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It’s true. I don’t know if you’ve been following Evil Hat’s Dinopacalypse Kickstarter, but they started with a goal of $5K and blew through that in no time. This is one company that’s really making Kickstarter work for them.

Anyway, the “stretch goals” (projects they’ll fund if they reach funding levels past their original ones) have been pretty cool. At $15K, they committed to a whole trilogy of Dinopacalypse books…

Wait, I haven’t described these books yet, have I? They’re set in the Spirit of the Century game universe, an early 20th century pulp adventure role playing game in which player-characters who protect the world from conqueror apes using technology from lost Atlantis, thwart the schemes of Doctor Scrooge to steal from the poor, destroy death rays, and otherwise take out mad scientists, world conquerors, and evil sorcerers.

The Dinopacalypse books are about Gorilla Khan, conqueror ape, taking over the world with the help of psychic dinosaurs. Beyond that, the stretch goal for $20K is an Amelia Stone novel–she’s a hero who battles monster gangsters in 1930′s Paris–written by C.E. Murphy herself.

And then there’s the $25K goal, which will get you a book written by me. Yep, if the Kickstarter hits that mark, I will write a pulp adventure novel about Professor Khan, a hyper-intelligent gorilla turned Oxford professor and disillusioned “son” of Gorilla Khan. It’ll be set primarily in Hollywood(land) of the time period, along with some fun pulpy stuff thrown in.

And if Evil Hat reaches its stretch goal of $30K, Stephen Blackmoore, the author of the zombie noir City of the Lost, is going to write KHAN OF MARS. I know.

You can read more about the supporter levels and what pledges get you what swag right here in Update #6. A $10 dollar pledge gets you ebooks for all the novels, but for physical books you should read through the various tiers. You can also see artwork, get cool wallpapers of dudes with jet packs shooting pteranodons, etc, etc. Did I mention that the Kickstarter is already above $22K as I write this? Fewer than three thousand dollars in pledges will get this sucker going.

Anyway, I still haven’t settled on a title for intelligent ape in Hollywood novel. KING KHAN? PROFESSOR KHAN TAKES HOLLYWOOD? I dunno. Maybe, after I finish A BLESSING OF MONSTERS and start working on this, I’ll hold a contest.

I know I’m not one to be all rah rah about the projects I’m working on, but this one is definitely exciting.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here or there.


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Apr. 3rd, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)

And dude, seriously, you should have heard me squeal when I saw your name on the stretch goal. I actually giggled and squeaked and clapped. :)
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
KING KHAN it is.

Have I mentioned that I'm kinda nervous about this? I just want to do a good job.
Apr. 4th, 2012 08:58 am (UTC)
I'm nervous, too. It's, y'know, basically totally new territory in terms of style, right? (Not so much in terms of content for either of us, perhaps, just sort of pushing the whole Action! All! The! Time! thing up a notch. Or six.) But for what it's worth I apparently have *complete* confidence in your ability, because I'm pretty much more excited about your book than mine. And only partly because yours will be all fun and no work for me... :)
Apr. 3rd, 2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
I don't often read game-based fiction -- not out of any antipathy toward tie-in stuff, just too little time and too much to read and arbitrary guidelines help shorten TBR lists -- but I found upon reading this post that you're among the authors for whom I'll make an exception. So I've contributed. Here's hoping this thing makes it to $25k!
Apr. 3rd, 2012 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much. There are 19 days left and the numbers are really promising.
Apr. 3rd, 2012 07:35 pm (UTC)
I dunno. This whole thing sounds like a Khan game to me.
Apr. 4th, 2012 12:19 am (UTC)
Ba-dum TISH!
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