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A unique project that combines the horror fiction and sculptures of Anthony J. Rapino, creator of the mythic town, Moon Hill.
A unique project that combines the horror fiction and sculptures of Anthony J. Rapino, creator of the mythic town, Moon Hill.
A unique project that combines the horror fiction and sculptures of Anthony J. Rapino, creator of the mythic town, Moon Hill.
108 backers pledged $8,107 to help bring this project to life.

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GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL: A New Collection of Horror Fiction

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Somewhere in Northeastern Pennsylvania, nestled between the forests and foothills of the Poconos, you’ll find the forgotten town of Moon Hill. It’s a surreal place of arcane magic and natural wonder, where a hint of autumn lingers in the air, the leaves are always turning, and the shadows grow long no matter the time of day. 

You might say Moon Hill is special, a pocket of Americana frozen in time, filled with eccentric characters and deathly secrets that transcend dimensions. And like most small towns, it also has a dark side.

We’d like to show it to you.

GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL is a collection of dark stories by horror author Anthony J. Rapino, set in and around the fictional town of Moon Hill, Pennsylvania. 

Precipice Books wants to offer a limited edition hardcover of this collection, all signed and numbered by Anthony J. Rapino. That’s not all, though. See, Mr. Rapino is also an accomplished sculptor, having produced a number of horror-themed items for his shop, Candy Corn Apocalypse.

When we teamed up with Mr. Rapino to discuss the prospect of releasing a hardcover collection of his Moon Hill stories, one question was asked: What if we could find a way to package the book with custom Moon Hill sculptures? And so this campaign was born. We’ve spent the last year working closely with Tony to develop his Moon Hill mythos in preparation for publication, and now we’re ready to announce it to the world.

GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL is approximately 85k words long and has just gone through its final stage of edits. We’re looking for backing to cover the various costs of production, printing, logistics, and the supplies necessary for Tony to create his Moon Hill sculptures for the various backer rewards.

We produced a similar project in 2014 with Todd Keisling’s hardcover collection, UGLY LITTLE THINGS: VOLUME ONE, and we’re aiming to expand our horizons with Mr. Rapino’s work. We’ve put our faith in this project, and we hope you will, too!

  • 5/27/16 - The first stretch goal is unlocked!
  • 5/23/16 - The first stretch goal is revealed!
  • 5/22/16 - 101% FUNDED! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
  • 5/18/16 - 87% Funded, New Rewards, and $10 eBook Package!
  • 5/12/16 - 74% Funded & love from The Eyes of Madness!
  • 5/10/16 - 70% Funded! 6 more backers until the giveaway!
  • 5/8/16 - 60% Funded! Happy Mother's Day!
  • 5/6/16 - 53% Funded! When we reach 75 backers, we will give away a Box of Dread from Dread Central! Also, we got press from Horror Society!
  • 5/4/16 - We got press from Dread Central and a shout-out by acclaimed comic artist Mark McKenna of Combat Jacks fame!
  • 5/3/16 - 37% Funded in the first 48 hours! YES! When we reach 50 backers, we will do a giveaway for a Parcel of Terror by Cryptocurium! 
  • 5/2/16 - We've been listed as a "Project We Love" by the Kickstarter staff!

Fans of Rapino’s fiction will find some familiar stories in these pages, many of which were previously released digitally in his collection, Welcome to Moon Hill. All of these stories have been revised, and in some cases, completely rewritten to provide a more cohesive experience for the reader.

However, Mr. Rapino also wrote new content exclusive to this collection, including the unsettling tales “The Topsy-Turvy Man” and “Halloween on the Hill.” Perhaps the biggest inclusions are “Reality Engineers,” a novella that was previously only available in audio book form from In Ear Entertainment, and the first three chapters of Rapino’s forthcoming novel, “The Shadows of Flies.” 

The full table of contents is as follows:

  • The Topsy-Turvy Man (1)
  • Halloween on the Hill
  • Alone in the Forest
  • Stanley
  • The Box of Forever
  • Camera Obscura
  • Surreal Botany
  • From Your Body They Rise
  • Hair of the Dog
  • Morning Espresso at the Church of Me
  • The Interview
  • What I Am
  • And the Drums Went Thump-Thump-Thump
  • Loosely Enforced Rules
  • Unkindness
  • As the Crow Flies
  • Mail Call
  • No Touching at All
  • Passing the Buck
  • We Two Nameless
  • The Plumber
  • Struck by Golden Lightning
  • From the Moon Hill Archives: Moon Hill Pumpkin Ale Recipe
  • Just Once More, Little Sister
  • The Topsy-Turvy Man (2)
  • Reality Engineers
  • The Shadows of Flies (Excerpt)

“Anthony Rapino’s work is uniquely infused with horror and a type of childlike innocence that makes the darkness that much darker. Greetings from Moon Hill invites you to a place that is both tragic and extraordinary. Once you enter, you’ll never be allowed to leave.” – Mercedes M. Yardley, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of Little Dead Red and Pretty Little Dead Girls

“Anthony Rapino's collection Greetings from Moon Hill is his best work so far. Don't miss these fascinating and scary stories from a master of the craft.” – Kate Jonez, Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author of Ceremony of Flies and Candy House

"Want thrilling, scary, moody stories that put you on edge and play with your emotions? Well if you're looking for that and you're looking for an experience rather than just entertainment, one author comes immediately to my mind and that author is Anthony Rapino."
– Benjamin Kane Ethridge, award-winning author of Black & Orange and Divine Scream

“In Greetings from Moon Hill, Anthony Rapino is at times a sorcerer, and other times a madman. His work is both that of a puppeteer and a sadist. He tends to detail much like a chef, as he parses imagery throughout his work morsel by morsel, which we ravenously consume until we realize that with his fiction, actually it is us that are being consumed.” – Eryk Pruitt, author of Dirtbags and Hashtag

Greetings from Moon Hill […] displays Rapino’s range, which is vast and varied, yet unique, and always dark as well as entertaining. With effortless grace and ease, and weaved like a seasoned professional, this collection proves that Rapino’s career is destined to be a long and fruitful one. I cannot think of a higher compliment.” – Ben Eads, author of Cracked Sky

“Anthony Rapino is the kind of writer I seek out in the quiet moments, when I am reading for myself and not for a deadline. He crafts charismatic & off-kilter characters with a wonderful small town mentality. And as small towns go, Moon Hill is draped in shadows and as quirky as they come. A definite Charles L. Grant glow illuminates between the pages of a Rapino yarn. It's a curio I've been missing since Grant's passing.”
– Zakk Walters, The Eyes of Madness

“A master at the art of tale-spinning, Anthony Rapino infuses a sense of creeping dread that immediately entrances and bewilders. To enter his world is to become unsettlingly accustomed to those tales that exist in the shadows."
– Mary Rajotte, Bloody Bookish

"Rapino is one of modern horror's most engaging and unique voices, graced with a lyrical style and a lucid imagination that can render even the most ephemeral feelings and thoughts in lingering images and stirring characters that leap off the page and into your mind. Make sure you secure your ticket to Moon Hill early, and clear your schedules." - Troy Blackford, author of Critical Incident and For Those With Eyes to See

The centerpiece reward for this campaign is the signed & numbered hardcover edition of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL, available for backers who pledge at the $35 level.

However, we wanted to make this campaign unique, and are offering a number of other goodies to entice not only fans of horror fiction, but of horror art and sculpture as well.

Up for grabs are postcards, a hand-drawn map of Moon Hill, custom artifacts including a sculpted plaque and an idol of the so-called "Pumpkin God" from Rapino's story, "Halloween on the Hill," among other combo packages and mystery boxes. 

Check the rewards sidebar for a full rundown of all the rewards we have to offer!

Moon Hill Postcard
Moon Hill Postcard

 

11x17 Map of Moon Hill
11x17 Map of Moon Hill

 

Vials of Moon Hill Stones (They glow in the dark!)
Vials of Moon Hill Stones (They glow in the dark!)

 

"Heaven's Rains" Plaque - Painted Prototype
"Heaven's Rains" Plaque - Painted Prototype

 

"Idol of the Pumpkin God" - Painted Prototype (Also available in Black & White variant)
"Idol of the Pumpkin God" - Painted Prototype (Also available in Black & White variant)

 

Want an extra book, one of the extra sculptures, or a print of the map? Just increase your pledge by the item's amount listed below, and drop us a note letting us know which add-on you want!

• $20 US / $37 Int'l – A print of the Moon Hill map
• $20 US / $30 Int'l – "Darby's Legacy" Vial of Moon Hill stones.
• $38 US / $45 Int'l – "Heaven's Rains" Moon Hill Plaque.
• $80 US / $100 Int'l – "Idol of the Pumpkin God" sculpture.
• $42 US / $57 Int’l – Additional copy of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL hardcover book.
• $40 US & Int’l – Custom Slipcase for the Book w/ Medallion Sculpture.
• $18 US & Int’l – Moon Hill T-shirt (For reward tiers $35 and above.)

We have some cool things in mind for the book should this thing take off and exceed the initial goal. Take a gander:

  • +$500.00 – T-shirt add-on unlocked!
  • +$1,000.00 – Blood variants unlocked! Tony will produce bloody variants of his Moon Hill sculptures.
  • +$1,500.00 – Tony will produce a video documenting his sculpting process.
  • +$2,000.00 – Glow-in-the-Dark Variants unlocked!
  • +$2,500.00 – Alternate T-shirt design unlocked!
  • +$3,000.00 – Illustrations unlocked! Acclaimed artists Michelle Jack and Jessica Simmons will each contribute sketches to the book’s interior.
  • +$3,500.00 – Moon Hill magnet add-on unlocked!
  • +$5,000.00 – Tony & Todd will collaborate on a new story set in the Moon Hill universe. Every pledge at $35 or above will receive an eBook edition of the story when it is completed!
  • +$10,000.00 – IT’S A MYSTERY!

Precipice Books is a small digital press that got its start somewhat unintentionally following a successful Kickstarter campaign back in 2010. And by small, I mean miniscule, with just three people working behind the scenes.

Those people are: Todd Keisling (that’s me!), Erica Keisling (Art Director), and Amelia Bennett (Lead Editor). I started Precipice when my first Kickstarter campaign was funded, and over the years it’s become an independent vehicle for my own work. After several successful releases, we’re ready to expand our horizons with this new project. This is where Anthony Rapino comes into the picture.

Anthony J. Rapino is a horror writer and sculptor. He’s also a teacher, and somehow that makes more sense than it should. He spends his days among people and things that demand shaping: Words, clay, or minds, it amounts to the same job.

We met several years ago on the book promotion circuit (e.g. Twitter), and have become good friends. I asked if he’d like to be a test subject for a new publishing venture, and to my surprise, he said yes. The rest is history, folks.

 

 

Risks and challenges

Although this is only our second crowdfunding effort, our first was successful, and is actually how Precipice Books got its start. We’re familiar with the commitment and resolve required to see a campaign through to its conclusion, ensuring that backers receive the rewards to which they are entitled. We’re also well-acquainted with the steps to publication, having produced and published several titles in prior years.

The book itself is already near the end of the editing cycle, after which it will be prepped for layout and final design. Provided there are no unexpected circumstances (delayed shipments or misprinted dust jackets, for example), we are on track to meet our publication target of October 2016.

From the sculpture side of things, there’s always a slight risk that a mold won’t come out right the first time, or a sculpture breaks before a mold can be created. Fortunately, these aren’t the first sculptures Tony has created and mass-produced, so he is familiar with taking the necessary precautions. Other aspects of reward fulfillment carry a number of challenges, as they involve different moving parts, such as ordering supplies from various manufacturers (like the vials, for example).

In both respects, we’re comfortable with our respective mediums and committed to seeing this project through to completion. Unless we die. Even then, we doubt that would stop us.

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    "Artifact Combo #1: Darby's Legacy"

    Backers at this level will receive the signed hardcover book, a signed postcard, and the first Moon Hill artifact: a vial of Moon Hill stones that glow in the dark. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Artifact Combo #2: Heaven's Rains"

    Backers at this level will receive the signed hardcover book, a signed postcard, and the second Moon Hill artifact: a Moon Hill plaque sculpted by the author. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Consulting with a Couple of Clowns"

    Are you a writer? Want some insight on character development, plot structure, or the editing process? How about some suggestions and feedback on your query? This is the reward for you. This pledge nets you a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover copy of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL by Anthony J. Rapino. It also nets you a 30-minute consultation with both the author and the publisher. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Teach Me Your Dark Ways"

    Want to learn the basics of sculpting? Tony Rapino will share his tips and tricks of the trade via a pre-recorded "beginner's lesson" on sculpting, followed by a live Skype/Google Hangout call to address any questions you might have. This pledge also nets you a signed & numbered limited edition hardcover copy of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL by Anthony J. Rapino.

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    "Artifact Combo #3: Idol of the Pumpkin God"

    Backers at this level will receive the signed hardcover book, a signed postcard, and the third (and largest) Moon Hill artifact: a Moon Hill idol sculpted by the author. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "In the Sweet Embrace of Halloween"

    One backer at this level will receive the signed hardcover book, a signed postcard, and a one-of-a-kind item: a Halloween blanket sewn by none other than Mrs. Murder herself, Mercedes M. Yardley! Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Reality Engineer"

    Backers who pledge at this level will receive: One signed hardcover book, one Moon Hill postcard, one Moon Hill map, one vial of Moon Hill stones, and one of each sculpture. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Moon Hill Mystery Box"

    The mystery box includes everything in the "Reality Engineer" combo (book, map, postcard, stones & two sculptures), plus extra mystery goodies packaged by Mr. Rapino himself. Also includes the eBook edition in the format of your choosing.

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    "Geeky Writers Box"

    Specifically for fans of the Geeky Writer Gang! This box includes signed copies of 11 books: “Soundtrack to the End of the World” and “Greetings from Moon Hill” by Anthony J. Rapino; “Dirtbags” and “Hashtag” by Eryk Pruitt; “A Life Transparent,” “The Liminal Man,” and “Ugly Little Things: Volume One” by Todd Keisling; “Nameless: The Darkness Comes,” “Beautiful Sorrows,” "Pretty Little Dead Girls,” and “Apocalyptic Montessa and Nuclear Lulu” by Mercedes M. Yardley. Also includes the signed postcard, map, and eBook edition of GREETINGS FROM MOON HILL in the format of your choosing.

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    "Particular Tastes"

    Commission a sculpture by Anthony J. Rapino. The author will join you on a Skype call or Google Hangout to discuss the details of your project and create a sculpture just for you. This reward also includes the signed hardcover, postcard, map, and eBook. Shipping included!

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    "Let's Climb Aboard this Love Train"

    Be immortalized in print as a doomed character in a new Moon Hill story co-written by Anthony J. Rapino and Todd Keisling. Your fictional counterpart is guaranteed to meet a most gruesome death on paper. And the best part? You get to read it before the rest of the world. This reward also includes the signed hardcover book, postcard, map, and eBook edition. Shipping costs are included! (Physical book rewards to ship in October; New story release to follow in 2017.)

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    "The Long Shot"

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