About this project
Hurray! We're now a Kickstarter Staff Pick!!!
AND NOW WE'VE REACHED OUR GOAL!!! But it's not over yet. The goal was just the minimum we needed to succeed on Kickstarter, not a maximum target. Now we continue, and the more we get, the more books we can come out with, and the more we can put into making them awesome. So if you haven't gone Wilde yet, please do!!!
TWO NEW OPTIONS, THE "DARK AVENGER" AND THE "MONSTRO FROG," HAVE BEEN ADDED that all supporters who've pledged at least $5 can take advantage of. Information has been added at the bottom of this text.
A NEW "SPICY BONUS" HAS BEEN ADDED that all supporters can take advantage of. Information has been added further down in this text.
A NEW "STRETCH GOAL" HAS BEEN ADDED: IF WE REACH $6,000, EVERYBODY GETS SOMETHING COOL!!! Information has been added at the bottom of this text.
"In a young adult book market crowded with the depressing and the dour, Tim Byrd’s Doc Wilde swings in on a jungle vine to raise the flag high for adventure. Infused with pace, fun, and all the two-fisted action a reader could ask for, Wilde lovingly riffs on situations straight out of the old pulps, even while making them fresh for a new generation."
— Zack Stentz, screenwriter, Thor, X-Men: First Class
Looking For Adventure? GO WILDE!
To the world at large, the Wilde family is an amazing team of golden-skinned adventurers, born to daring escapades and globetrotting excitement!
Dr. Spartacus Wilde, world class scientist and inventor, physical exemplar, ultimate warrior, and loving dad!
Brian and Wren Wilde, the world's most swashbuckling kids, able to survive perilous situations through quick wits and the intensive training and astonishing gadgets that are their birthright!
Aided by their dashing majordomo Phineas Bartlett and their loyal driver and pilot Declan mac Coul, the Wildes crisscross the Earth on a constant quest for new knowledge, incredible thrills, and good old fashioned adventure!
The Astonishing Adventures of Doc Wilde recapture the magic of classic pulp adventure stories, with lost worlds, ancient ruins, weird science, evil villains, and daring heroes, bringing them into the 21st century with contemporary themes, modern scientific notions, the wonders of a close family, and a deep appreciation of literature and of the thinking life itself.
"It's a true delight...Tim Byrd has taken Doc Savage, added in a pinch of Robert E. Howard, a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft, and mixed it all together in a well done, enchanting pastiche of the pulps that will appeal to the adult audience as well as the young adult readers. It is an over the top at times, rip roaring adventure that returns us to the days of yesteryear and leaves us wanting more."
—The Baryon Review
Hi, I'm Tim Byrd, the author of the Doc Wilde series.
These stories are my tribute to the pulp stories I loved growing up, and still love today. Like The Incredibles or the Indiana Jones films, they are suitable for kids and adults both, and are full of action and humor and weird science and occult menace and lots of derring-do.
I published the first book, Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom, with Penguin/Putnam in 2009; it did very well both critically and commercially, so they asked for more books. But in the three years since, the digital publishing revolution has opened up many opportunities for an author that traditional publishing doesn’t offer, and I decided to go independent with the series.
This project encompasses three Doc Wilde novels, to be released by year’s end in trade paperback and ebook formats. They will all have gorgeous covers and interior illustrations by the great Aussie comic book artist Gary Chaloner.
Gary is the guy the legendary Will Eisner chose to continue the adventures of his character John Law, and has self-published a lot of work as well as worked for American companies like DC and IDW. He's not only a great visual storyteller with a distinctive style, he's a huge pulp fan with an instinctive understanding and love of the Wildes and the perilously pulpy world they live in.
Here’s the plan:
In June, Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom will be released in its new improved edition. It will offer my "Author's Cut" preferred edit of the novel, along with a new short Doc Wilde adventure.
In August, Doc Wilde and The Mad Skull, the long-awaited second adventure, will finally appear, in which the Wildes face a mind-blowing mystery and a truly bizarre villain.
In November, Doc Wilde and The Dance of the Werewolf, a dark tale featuring lycanthropes and witchcraft, will follow.
(You can read excerpts from each by clicking on their titles above).
This is all very exciting for me. Going indie will allow me not only to produce some really nice books, but to have a more organic and personal relationship with fans. It’s a great time to be a writer.
Literacy Hero Offer: Supporters at any pledge level may kick in an additional $10 to donate a physical copy of any of the books to a school or public library in your name. (Additional shipping charges may be necessary at the time of fulfillment for foreign orders).
Retailers/Libraries/Schools/Book Clubs/Distributors: Please see the "Fortress of Wilditude" pledge level for our special deal for you. Contact me directly if you have any questions.
Kickstarter funds will help with production costs like editing, book design and layout, and art. Any additional funds will go toward producing more books down the line (at least two more are planned for next year).
I hope you'll join us on our new adventures.
It's time to Go Wilde!
"Written in fast-paced, intelligent prose laced with humor and literary allusions ranging from Dante to Dr. Seuss, the story has all of the fun of old-fashioned pulp adventures."
(NEW) THE DARK AVENGER OPTION
You can now get the fourth Doc Wilde novel, Doc Wilde and The Daughter of Darkness, as part of your Kickstarter package, at a special rate. Add $5 to your pledge and you get the ebook; add $13 and you get the ebook and the trade paperback; add $20 and you get both plus a bookplate signed by both Gary and me. (For international orders, an additional $10 will be needed to cover shipping on the paperback).
As special thanks for their high level of support, SERIAL DAREDEVILs and SERIAL CLIFFHANGERs who add the trade paperback for $20 will have it upgraded to a numbered limited edition to match those already in their rewards package. Reward levels at PULP HERO and above have had the limited edition added to their rewards at no further charge.
(NEW) THE MONSTRO FROG OPTION
You can now get the fifth Doc Wilde novel, Doc Wilde and The Chariots of the Frogs, as part of your Kickstarter package, at a special rate. Add $5 to your pledge and you get the ebook; add $13 and you get the ebook and the trade paperback; add $20 and you get both plus a bookplate signed by both Gary and me. (For international orders, an additional $10 will be needed to cover shipping on the paperback).
As special thanks for their high level of support, supporters at SERIAL DAREDEVIL level and higher who add the trade paperback for $20 will have it upgraded to a numbered limited edition to match those already in their rewards package.
(For both the Dark Avenger Option and the Monstro Frog Option, just add the appropriate amount to your pledge without changing your chosen reward level; I'll be sending out a survey after the Kickstarter ends that will allow you to specify which options you've pledged for.)
(NEW) SPICY BONUS
I'm writing a fifth short adventure and everyone who has committed to getting all five Doc Wilde novels (that is, the original three plus both the Dark Avenger and Monstro Frog Options) will get an ebook copy for no extra charge. Supporters at PULP HERO and above will receive a signed trade paperback copy as well. In the event anyone else already getting an ebook copy wants a trade paperback copy too, you'll be able to get it for $10 (plus international shipping if needed); supporters at SERIAL CLIFFHANGER and above will have their copies signed to match their existing set.
The story will probably be "Doc Wilde and The Spicy Zeppelin," a somewhat more risque adventure than the Wildes usually have (and no, it's not gonna be some weird slash fiction kinda thing; it will be somewhat sexy in an off-screen sort of way, but still family friendly).
For more details on the Doc Wilde short adventures, read Update #16.
If we raise $6,000, I will write a sixth short adventure and everyone who has pledged $5 or more will get an ebook copy for no extra charge. Supporters at PULP HERO and above will receive a signed trade paperback copy as well. In the event anyone else wants a trade paperback copy, you'll be able to get it for $10 (plus international shipping if needed); supporters at SERIAL CLIFFHANGER and above will have their copies signed to match their existing set.
For more details on the stretch goal and on the Doc Wilde short adventures, read Update #16.
There are four of these currently available. The first will be included in Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom because I wanted to throw in something extra for folks who'd already read the Putnam version of the book.
The other three are available at certain reward levels starting at DAREDEVIL. Folks getting these will be getting actual trade paperback copies of them, using the same size and book design elements of the novels, with their own covers by Gary Chaloner. That means they'll all fit perfectly as a set with the main books on your book shelves.
Also, these stories will never be available for sale in this form. While I may use some copies in the future for rare promotional purposes (raffle prizes at festivals and such), they are primarily a Kickstarter exclusive.
I've only just begun writing these, so this may change with the whims and vagaries of inspiration, but my current plan is to use them to pay homage to various pulp genres in which the Wildes might not usually operate. The one I'm writing now is basically a love letter to Fritz Leiber and other formative sword and sorcery greats and is called "Doc Wilde and The Gate to Nowhen."
I've also added a stretch goal related to the short adventures:
If we raise $6,000, I will write a fifth short adventure and everyone who has pledged $5 or more will get an ebook copy for no extra charge. Supporters at PULP HERO and above will receive a signed trade paperback copy as well. In the event anyone else wants a trade paperback copy, you'll be able to get it for $10 (plus international shipping if needed); supporters at SERIAL CLIFFHANGER and above will have their copies signed to match their existing set.
The story will probably be "Doc Wilde and The Spicy Zeppelin," a somewhat more risque adventure than the Wildes usually have (and no, it's not gonna be some weird slash fiction kinda thing). Which is to say I plan for that to be it, but I want to make sure the story will work the way I want it to before fully committing to it.
Age-wise, my intention has always been to write these stories for both kids and grown-ups. There's a lot of action and humor for the young readers to enjoy, but other things going on that adults will appreciate. As I put it to someone recently, these aren't books for kids; they're books for readers.
Specifically, I see the audience as a three-part demographic. The first is kids my son's age (15 now, but nine when I wrote the first book), because as a dad I wasn't finding much modern adventure fiction he could enjoy that captured the feel of the old pulps. The second is people my age who grew up with the reprints of those old pulp adventures, like the Bantam Doc Savage paperbacks in the sixties and seventies. And the third is the older folks who actually read the original pulps when they were kids.
The oldest reader I ever heard from regarding FROGS OF DOOM was in his eighties and had enjoyed the original pulp stories in his youth. He loved the book. The youngest was just this week, a couple was posting on Facebook about reading it to their six year old, who wouldn't let them put it down. And I've heard from quite a few folks of various ages in between those two, all of whom really liked the book.
When I pledge, how do I choose which book I want, or whether I'd like a personal message with the autographs, or the organization I'm making a "Literacy Hero" donation to?
After the Kickstarter project is finished (April 28th), I'll set up a supporter questionaire which will allow you to share all the pertinent information we need to fulfill your pledge rewards.
For the Literacy Hero option, all you need to do at the time of pledge is add ten dollars for each copy of one of the books you're donating.
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