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26 short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
26 short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
26 short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep.
164 backers pledged $13,014 to help bring this project to life.

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The Dark Verse, Vol. 4: Within the Depths of Soul

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I'm M. Amanuensis Sharkchild and The Dark Verse is my growing, award-winning collection of short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror that will follow you to the visions of your sleep. A multiverse of unique creatures and intellectual dread, each story has been extracted from my bizarre imagination, infused with Lovecraftian spirit, and crafted in my meticulous style.

The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 will contribute another 26 stories to The Dark Verse collection. With its addition, the anthology will grow to a total of 104 short stories spanning across four physical volumes. 

As with each of the previous volumes of The Dark Verse, my good friend, John F. Stifter, has joined me to bring you the artwork that will infuse savage, macabre, and stunning life into this fourth Dark Verse tome. Beyond the book, he has also designed a special t-shirt and absolutely riveting metal bookends!

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One of the full-color endsheet illustrations.
One of the full-color endsheet illustrations.

 

Example of title page with two-page illustration.
Example of title page with two-page illustration.

 

Illustration for "The Apocalypse Bringers."
Illustration for "The Apocalypse Bringers."

 

Illustration for "Doorways to Obliteration."
Illustration for "Doorways to Obliteration."

 

Illustration for "Little Angels."
Illustration for "Little Angels."

 

Front of bookmark.
Front of bookmark.

 

Bumper sticker exclusively for the DEEPER THAN HELL BUNDLE.
Bumper sticker exclusively for the DEEPER THAN HELL BUNDLE.

 

All of the stories were previously written and narrated for The Dark Verse podcast. They have since been copy-edited for print. If you would like to get a taste of what is in store for you in this book and listen to any of the stories, I have provided links to their corresponding podcast episodes. One story is available to read here as it will appear in the book.

As the project goes on, illustrations for certain stories will be released in updates and linked above.

Below are the add-ons available for the project! Simply add the amounts to your pledge corresponding to the products you want. After the project ends, you will be connected to manager that will allow you to allocate your pledge to those products.

 

The "Sacrosanct Sphere" t-shirt design was inspired by M.C. Escher's "Hand with Reflecting Sphere."
The "Sacrosanct Sphere" t-shirt design was inspired by M.C. Escher's "Hand with Reflecting Sphere."

 

One half of the insanely detailed and harrowing metal bookends.
One half of the insanely detailed and harrowing metal bookends.

 

 

The other half of the insanely detailed and harrowing metal bookends.
The other half of the insanely detailed and harrowing metal bookends.

The bookends will be constructed of metal and have a height around 7" to 8".

The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants
The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants

 

The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death
The Dark Verse, Vol. 2: In the Blood of Death

 

The Dark Verse, Vol. 3: Beyond the Grip of Time
The Dark Verse, Vol. 3: Beyond the Grip of Time

 

The launch of this Kickstarter project marks the 10 Year Anniversary of The Dark Verse! There is no better way to celebrate than to publish a new book and provide bookends for the whole collection!

On October 8, 2007, the first episode of The Dark Verse podcast was published. Little did I know where this idea was going to take me! Making it through 10 years of writing short stories and publishing books could not have been done without my devout, loyal, and encouraging fans supporting me along the way. All of you have been the stepping stones to the continuation of this awesome anthology. You helped me publish The Dark Verse, Vol. 2; The Dark Verse, Vol. 3; my dark fantasy novel, The Spirit Collectors; and you were there to join me in the grand triumphs of the books picking up numerous accolades.

I cannot thank you enough!

It would be my honor to continue publishing better and greater books as the years leave us. I hope you will join me on this journey and on the next 10-year stretch as well! I deeply and sincerely appreciate each and every ounce of support! Thank you!

 

 

The Dark Verse, Vol. 1: From the Passages of Revenants:

  • 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Horror

The Dark Verse, Vol. 3: Beyond the Grip of Time:

  • 2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Horror
  • 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Horror
  • 2015 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Best Cover Design - Fiction

The Spirit Collectors dark fantasy novel:

  • 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal Winner for Fantasy
  • 2016 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Fantasy
  • 2015 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Finalist for Fantasy

The Dark Verse podcast has been featured as one of the best horror podcasts on:

Domestic
Shipping for all U.S. backers is a flat $5 fee.

International
International backers will be charged a flat fee based on location.

  • Canada: $13
  • Mexico: $18
  • EU: $20
  • Rest of World: $23

Bookends
Due to their weight, the bookends have an additional shipping fee integrated into their price.

Wallet-Friendly
To keep things fair and easy, the shipping fee will only be based on the book alone*; the shipping fee will not scale with the adding of optional buys or the pledging of bundles (excluding the bookends that have a shipping fee integrated into their price).

*The shipping fee for the Deeper Than Hell Bundle and the Abysmal Plunge Bundle is the same as for The Dive reward.

Sharkchild's Note on Shipping
This project is intended to be inclusive of anyone, no matter where you are in the world. While I have to fulfill all of the rewards from Southern California because I have the other books there, I don't want shipping to be a burden. To compensate for the customs fees that some international backers will be hit with, I did my best to keep the shipping fees as low as possible. I hope this is sufficient to gain your support!

 

As an '80s born Aquarius, I live in lurid wakefulness and lucid dreams, overtaken by visions that uncontrollably seethe in a torrent of horror and fantasy. As a zealot of the imagination, I embrace the strange, the bizarre, and the great unknown. My path of creation has only just begun.

Some of my favorite horror/fantasy movies:

  • Prince of Darkness
  • Dark City
  • Lord of Illusions
  • Willow
  • Legend
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • House of the Devil

The Dark Verse

Book cover, book artwork, and montage video created by
John F. Stifter: Art Station

Music in the montage video composed by
Stilz: SoundCloud | Bandcamp 

Risks and challenges

All of the stories for the book are written and edited. 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/production (i.e. repeated errors on proofs of the book that postpone final approval), and/or shipping (i.e. damaged goods, prolonged delivery).

All of the artwork, including the design of the shirt and bookends, is subject to change before final production.

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    THE DIVE

    Dive into the depths of soul. Get the book.

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    Includes:
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 with all stretch goals
    • Dark Verse bookmark
    • Your name in a tribute section in the back of TDV4
    • Add signed book(s): TDV1, TDV2, TDV3, TDV4, and/or TSC ($20/each)
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    THE CHASM BUNDLE

    Explore the chasm of the soul. Get all four Dark Verse books (saves $5 versus adding optional buys).

    Optional buys are still available.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 with all stretch goals
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 3
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 2
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 1
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    DEEPER THAN HELL BUNDLE

    The full package of The Dark Verse offerings (saves $14 versus adding optional buys). Also, receive a Dark Verse bumper sticker exclusive to this reward.

    Optional buys are still available.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 with all stretch goals
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 3
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 2
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 1
    • Dark Verse bookends
    • Dark Verse t-shirt
    • Dark Verse bookmark
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    DEEPER THAN HELL BUNDLE - SECOND COMING

    The full package of The Dark Verse offerings plus The Spirit Collectors (saves $29 versus adding optional buys). Also, receive a Dark Verse bumper sticker exclusive to this reward.

    Optional buys are still available.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 with all stretch goals
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 3
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 2
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 1
    • Signed copy of The Spirit Collectors
    • Dark Verse bookends
    • Dark Verse t-shirt
    • Dark Verse bookmark
    • Exclusive Dark Verse bumper sticker
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    ABYSMAL PLUNGE BUNDLE

    A very limited amount of first edition Dark Verse, Vol. 1 books remain in Sharkchild's possession. Three are available here.

    The book will include a special message by Sharkchild making it known that this is one of the very last copies delivered directly from him.

    Optional buys are still available.

    Includes:
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 1 (First Edition)
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 4 with all stretch goals
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 3
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 2
    • Signed copy of The Dark Verse, Vol. 1
    • A full-page sketch by John F. Stifter in each Dark Verse book
    • Signed copy of The Spirit Collectors
    • Dark Verse bookends
    • Dark Verse t-shirt
    • Dark Verse bookmark
    • Your name in a tribute section in the front of TDV4
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