I really appreciate your continued support in getting the word out. Just because we passed our goal doesn't mean we're done. In truth, my hope all along has been that we hit at least 200%, which will be $6,000. That's still only two thousand per book, and will give us a bit more of a comfortable margin in getting plenty of art for each book and setting us up for starting on next year's books.
To celebrate our success, I'm adding an option that all supporters, regardless of pledge level, can take advantage of THE DARK AVENGER OPTION.
You can now get the fourth Doc Wilde novel as part of your Kickstarter package, at a special rate. Add $5 to your pledge and you get the ebook; add $13 and you get the ebook and the trade paperback; add $20 and you get both plus a bookplate signed by both Gary and me.
The book will be released in the first half of 2013.
And what is the fourth book? You're hearing it here first... Doc Wilde and The Daughter of Darkness...
As a further incentive to keep helping us by blogging, tweeting, talking us up on Facebook, etc., I'm adding a stretch goal for when we reach $6,000 that will benefit all supporters who've pledged at least $5.
If we raise $6,000, I will write a fifth short adventure and everyone who has pledged $5 or more will get an ebook copy for no extra charge. Supporters at PULP HERO and above will receive a signed trade paperback copy as well. In the event anyone else wants a trade paperback copy, you'll be able to get it for $10 (plus international shipping if needed); supporters at SERIAL CLIFFHANGER and above will have their copies signed to match their existing set.
The “Astonishing Adventures of Doc Wilde” project is now live on Kickstarter, and people are invited to join us on the adventure.
I'm Tim Byrd. The Doc Wilde stories are my tribute to the pulp stories I loved growing up, and still love today. Like The Incredibles or the Indiana Jones films, they are suitable for kids and adults both, full of action and humor and weird science and occult menace and lots of derring-do.
The Kickstarter project encompasses three Doc Wilde novels, all to be released by year’s end. The books will be available in trade paperback and ebook formats, and will have gorgeous covers and interior illustrations by the great Aussie comic book artist Gary Chaloner.
Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom (previously published by Putnam) will reappear in an improved new edition in June, featuring not only the new artwork inside and out by Gary, but my “author’s cut” preferred edit and a new short Doc Wilde adventure.
In August, we’ll release Doc Wilde and The Mad Skull, the long-awaited second book, in which the Wildes face a mind-blowing mystery and a truly bizarre villain.
In November the third adventure will appear, Doc Wilde and The Dance of the Werewolf, a dark tale featuring lycanthropes and witchcraft. At least two more Doc Wilde adventures will follow in 2013.
For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it’s a patronage system in which creators present something they’d like to do and supporters can pledge funds to help them do it, in return for rewards varying from thank you's to copies of the items created to interactions of various sorts with the creator. The creator posts his intentions and a target amount of money he is trying to raise; if, within the time the Kickstarter runs, enough money is pledged to hit that target, then the Kickstarter succeeds. If the target amount is not met, the Kickstarter has failed and no money is exchanged.
The target for this project is $3,000, covering all three books. That’s a minimum goal, not a maximum; once it’s reached, the Kickstarter continues and people can still get involved. The funds will go toward art, book design, and editing, as well as paying for the writing. Any extra funds will be applied to producing more books.
I’ve come up with reward levels for pledges ranging from $5 for an ebook copy of one of the novels and the supporter’s name on the book’s acknowledgments page, up to $400 for signed limited editions of the books along with a bunch more cool stuff. There are only three slots available at the highest level, and four at the second highest, because they include exclusive one-of-a-kind rewards, so those are first come, first served.
If you’re looking for adventure…it’s time to GO WILDE!
“It’s a true delight…Tim Byrd has taken Doc Savage, added in a pinch of Robert E. Howard, a liberal dose of H.P. Lovecraft, and mixed it all together in a well done, enchanting pastiche of the pulps that will appeal to the adult audience as well as the young adult readers. It is an over the top at times, rip-roaring adventure that returns us to the days of yesteryear and leaves us wanting more.” —The Baryon Review
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Atlantic City, 1957
Professional boxers Roberto Varga and Michael Boyle were once pals growing up at St. Vincent’s Asylum for Boys in Chicago. Under the guidance of Father Tim, the fighting priest, they learned values, respect, responsibility, and how to fight fair.
But those lessons didn’t stick with Boyle. Two years after leaving St. Vincent’s, Boyle and Varga face-off in the ring with Boyle pounding out a bloody, lopsided decision, Varga swore wasn’t on the up and up.
In the seven years since, their careers have taken different paths. Guided by unscrupulous manager Tommy Domino, Boyle is positioned for a title shot against Sugar Ray Robinson. Varga, however, has struggled in a career still haunted by the bloody loss to Boyle.
When the boxer scheduled to fight Boyle in Atlantic City breaks his hand two weeks before the fight, Domino scrambles for a replacement. He finds Varga toiling in a Philadelphia gym and offers him the rematch Varga has been waiting years to get. For Varga, it’s a chance to finally even the score, a chance to get the title shot he’s always dreamed about. But Boyle is not the only formidable foe aligned against Varga.
Redemption comes at a bloody price – a price perhaps too high for Varga to pay …
Last night I had the opportunity to see the world premiere of a new musical, Hello! My Baby, at the Rubicon Theatre in Ventura. For fourteen seasons, the Rubicon has produced some of the best theatre on the west coast, and Hello! My Baby – conceived and written by Cheri Steinkellner – was no exception, an exuberant singing and dancing celebration of Tin Pan Alley at the turn of the century.
As good as the play was – and it was outstanding – the highlight of the evening, however, occurred during intermission when I had the opportunity to meet two other audience members, Larry Raben and David Engel – two of my theatre heroes.
I first saw Raben and Engel perform twenty years ago at the Canon Theatre in Beverly Hills as part of the original Broadway cast of my favorite musical, Forever Plaid. I’ve since seen Forever Plaid staged at least twenty times with fifteen different casts, but Raben and Engel’s original group remains at the top.
I’ve seen Raben and Engel in numerous different plays and venues including The Andrews Brothers (staring Raben and Engel and directed by Raben), The Producers (starring Raben and Engel), and Singing In The Rain (starring Engel and directed by Raben). When meeting them last night, they could not have been more gracious, self-effacing, conversational, and interested – a case of in person celebrity living up to on-stage persona.
Currently, Raben and Engel are starring in Forbidden Broadway at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach. I’ll be going to see them, and if you have the chance, you should, too . . .
After dying and being revived with the experimental drug Returne, Bryn Davis is theoretically free to live her unlife — with regular doses to keep her going.
But Bryn knows that the government has every intention of keeping a tight lid on Pharmadene’s life-altering discovery, no matter the cost. And when some of the members of a support group for Returne addicts suddenly disappear, Bryn begins to wonder if the government is methodically removing a threat to their security, or if some unknown enemy has decided to run the zombies into the ground…
The Cloak Society: An elite organization of supervillains graced with extraordinary powers. Ten years ago they were defeated by the Rangers of Justice and vanished without a trace. But the villains of Cloak have been biding their time, waiting for the perfect moment to resurface. And twelve-year-old Alex Knight wants to be one of them.
Alex is already a junior member, and his entire universe is Cloak’s underground headquarters, hidden beneath an abandoned drive-in theater in Sterling City, Texas. While other kids his age are studying math and history, Alex is mastering his telekinetic powers and learning how to break into bank vaults. His only dream is to follow in his parents’ footsteps as one of the most feared supervillains in the world. Cloak is everything he believes in.
But on the day of his debut mission, Alex does the unthinkable: he saves the life of a young Ranger named Kirbie. Even worse . . . she becomes his friend. And the more time he spends with her, the more Alex wonders about the world outside of Cloak—and what, exactly, he’s been fighting for.