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Precipice: Dreams of the Fall - Announcement

A Collaboration Between Ian Read & Amanda Starks

By Amanda StarksPublished 7 months ago Updated 7 months ago 3 min read
Top Story - December 2023

In the year 2285, a mysterious event occurs in which hundreds of bodies wash ashore TRUEcit, the last surviving bastion of human ingenuity and prosperity.

Among the bodies is a survivor named Avery Thompson, whose memories of her past and where she came from have become fragmented. Her rescuer, a TRUECorp employee by the name of Nikolai Garcia, offers his aid in her recovery.

However, in the wake of this event TRUECorp begins demanding answers, and Nikolai is faced with an impossible choice: will he assist the corporation in its vision for saving humanity from impending doom, or will he risk it all to help Avery reassemble her fractured memory?

FIRST CHAPTER IS HERE! GO GO GO ( - editing Amanda )

Hey there, Vocal family!

As you can see, I got an exciting announcement to deliver today!! Me and the amazing Ian Read have been working on our first ever collaboration: Precipice: Dreams of the Fall.

We've both wanted to collaborate on something for a while now, but have only recently settled on this idea that we both greatly enjoy.

To sum it up, Precipice: Dreams of the Fall is going to be a multi-chapter short story that brings in the setting and feel of a cyber-punk city and the mystery and mind-twisting madness of cosmic horror. These are both genres we are familiar with but have varying degrees of experience writing, which called to both of us as we do love our challenges!!

Plus, the weird and wacky way this idea came about spoke to both of our chaotic personalities.

Inspirations

From Lovecraftian horror to baby sharks (?????) we spared no expense in pulling from some of our favorite horror and cyber-futuristic literature and media.

We pulled inspiration from Lovecraft's From Beyond and Polaris, and works of both classic and modern horror from Mary Shelly's Frankenstein and Mexican Gothic's author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

On the cyber-punk side we have both animated and live-action movies like Ghost in the Shell ( 1996 ver. ), Bladerunner, Cyberpunk 2077 and Edgerunners.

Familiar with any of these? Then Precipice: Dreams of the Fall, might just be in your wheelhouse. (:

Special Notes from the Authors

"I have always been a fan of cosmic horror and speculative fiction. What fascinates me about both genres is human perception, the way the brain handles the strange and outlandish and how the world is seen through other's eyes. This series allowed me to peer into the minds of two fascinating characters of the same age with two extremely different lived experiences. From the moment I first sat down with Amanda and began the first outlines, I knew this was going to be something spectacular." - Ian Read

One night many months ago I had a dream about a certain girl navigating a cyber-punk city. This idea barely got anywhere in my drafts since I was more of a dark fantasy writer, and when me and Ian were brainstorming ideas for our collaboration, I decided to throw my weird and somewhat random sci-fi idea onto the table. If it was anyone other than Ian, I don't think this story would have grown the wings it did. It's truly a joy and a wonder to work with someone who knows the genre so well. To say I'm excited for this collab would be an understatement." - Amanda Starks

BONUS: Music to Inspire

Oh yes, I insisted that we make a soundtrack to help us get in the mood and atmosphere of our story. If you'd like to give it a listen for yourself, you can click on the Spotify link below!

The first chapter of Precipice: Dreams of the Fall, will be released on Amanda's page on Wednesday, December 20th!

Make sure to subscribe to both our pages so you don't miss out!

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Amanda Starks

Lover of the dark, fantastical, and heart-wrenching. Fantasy writer, poet, and hopefully soon-to-be novelist who wants to create safe spaces to talk about mental health. Subscribe to my free newsletter at www.amandastarks.com for updates!

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Comments (17)

  • Vicki Lawana Trusselli 7 months ago

    Amanda I love this. A creative collaboration between two very talented artist and writers

  • Donna Fox (HKB)7 months ago

    Amanda this is so much fun!! I love the idea of a collab and I really love the way you are approaching it!! 💚 So creative and fun!!

  • k eleanor7 months ago

    This is really exciting. Eagerly waiting for the first chapter! Congratulations on the top story❤

  • I usually prefer fantasy and magic over cyber-punk and tech, but this looks like it'll be a fun adventure! Honestly, I was sold the moment I read "mystery and mind-twisting madness of cosmic horror" lol. Looking forward to what you two create together!

  • Cool 😎

  • Paul Stewart7 months ago

    This is very exciting stuff and I am glad this got Top Story because then it means you fine people can have more eyes on your collab. Congrats both of you!

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story!!! BTW, the collaboration sounds terrific!!!

  • Brin J.7 months ago

    It’s a happy coincidence that I just started reading my first futuristic novel (and so far loving it) now you guys are writing one as well! I’m excited for this 😍

  • Lamar Wiggins7 months ago

    I thoroughly remember the chapters both of you wrote for the White Mountains Mystery. That entire story was amazing! Can't wait to see the results of this project.

  • Judey Kalchik 7 months ago

    Love the way you introduced this exciting collab with us! Heading over to make double-dog-sure I am subscribed to you both!

  • Test7 months ago

    This is so exiting. Looking forward to it. Congrats on the top story!!

  • Addison M7 months ago

    This is exciting. I'm looking forward to it. Love me some cosmic horror and cyberpunk!

  • Oooo, this is so intriguing! Eagerly waiting for the first chapter!

  • Ian Read7 months ago

    This was so fun. Let the mystery begin 😈

  • Matthew Fromm7 months ago

    oooo very excited for this.

  • Test7 months ago

    Looking forward! 🤍

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