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Monsters After Hours is a rhyming picture book about what monsters are doing when they're not eating kids. Pre-order your copy today!
Monsters After Hours is a rhyming picture book about what monsters are doing when they're not eating kids. Pre-orders coming soon!
Monsters After Hours is a rhyming picture book about what monsters are doing when they're not eating kids. Pre-orders coming soon!
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Monsters After Hours: A Sorta Scary Book for Kids

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When I was a kid, I loved being scared. By books, by movies and TV, by ghost stories at camp. I wanted to carry on that tradition with a scary book that also serves to de-fang the creatures that go bump in the night. Because monsters aren't eating kids 24 hours a day, right? They probably have a lot going on. 

Monsters After Hours will be a hardcover picture book. 7" x 9".
Monsters After Hours will be a hardcover picture book. 7" x 9".

Monsters After Hours is about the chores, errands, and other responsibilities that monsters have to deal with in their lives / unlives / afterlives. You'll see a vampire practicing good oral hygiene, goblins chopping firewood and choosing a recipe (they think you'd go great with fennel and fried capers), and a mummy washing his stinky wraps. There are over a dozen monsters included. Oh, and the dang thing rhymes.

There are also some interactive elements. You'll find a spread where you can fill in your own monsters and after-hours moments, as well as some figures you can cut out to use for game pieces or rubber band target practice. 

I'm timing this campaign during the MONTH of Halloween (yes, we should celebrate all month long), and I fully, fully intend to get the books to your doors in time for Christmas. I'm working with my printer to ensure this.

For this campaign, I'm raising funds for printing, shipping and shipping supplies, taxes, and all of the other things that go into producing a project of this scale. In addition to books, I'm offering a SLEW of reward tiers that include t-shirts, prints, other books, and m-m-more.

Both designs are available in tees & tanks. You'll choose style & size at the end of the campaign.
Both designs are available in tees & tanks. You'll choose style & size at the end of the campaign.
11" x 17" print.
11" x 17" print.
Molted pelts of pupal hekkbeasts. So rare!
Molted pelts of pupal hekkbeasts. So rare!
HECKADECKs and Monster Pocket Doodles and More Lies Pocket Books!
HECKADECKs and Monster Pocket Doodles and More Lies Pocket Books!

Who the heck am I? I'm Travis Nichols. I've written and illustrated a bunch of books and comics for kids through traditional publishers (Chronicle, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, etc.). 

This is the first picture book (and second major release after The HECKADECK) I'm publishing through my own independent press, More Lies Publishing. A big part of not going through a traditional publisher for this one is learning as much as I can about pre-production, working with printers, distribution, and a dozen other angles to the biz. Then I'll be more prepared to start putting out books, comics, and games by artists and writers I love. I can't wait for you to see what's cooking.

Your support means the world (and underworld) to me. Thank you so much.

I created More Lies Publishing to inspire kids and post-kids to be creative and curious through interactive stories and supplies, and I'm so happy that you're here. Tell your pals.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is getting the dang things to my loading dock and back out to you super quickly! I'm working with my awesome printer (in Canada) to ensure a speedy turnaround.

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    They're Real!

    GRRR. A copy of Monsters After Hours. The price listed here (and in all tiers) includes shipping to the US.

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    The Creature Is Upon You!

    A copy of Monsters After Hours and a super scary t-shirt. Swamp creature or ghost? Tee or flowy tank? Hey. It's your thorax.

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    Monster... Show Yourself!

    A copy of Monsters After Hours and an 11" x 17" print of monster portraits (unframed). Feast your eyeballs on the pics in the campaign description. Your print and book will ship separately.

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    More Lies TRIPLE THREAT

    Monsters After Hours + The HECKADECK + Monster Pocket Doodles = a dang perfect Saturday. Right? Right!

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    BEAST MODE

    Three copies of Monsters After Hours at a discount, human! Great gifts for the larval stage humans in your clan.

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    The Unholy Trinity

    A copy of Monsters After Hours, a t-shirt, and an 11" x 17" print of monster portraits (unframed).

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    I'm gonna pelt you!

    Along with a copy of Monsters After Hours, you will receive one molted pelt of a pupal hekkbeast (see image in main body of campaign). Your pelt comes displayed on wood and twine and has the beast's adornments in tact. Each pelt is one of a kind and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Approx. 16" x 18". Perfect for display in your rumpus room or cabin in the woods.

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    Tomes of Power

    A copy of Monsters After Hours, four other signed books by Travis Nichols (we'll sort which ones you want in the survey at the end), and a HECKADECK. Give ‘em as gifts or cling to them yourself.

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    SUPERFIEND

    I will cram absolutely as much stuff as I can into a large flat rate box and send it to you. Books (including three copies of Monsters After Hours), a HECKADECK, prints, sketchbooks, weird talismans of unknown, unspeakable power, and more. Let's get weird together.

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    You are most likely a human being who brought me into this world. I’ll send you stuff forever and I promise to call home more. Happy Halloweeeeeen!

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