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PRAISE FOR THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 1
"Whoever Mr. Sharkchild may actually be, he knows how to have a beautiful house constructed to hold his stories. In regards to the content, this aims for Lovecraft Territory." -Hellnotes.com
"Overall, The Dark Verse, Vol. 1 is a pre-eminent compilation of short stories, or maybe even bedtime stories, to add to any collection." -Gothic Beauty Magazine
"I will say this outright: if you cannot appreciate the histrionic outbursts of Poe or the verbosity of Lovecraft, Sharkchild's work is not for you. But, for those of you who can appreciate Machen, Lovecraft, Dunsany, Le Fanu, the foundations of dark fantasy as we know it, this book is a real winner, the sort of fiction most writers cannot pull off." -Garrett Cook
"This took me to all the greatest places my imagination had to offer." -The Crimson King
"Darker even than Lovecraft; a journey into the pit of chaos." -Lee Hargrave
"This collection is well written, and an excellent read. It has the sort of street level charm that I look for in creepy pasta, but has the finesse of an actual writer behind it. It is one of the most interesting looking books on my shelves and is usually one of the first things visitors pull to examine." -Amanda W.
Seven years ago, I journeyed into the world of self-publishing. Before the success of crowdfunding had given a stage to the seas of hungering creators, I took my vision for a type of book that did not exist and some of my savings and turned them into the black hardcover tome known as The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants—a collection of the first 26 short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that I had written and narrated for my podcast, The Dark Verse.
Six years of conventions, online sales, and giveaways later, none of the original 1,000 copies printed are left to sell! They are now in the hands of those whom I hope have enjoyed and treasured not only my writing, but the quality and uniqueness of the design.
It is time to bring this beloved book back into print, better than ever. The second edition hardcover book will be everything it was before and more, but how much more depends on the amount of help I receive through this campaign!
The goal for this project is only $6,000, just enough to print the book as it was, but with revisions to the text and formatting. However, if I can reach certain other milestones, more will be added to this second edition. Below, I outline the details of the book and what special additions (stretch goals) await!
Everything here is what is included in the book if only the minimum $6,000 goal is reached (it will be nearly identical to the first edition of the book, but with slight revisions to the text and formatting):
- Imitation leather hardcover binding
- Silver foil stamping
- Black gilding on all three sides of the pages
- Thick, 80 lb. paper
- Full-color endsheets
- Artwork by John F. Stifter
The following are the 26 stories included in the book:
- The Unlike Light
- Becoming the Sky
- What the Flesh Cannot Keep
- Gift of the Crossroads
- The Changing Feyth (Part 1)
- The Bearer of All That Can Be Felt
- Between the Corridors
- The Phoenix Imago
- The Chambers of Nature's Machines
- The Changing of Feyth (Part 2)
- Sounds of the Deliverer
- Dealer of Fate
- The Missing Come Home
- The Captive Inside
- Bringing Back the Unordinary
- Time into Death
- The Science of Faith
- Normal Faces
- Names: Unsonselvitzsol
- Names: Tillalel
- Names: Feltfoldhart
- Finding the Host That Sustains
- The Skulker
- The Coming of the Unexpected
- Character Feast
- The Something Beyond Silence
Narration of The Unlike Light accompanied by soundscapes:
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If $7,000 is attained, the following will be added to the book:
- Two new, full-color artwork pieces for the endsheets (one on the inside of the front cover and one on the inside of the back cover)
If $12,000 is attained, the following will be added to the book:
- A two-page illustration for each story by Stephen Oakley (a super talented artist who was and is a creature designer for the acclaimed game, Evolve)
More from the talented Stephen Oakley:
The $135 and $300 Rewards include a collection of three 5"x7" archival prints of the three Dark Verse book covers designed by John F. Stifter. Each print comes from an edition of 40 and is numbered and signed by John F. Stifter as well.
Add $25 to any pledge to add the t-shirt reward.
(i.e. if you wanted the book and shirt, you would select the $25 book reward and pledge $50)
Below is a glimpse at the artwork that John F. Stifter is currently working on for the 2016 Dark Verse t-shirt! Some aspects of this image will be changing for the final vectored version. The design will be on a black t-shirt and the background colors will be removed. The t-shirt will be offered in standard men's sizes (small, medium, large, and x-large), but youth, women's, and larger sizes will be available upon request (when the survey is sent out).
Thank you so much for your support! If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to reach out to me!
Risks and challenges
If any setbacks are to occur following the successful funding of this project, they will be due to possible delays with the completion of the additional artwork, issues with printing (i.e. repeated errors on proofs of the book that postpone final approval), and/or shipping (i.e. damaged goods, prolonged delivery).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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