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By David Jay Collins
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Summerdale will be published as an ebook and a paperback this October with a successful Kickstarter in June. Please consider backing Summerdale to bring this literary project to life. 

Four gay men. Four addictions. One landlord from Hell. Welcome to Summerdale. Through the metaphor of addiction, the Summerdale series will explore racism, misogyny, substance abuse, and domestic abuse in the gay community. Tenants enter Summerdale House only if they're addicted enough to see it. Once inside, landlord Mr. McGreevy isolates and enables his tenants until the only place they feel safe is at Summerdale.

Throughout the series, based in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood, the characters will decide if their complicity and silence can truly ensure their safety and salvation. I believe that at its best, horror is social commentary and readers of Summerdale will escape into a world where the tenants live with demons—theirs and ours.

The first Summerdale novel will focus on one tenant per chapter: Eric, Aaron, Steve, and David. Over the series, these four will be guided by tenants from the past and present, who have their own plans for the newcomers at Summerdale...

David holds the Summerdale cover artwork by graphic artist TD Collins.
David holds the Summerdale cover artwork by graphic artist TD Collins.

My series will begin with the first Summerdale novel this October, and continue every October until the tale is told. In between novels, readers can subscribe to the Summerdale Sanctum (also a Kickstarter reward!) for sneak peeks of upcoming chapters, character backstory sketches, digital extras, author vid chats, and a spinoff novel. 

This month, I'm excited to meet readers and talk about Summerdale & Gaybash at my author tents at Midsommarfest in Andersonville (June 9-10) and Pride Fest in Boystown (June 16-17). I'll also have an author tent at Market Days in Boystown later this summer (August 11-12). Many thanks for considering backing the launch of Summerdale!

MEDIA: Check out my new interview on the #AlwaysAndersonville podcast by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce!

Summerdale artwork by TD Collins.

Summerdale takes place on a real Chicago street!
Summerdale takes place on a real Chicago street!
The vibrant Andersonville neighborhood is beautiful year-round.
The vibrant Andersonville neighborhood is beautiful year-round.
David wears the Summerdale T-shirt, one of many Kickstarter rewards.
David wears the Summerdale T-shirt, one of many Kickstarter rewards.

Check yourself into the Ainslie Asylum with any amount and receive my eternal gratitude for your support of Summerdale. Pledge early, pledge often!

Rascher Rats will receive the ebook before it's released on October 1st, plus a digital pack of Summerdale background images for desktop, tablet, and phone.

Balmoral Bats will receive everything at the Rascher Rats pledge level, plus the Summerdale paperback, plus your name will appear in the Acknowledgments.

Catalpa Cadavers will receive everything at the lower pledge levels, plus a sharp Summerdale T-shirt to wear proudly while reading the novel!

Berwyn Beasts will receive everything at the lower pledge levels, plus a subscription to the Summerdale Sanctum (serialized new chapters, a spinoff novel, author vid chats, and fun extras), plus a handmade letterpress bookmark signed by David.

Clark Cloaks will receive everything at the lower pledge levels, PLUS an organized group tour of Andersonville + Summerdale with David, plus David will answer 7 questions from you on his Instagram!

You will receive everything at the lower pledge levels, PLUS a Summerdale villain will be named for you! Limited to just 4 Summerdale Souls.

Risks and challenges

As with any publishing project, Summerdale comes with the risk that the funding goal of $10,000 may not be reached. Although I am working diligently, there may be unforeseen delays related to the production of the paperback and other rewards or delays with shipping those rewards to backers.

Although this is my first Kickstarter project, Summerdale will be my second indie novel. I wrote and produced my first indie novel, Gaybash, as an ebook, an audiobook, and a paperback, so I am aware of the strict deadlines required to deliver an outstanding product to backers as promised.

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    • Summerdale paperback novel
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    Includes:
    • Summerdale Sanctum subscription (serialized chapters + fun)
    • Handmade letterpress bookmark signed by David
    • Summerdale T-shirt (adult size S - 2XL)
    • Summerdale paperback novel
    • Summerdale ebook (various formats; delivered in September 2018)
    • Summerdale digital images (3 JPGs for desktop, tablet, and phone)
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    Clark Cloaks

    Clark Cloaks will receive everything at the lower pledge levels, plus an organized group tour of Andersonville + Summerdale with David, plus David will answer 7 questions from you on his Instagram!

    Includes:
    • Organized tour of Summerdale-Andersonville with David (Fall 2018)
    • Instagram Takeover: 7 Days/7 Questions for David
    • Summerdale Sanctum subscription (serialized chapters + fun)
    • Summerdale paperback novel
    • Summerdale T-shirt (adult size S - 2XL)
    • Handmade letterpress bookmark signed by David
    • Summerdale ebook (various formats; delivered in September 2018)
    • Summerdale digital images (3 JPGs for desktop, tablet, and phone)
    • Your name in the Acknowledgments (ebook and paperback)
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    Summerdale Souls

    You will receive everything at the lower pledge levels PLUS a Summerdale villain named for you! Limited to just 4 Summerdale Souls.

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    • #andersonvillain: a Summerdale villain will be named for you!
    • Organized tour of Summerdale-Andersonville with David (Fall 2018)
    • Instagram Takeover: 7 Days/7 Questions for David
    • Summerdale Sanctum subscription (serialized chapters + fun)
    • Summerdale paperback novel
    • Handmade letterpress bookmark signed by David
    • Summerdale T-shirt (adult size S - 2XL)
    • Summerdale ebook (various formats; delivered in September 2018)
    • Summerdale digital images (3 JPGs for desktop, tablet, and phone)
    • Your name in the Acknowledgments (ebook and paperback)
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