Thomas and Ray Witte, With Great Power with John L. French, and The Society for the Preservation of CJ Henderson with Danielle Ackley-McPhail. He can be contacted at gschauer@betweenbooks.com.

 

Drew Bittner has been writing most of his life. In 1991, he wrote GURPS Magic Items 2 for Steve Jackson Games, following that with AD&D Circle of Darkness for TSR, Inc. Drew has written comic books and trading cards, as well as co-creating a card game for comic book publisher WildStorm (now a part of DC Comics). He lives with his wife and daughter in suburban Virginia.

Jennifer Brozek

Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and a Bram Stoker nominated author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fifteen anthologies with more on the way, including the acclaimed Chicks Dig Gaming and Shattered Shields anthologies. Author of Apocalypse Girl Dreaming, Industry Talk, the Karen Wilson Chronicles, and the acclaimed Melissa Allen series, she has more than seventy published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions. Jennifer is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of the Scribe, Origins, and ENnie awards, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is the author of the award-winning YA Battletech novel, The Nellus Academy Incident, and Shadowrun novella, Doc Wagon 19. She has also written for the AAA MMO, Aion, and the award winning videogame, Shadowrun Returns. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is a Director-at-Large of SFWA, and an active member of HWA and IAMTW. Read more about her at www.jenniferbrozek.com or follow her on Twitter at @JenniferBrozek. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jennifer.brozek Twitter: https://twitter.com/jenniferbrozek

Richard Lee Byers is the author of over forty fantasy and horror novels including Pathfinder Tales: Called to DarknessBlind God’s Bluff: A Billy Fox NovelThe Reav er:  The Sundering Book IV, Black Dogs (first in his new “Black River Irregulars” trilogy), The Ghost in the Stone, and the “Impostor” series. His novel The Spectral Blaze won Diehard GameFAN’s award for the Best Game -Based Novel of 2011.

Richard has also published dozens of short stories, some of which are collected in the eBooks The Q Word and Other Stories and Zombies in Paradise. His first graphic novel, the latest installment in the “Basil & Moebius” series created by Ryan Schifrin, will be out soon. He is also working on new electronic games.

 Richard lives in the Tampa Bay area and is a frequent guest at Gen Con, Dragon Con, and Florida SF conventions.

 He invites everyone to Follow him on Twitter (@rleebyers), Friend him on Facebook, and add him to your Circles on Google+.

James Chambers writes tales of horror, crime, fantasy, and science fiction. He is the author of The Engines of Sacrifice, a collection of four Lovecraftian-inspired novellas published by Dark Regions Press which Publisher’s Weekly described in a starred-review as “…chillingly evocative….” He is also the author of the short fiction collections Resurrection House (Dark Regions Press) as well as the dark, urban fantasy novella, Three Chords of Chaos and The Dead Bear Witness and Tears of Blood, volume one and two in the Corpse Fauna novella series.

His short stories have been published in the anthologies The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the CrucibleChiral Mad 2, Clockwork Chaos, Dark FuriesThe Dead Walk Deep Cuts, The Domino Lady: Sex as a Weapon, Dragon’s Lure, Fantastic Futures 13, Gaslight and Grimm, The Green Hornet Chronicles, Hardboiled Cthulhu, In An Iron Cage, Kolchak the Night Stalker: Passages of the Macabre, Shadows Over Main Street, The Spider: Extreme Prejudice, Qualia Nous, Reel Dark, Truth or Dare, TV Gods, Walrus Tales, Warfear, and the award-winning Bad-Ass Faeries and Defending the Future series as well as the magazines Bare BoneCthulhu Sex, and Allen K’s Inhuman.

He has also edited and written numerous comic books including Leonard Nimoy’s Primortals, the critically acclaimed “The Revenant” in Shadow House, and the original graphic novel Kolchak, the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe.

His website is www.jameschambersonline.com.

Walt Ciechanowski is an award-winning author and developer who primarily writes for the roleplaying games industry, contributing to such lines as DC Adventures, Doctor Who, Dungeons & Dragons, Mutants & Masterminds, Rotted Capes, and Victoriana. He is also a founding contributor to Gnome Stew and has co-written several books offering roleplaying advice. Outside of the roleplaying game industry, Walt has also contributed a short story to the anthology The Stories in Between. Walt lives in Springfield, Pennsylvania with his wife Helena and his three children, Leianna, Stephen, and Zoeanna. 

Torah Cottrill is a professional editor and amateur video gamer whose short stories have appeared in Stupefying Stories, Luna Station Quarterly, Ares Magazine, and Tokyo Yazuka, among other publications. She wastes her free time researching hand-to-hand combat techniques for her novel and failing to complete the seasonal set dungeons in Diablo III. 

Erik Scott de Bie is an American fantasy author and technical writer who has authored several Forgotten Realms novels. He has a degree in English composition and literature from Willamette University in Oregon. 

Ed Greenwood is a New York Times-bestselling Canadian writer, game designer, and librarian best known for creating The Forgotten Realms® fantasy world fifty years ago. His 350-plus books have sold millions of copies worldwide in more than three dozen languages. Ed was elected to the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art & Design Hall of Fame in 2003, and has won multiple ENNIE and Origins and other awards. Through The Ed Greenwood Group, he now helms many shared storytelling worlds he’s created; they can be found at OnderLibrum.com

Originally from Kentucky, Ty Johnston is a former newspaper journalist of 20 years who now spends his days writing fiction in North Carolina along with memories of his loving wife. When not writing or reading, he enjoys longswording, tabletop role-playing games, and hiking. He is the author of several fantasy series, including The Kobalos Trilogy, The Sword of Bayne Trilogy, and The Walking Gods Trilogy.

Born in West Palm Beach Florida, Kenneth Shannon (aka Ken) is a veteran game designer who has designed and written for board games such as Tournament at Camelot and Approaching Dawn: The Witching Hour as well as award nominated RPGs. He is currently lead designer on Adventure IN, a principal designer for Fall of Man, writing for the Awakened II, Awakened III and Awakened Modern, and has a candy-coated assortment of other projects. Since his start 12 years ago in the industry, he has edited and/or written for Mystic Eye Games, Thunderhead Games, Bastion Press and more recently for Samurai Sheepdog.

James M. Ward married his high school sweetheart and she’s put up with him for 44 years. He has three unusually charming sons, Breck, James, and Theon. They in turn have given him six startlingly charming grandchildren, Keely, Miriam, Sophia, Preston, Teagan, and Noah (16 months old at the time of this writing).

In that same stretch of time he managed to write the first science fiction role-playing game, METAMORPHOSIS ALPHA; the first apocalypse role-playing game in GAMMA WORLD; he worked for TSR for over 20 years and did lots of D&D and AD&D things; and designed the best-selling SPELLFIRE and DRAGON BALL Z CCGs.

Jhoneil Centeno is a Los Angeles based artist. A graduate of the renowned Art Center College of Design, he primarily works in digital media but recently found a new enthusiasm in working with oil paint again. His paintings have been featured in numerous books, galleries, and websites. In his spare time, he plays the ukulele badly, takes pictures of random things, and explores LA's diverse food culture. He loves all things archery, specially the Asian variety and can hit an apple consistently at 20 yards using a traditional recurve bow. "My work explores the relationship between the body and romance tourism. With influences as diverse as Rousseau and Sriracha Marconi, new combinations are created from both traditional and modern textures. Ever since I was a student I have been fascinated by the unrelenting divergence of the mind. What starts out as triumph soon becomes manipulated into a carnival of lust, leaving only a sense of dread and the dawn of a new synthesis. As shimmering derivatives become transformed through studious and diverse practice, the viewer is left with a testament to the possibilities of our world." His website is http://www.jhoneil.com/.

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