I teased some Darkdrifters news on Twitter...well here it is! This is my re-launch of the entire Darkdrifters series, starting with new editions of The Key and the Crescent and A Drift Apart, followed by some extremely cool previews of things to come.
My original plan was to launch a new Kickstarter for all of this, but to be honest, I simply don't need to this time. I had to do it the first time because I just didn't have the funds to do what I wanted to do. But, for a number of reasons, this time is different, so here we are!
I'm using a different print service this time, which affords a few benefits. This new edition is a little cheaper and quicker to print, and has new cover art that is designed to feel more consistent from book to book. After all, when I first wrote The Key and the Crescent, I had no idea I would ever be writing a sequel. (I only slapped that "vol 1" sign on the cover like half a year after I finished writing!) Apologies to any original backers who hate having inconsistent book covers on their shelf. Trust me, I'm one of you.
Anyway, I'm really excited to reveal this all to you, so let's break it down book by book!
The Key and the Crescent 2nd Edition
The Key and the Crescent is the first book in the Darkdrifters series. If you haven't read Darkdrifters yet, this is the place to start! If you're looking for more information, check out my portfolio or the book's store page for more.
This new edition of The Key and the Crescent features new cover art by the incredible vacuumchan and a few edits and story revisions. Other than the new artwork this version isn't too much different from the original, so if you already own a copy, no need to get the new edition...unless of course you want to >.>
I will note that the new paperback print quality is a little rougher with regards to the act breaks and the "chat room" segments (compared to the first printing), but the hardcover print quality is actually far better in this version, so if you're unsure, I'd spring for the hardcover! It looks fantastic.
Comes in e-book, paperback, and hardcover. (No dust jacket this time!) All physical copies bought from my website come signed/personalized.
You can also find copies on Amazon in all three formats!
A Drift Apart 2nd Edition
An anthology of short stories inspired by the dreams and nightmares of Kickstarter backers. A Drift Apart is not a main book in the Darkdrifters series, but it assumes you know the basics about the setting, so it should probably be read after book one.
Nothing new in this version except for some minor edits to the text and the cover. Again, if you already own this one, don't bother getting the new version! It's the same.
Comes in e-book and paperback. All physical copies bought from my website come signed/personalized.
Copies will also be available on Amazon soon!
The Thousandth Cut (Pre-Order)
Now for the big one! I plan on releasing volume 2 of Darkdrifters sometime in 2024. If you're interested in getting an early copy, I'll have pre-orders available a few months from now. (Only reason it's not live this very moment is, well, I should probably actually finish writing the book before I accept any money for it.) But look at that amazing cover art! Atsuko looks absolutely badass. I can't wait for you all to be able to read what's in store for her.
Interested in picking up an early copy? Follow me on Twitter or subscribe to this blog and you'll know the second pre-orders are live. Also, if you would like to be a beta reader, join the Darkdrifters discord server where you can sign up to read the book before anyone else and provide valuable feedback! I'll also pester you from time to time, it's great.
Pre-orders on my website will be at a 10% discount, so it'll be cheaper if you want to pre-order it!
Will come in e-book, paperback, and hardcover. All physical copies bought from my website will come signed/personalized. Will also be available on Amazon.
There's also one more Darkdrifters project I've been working on, but I'm not quite ready to talk about it just yet. It's gonna be pretty awesome. If you want to be among the first to see it, definitely keep an eye on this site or join the Darkdrifters discord server. I'm really excited for it—I actually wrote a whole section here out and it's pained me to have to delete it, but it needs a little more time to cook, and I wanted to make sure people were aware about the new book editions ASAP, so here we are. Hopefully I'll be able to share it with you soon!
If you like what you see here, spread the word! If you haven't already, please leave reviews of The Key and the Crescent on Goodreads, Amazon, anywhere you can. If you have already written a review on Goodreads, it would be awesome if you could copy that review and leave it on the new Amazon page as well! That would really help me out.
Thanks again for your support, as always. It means so much to me. Much love,
Maxine Juniper Newman