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The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone-Kickstarter Campaign

The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone is a novella written by John F.D. Taff expanding his The Fearing universe and is published by Saturday Morning Scenarios. This KS is for John’s novella. After the Kickstarter John and I will be working together to bring The Fearing to the Whispers RPG universe (see below for more details).

The Fearing takes place in modern times, in a world very much like ours. With one notable exception. One of our greatest psychoanalysts and philosophers, Carl Gustav Jung, postulated that there is a vast collective unconsciousness that humanity taps into. It’s the place where all of the deepest pieces of ourselves live, despite our cultures or religions—archetypes or universal symbols such as The Great Mother, the Shadow, the Hermit and the Tree of Life. It’s also the seat of our deepest emotions—love, hate, serenity…and fear.

Imagine that within this vast collective unconscious there is a receptacle, a bowl that holds all of the fears that humanity has accumulated over the centuries. Every single thing a human has ever been afraid of. All collected, drip by drip through millennia.

Imagine that this bowl has filled, that it must empty so it can reset itself.

Now imagine that all fears, everything from the most commonly shared fears to the most deeply personal are released onto the earth, all at the same time.

The chaos, the apocalypse caused by this is The Fearing.

he Fearing was originally released serially in 2019 by Grey Matter Press, in four separate novellas that form an entire novel. They are:

The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone takes place firmly in the timeline of the complete novel. It tells the story of Timothy Jacoby and Tam Washington, two of the novel’s primary antagonists, who show up in Books Three and Four. It expands and deepens their stories, and hopefully the novel as a whole.

“I absolutely loved John F.D. Taff’s The Fearing, so when I heard he was brewing up a return to this wild, strange world, I leapt at the chance to experience it again. Folks, I’m delighted to say that Blood & Brimstone expands Taff’s amazing mythos and offers everything a great tale should: breathtaking suspense, closely-observed characterization, incisive social commentary, shocking twists, and the sort of nightmares that can only spring forth from a gloriously unhinged imagination. Add to this some absolutely haunting artwork, and you have a bona fide winner.”

—Jonathon Janz, author of The Siren and The SpecterThe Raven, &The Dark Game.

The Fearing isn’t only Taff’s best book to date, it’s the kind of book you put on the shelf reserved for the ones that really did something to you emotionally, intellectually, physically. A modern master at play.”

—Josh Malerman, New York Times bestselling author of Bird Box and Malorie

“Like most great epics, The Fearing has it all. A diverse cast of unique characters. Poignant moments and heart-stopping scares. Beautiful writing filled with keen insights into our burdened souls. Prepare to face your fears in this haunting novel from the author rightfully crowned ‘The King of Pain’. You’ll emerge braver than you were before!”

—Brian Kirk, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of We Are Monsters and Will Haunt You

“This beautifully written, gorgeously illustrated novella from the mind of John F.D. Taff is one of the most powerful entries in The Fearing saga to date. Taff knows which buttons control your deepest fears and he plays with them like a maniacal toddler with a TV remote. The Fearing: Blood & Brimstone is an in-depth gaze into the reptilian heart of evil incarnate and the must read novella of 2021.

—Shane D. Keene, Ink Heist

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