Adventure, Complex Emotion and Magic Realism! - Horatio and the Fear of Dying is NOT your ordinary children's book. This is a story packed with adventure aimed to help children all over the world understand the universal fear of death.
Packed with movie-like illustrations, Horatio will capture not only your younger children, but your comics fans, older kids and parents as well!
NOTA PARA LOS HISPANOS (note for Spanish speakers) : El video tiene subtitulos en español. La primera meta extendida de este libro es traducirlo al español, si llegamos a los 60,000 dólares podrá decidir si quiere su copia en Inglés o Español.
When his family falls ill, Horatio finds a mysterious way to kidnap death, accidentallykidnapping the joy of living as well!
He must learn from his mistake and mend the cycle he has broken.
Together,we can conquer the fear of death in our children, and lead brave, kind and connected lives.
Horatio and the Fear of Dying features illustrations by Robert Nailon from concept sketches by J.D. Oldenburg.
The illustrations are being colored as you read this and will be revealed as they are completed!
Here are pages 1 and 2! All other 32 illustrations are sketched, but not colored yet. So we need you!
Horatio and the Fear of Dying has been read and loved by kids, teachers, nurses, parents, grandparents, and child counselors. It is 100% sketched out and starting the coloring process. Our printer and distributor is lined up and waiting in Canada.
We have some awesome stretch goals lined up, and will reveal them as we unlock them. They go from apps, to translations, gifts and more.
Help us unlock these goals by spreading the word!
Horatio and the Fear of Dying has a captivating horizontal layout with mesmerizing art that intends to spark the interest of not only the younger kids but those about to enter their teens as well.
It feels like a movie in your hands!
This special coloring PDF features full size renders of sixteen of the illustrations.
These are some of them, and we can't wait to have them in full color!
If you were one of our early email supporters, keep in mind this is NOT the same free audio book you listened to on horatioandthefearofdying.com
The reward audio book is LONGER! It features multiple voices and a musical score that gives you more time with each page, and we need to record it!
Final detail changes to the story have also been made**
You will also receive a KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE score without the voices, so you can use YOUR voice to read-along and entertain your little ones.
**Inspired by my friends Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, the details of Rose Marie's life you hear toward the end of the audio, and it's respective illustration have CHANGED!
Princess Rose Marie will no longer go on to marry and live happily with her Prince ... Well, she may do that, when she chooses too, but first she'll grow to become a brave young warrior known as The Princess of the People.
She may even be getting her own spin off! Rose Marie and The Wind.
If you've listened to the free audiobook on the website, YOU KNOW WHAT THIS IMPLIES!
If you haven't yet, say no more! Follow the link below.
This is a beautiful reward for the die-hard fans, You choose which page you want printed.
I will send you a list of 10 pages to choose from when the time comes.
*Each page is limited to 30 prints.*
Let's get in touch!! You can ask me anything: from life, to work, to creative processes, veganism, and anything else you can come up with.
I'm one chatty fellow so if you have questions, I have answers!
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in film, a couple of highly encouraging rejection letters, and seven years of experience in film productions with the likes of actors Cubba Gooding Jr and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and brands like Hobbyking, Toyota and Hopsin, I felt compelled to bypass traditional publishing and retain control of the final product.
I built an explosive creative team through patient trial and error and craigslist ads.
After locking the right artists, we embarked on an almost three-year process to the creation you are helping us finish now.
"J.D. Oldenburg has created a confident and clever tale about a young boy who must undo a mistake and make things right for everyone he loves."
Most books on this subject tend to be less story-driven. They are more like parenting books, spoon feeding a message.
I wanted to create a protagonist who struggled with the same fear as my readers, and who confronted it through a story more focused on the magic and bravery than on teaching anything.
Horatio and the Fear of Dying is not only for the kids who fear and wonder about death, it is an adventure crafted for everyone in the family. It will warm your heart and leave you a soothing sense of ease about our ephemeral nature.
We need YOU to help us print 2000 copies, get our ISBN and pay for the art and sound design to be finished.
Special thanks to my loving parents, who dealt with my unusual fear of death during childhood with love, kindness and patience, and who believed in this project since I penned its source material, which helped me overcome my anxiety when I was seven years old.
If you want to find out more about the distant origin of this story, please visit the news section at www.horatioandthefearofdying.com
Special thanks to everyone who believed in the potential of this story to alleviate its share of suffering in this world.
"Death can only fly because there is life all around it."