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2 separate novellas in 1 double-sided book of werewolves and vampires. Plus 2 short stories & 2 short comics included as a bonus!
2 separate novellas in 1 double-sided book of werewolves and vampires. Plus 2 short stories & 2 short comics included as a bonus!
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Ordinary Monsters: A 2-in-1 Horror Novella

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What happens when an overbearing family drives a teenage girl into the arms of a mysterious, pale stranger? How can a high school junior explain having strange dreams of a Nazi concentration camp after being bitten by his neighbor’s monstrous dog? And who will win when two iconic creatures of the night clash on a desolate WWI battlefield? Dive into a world of werewolves and vampires with ORDINARY MONSTERS, two standalone stories featured in a double-sided novella from author Frank Martin. And if that weren't enough, they're both followed up with a short prequel spin-off focused on a character from each story. Plus, don’t forget to check out the bonus comic shorts found in both ends of this jam-packed book of pulp and terror.

Inside ORDINARY MONSTERS you can find:

  • A foreword from BWP publisher Edd Sowder.
  • Family: A vampire story about rival sisters driven further apart by a mysterious stranger.
  • Friendship: A werewolf story about what dark secrets can do to a relationship.
  • Two short prequels spun off from each of the main stories.
  • Two short silent comics featuring a werewolf and vampire facing off on a WWI battlefield. 

I've always been a fan of monsters. Werewolves and vampires aside, monsters as a whole have been an effective tool of storytellers since the creation of fiction, but these creatures of terror and horror have grown more nuanced as time goes on. So much so that the definition of what classifies as a monster is as wide as the monsters themselves. In fact, I would argue that it’s humans which are the greatest monsters of all. That’s where the idea for Ordinary Monsters was born. The title is referring to us. We’re the ordinary ones. These stories are about family and friendship, love and betrayal. It’s about all the things that make us human. And just by adding monsters into the mix it doesn’t take any of that away. It doesn’t make us different. We wouldn’t become special. We’re still just ordinary...regardless of how monstrous we become along the way.

FAMILY: 

Jessica and Laura Parker are sisters that couldn't be more different from one another. Jessica draws art. Laura runs track. Jessica likes bars. Laura prefers clubs. But one thing the sisters share is a tumultuous relationship with their parents. While Jessica understands the tight leash their parents keep them on, Laura is desperate to rebel. So much so that she's willing to dive head first into the arms of a stranger. Laura knows that might be a mistake. How big of a mistake, though, she'll have to find out for herself.

FRIENDSHIP: 

There's no question who Liam Marshall considers his best friend. He and Eric Vager have been attached at the hip since the two first met. But Eric has secrets he's not quite ready to share. Why does he have mandatory "family nights" with his mother three nights out of the month and who is the sick grandfather that he keeps hidden inside his house? Liam is brave enough to seek the answers, but he might not be ready to accept the monster he'll become along the way.


Frank is a comic writer & author that is not as crazy as his work makes him out to be. He's had multiple short stories published in horror anthologies by both Burning Willow Press and Stitched Smile Publications. Frank also wrote and produced the comic anthology series Modern Testament and its subsequent crossover Hollow Testament, both of which were recently funded on Kickstarter. His recent novels include the zombie horror Mountain Sickness and the sci-fi action thriller A Weapon’s Journey.

You can learn more about him and his work on his website www.frankthewriter.com


As a reader/watcher/listener of media, I love finding new and interesting ways to consume a story. And as a writer/artist/creator I'm always thinking of ways that I too can bring a different product to my audience. I want to do more than just write stories. I want to create an experience. Ordinary Monsters is the embodiment of that idea. It's just one book, but within this book is a jammed packed event that goes beyond your average novel. There are two stories (each with its own cover), two prequel shorts that expand upon the stories, and two short comics too! Ordinary Monsters is a creature double feature in every sense of the word.


Several years ago, the original Ordinary Monsters was published as my first solo release. Now I've come to Kickstarter to fund a re-release of the book to a wider audience with two brand new covers and add ons to the main stories. Choosing to launch on Kickstarter will allow fans of my work, both new and old, to get bundles that include several of my more recent novels and as well as other cool rewards. The funds raised will also go towards another round of rewrites, edits, and formatting for the stories, in addition to printing and shipping.

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Thank you so much for checking out the Ordinary Monsters campaign. Although I've run Kickstarters in the past, this is my first one in the publishing category. When producing comics, it's sometimes easier to draw interest with flashy artwork and colorful characters. A novel such as this requires readers to take a relative leap of faith into the author's imagination, so I appreciate you taking the time to consider my project. 

If you like what you see please head on up to the top of the page and click the "back this project" button to show your support. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out and ask. 

Thanks again, 

Frank

Risks and challenges

As of this campaign the project is finished. The book, including covers and comic pages, is complete and edited. All that remains is to format it for release before printing and shipping. Since this is a double-sided work, the formatting is tricky. However, I've been involved in the process once before. Any hiccups in fulfillment will come from the printing or shipping portion. But I will be using trusted vendors to make sure everything goes smoothly.

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    Along with both versions of Ordinary Monsters, author Frank Martin will write you a 1000 word flash fiction horror story featuring the monster of your choice...or any story, really. You decide!

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    Ultimate Burning Willow Press Bundle

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    !FLASH REWARD! The Head Hunter - signed

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    In addition to Ordinary Monsters you will receive a copy of The Head Hunter: Zombified Book 1 signed by authors Kindra Sowder and Santiago Cirilo.

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    !FLASH REWARD! Crossroads in the Dark

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    Get all five volumes of the BWP anthology Crossroads in the Dark and the Ordinary Monsters paperback at a HUGE discount. Each volume features a collection of amazing short stories, all ranging a wide spectrum of themes:

    Volume 1 - Mortality
    Volume 2 - Urban Legends
    Volume 3 - Monsters
    Volume 4 - Ghosts
    Volume 5 - Sci-fi

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