Welcome to Deep Darkness!
Giant alien creatures, colossal space battles, ancient derelict starships, the survival of humanity all wrapped in a character driven story spanning over a decade...
What is Deep Darkness?
Deep Darkness is a new science fiction/horror property/book that takes place 30,000 years from now. It follows a man named Sev from his childhood on the alien planet Errikus to his life living and surviving aboard the starship Erebus. Humans are at war and on the run from an alien race called the Skrav heading to a place called the void. Deep Darkness doesn't just take place all in the future though. There is an element called the nexus onboard the ship that allows users like Sev to see the past, present, and future through someone else's eyes. This allows me to tell some amazing stories taking place in the not so distant future and the past. Parts of Deep Darkness are even based on real accounts from World War 2 veterans that I have had the privelage to talk to.
The book itself is about 31 chapters and close to 100,000 words.
WHAT THE FUNDING IS FOR:
- Printing and publishing of the first edition of Deep Darkness
- Manuscript preparation and formatting
- Copy editing and proofreading
- Interior design and cover design
- Delivery of books
- Official website
- Concept trailer/ short film
When you fund this campaign you are not just funding a book being made. You are showing there is a demand for new original science fiction. You are helping us create a living world full of artwork, 3D models, props and more. If this campaign is successfully funded we will be creating a concept trailer/short film (that we plan to run about 10-15 minutes).
In the concept trailer we are planning to show:
• A short scene from the book that will have a sci-fi/horror vibe.
• A view of the alien colony Errikus along with the Erebus and other alien starships created by professional 3D artists
• Heavy use of Prosthetics and props for monsters.
• Sci-Fi looking body armor/props (for a $500 pledge you can own)
• A personal-character driven story set in the future that is scary and unknown.
• That we can create a big budget looking film without a hollywood size budget.
We already have mics, cameras, and lights but for this to be a success we need to be sure that we can launch the book and cover any lingering costs. This means that this campaign has to be a success.
This can only be accomplished with your help.
Mankind is endangered. The Skrav have destroyed our sun and sent us into the depths of space. On the run our only hope lies in a place called the void. A place foretold by the nexus, an element that lets us see past, present, and future. Everywhere we go destruction follows. We have been running for 30,000 years.
The war with the Skrav has been at a standstill for years now. Humans have settled on the colony Errikus, an alien colony and last stop before the empty space between the spirals in the milky way galaxy. Sev was born on this world but he wasn't made for it. His lungs aren't use to the open air, his eyes can't tolerate the natural light, and his mind is meant to be somewhere else. By age twelve the starship Erebus and Aelita leave with the last of mankind aboard.
Sev is a user. His life consists of living on the starship Erebus. Day in and day out he watches through the eyes of people who have died. People who haven't been born. It is through his eyes, his words, his actions this war will come to an end. Will he bring mankind to the end of our journey or will he be our fall.
MONSTERS OF DEEP DARKNESS POSTER
This is one of the many 11x17 posters you can get when you donate $15 or more.
Deep Darkness is full of different creatures. Some genetically altered others more exotic.
SKRAV CONCEPT ART
The Skrav are an alien race at war with humans for reasons unknown to us. Ever since they destroyed our sun they have been hunting any surviving humans in the galaxy. They are bipedal. Their skin looks like tree bark. They speak no langauge we can understand. They have enslaved or destroyed hundreds of other races in the galaxy and are feared almost as much as man, the only species ever to fight them back.
Deep Darkness includes many hard science fiction elements. Technology based on ideas coming to life today from spacesuits and weapons to organic compunds and DNA being used to process and store information.
Not every story in Deep Darkness takes place in the future. Some of chapters show Sev using the Nexus and seeing through the eyes of a soldier from World War 2. Parts of these chapters are based on real interviews and accounts taken by veterans (a combination of real battles and fictional ones).
*At the end of the campaign we will message you asking what tshirt/posters you want.
Who Am I Exactly?
My name is Stephen Landry, I was born in Nashville, Tennessee. I have a Bachelors degree in graphic design. I have had the privelage of working with some great startup companies, indie game studios, and indie film studios creating exciting projects. I have spent the last year stuggling as a freelance graphic designer while also being able to work with up and coming authors in fantasy, science fiction, and horror designing book covers, creating character art, and even helping some of them develop their stories. Aside from my graphic design I also am an amateur film director. I have created two award winning short films in the Nashville area.
I have suffered from depression and anxiety my whole life. Science fiction has always been a great escape for me. This is my way of taking my life and giving back not just for myself but for others like me seeking new worlds to help them surivive the day in and day out. It has taken me a long time to get to a comfortable point posting this and releasing this much to the world. I am nervous, afraid, scared but I am not going to let it get the best of me.
My ultimate goal is to release the book and pitch this for a full length science fiction film. It all begins here with your help.
When this project gets funded a half dozen artists will have their work showcased inside the book. The book will also feature some excerpts from some other excellent writers.In less than six months we'll have a trailer and we'll be launching Deep Darkness as a new original science fiction property. After this is a success we have plans for a film, graphic novel, and future novels.
We are redefining the way science fiction is made.
WHEN this book is a success and adapted into a film all contributors will be listed in the CREDITS.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can't contribute no worries, I hope you will share this page with your friends/family anyone you think might be interested. I am also always looking for more artists to contribue and/or beta readers.
Spread the word.
Enjoy the book.
My Graphic Design Website: http://stephen_landry.prosite.com/