Monday, October 5, 2015

Beyond Lovecraft

Regular readers of my blog know that I'm a big fan of Jasper Bark, a writer of uncommon skill and character.  His short story anthology Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts and graphic novel Bloodfellas have received rare and enthusiastic five-star reviews from me and other finicky readers.

I'm thrilled to announce that Jasper's developing a brand new graphic novel titled Beyond Lovecraft.  Billed as a "grim and cosmic love letter" to the Cthulhu Mythos, it combines his writing with the extraordinary work of artist Rob Moran, who did the arresting, disturbing covers for the Bloodfellas comics.

While they've secured Markosia Comics as a publisher, Bark and Moran want to take this project to the next level.  To that end, they've started an Indiegogo campaign to raise extra funds.  This is what Jasper himself has to say about Beyond Lovecraft:

This is a great chance to contribute to a project that you'll be proud to have your name on.  The perks are very neat, ranging from Mi-Go level all the way up to Azathoth...and beyond.

One of the great freedoms of independent publishing is that it allows creators to push the boundaries of storytelling and narrative in ways traditional publishers are typically loath to attempt.  Jasper has proven that his work not just flirts with those boundaries, but expands them, taking the reader places he or she has never even dreamed of.  Think of it as the difference between an equilateral triangle and a non-Euclidean figure birthed from an obscenity living in the gulfs between the coldest, furthest stars.  Sort of.

Every little bit helps, and even if you're not in a position to donate now, please share the link to the campaign so Beyond Lovecraft can get the attention it deserves.  The campaign's goals are clear, and you'll know exactly where your hard-earned money is going.

The stars are right.  Great Cthulhu has finally risen from His house in R'lyeh.  What to know what happens next?  Click the link and get on board!

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