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The Dark Verse, Vol. 5: Beneath the Crown of Chaos

13 short stories and a novella of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror, with illustrations, in stunning hardcover binding.

The Dark Verse, Vol. 5: Beneath the Crown of Chaos

13 short stories and a novella of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror, with illustrations, in stunning hardcover binding.

$14,713
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About

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. It is a multiverse of indomitable entities, twisted transformations, and strange emotions infused with Lovecraftian spirit. Each story is a conjuration of my chimerical imagination crafted in my meticulous style.

There are many reviews of my existing books that can be found out on the web, but here is one that I believe truly captures the heart of my penmanship overall.

What began as a podcast in 2007, the series has gained further attention and praise for its illustrious hardcover volumes. THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 5 will contribute 13 short stories and an unpublished novella (an exciting first!) to the physical collection. With these additions, the anthology will grow to a total of 118 stories spanning five magnificent tomes. 

As with the previous volumes of THE DARK VERSE, my good friend, John F. Stifter, has led the charge in designing the cover artwork. For the endsheet and story illustrations, I have brought aboard the amazing Richard Luong to infuse the book with his incredible, atmospheric masterpieces.

This volume is going to be unbelievable, and I am overflowing with excitement to bring it to you, but I cannot do it without your help! Let's take a look at what's inside!

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

  • 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards Silver Medal Winner for Horror
  • A #1 Most Wished For book in Horror Anthologies on Amazon

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

  • 2019 National Indie Excellence Awards Winner for Horror
  • 2019 Book Excellence Awards Finalist for Horror

THE DARK VERSE podcast has been featured as one of the best horror podcasts on:

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International
International backers will be charged a flat fee based on location. Since domestic shipping is free, I have reduced each rate by a relative amount to be fair.

  • Canada: $17/book | $25/5-book set
  • EU/UK: $22/book | $70/5-book set
  • Rest of World: $24/book | $75/5-book set

Since all books are being signed, and I am the fulfillment team, all rewards will be shipped out from Southern California. Because of this, shipping can become quite costly when destinations are international. Please know that the rates are fair and based on actual fees I have paid before. I truly hope that the shipping costs will not be a burden for my fans across the world. One day, hopefully, I will be able to have a much broader operation!

Podcast: Apple Podcasts | SoundCloud | Patreon

Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Cover design by John F. Stifter: Art Station | Instagram

Endsheet and story illustrations by Richard Luong: Website | Instagram

It is because of your support that I can make these books. It is because of your support that a career as a self-publishing author is within grasp. I can never thank you enough! Thank you for enjoying my stories. Thank you for enjoying my books. Thank you for believing in what magic I can bring to this world.

Risks and challenges

All of the short 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, finalization of the novella, 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).

The book seen in this project is a mock-up and the actual color may vary. All of the artwork is subject to change before final printing.

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