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Sharkchild's third hardcover installment of 26 short stories of weird occult and fantastical horror (in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft).

THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 3: BEYOND THE GRIP OF TIME will be the third hardcover installment of THE DARK VERSE, containing another (at least) 26 short stories of my weird occult and fantastical horror fiction housed in an imitation leather, foil-stamped, black-gilded, throw-back tome of dark beauty.

NOTE: You may have noticed that the goal for the Kickstarter project for THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 2 book was only a fraction of this project's goal. This is because most of the costs for that second book were going to be out-of-pocket and were out-of-pocket. This time around, I am looking to the cover full cost of the production of the book (over $10,000—you can see the breakdown below).

THE DARK VERSE is my growing collection of weird occult and fantastical horror stories written with the sole purpose of sharing with you a unique world of fiction that will follow you to the visions of your sleep. My writing is compared to the works of H.P. Lovecraft, but I have a style of my own. The contents of my stories range from demented, hellish entities to gross, consuming worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions, and twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.

  • THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 3: BEYOND THE GRIP OF TIME

The stories of THE DARK VERSE, VOLUME 3:

(click any story to listen to a non-copyedited version)

All artwork (as with the previous volumes) will be created by John F. Stifter, including:

  • Cover
  • Two full-color endsheets
  • Two-page illustration for each story
  • Initials
  • Imitation leather hardcover binding
  • Gold foil stamping
  • Black gilding on all three sides of the pages
  • Thick, 80 lb. paper
  • Full-color endsheets
  • Unimaginable artwork by John F. Stifter
  • Copyediting: $1,500
  • Artwork: $2,000
  • Printing: $7,000
  • Other Rewards: $500

Any support you are willing to give me will be greatly appreciated! I want to continue a lifelong journey of creating books and other products like no one has ever seen before. I want my only limit to be the imagination stirring in the realms of my mind!

HELP ME SPREAD THE DARKNESS! THANK YOU!

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Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

All of the stories for the book are written (minus potential stretch-goal stories). 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 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).

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