“One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.” -Oscar Wilde on Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop
“Capote I truly loathed. The way you might loathe an animal. A filthy animal that has found its way into the house.” -Gore Vidal on Truman Capote
“No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don’t I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin.” -Lord Byron on John Keats
“There are a lot of daring people in the world who claimed that Cooper could write English, but they’re all dead now.” -Mark Twain on James Fenimore Cooper
“A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.” -Gertrude Stein on Ezra Pound
“I am reading Proust for the first time. Very poor stuff.” -Evelyn Waugh on Marcel Proust
“Reading Don Quixote can be compared to an indefinite visit from your most impossible senior relative, with all his pranks, dirty habits, unstoppable reminiscences, and terrible cronies.” - Martin Amis about Miguel Cervantes
“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.” - Virginia Woolf about James Joyce
“Personally I would rather have written Winnie-the-Pooh than the collected works of Brecht.” - Tom Stoppard about Bertolt Brecht
“I can’t read ten pages of Steinbeck without throwing up.” - James Gould Cozzens on John Steinbeck
“As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.” -Vladimir Nabokov on Ernest Hemingway
“Concerning no subject would he be deterred by the minor accident of complete ignorance from penning a definitive opinion.” -Roger Scruton on George Bernard Shaw
“His work is evil, and he is one of those unhappy beings of whom one can say that it would be better had he never been born.” -Anatole France on Emile Zola
“I grow bored in France – and the main reason is that everybody here resembles Voltaire…the king of nincompoops, the prince of the superficial, the anti-artist, the spokesman of janitresses, the Father Gigone of the editors of Siecle.” -Charles Baudelaire on Voltaire
“He is a bad novelist and a fool. The combination usually makes for great popularity in the US.” -Gore Vidal on Alexander Solzhenitsyn
“It took me years to ascertain that Henry James’s work was giving me little pleasure….In each case I asked myself: 'What the dickens is this novel about, and where does it think it’s going to?’ Question unanswerable!” -Arnold Bennett on Henry James
“…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.” -Robert Lewis Stevenson on Walt Whitman
“There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.” -Oscar Wilde on Alexander Pope
“The awful Whitman. This post-mortem poet. This poet with the private soul leaking out of him all the time. All his privacy leaking out in a sort of dribble, oozing into the universe.” -D.H. Lawrence on Walt Whitman
“His style has the desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship.” -Edmund Wilson on Evelyn Waugh
“He could not blow his nose without moralising on the state of the handkerchief industry.” -Cyril Connolly on George Orwell
“To say that Agatha Christie’s characters are cardboard cut-outs is an insult to cardboard cut-outs.” -Ruth Rendell on Agatha Christie
“A sort of gutless Kipling.” -George Orwell on W.H. Auden
“A lewd vegetarian.” -Charles Kingsley on Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Crude, immoral, vulgar and senseless.” -Leo Tolstoy on William Shakespeare
“He has plenty of music in him, but he cannot get it out.” -Alfred, Lord Tennyson on Robert Browning
“Henry James has a mind - a sensibility -so fine that no mere idea could ever penetrate it.” -T.S. Eliot on Henry James
“I invariably miss most of the lines in the last act of an Ibsen play; I always have my fingers in my ears, waiting for the loud report that means that the heroine has just Passed On.” -Dorothy Parker on Henrik Ibsen
“The language of Aristophanes reeks of his miserable quackery: it is made up of the lowest and most miserable puns; he doesn’t even please the people, and to men of judgement and honour he is intolerable; his arrogance is insufferable, and all honest men detest his malice.” -Plutarch on Aristophanes
“Books seem to me to be pestilent things, and infect all that trade in them… with something very perverse and brutal.” -John Locke on booksellers
What started as a wee 8-issue series has grown into 2 years of mysteries, three-eyed critters, dimension-hopping, shape-shifting antics, and so much friendship to the max that our hearts can hardly take it!
It’s been an awesome 2 years, and we look forward to an awesome 200 more. Thanks for being the best. ❤
So honestly let’s be real, the best Stephen King AU for this pairing would be Carrie. BUT to steer away from that I suggest Needful Things AU.
A new store shows up in New York City and Percival Graves, not one to look superstition in the mouth, tends to avoid it, even as people in his community and beyond start to talk about Needful Things. It’s a quaint little shop, set up in the border between the rough and posh sides of town, straddling the fence and offering wares to those who have little and those who have too much.
It really seems to be just a regular store, the cop in Percival Graves can’t resist a quick peek around, checking things out, looking for anything suspicious. The only strange things about it are the wares, a chisel from a cabinet maker in Versailles during the reign of Louis the 15th, a signed first edition of Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson, a little kitschy figurine of a laughing boy in lederhosen, an old high school letterman in blue and yellow. Always what the customer most desires, or the symbol of what they desire, offered for a very affordable price. And a favor.
Percival Graves visits a few different times, takes a look at the wares, but never finds anything worth buying. Until he sees the assistant of the mysterious Mr. Leland Gaunt. Credence Barebone is a skinny little thing, who Graves finds dusting one morning, suddenly there when he was not before. When asked about his appearance, the boy simply says that Mr. Gaunt hired him with the honest open gaze of someone who is not a liar.
Percival comes by more often then, always seeing the boy, chatting with him, feeling something black and covetous writhing in his stomach as he sees the boy. Something needful.
“See anything you need, Mr. Graves?” Leland Gaunt asks one day, the two men looking over at Credence as the boy carefully cuts a slice of pie from the pastry that a local bakery sent them as thanks for a set of rather fine measuring cups. “He can be yours, you know. For a price.”
And Graves wants to say no, wants to be the indignant, righteous man that he fancies himself, that he wants Credence to see. But the boy looks at him, smiling brightly and charmed as he holds out a plate of pie to Graves, ice cream melting upon the piping hot surface, and all Graves can say when Leland sends the boy off to get some coffee as well is,
1333. That’s the number of individual packages now being sorted, filled, labeled, and shipped. We’ve got quite the assembly line going on here at Spicy Horse, and I thought you’d like a sneak peak behind the scenes…
But before we get into the physical, let’s talk about the digital. A digital release package has been put together containing the following items:
High Resolution PDF of Alice: Otherlands Art Book (50 pages, full colour)
Alice: Otherlands Logos / Spicy Horse Logos
“Leviathan” Conceptual artwork - (Alice Dress Renders, Environment Concepts, Model Test Renders, Rendered Images/Stills, Story boards)
“A Night at the Opera” Conceptual artwork - (Dragon Test Footage, Production Photos, Sketches, Storyboards)
Alice: Otherlands MP3’s Soundtrack/Score - 2x MP3’s, composed by Walter Sickert
Alice: Otherlands Wall Poster Artwork - High Resolution Download - 600mm x 1630mm approx
Alice: Otherlands Graphics/Borders + Alex’s Artwork - 7x full colour illustrations + collection of design elements used in A:OL media
Alice: Otherlands Blu-Ray & DVD cover/disc artwork - Suitable for printing or digital application
High Resolution copies of all Spicy Horse Alice: Otherlands Artwork, suitable for printing- 22 full colour illustrations, namely;
A Royal Blue Knight - Shu Yan
A Wilde Mind - Zeng Shuo
Above the Clouds - Shu Yan
Alice 20000 Leagues Under - Joey Zeng
Butchers Mind - Tyler Lockett
Butchers Mind II - Luis Melo
Lust, Money & Time - Zeng Shuo
Otherlands Gallery of Minds - Lin Ran
Painter’s Mind - Fancy
Stone Queen - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Arthur Conan Doyle - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Bram Stoker - Shu Yan
The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt1 - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Charles Darwin - Pt2 - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Henri Matisse - Nako
The Mind of Robert Lewis Stevenson - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Sarah Bernhardt - Zeng Shuo
The Mind of Thomas Edison - Nako
The Mind of Vincent Van Gogh - Chen Xue Jiao
The Mind of William Morris - Nako
The Others - Alice Otherlands
Wonderland Transformed - Tyler Lockett
A separate set of downloads will be made available for the video files, with a file for each of the following:
ISO disc files (2x files, one for BluRay, one for DVD)
Hi-res video files (format TBA)
Release time for digital assets has been set for Halloween - Midnight, October 31st, London time. If you’d like to view the countdown online, you can follow this link.
Digital content will be available as file downloads (via Mega), videos will also be made available on YouTube and Vimeo, sound files on SoundCloud, and other elements released via my blog. All links and sites will be shared in full via an update here on Kickstarter.
With all the 01010101 stuff out of the way, let’s get back to the physical realm…
The Signing Table
The Signing Table
I was able to fit 72 books per “round” on these tables, then go around signing them one-by-one. Another small table contained a handful of books I’d sign while waiting for the larger table to dry. In total I did 13 rounds and spent 12 hours on this process! 12-13-72… Hey, that’s my birthday! Spooky :P
If you’d like to see daily progress updates during the physical shipping phase, be sure to check out my Instagram feed. I’ve captured and shared some fun images at various stages of receiving, preparing, and shipping physical backer rewards.
In case you’re wondering, it took 2 full days to sign 1000 books, another 2 days to sign all the DVDs and BluRays, and we’re now entering our 2nd day of picking, packing, and labeling the individual boxes. Lulu has been overseeing the entire process.
Guarding the Boxes
Guarding the Boxes
What happens next?
My hope is that we’ll have all the boxes filled by early next week - and I’ve scheduled a pick-up for next Tuesday (November 3rd). From Shanghai the items will go together to Shenzhen for sorting and forwarding. Some may go straight from Shenzhen to various locations around the world - others will have to make a quick stop in Hong Kong. Whatever route they take, once they leave China (via ether start-point) delivery time will be anywhere between 5 and 30 days - depending on how far the package must travel.
Packages will be assigned tracking numbers, but I have no way to automatically attach and send these numbers to each backer - so I ask that you wait at least 30 days from November 10th, and then contact me directly via Kickstarter if you suspect your package has gone missing. I’ve been using this same shipping company for my fashion site Mysterious and have found them to be reliable with tracking and delivery.
Lastly, I wanted to post a massive “Thank You” to everyone helping support production on the campaign - Alex, for his amazing work on the Art of book and supporting art content; Caroline, Lijie, and Martin at Spicy Horse for helping with packing/shipping; and all of the artists - Troy, Ed, Walter, Kian, and the amazing illustrators at Spicy Horse. It’s wonderful to see all your effort and artistic expression taking flight and heading out to the world.
Alright, I have to get back to printing labels and packing boxes!