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By Federico Rebeschini
£3,887 pledged of £7,000 goal
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About this project

"They had behind them, to my mind, the terrific suggestiveness of words heard in dreams, of phrases spoken in nightmares." Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness

Project Background and genesis

For the Italian version of the description below, click here.

I came of age reading great fantasy and science fiction gamebooks.

When Joe Dever (1956 - 2016) died last year, I rediscovered some of them and the joy of reading those stories once more, wondering why they disappeared from the shelves in the new millennium.

I consequently put up a story draft by choosing a suitable and fascinating historical background (the 19th century), the only continent that still conveys a sense of mystery (Africa) and I filled my material with moral choices plus monsters inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft (1890 - 1937), enjoying the process of creating something the reader can interact with.

It’s a challenge to write a novel like that, but I truly believe the experience is enhanced when the reader shifts from a passive spectator to a hero whose decisions can shape his destiny, regardless of the medium used to tell that story (that is the reason I am a huge fan of Telltale Games nowadays). If you haven’t tried it before, I’d be grateful if you can give me the opportunity to demonstrate its narrative power.

As mentioned in the blurb, half of the money raised is going to Pancreatic Cancer UK, a charity aimed at supporting the people dealing with the disease. A good friend of mine is fighting his battle against cancer this very moment. We are far away, and this effort is also a way for me to try supporting him and close the gap in miles that separates us.

If funded successfully, the manuscript will be proofread by an external copywriter.

Do you want to have a preview of the story? Click the link to download a mysterious letter from an american group...

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Stretch goals

  • £8000 - cover art:
    A cover for the novel will be designed and illustrated by Riccardo Farina. You can see a sample of his work below. You can also click here to follow his graphic novel.
Riccardo's artworks
Riccardo's artworks
  •  £8500 - Illustrations:
    Riccardo will draw five illustrations to enrich the most salient moments within the story. 

  • £10000 - Professional website:
    I will ask an agency to create a website dedicated to the project, aiming to extend fundraising after the campaign ends,

  • £11000 - Chat Bot:
    I will develop a bot (WTF???) for you to play through the novel via desktop or mobile without any actual book. All backers pledging $20 and above will receive it in addition to their other rewards.  

  • £15000 - TBD:
    If we are really getting this far, I am open to any proposal you are willing to make.

Risks and challenges

This is a very low risk project as depends on my time only

Additional stretches will require the involvement of third parties I trust, that have been already alerted and agreed on compensation

Printing will be done by a commercial press specializing in small runs.

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