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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I still have copies of their edition of Bird Box. I could probably cut a deal if someone wanted one, otherwise I suspect they'll just end up in a grab bag at some point.
    Dan, if you want to match their 50% off Halloween Sale and save me the headache their Kickstarter inclusion has already given me, I'd love to take you up on it and send my money instead to the good folks at CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Except now I'm trying to figure out the convoluted Kickstarter campaign inclusion in the sale and the hoops I have to jump through in order to give him my money. I suppose it's worth it to get half off, but, jeez, what an unnecessary hassle. Plus, I see a notation that it won't ship until December 9...?

    I don't know...I couldn't click it fast enough when I saw the email, but now I'm weighing whether it's worth the trouble. Interesting way to buzz-kill your own sale...contrast that to Earthling's email where a quick email to him instantly secured me a copy from his sale.

    EDIT: Also: If you pledge to a Kickstarter and do so with the selection of doing so without a reward (as instructed), is your purchase insured/covered by your credit card, since there it's both a Kickstarter and you've indicated you've contributed without an expectation of a reward/merchandise? Add to that Kickstarter apparently only charges the card if the drive is successful on 11/4...if it's not, then is my Halloween Sale purchase not processed?

    I woke up inexplicably cranky this morning; this didn't help. More I think about it, will probably pass.
    Completely agree. DRP marketing baffles me. I typically tune out before I have read the entire promotion. I can't even tell you how many times I have done that but I did it with this one as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Dan, if you want to match their 50% off Halloween Sale and save me the headache their Kickstarter inclusion has already given me, I'd love to take you up on it and send my money instead to the good folks at CD.
    I can't match that, as we only get 50% off on the purchase of them in the first place, but I can probably do 25%.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I can't match that, as we only get 50% off on the purchase of them in the first place, but I can probably do 25%.
    Okay, understood. I really appreciate the offer, but think I'll either bite the bullet on this Kickstarter thing or, more likely, just watch the aftermarket for the right deal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Except now I'm trying to figure out the convoluted Kickstarter campaign inclusion in the sale and the hoops I have to jump through in order to give him my money. I suppose it's worth it to get half off, but, jeez, what an unnecessary hassle. Plus, I see a notation that it won't ship until December 9...?

    I don't know...I couldn't click it fast enough when I saw the email, but now I'm weighing whether it's worth the trouble. Interesting way to buzz-kill your own sale...contrast that to Earthling's email where a quick email to him instantly secured me a copy from his sale.

    EDIT: Also: If you pledge to a Kickstarter and do so with the selection of doing so without a reward (as instructed), is your purchase insured/covered by your credit card, since there it's both a Kickstarter and you've indicated you've contributed without an expectation of a reward/merchandise? Add to that Kickstarter apparently only charges the card if the drive is successful on 11/4...if it's not, then is my Halloween Sale purchase not processed?

    I woke up inexplicably cranky this morning; this didn't help. More I think about it, will probably pass.
    I don't think it is you being cranky....I hit the delete button as soon as I see an e-mail from DRP, precisely BECAUSE of what you were saying. They had some deal I wanted in on a few years ago, and it was an endless series of hurdles involving Kickstarter and e-mail messages, and questions just like the ones you're wondering about. Finally I said "Fuck it. You should just TAKE MY MONEY AND SEND ME THE BOOK. I shitcanned that order, and the one or two times that they've published something that I've wanted, I can get it for a song on the secondary market within a few months. To say nothing of the fact that I can read a lot of their stuff for free digitally with my Prime membership. Never make it hard for someone to buy your goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy121070 View Post
    I don't think it is you being cranky....I hit the delete button as soon as I see an e-mail from DRP, precisely BECAUSE of what you were saying. They had some deal I wanted in on a few years ago, and it was an endless series of hurdles involving Kickstarter and e-mail messages, and questions just like the ones you're wondering about. Finally I said "Fuck it. You should just TAKE MY MONEY AND SEND ME THE BOOK. I shitcanned that order, and the one or two times that they've published something that I've wanted, I can get it for a song on the secondary market within a few months. To say nothing of the fact that I can read a lot of their stuff for free digitally with my Prime membership. Never make it hard for someone to buy your goods.
    It's hurting their business. Their books are usually high quality. Their edition of BIRD BOX was wonderfully designed from the front boards to the bird-illustrated page breaks, and beautifully produced with the show-stopping cover and some of the most restrained Chadbourne art I've ever seen. Add in the additional content (I thought the new Afterword by Malerman was a great insight into the story) and I can't explain why it's not sold out. You're right, the DRP stuff I've seen sells for far less on the secondary market. I don't understand. The other thing I've noticed is that DRP doesn't get a lot of engagement on social media either. Like people are ignoring them. It seems like they're on the outs with everyone and I just don't get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy121070 View Post
    I don't think it is you being cranky....I hit the delete button as soon as I see an e-mail from DRP, precisely BECAUSE of what you were saying. They had some deal I wanted in on a few years ago, and it was an endless series of hurdles involving Kickstarter and e-mail messages, and questions just like the ones you're wondering about. Finally I said "Fuck it. You should just TAKE MY MONEY AND SEND ME THE BOOK. I shitcanned that order, and the one or two times that they've published something that I've wanted, I can get it for a song on the secondary market within a few months. To say nothing of the fact that I can read a lot of their stuff for free digitally with my Prime membership. Never make it hard for someone to buy your goods.
    For those considering taking advantage of their 50% Halloween Sale, I contacted DR and have the straight scoop now on this process...one first jumps through the Kickstarter hoops as described in the email, then if the funding goal is achieved and successful on November 4th, the funds will be collected by DR within 14 days and the books sent out to customers. If the funding goal is not successful, they "will work with customers" to get the contributions reprocessed as store orders and will send out the books. Either way, the books may not go out until after Nov. 18th or after (Nov. 4th + 14 days), though it could be anytime shortly before (if the collection time is less than 14 days) or after (depending on speed of ordering processing). As such, if I do the math correctly, one is likely looking at receiving their items(s) toward the end of November.

    Because of the delay and several other issues that make me a bit uncomfortable, I've decided to pass, which is unfortunate for all involved -- I don't get the book, the author doesn't get his royalty, and the publisher doesn't make a sale. As Martin said, DR's marketing is rather baffling...I mean, I understand the goal of liquidating inventory to pay for a new project(s), but why he chooses to do it through a Kickstarter platform that inherently makes it confusing and ultimately unsatisfactory (delay) for the customer is puzzling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    It seems like they're on the outs with everyone and I just don't get it.
    Well, there's this:

    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...an-keene-ep155

    ...and especially this:

    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...n-keene-ep-156

    The horror community is a pretty small and insular one, and if one believes the charges leveled by Keene against DR are true, it can cast quite a pall on your view of their company and product.

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    This is the kind of thing that makes me feel that DRP is kind of shady. Adding off-the-books deals onto the Kickstarter via "Pledge without reward" is a way to get it funded fully without giving the buyer an actual reward, and I wonder if, since these books aren't being sold via their website, if there isn't some tax/royalalty shenanigans involved, as well. And I remember a lot of issues a while back with authors not being paid, and Brian Keene writing about how Chris tormented Pic and his wife while Pic was battling cancer. To me, this is a business to stay away from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dannyboy121070 View Post
    This is the kind of thing that makes me feel that DRP is kind of shady. Adding off-the-books deals onto the Kickstarter via "Pledge without reward" is a way to get it funded fully without giving the buyer an actual reward, and I wonder if, since these books aren't being sold via their website, if there isn't some tax/royalalty shenanigans involved, as well. And I remember a lot of issues a while back with authors not being paid, and Brian Keene writing about how Chris tormented Pic and his wife while Pic was battling cancer. To me, this is a business to stay away from.

    Kickstarter via "Pledge without reward". LOL!!! No freakin' way!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Well, there's this:

    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...an-keene-ep155

    ...and especially this:

    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...n-keene-ep-156

    The horror community is a pretty small and insular one, and if one believes the charges leveled by Keene against DR are true, it can cast quite a pall on your view of their company and product.
    Yeah, I know that those things are part of the DRP story, but I wasn't sure if that was enough to create the absolute chill people have towards DRP. Though I admit, that stuff is pretty damning and I don't know what DRP has done to rectify things. Has Chris ever answered those accusations or added his side to the story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffingoff View Post
    Yeah, I know that those things are part of the DRP story, but I wasn't sure if that was enough to create the absolute chill people have towards DRP. Though I admit, that stuff is pretty damning and I don't know what DRP has done to rectify things. Has Chris ever answered those accusations or added his side to the story?
    As I recall, one or both of the above links have a statement that Morey sent to Keene which he then read on-air. It's been a while since I listened to those podcasts, though, so you'd have to listen to them yourself to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonClinton View Post
    Well, there's this:

    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...an-keene-ep155

    ...and especially this:








    http://thehorrorshowbk.projectentert...n-keene-ep-156

    The horror community is a pretty small and insular one, and if one believes the charges leveled by Keene against DR are true, it can cast quite a pall on your view of their company and product.
    Hey guys, I wanted to chime in here after reading this thread, and I'll address everything and will answer any questions you guys have.

    First, regarding the podcasts that Ron linked to: unfortunately, Brian Keene paid Dark Regions Press back an advance that we paid him for a book he never delivered. We signed a contract with Keene in February of 2014, then a new contract addendum where we paid him the 2nd part of his advance to get the book based on a deadline that was missed by another year. After four years of what I interpreted as being led on with not a single word of the manuscript ever delivered, I told Brian we would like our advance paid back. Then, less than 90 days after paying us back, he creates a podcast illegally slandering me and Dark Regions Press, LLC. He used false information like stating we never paid Tom Piccirilli's wife royalties since Tom passed away which is 100% false and used this false information to paint a horrible picture of myself and Dark Regions Press. I've never listened to the podcasts myself, but I've heard that he cusses me out, says he wants to punch me in the face and reads private e-mails on-air. Is that professional behavior? I'll leave that up to you to decide.

    Regarding the Kickstarter stuff: I hear you guys on this, it is confusing. We are doing this because we are committed to getting this campaign funded which supports several new projects like Transmissions from Punktown, Halloween Haunts Volume 1 and STRANDED: Lone Survivor Deserted Island Horror Stories. However, your feedback on this matter is hugely appreciated.

    When it comes to the secondary market... I guess it depends on which books you look at. Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition sells for a lot more than retail, same with our Lansdale hardcovers and many others.

    Really appreciate the feedback in this thread.. but I wanted to correct the record especially on the podcast stuff. Thanks guys and let me know if I missed something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Morey View Post
    When it comes to the secondary market... I guess it depends on which books you look at. Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition sells for a lot more than retail, same with our Lansdale hardcovers and many others.
    The secondary market is so hit or miss with pretty much every small press anyways. It's so much more dependent on the specific books / author than it is on the actual publisher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Morey View Post
    Hey guys, I wanted to chime in here after reading this thread, and I'll address everything and will answer any questions you guys have.

    First, regarding the podcasts that Ron linked to: unfortunately, Brian Keene paid Dark Regions Press back an advance that we paid him for a book he never delivered. We signed a contract with Keene in February of 2014, then a new contract addendum where we paid him the 2nd part of his advance to get the book based on a deadline that was missed by another year. After four years of what I interpreted as being led on with not a single word of the manuscript ever delivered, I told Brian we would like our advance paid back. Then, less than 90 days after paying us back, he creates a podcast illegally slandering me and Dark Regions Press, LLC. He used false information like stating we never paid Tom Piccirilli's wife royalties since Tom passed away which is 100% false and used this false information to paint a horrible picture of myself and Dark Regions Press. I've never listened to the podcasts myself, but I've heard that he cusses me out, says he wants to punch me in the face and reads private e-mails on-air. Is that professional behavior? I'll leave that up to you to decide.

    Regarding the Kickstarter stuff: I hear you guys on this, it is confusing. We are doing this because we are committed to getting this campaign funded which supports several new projects like Transmissions from Punktown, Halloween Haunts Volume 1 and STRANDED: Lone Survivor Deserted Island Horror Stories. However, your feedback on this matter is hugely appreciated.

    When it comes to the secondary market... I guess it depends on which books you look at. Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train Special Definitive Edition sells for a lot more than retail, same with our Lansdale hardcovers and many others.

    Really appreciate the feedback in this thread.. but I wanted to correct the record especially on the podcast stuff. Thanks guys and let me know if I missed something.
    Welcome Chris, your comments here are appreciated. I wish you nothing but success but your marketing is just not for me.

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    Welcome to the Forum Chris!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Hocker View Post
    I still have copies of their edition of Bird Box. I could probably cut a deal if someone wanted one, otherwise I suspect they'll just end up in a grab bag at some point.
    I may be interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by telconamja View Post
    I may be interested.
    It's a great looking edition.

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    Thanks guys, definitely value your feedback as established collectors in the industry, helps us figure out where we could improve. Dark Regions Press isn't perfect, we make mistakes and have delays... but in the end we always deliver, and while our customers wait we strive to have excellent customer service. The press has grown significantly over the past five years, and this growth has also led to some growing pains. However, with our recent deliveries of Joshua Hoffine Horror Photography Book, Bird Box Special Edition and very soon Richard Laymon's Funland Special Definitive Edition, I feel confident that our customers understand that while sometimes there is a wait, in the end the books turn out very well.

    We will keep working to improve, including on these unfortunately long preorder delays for some titles. Again: your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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    I 2nd that. I thought it's a solidly produced book. Plus the story is excellent.

    Quote Originally Posted by bsaenz24 View Post
    It's a great looking edition.

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