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A novel calculated to dent your brain -- magical realism from the lead writer of UNKNOWN ARMIES

YOU

A novel calculated to dent your brain -- magical realism from the lead writer of UNKNOWN ARMIES
639 backers pledged $10,578 to help bring this project to life.

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YOU is a second person novel, so it's told as if it's happening to the reader. These aren't common. The most popular second person literature is probably the Choose Your Own Adventure genre, only in YOU there are no choices. It could be described as an "endure your own adventure" story.

In the book, you are Leo Evans. Leo is disgruntled, middle-aged, unhappily divorced, and a cultist who has developed genuine extra senses and paranormal abilities by adhering to a set of beliefs he freely admits seem preposterous.

In the course of the book, you get punched, kicked, and you accidentally injure yourself while pulling a concealed brush axe from beneath your jacket. You are enjoined to feel hatred for the person you love the most in the world. You punch a guy in a strip club and get manhandled by bouncers. Your apartment is broken into with distressing regularity. You are subject to multiple enchantments, one of which causes you to feel overwhelming affection for a woman you've never met. People scheme to murder you, to duplicate you, to deceive you, and to make you live forever.

If This Is Your First Time...

Hey, thanks for checking out my project! I've written a lot of stuff, most of it weird, and much of it available free online. If you're not familiar with my work, click on through to http://gregstolze.com/fiction-library/ and you can look through many, many short stories spanning years of my career. The ones that most resemble this novel are probably The Turning of the Time, Ghosts: The Straight Dope, and ENZYMES. (That last one was turned into a crackerjack podcast by the good folks at Pseudopod. You can listen to that at this link here.)

I write about weird events, ordinary people, and the blurring boundary between them. If you like those stories, and others from the fiction library, it's a good bet that you will find something to like in YOU.

For Experienced Stolze Fans...

Welcome back, and thanks for the ongoing support. Whether you're specifically into Unknown Armies or just enjoy a story that was obviously built with zero concern for mass market popularity, YOU is a sterling example of the work I've been doing for decades. It's meant to be perfectly accessible to people who have no idea what Unknown Armies is, but fans of the game and its associated media are sure to be excited to be put in the shoes of someone getting ground between a godwalker and a Room of Renunciation. (There's also a Masterless Man running around, just to keep things stochastic.)

What Everyone Can Expect.

This book is done. It's written, it's been professionally edited and laid out and is ready to go via a print-on-demand service (DriveThruFiction) available in both the US and Europe. As soon as the project is funded and the questionnaires come back in, I can begin releasing electronic versions and start the process of printing and sending physical copies. The rewards say to expect the books in May in order to account for any mailing orders or unexpected issues in production. 

As the project progresses, I hope to be able to add a few short stories as stretch goals, but for the most part, what we have here is the book. At the center of this project, the thing I don't want to lose sight of, is YOU.

-G.

Special thanks to James Semple, whose compositions "This Silence Is Flawed" and "Mood Elevator/Doom To Reveal" are used in the video.

Risks and challenges

I've striven to minimize the risks to the public. The book, as I mentioned, is done. The process whereby it gets printed on demand and sent out has been successfully tested, both in the US and Europe. Reward patches are on hand, as are linocut prints. As for the electronic books, I've had plenty of experience with, and success at distributing them. The fiction rights to the IP are my own and I don't need any further permissions for use, and to the best of my knowledge, all my previous projects are completed and up to date.

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