We treat this kick starter campaign as a pre order of the limited edition, signed, hard cover copies of Ghosts Of The Black Dragon. We will include extra illustration that will not be included in any other book.
Right now we are getting the full out campaign ready and trying to see if we have enough support to do it. So, if you are interested in pre ordering a copy of this book, simply sign up for the email alert that we'll send out as soon as the campaign launches.
While You Wait
We have a lot of merchandise available on RedBubble for the Ghost Of The Black Dragon. The money we make through these sales will help us cover the cost of printing out the zine with the two short stories and distributing it to spread the word. So, if you want to help us this is one of the ways to do so.
If you can't buy or donate but would like to help, you can print out the zine and share it with your friends or drop it off in a Little Free Library in your area.
On top of it, you can always tweet, like, +1 and blog about it. And yes, we are available for interviews if you'd like one for your site, podcast, or anything else you use to reach out to the wonderful people around.
About the Book
Ukraine has always held a special place in my heart, partly because I was born there, partly because I have family living on both sides of the great river Dnieper, that cuts the country in half.
I have family members who supported the revolution in the beginning, although they have changed their minds after seeing the result, and I have family members that live in one of the cities that was turned into rubble by the Ukrainian army.
One of the driving forces of this revolution were the radical minority of the country. The Nationalist para-military group Right Sector turned peaceful protest into a bloody battle. They went from city to city and by force overthrew the local governments.
It became acceptable to proudly display the portrait of Banders, the leader of the Socialist Nationalist in western Ukraine that had helped Hitler round up and kill minorities and anyone that opposed Hitler, including the massacre in Lvov, which had the third largest Jewish population in Poland.
Every time I hear Bandera being called a hero by Ukrainian politicians, I think of the countless lives lost in Ukraine trying to fight the very same Bandera and his master, Hitler. What would the dead say to us if they saw it? What would they do?
Ghosts Of The Black Dragon goes into the idea of what would have happened if the dead could come back and do something.
The Ghosts of Ukraine was written as a short story that kicks off the whole book. In a way, it serves as the first chapter. It introduces one of the main characters, Rosa, a woman who went through the whole war, lived to an old age but knows that a part of her died with her family in Babi Yar.
Courtship is an introduction of another character that becomes very important in the Ghost Of The Black Dragon, although that story is not taking place in Ukraine. Nina, a woman that was raped and killed a century earlier, has grown a lot since her first introduction in Courtship. She is far from perfect, but she has her soft spots. She will not stand by and watch someone suffer, not unless they deserved it.
You can download these two stories for free to get a taste of the characters that you will meet in Ghosts Of The Black Dragon.