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A tale of dark fantasy by Lovecraftian author M. Amanuensis Sharkchild (in imitation leather hardcover, scored audiobook, and ebook).
A tale of dark fantasy by Lovecraftian author M. Amanuensis Sharkchild (in imitation leather hardcover, scored audiobook, and ebook).
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THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS is my very first novel and is also the first installment in what will be a greater dark fantasy fiction series. This project is funding two versions of the book: a physical version housed in an imitation leather, foil-stamped, black-gilded, throw-back tome of dark beauty shielded in an intricate, transparent dust jacket and a digital, fully-immersive version drenched in audio richness with myself as the narrator accompanied by heart-wrenching music and soundscapes the entire story through.

In the world of Awya, where cities are scattered across isles in a seemingly endless ocean called the Black Waters, an umyn boy by the name of Amory Demshen is unable to suppress the insatiable longing to explore Tempertime Cemetery—a place forbidden to those without proper training and knowledge. After a spryth guides the boy to a realm that links the isles of Awya together, he is thrust into the dreadful role of collecting Spirits by the beguiling Mr. Grey Pearl. To be successful at collecting spirits, Frin, the boy's collecting jar, leads him throughout the Apocryphalum to gather the necessary tools. Powerful beings, potent magic, fantastical creatures, and hidden agendas await Amory at every turn as he spirals deeper into the darkness of the spirit collectors.

All artwork (as with THE DARK VERSE books) will be created by John F. Stifter, including:

  • Cover
  • Dust Jacket (including Kickstarter exclusive variations)
  • Two full-color endsheets
  • Initials
  • Imitation leather hardcover binding
  • Two-color foil stamping
  • Black gilding on all three sides of the pages
  • Thick, 80 lb. paper
  • Full-color endsheets
  • Intricate, transparent dust jacket (including sections of full-color that accent the foil stamping beneath)
  • Exceptional artwork by John F. Stifter

Other hardcover books I have self-published:

In addition to engineering the engaging vocal performances throughout the audiobook, music and soundscapes will be composed by The Ravener—the same powerhouse producer who has provided his services for my remastered version of The Unlike Light story and my music project, Dark Energy Discoveries.

The Ravener is a pseudonym of Eugene Nesci, audio producer from East Coast Australia. Eugene has been producing music of various styles for over 10 years. Inspired by the ancient majestry of the Australian wilderness, his compositions present a lavish union of the analog and digital realm.

  • Unabridged narration by M. Amanuensis Sharkchild
  • Vocal engineering
  • Rich theme music and soundscapes of cinematic quality composed by The Ravener
  • High-quality production
  • Editorial Review and Copyediting: $2,000
  • Artwork: $1,000
  • Audio Production: $2,000
  • Printing: $8,000
  • Other Rewards: $1,000

$5 - INSPIRITER
Digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS.

$15 - CAPTURED SPIRIT - DIGITAL
Digital downloadable audiobook copy and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS.

$25 - CAPTURED SPIRIT - PHYSICAL
Signed hardcover copy and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus the bookmark.

$35 - SPIRIT COLLECTION
Signed hardcover copy, digital downloadable audiobook copy, and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus the bookmark.

$50 - COLLECTOR
Signed hardcover copy with a limited edition dust jacket (Kickstarter exclusive), digital downloadable audiobook copy, and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus the bookmark. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$100 - EXPERT COLLECTOR
Signed hardcover copy with a limited edition dust jacket (Kickstarter exclusive), digital downloadable audiobook copy, and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus an 8"x10" canvas print, a t-shirt, and the bookmark. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$200 - DARK SPIRIT
THE DARK VERSE collection (Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in hardcover, including a brief, handwritten story by Sharkchild in the now very limited Volume 1—less than 30 left out of an edition of 1,000). Signed hardcover copy with a limited edition dust jacket (Kickstarter exclusive), digital downloadable audiobook copy, and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus an 8"x10" canvas print, a t-shirt, and the bookmark. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book. NOTE: If you would like, THE DARK VERSE books may be sent to you immediately following the campaign's success.

$250 - MASTER COLLECTOR
Signed hardcover copy with a limited edition dust jacket (Kickstarter exclusive), digital audiobook copy, and digital ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus a spirit-collecting jar replica with a USB flash drive inside containing the digital book files (including a special thank you message from Sharkchild and other exclusive files), an 8"x10" canvas print, a t-shirt, and the bookmark. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$500 - ULTIMATE COLLECTOR
Signed hardcover copy with a one-of-kind, exclusive dust jacket (you and you alone will be the only owner of your dust jacket design), digital downloadable audiobook copy, and digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS plus a spirit-collecting jar replica with a USB flash drive inside containing the digital book files (including a special thank you message from Sharkchild and other exclusive files), an 8"x10" canvas print, a t-shirt, and the bookmark. THE DARK VERSE collection (Volumes 1, 2, and 3 in hardcover, including a brief, handwritten story by Sharkchild in the now very limited Volume 1—less than 30 left out of an edition of 1,000). Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the front of the hardcover book. NOTE: If you would like, THE DARK VERSE books may be sent to you immediately following the campaign's success.

SPECIAL PHANTOML0RD REWARDS

$3 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #1
Limited edition 3"x3" PhantomL0rd sticker.

$15 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #2
Limited edition 11"x17" PL poster signed by PhantomL0rd and limited edition 3"x3" PL sticker plus a digital downloadable ebook copy of THE SPIRIT COLLECTORS.

 OR

$25 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #3
Limited edition 11"x17" PL poster signed by PhantomL0rd and limited edition 3"x3" PL sticker plus the CAPTURED SPIRIT - DIGITAL reward.

$45 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #4
Limited edition 11"x17" PL poster signed by PhantomL0rd and limited edition 3"x3" PL sticker plus the SPIRIT COLLECTION reward. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$95 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #5
Queue up with PhantomL0rd and Sharkchild for a game of League of Legends (if you are international, access to an NA account will be provided) and conversation over Ventrilo. Limited edition 11"x17" PL poster signed by PhantomL0rd and limited edition 3"x3" PL sticker plus the SPIRIT COLLECTION reward. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$1,000 - PHANTOML0RD REWARD #6
Game night with PhantomL0rd, Sharkchild, and their friends playing League of Legends as the 5th member of the team (if you are international, access to an NA account will be provided)—you'll get hours of fun chatting with PL over Ventrilo in front of thousands on stream. Logitech G930 headset signed by PhantomL0rd, limited edition 11"x17" PL poster signed by PhantomL0rd, and limited edition 3"x3" PL sticker plus the MASTER COLLECTOR reward. Your name will be put in a special thanks section in the back of the hardcover book.

$15,000: Illustrations by John F. Stifter to accompany the beginning of each chapter in the hardcover book
$16,000: Soundtrack album of The Ravener's compositions including a themed song by Dark Energy Discoveries (included with all reward-levels)
$18,000: Even more illustrations by John F. Stifter throughout the hardcover book
$20,000: Physical packaging for the audiobook and soundtrack
$25,000: Reprint of THE DARK VERSE, VOL. 1: FROM THE PASSAGES OF REVENANTS hardcover book (included with COLLECTOR reward-level and up)

Risks and challenges

The novel has been written. 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, complications with audio production, 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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