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A Young Adult Novel for Adults. Taking the tropes of the YA genre and turning them into a dark and hilarious book for adults.

STABBERS is the first YAA novel (YOUNG ADULT NOVEL for ADULTS)! I say it's the first because I have not seen anything to tell me otherwise. I am aware that there are twilight parodies and such, but I want to be clear that this is not what I intend to create. My novel will use the tropes of a traditional YA stories themes and elements, and blend them together to create something ridiculous, dark and hilarious. I want to push the supernatural over a cliff and send it screaming to its blood-splattered death on the rocks below, only to have it re-animate into something even more insane and deadly.

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STABBERS follows the misadventures of an awkward teenage vampire named Pax, who is bitten by a werewolf, thus turning her into a Wampire. She is then killed, becoming a ghost, or a Whostpire (Werewolf/ghost/vampire). This hot supernatural mess of monsters then falls in love with a lanky, high school loner named Derek Stabbers, a C student by day and vampire hunter by night. When Pax decides to get to know him better, she possesses him, soon realizing she has no idea how to get out of his body. Can these two put aside their differences and fall in love while at the same time share a body? And can they also protect their town from a professional gang of monster hunters lead by their heartless leader, Axe Handle?

A TRILOGY? 

While I am very confident in my ability to make Stabbers into a single bat-shit crazy novel, I have enough ides, twists and turns to spread it out into a trilogy. If we meet our goal of $13,000 then a single novel will be written, but if we make our stretch goals (below), that will show me there is real interest in the series, I will push these characters deeper and darker into two more hilarious books.

Who am I?

My name is Travis. Hi. I'm an award winning writer and director of four feature films and hundreds of short films. 95% of my work deals with the dark, strange, beautiful and hilarious. Below are a few samples of my work so you might get a feel for the kind of crazy that I am. 

4/2/13 - STABBERS FIRST UPDATE + SONG!

Dearest Kickstarter community-types - I promised my backers that if we hit the $2,000 mark last week that I would SING everyone's name who made it in under the deadline. That was the first 65 backers! I am a man of my word, and here is the video proving it! The NEW deadline to get your name sung is to hit the $5,000 mark by this Friday (April 5th at midnight). Pledge to this project by then and your name is next to be rocked!

4/20/13 - Stabbers Update + 2nd song!!!

Hey Stabbers!

As promised, here is the 2nd video I made singing the names of the next 72 pledgers. We set a deadline to raise the funds and you met that deadline. This (on top of your incentives) is your hilariously weird reward.

Our new deadline to have your name sung (note: you can have your name sung again if you increase your pledge over $10.00), is the most obvious of deadlines...the ACTUAL deadline itself. If we meet our goal (or more) of $13,000 by this Saturday, April 27th, then I will sing the rest of my pledgers names! Spread the love about Stabbers, and let's make this book a reality!!!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I think the biggest risk and challenge for me, or anyone trying to tackle this type of humor, is good storytelling. Since the ideas are so ridiculous and huge, the characters must be as grounded in reality as possible in order to make the comedy blend perfectly with this darkly, off-axis world. I've been telling these types of stories for a long time, and I am confident I have the passion and creative juices to create a dizzy universe that feels stable.

I am an independent artist, so my time is spent writing. Once the goal is accomplished through this campaign, I will be working feverishly on getting to THE END, and making sure everything is as fun and insane as it can be so that I can get a copy into your hands and melt your brain. Allow me this opportunity to entertain you, and I promise not to f@#k it up.

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    MERE MORTAL: Your name in our acknowledgement section of the novel! When this novel becomes a super big deal, your name will be there forever and ever...until society bans books.

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    THE GHOST: E-Book (PDF) version of Stabbers (the 1st book in the series) for your Kindle, Nook or iPad. You'll smudge the hell out of your screen with all the page-turning you'll be doing. Your name will also appear in the acknowledgements.

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    THE WEREWOLF: Autographed PAPERBACK version of Stabbers (the 1st book in the series)! This is a special limited edition copy ONLY available through this Kickstarter campaign. It will include a special forward and a few surprises that will not be in the published for the public novel. You will also receive the e-copy and your name in the acknowledgements.

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    THE WITCH: Along with a special edition paperback copy of the book with your name in the acknowledgements, you'll also get a pretty nifty BOOKMARK. Never lose your place again (unless you lose the bookmark...then you're S.O.L.)!

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    THE VAMPIRE: Autographed HARDCOVER version of Stabbers (the 1st book in the series)! This is a special limited edition copy ONLY available through this Kickstarter campaign. It will include a special forward and a few surprises that will not be in the published novel. In edition to the Hardcover copy, you will also receive your name in the acknowledgements, an E-Copy and the bookmark.

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    THE WAMPIRE: Signed cover art print! Go get a nice frame, cause this is a keeper. Not to mention you get it along with the hardcover copy, the e-copy, acknowledgement, and the bookmark! *Note: The cover art used in this campaign will not be the official novel cover art.

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    THE WHOSTPIRE: If a novel about a Whostpire simply isn't enough supernatural blending for you, then cough up a hundy and you'll receive a DVD copy of writer/director Travis Betz's latest feature film, the ghost/zombie musical, The Dead Inside. Along with it you'll get the hardcover copy, e-copy, acknowledgement, cover art and bookmark.

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    THE IMP: A minor character named after you! Be a part of YAA history and have your name put right into the prose of the novel. Maybe one of the lead characters will say "hi" to you. Who knows! This pledge also receives the hardcover copy, e-copy, acknowledgement, DVD, cover art, and bookmark.

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    AXE HANDLE: A character will be named after you AND killed! Who doesn't want to die for the arts? If you pledge $300 you'll not only make it into the book, but I'll off your character. You'll be in literary heaven with some of the best. With this perk you will also receive the hardcover copy, e-copy, DVD, acknowledgement, cover art, and bookmark.

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    THE TROLL: Private online reading party! If you're crazy enough to pony up this much, then you deserve a party! Invite all your friends and family and join me online! Myself and a few select artists will read/act portions of the novel just for you. On top of that madness you'll also get the hardcover copy, e-copy, DVD, character named and killed after you, cover art, and boomark.

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    THE DEMON: Personal short story starring you! You read that correctly. I will write a 5-10 page short story that stars you and many of the Stabbers characters in a splintered off sub-plot not appearing in the novel. Each $1,000 pledge will get a unique story that takes place in the Stabbers universe. Along with that one-of-a-kind perk, you still receive the hardcover copy, e-copy, DVD, character named and killed (which will play into your personal story as well), cover art, and boomark.

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    DEATH: Stabbers dedicated to you! This is no list of names in the back of the book. No sir/ma'am! This is an upfront, before the story begins, single page DEDICATION. If you wanna play Mr. or Mrs. Moneybags, then you deserve this sort of celebrity. Plus you'll still get the hardcover copy, e-copy, DVD, personal story written about you, character named and killed, cover art, and bookmark.

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