Every town and city has its legends. Spring-heeled Jack (London), Cropsey (Staten Island), or Slenderman (Waukesha). In 2018 Maryland’s terrifying legend of Peeping Tom was brought to light with director Erik Kristopher Myer’s award winning horror mockumentary Butterfly Kisses. With Myer’s efforts as well as the tireless investigatory work of documentary film maker Crane Peeping Tom aka The Blink Man is finally becoming a household name and a warning to anyone who ignores it.
Now, we are very lucky to have been given the opportunity to have an authorized collection of stories and experiences on The Blink Man that explores and expands on the years of research and first hand accounts by historians, authors and survivors. All of the stories are expertly written and ready to be bound in our beautifully designed book making it the most perfect and definitive tome on an urban legend to date.
Released in 2018, Butterfly Kisses is an award winning and critically acclaimed horror film / documentary that deconstructs and reinvents the found footage genre. It documents the journey of Gavin York, an aspiring film maker who stumbles across footage left behind by two film students who faced a monstrous urban legend and were never seen again. Butterfly Kisses has a growing fanbase and worldwide distribution through Gravitas Ventures.
In Elliott City, Maryland, there is an old railway tunnel, The Ilchester Tunnel, and if you manage to stare down to the other for an entire hour up to midnight, without blinking, it will summon Peeping Tom, The Blink Man. Once summoned, The Blink Man will watch over you, standing silently but getting closer each time you blink until his eyelashes are touching yours.
"According to playground historians, if a person stands at the far side of the trestle spanning the Patapsco River at exactly midnight, and if he or she possesses the strength of will to stare into Ilchester Tunnel without blinking their eyes for one uninterrupted hour, they will see Peeping Tom appear at the tunnel's far end."
Throughout history many people have been foolish or unfortunate enough to cross paths with The Blink Man, but who is he, how long has he been here and why, the questions brought up in Erik Kristopher Myer’s Butterfly Kisses, can finally be revealed.
Since the release of Erik Kristopher Myers' award winning mockumentary more and more stories and experiences of The Blink Man have emerged and thanks to the efforts of an international group of writers, poets and historians we have managed to combine all these stories into one passionately constructed tome.
Several tales inspired by local history, legends and superstition surrounding the cursed Ellicott City.
A professor, brought to Ellicott City to lecture on the phenomenon of 'flickering spirits'.
A troubled man's life takes a turn for the worse when a local shopkeeper leads him to a terrifying encounter.
Folklore expert Matt Lake receives a mysterious old poem that appears to tell the tale of someone who once encountered the Blink Man.
A cheating husband's attempt to bid a permanent farewell to his wife descends into madness and death.
A holy man journeys to the Ilchester Tunnel and sees an awful figure off in the distance.
A reckless teen questions the choices that brought him face to face with his own destruction.
A man traumatized by war turns to a hypnotist for relief with horrifying consequences.
A student has good reason to believe that her favorite teacher's untimely death wasn't suicide.
Police detectives investigate the disappearance of a survey team at the site of the Ilchester tunnel.
Research into the tunnel reveals some startling anomalies.
And a seemingly accidental car accident ties back to the Ilchester Tunnel and the infamous Blink Man.
The artwork to In The Blink of an Eye is created by Ilan Sheady, a specialist in horror.
"I've been a huge fan of Butterfly Kisses and the idea of The Blink Man since the first moment I watched it. Found footage can be very polarising subgenre but when it is done right it can make a huge impact. Similar to Blair Witch and it's mysterious stick figures Butterfly Kisses offers enough visual iconography that it's frighteningly easy to expand on that world. As rich, dynamic and enticing as the cover is, it is constructed purely from the key elements of the legend repeated over and over again demanding to have more added to it until it becomes a struggle to stop."
The paperback anthology book will be beautifully but eerily designed by Uncle Frank Productions, a specialist in producing artwork for the horror genre.
An audio version of In The Blink of an Eye is being heavily considered with the voice and audio talents of Head-cinema Productions Mariam M. Draeger.
The hardback edition of In The Blink of an Eye will be limited to only 100 copies, signed by multiple authors and be the definitive tome further extending the artwork and content.
The stories are completed and the artwork finalised. we just humbly ask for your support in making the first batch of orders and in appreciation we have some fantastic, exclusive rewards and incentives.
We are extremely fortunate to have an international team of professionals all passionately supporting this project.
Chief editor of Roxton Press and In The Blink of an Eye, K. Patrick Glover was inspired by Erik Kristopher Myer's Butterfly Kisses and discussed the opportunity to combine all of the stories in one definitive tome.
"With a tale as rich and open as what filmmaker Erik Kristopher Myers has created in Butterfly Kisses, it was easy to see the potential for more stories delving into the legend of The Blink Man and the history of the haunted Ilchester Tunnel. I talked it over with Erik and fortunately, he agreed. So we started talking to writers, both here in Baltimore and abroad, and we've put together a collection of amazing stories, each set in a different time period, that weave together a kind of history of the horror unleashed in that tunnel."
In the short time since its release Butterfly Kisses has appeared in numerous festivals and amassed several awards including best feature. Erik Myers is continuing his presence in Blink Man's history by authorizing and contributing to In The Blink of an Eye.
Author Matt Lake has had a long history in researching and writing some of America's most notorious ghost stories. His books include the hugely successful 'Weird' series.
Author Patrick Storck has written numerous comics for Disney Studios, including popular work on The Muppets and Disney's Princess line.
Megan Morgan is an acclaimed young adult SF writer. The Altered Wake is the first in a series. She is currently working on The Altered Rise.
William Couper is a Scottish writer of horror and speculative fiction that has appeared in anthologies and on numerous websites.
Josef Richardson is a filmmaker and artist who has worked on Butterfly Kisses, VHS 2, as well as video games for Lucas Arts.
Actor Paul R. Sieber has appeared in a variety of film and television productions, including Ninjas VS Vampires, Ninjas VS Monsters, and the popular Starship Farragut series.
Steve Toase's short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He has two stories appearing in this year's edition of The Best Horror of The Year.
Shelley Davies Wygant is a local historian and the author of the acclaimed Haunted Ellicott City.
Seth Adam Kallick is an actor and author, portraying 'Data' in a popular series of cyber security ads. American Nightmare is his first novel.
Jacob le Doux is the star of the popular horror film 8 Ball Clown and front man for the band Crimson Orchid.
Mariam M. Draeger is a music producer for Head-cinema Productions, specialising in audio and visual creative support for the horror genre.
Ilan Sheady is an illustrator and designer with over 12 years experience working specifically for the horror genre. His studio, Uncle Frank Productions has worked on multiple books, events and film projects with a passion for the genre that's second to none.
A special thank you goes out to Sophia Crane who's research into The Blink Man was paramount in making the documentary and the catalyst to making this book. Our heart goes out to her and her family and we wish her a speedy recovery.
We thought long and hard about the possible rewards we could offer. With multiple talented authors, designers, composers, directors and historians involved there is a huge pool of resources we can tap into to celebrate your support. Our standard rewards can be seen below but we have some excellent surprises in mind should we hit our targets
We have a fantastic series of stretch goals that we can't wait to reveal to you. If we hit the reveal target we'll also let you know how these extra incentives can be added to your rewards
Risks and challenges
The hardest part here is already done. The stories themselves are complete and in hand. The real challenge is getting the word out about this amazing volume. For that, each of our contributors will be launching a social media campaign promoting the Kickstarter and it's our hope that you, the fans and supporters, will also help us spread the word far and wide.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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