Tales from the Hollow Earth, Volume 1 : The Awful Orphanage
An anthology of short stories written by Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill, Aaron Dembski-Bowden & more! Based on the game by Workhouse Games.
This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sat, March 2 2019 6:00 PM UTC +00:00.
From the creators of The Awful Orphanage and the publishers of the short story by New York Times Best Selling author Gav Thorpe comes a brimming anthology of evil tales!
Mrs. Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children is a frightful place. Not only are the poor waifs and strays set to endure torment, they're also being hunted by the nefarious Gaunt & Sinister Man. This anthology of new tales takes a further peek behind the iron gates of The Awful Orphanage and into the depths of The Hollow Earth.
We're giving one lucky backer the chance to be published in Tales from the Hollow Earth and sit alongside luminary authors! To enter, just back the campaign at any book level and then submit your idea on our website ...
Workhouse Games has teamed up with luminary authors including Gav Thorpe, Graham McNeill, Mark Latham, Sarah Cawkwell, Nick Kyme, Ben Counter, George Mann, Andy Chambers and Aaron Dembski-Bowden to create a beautiful anthology of short stories that explore and expand the stories and happenings in The Awful Orphanage and the forthcoming Hollow Earth tabletop skirmish game.
The book will be bound in faux-leather featuring a ribbon bookmark, glorious gilt edged pages and beautiful gold embossing on the cover! A fitting design for tales of Victorian woe and misery! For those collectors out there we're also offering a strictly kickstarter exclusive Mrs Prendergast miniature that can be used in your games of The Awful Orphanage or as a display piece.
We will also be including a dust cover too featuring unique artwork, take a look at the work in progress below ...
Graham McNeill is a New York Times Best Selling author responsible for some of the most climactic novels in the Games Workshop Horus Heresy series of novels. Currently working for Riot Games, creators of League of Legends, Graham is poised to dive into The Hollow Earth and take on the story of the demise of Mrs Prendergast.
Graham is writing the largest of the tales for this Anthology dealing with the demise of Mrs Prendergast and the breach into The Hollow Earth.
Gav Thorpe has a long history with the Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 universes, and has written many novels for the same. He is a New York Times best-selling author with his novella The Lion, and winner of the 2017 David Gemmell Legend Award for his novel Warbeast.
Gav is returning to the somewhat woeful tale of Bill, the head Orderly at the Home for Wayward Children.
Aaron Dembski-Bowden is a New York Times Best Selling author and has contributed to the Horus Heresy and Night Lords series of novels for Black Library. Described by Dan Abnett as 'heretically good' we know that Aaron will unleash and uncover more twisted tales inside the Home for Wayward Children.
Sarah Cawkwell is one of the writers we just had to include. Her novel 'Valkia the Bloody' takes a character we should rightfully fear and gives the reader empathy into her murderous nature.
Sarah is writing a characterful tale about Lance, the boy with a bucket on his head who firmly believes he's a knight of the round table.
Mark Latham is an author and games developer responsible for amazing Sherlock Holmes tales and his Steampunk-based 'Apollonian Case Files' series of novels. His games design expertise has taken him from The Batman Miniatures game all the way to the new Harry Potter game too!
Mark has opted to take on Locke, and is taking him deeper into The Awful Orphanage than any Orphan has dared to venture.
Ben Counter is responsible for one of the best Horus Heresy books (in our humble opinion) and is the creator of the Soul Drinkers chapter of Space Marines too! Ben is a perfect choice for this anthology as his dark writing style will uncover some horrendous happenings behind those iron gates!
Ben has sunk below The Orphanage in order to tell the tale of Burke, Hare and Snappers; their pet crocodile and their arrangement with the Gaunt & Sinister Man too.
By Vulkan's fiery mantle, Nick Kyme is an amazing author who breathed life (and possibly fire) into the Salamanders Chapter of Space Marines. Nick also contributed heavily to the Tales of Heresy anthology proving he knows his stuff when it comes to collecting stories together!
Nick has chosen Prof to be the focus of his adventure and promises to unlock secrets about the hidden pathways that only the Prof can see.
George Mann is a fantastic author responsible for superb Steampunk Novels and has also written for Doctor Who, Dark Souls and Black Library too! His Sherlock Holmes novels are twisting tales of deviousness and deception, perfect for The Awful Orphanage!
George is writing a uniquely creepy tale about the infamous Creepy Clown Kid who haunts the corridors of The Awful Orphanage. Where did he come from? All will be revealed ...
Andy Chambers is a renowned author and one of the main instigators of the Eye of Terror arc for Warhammer 40,000. His Dark Eldar novella's are beautifully grisly and delightfully frightful and as such The Awful Orphanage is in more than capable (or should that be bloody?) hands.
Andy has chosen the delightfully twisted Twins and promises to uncover their links to the Hollow Earth and just why they are able to convince people to do anything they desire.
Cavan Scott is a number one best-selling author and comic writer for both adults and children. He has written for a large number of high-profile series including Doctor Who, Star Wars, Pacific Rim, Vikings, Penguins of Madagascar, Skylanders, Adventure Time, Pathfinder, Angry Birds, Judge Dredd, Blake’s 7 and Warhammer 40,000 too! Could there be any other choice?
Finally, Cavan is uncovering the Gaunt & Sinister Man and what happens when a child is taken, and what is a family willing to suffer to get their child back.
The Awful Orphanage is a grim and horrendous building ran by the evil Mrs Prendergast, her band of hapless Orderlies and haunted by The Gaunt & Sinister Man. These short stories delve behind the wrought iron gates and uncover the true happenings inside the dark corridors of the Home for Wayward Children.
No game nor anthology is complete without a host of wonderful characters and The Awful Orphanage is filled with bizarre, funny, endearing and downright evil miscreants all with their own stories to tell. This anthology features a collection of wonderfully unique tales taking the reader from Mrs Prendergast's Home for Wayward Children right up until the forthcoming Hollow Earth skirmish game later this year.
"The Hollow Earth you say? Let me tell you that it's a place like no other. Whatever stories you may have heard about it are probably just being too kind. But if you are not too faint of heart open this weighty tome and read on ... "
As backers might have seen in our previous crowdfunding campaign we aren't shy of putting in the extra effort when it comes to our products. That's why this book will be hardback with a faux leather cover, slip cover complete with a ribbon bookmark too! Each story will also include it's own full colour plates so as to set the sinister scenes.
For Backers who would like a limited edition miniature, we've got a doozy for you! We've commissioned a superbly detailed resin miniature of Mrs Prendergast herself summoning the Gaunt & Sinister Man... feast your eyes on it below ...
Not only does this diorama offer a unique painting experience and lots of blood and guts to get your brush going, it also comes with rules for The Awful Orphanage too! Beware though these are only offered in strictly limited numbers as each one is being cast by hand here in the UK.
We are also able to offer a select few lucky backers the opportunity to grab the now out of production Pact Diorama featuring a young Elspeth Prendergast and her first meeting with The Gaunt & Sinister Man. These originally sold out on their initial run and we've decided to raid our stocks for one small release.
Payment for post and packing will need to be made after the Kickstarter has funded, and will be handled by an external pledge manager, so please be aware that what you pledge isn't everything you will need to pay.
An approximate cost will be £5 to the UK, £10 to Mainland Europe and around £12 for the Rest of the World.
A point of note, the Diorama's / Playing Pieces in this campaign will be shipped by the Workhouse Games team separate to the book and as such will arrive much sooner!
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Risks and challenges
This is the second Kickstarter we have ran, and we already have our production in place for this book. Samples have been received and approved and writing is well underway from all authors.
We have already signed the deal with the factory we will be using upon funding and production is estimated to take 30 days from beginning to end.
Even though we are a small company we are prepared for things to go wrong and have contingency plans in place including alternate distribution networks should delays occur.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter