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H.P. Lovecraft has his Robert Johnson moment down at The Crossroads as he writes the line that unlocks the last barrier to his soul.
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$3.5k Stretch Reward Announced...

This digital print from The Locksmith mini-series will go to everyone at the $3 level and up... But only if we hit $3500!

The Locksmith issue #1 digital print by Terrance Grace -- $3.5 stretch reward
The Locksmith issue #1 digital print by Terrance Grace -- $3.5 stretch reward

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Brooklyn Heights, New York - 1925

Imagine if you will, an as yet, unheralded H.P. Lovecraft, wandering south, down Clinton Street towards Red Hook. He finds himself standing at water’s edge, face to face with Yog-Sothoth and his own internal abyss. 

Another night terror… Or just a severe case of writer’s block? Down here at The Crossroads, it’s Howard Phillips Lovecraft’s Robert Johnson moment. And he’ll do just about anything to write the line that unlocks the last barrier to his soul.

Pages 8 and 9 as shown in this board book mockup
Pages 8 and 9 as shown in this board book mockup

This 24 page single issue is not your ordinary comic. It's being printed as a board book -- Thick, lay-flat pages in landscape format: 10.25" x 6.7" -- In glorious black and white.

Fully opened up, as two page spreads, it will measure approximately 20.5" across. I designed the layout so that it really is meant to be read with both left and right pages open together. So... although there is a digital edition available, I really hope backers opt for the physical board book to really experience the story as it is meant to be.

Written by: Terrance Grace •  Illustrated by: Silvio dB

Cover art by Silvio dB
Cover art by Silvio dB
Page 3
Page 3
Page 7
Page 7
Page 12
Page 12
Page 13
Page 13
Back cover art
Back cover art

Silvio and I were invited to submit a short story to the Lovecraft Anthology: Cthulhu is Hard to Spell (Charon Comics). The only requirement was that there had to be at least one God from the Cthulhu Mythos. 

I was interested in the man himself and so decided to focus the story on a fictional letter that might have been written to his estranged wife, Sonia Greene. It is well known that Lovecraft was not very tolerant, to say the least. Yet, Sonia was Jewish... And after she left for Cleveland, he settled into a flat in the middle of an immigrant neighborhood in Brooklyn.

He was an obviously conflicted soul -- And this internal conflict, I suspect, was what drove him to write of monsters and horror. In fact, his time in Brooklyn resulted in a dramatic shift in his professional standing. It was the beginning of his most prolific and well-known work.  

He somehow found his voice through what I consider, his own form of self-exorcism. And this is what lies at the heart of my story.

What lies at the center of Lovecraft's interior journey is mysterious prose that appears before him after his encounter with Yog-Sothoth. This was adapted from a totally unrelated poem I had written, years earlier. It did however form the seed from which The Crossroads was born.

Inside front and back covers. Illustration by: Terrance Grace
Inside front and back covers. Illustration by: Terrance Grace

This 24 page board book is substantially different from the six page version that appears in the anthology. The layout and design is completely different -- much more room for this amazing art to breathe!

Keeping it Simple

From my past campaigns, I've discovered that most people want the main attraction. So, I've cut this campaign down to the bare essential. It's simple. No confusion. You're either in or out. (Feel free to contact me if you are interested in a variation of rewards and I'll see about putting something together for you).

Every backer will automatically receive both versions of The Crossroads

The other cool thing is that I am including the six page digital version that appears in the Lovecraft anthology: Cthulhu is Hard to Spell. Anyone who pledges at least $3 will get it!

Digital Art Prints

I've gathered a handful of artists together to produce original art that is inspired by the Lovecraft mythology... These digital prints are high resolution so they are suitable for printing and framing. See examples, below.

PLUS: I am throwing in a giveaway of Don Walker's exclusive, original artwork made especially for The Crossroads.  Every backer who pledges at the $30 and above tier will receive one entry to win this 11x17 original page.

Don Walker working on his exclusive art for The Crossroads
Don Walker working on his exclusive art for The Crossroads

Get Me a Locksmith

For those that have not picked up The Locksmith series, I've put together a whole kit 'n caboodle package that includes all physical rewards, plus all three physical issues (of a planned four) of The Locksmith. If you're a digital-only loving backer, there's a tier just for you. 

The Locksmith is beautifully printed on premium heavy-weight stock. Each issue is at least 44 pages. 

And to answer that nagging question... Yes, we are working on finishing up the final issue and hope to have it ready sometime in the next couple of months.

The Locksmith issues 1-3
The Locksmith issues 1-3
Cover and page from six page version of The Crossroads
Cover and page from six page version of The Crossroads
Digital print by Silvio dB (see website and social media links below)
Digital print by Silvio dB (see website and social media links below)
Digital print by Silvio dB
Digital print by Silvio dB
Digital print by Silvio dB
Digital print by Silvio dB
Digital print by Silvio dB
Digital print by Silvio dB
Don Walker's exclusive artwork. One backer at the $30 and above level will win this original piece
Don Walker's exclusive artwork. One backer at the $30 and above level will win this original piece
Don Walker's exclusive artwork with colors by Jesse Heagy. This is part of the Digital and physical print packages.
Don Walker's exclusive artwork with colors by Jesse Heagy. This is part of the Digital and physical print packages.
Digital print by Nick Kremenek (see website, etsy shop and social media links below)
Digital print by Nick Kremenek (see website, etsy shop and social media links below)
Digital print by Terrance Grace
Digital print by Terrance Grace

Silvio dB Commission

How would you like an original 11x17" inked and/or ink wash portrait of you or someone else? Maybe you imagine yourself to be one of the Great Old Ones? Cthulhu himself? Or a character right out of a Raymond Chandler novel? It's your choice. Three lucky backers have the possibility of commissioning Silvio by grabbing that top tier reward: The King Cthulhu Edition.

Examples of Silvio's ink wash and inked original art.
Examples of Silvio's ink wash and inked original art.

Artist website and social media links

Silvio dB

Don Walker

Nick Kremenek

$1000 Mark

This high resolution digital print by Terrance Grace goes to everyone who backs at the $3 level and above!

$2000 Mark

This high resolution digital print by Terrance Grace goes to everyone who backs at the $3 level and above! 

$3000 Mark

This high resolution digital print by Terrance Grace goes to everyone who backs at the $3 level and above! 

$3500 Mark

The digital print from The Locksmith mini-series is still locked.

Board books are expensive to print and because they weigh substantially more than normal comics, international shipping is pricey. There's really nothing I can do about that. 

The goal of $2800 insures that I can print 500 books and ship all rewards with a bit to spare to cover unforeseen problems. If more money is raised, I can print more books and add on some stretch rewards like more digital prints and... Perhaps a slip cover for the book.

The artwork and layout is completely finished and ready to print. I have sourced a printer in China that is able to produce board books with this unusual size - normally they are square format. I have been assured that it will take about one month from submission to shipping. That means that by late March, or early April, I expect to be able to ship all physical rewards to backers.

Digital-only rewards will be distributed immediately following the campaign close, once funds have cleared. 11x17 physical prints will ship shortly afterwards.

Risks and challenges

Since the artwork is finished, the only remaining risk are delays at the printer and/or customs. I am confident though, with three successful kickstarters behind me, that I can deliver within my projected timeline.

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    The Digital Only Edition

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    The Lock 'n Love Digital Only Edition

    The Crossroads 6 page and 24 page PDF editions + The Locksmith issues 1-3 PDF

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    The Digital Only + Pinup Edition

    It's Digital all the way - From both book versions to all the artist digital prints!

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    • Exclusive Digital print by Don Walker
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    The Board Book Edition

    A physical and digital copy of The Crossroads. Includes domestic shipping.

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    The Book + Pinup Edition

    The Board Book edition plus a handful of digital artist prints suitable for printing... And an entry to WIN the original hand-penciled and inked artwork created exclusively for The Crossroads, by Don Walker. Includes domestic shipping.

    Includes:
    • The Board Book 24 page physical edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 24 page edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 6 page edition of The Crossroads
    • Exclusive 4x Digital prints by Silvio db
    • Digital print by Nick Kremenek
    • Exclusive Digital print by Don Walker
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    The H.P. Locksmith Edition

    The Pinup Edition PLUS pickup physical copies of The Locksmith issues 1-3. Includes domestic shipping.

    Includes:
    • The Board Book 24 page physical edition of The Crossroads
    • The Locksmith issues 1-3 physical books (44+ pages each)
    • PDF of the 24 page edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 6 page edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of The Locksmith issues 1-3
    • Exclusive 4x Digital prints by Silvio db
    • Exclusive Digital print by Don Walker
    • Digital print by Nick Kremenek
    • Exclusive Digital print by Terrance Grace
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    The Yog-Sothoth Extreme Edition

    This is Cthulhu-recommended. The physical 24 page Board Book. All 7 Artist prints beautifully printed for you on 11x17 cover stock. Ready to be framed! PLUS of course the 6 page digital edition. And... An entry to win the original exclusive artwork by Don Walker. Bingo!

    Includes:
    • The Board Book 24 page physical edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 24 page edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 6 page edition of The Crossroads
    • An entry to win ORIGINAL exclusive artwork by Don Walker
    • 4x 11x17 prints of Silvio dB's exclusive artwork
    • 11x17 print of Don Walker's exclusive artwork
    • 11x11 print of Nick Kremenek's artwork
    • 11x17 print of Terrance Grace's exclusive artwork
    • All the Artist prints in digital format too!
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    The King Cthulhu Edition

    This is it - The Great Old Ones approve your ORIGINAL COMMISSION by Silvio dB... PLUS you'll also get everything in the The Yog-Sothoth Extreme Edition.

    Includes:
    • The Board Book 24 page physical edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 24 page edition of The Crossroads
    • PDF of the 6 page edition of The Crossroads
    • Exclusive 4x Digital prints by Silvio db
    • Digital print by Nick Kremenek
    • Exclusive Digital print by Don Walker
    • Exclusive Digital print by Terrance Grace
    • An entry to win ORIGINAL exclusive artwork by Don Walker
    • 11x17 print of Terrance Grace's exclusive artwork
    • 4x 11x17 prints of Silvio dB's exclusive artwork
    • 11x17 print of Don Walker's exclusive artwork
    • 11x11 print of Nick Kremenek's artwork
    • All the Artist prints in digital format too!
    • 11x17" ORIGINAL ink wash/ink COMMISSION by Silvio dB
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