THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE: FORGOTTEN WORKS & WORLDS OF HERBERT CROWLEY
1. Key selling points: * In THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE we discover the work of one of the great lost visionaries of modern art, comics and illustration. Herbert Crowley is an artist who exhibited alongside Picasso and Van Gogh at the 1913 Armory Show, was published in the New York Herald alongside Winsor McCay, and whose work was archived at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And yet he is completely and utterly unknown, and the vast majority of his work has never been seen in any form. This book tells the impossible story of how that happened, and makes a profound case for Crowley as a historically important and deeply relevant artist of the 20th century. * Though Crowley is incredibly obscure, that very obscurity becomes an ironic selling point -- like a Henry Darger or Vivian Meier, he's a visionary who has been totally unknown, both during his life and to history. * The book features unparalelled production and gorgeous design by Paul Kepple of Headcast Design. * The deep-dive 20,000 word biography crisscrosses history and culture, showing where Crowley's path crossed with James Joyce, Peggy Gugenheim, Robert Frost, Carl Jung, and more. * Jung plays a huge part in the story, as Crowley as his wife were analysands moved to Switzerland to live on Jung's compound. The book includes never before seen correspondence and writing by Jung, and fans of Jung's theories about archetypes and mandalas will be intrigued by Crowley's art, which resonated directly with these ideas. * Our Kickstarter campaign for THE TEMPLE OF SILENCE was a sensation, raising over $125,000 to fund production of this book about a totally unknown artist. * This edition collects the short novel THE WILLOWS with 4 short stories spanning the range of themes throughout Blackwood's astonishing career. 2. The competition: What is the competition and how does this book overcome it? * There are many beautiful hardcover art books out there, produced by companies like Taschen, Phaidon, and Abrams. The small company Sunday Press also produces large oversized, beautiful books about little-known artists. These are our strategies to overcome the competition: * HIGHER PRODUCTION VALUES: Our Kickstarter funding allows us to put a large budget into production, giving us access to the finest paper, binding, printing and cover effects. We also produce a limited run of special slipcase editions. Our book is simpler better made and more beautifully designed than the vast majority of books by the above named companies. * LARGER FORMATS: It 11x17 our book is able to reproduce the astonishingly detailed work of Crowley as a massive and inviting size. * WE GO DEEPER: Where the vast majority of popular artbooks feature a brief biography, or a few essays for some cursory context, our book features as exhaustively researched 20,000 some word biography of Herbert Crowley, that in its historical context becomes a beautiful window into the early 20th century New York City avant garde art scene. 3. News tie-in/current relevance: Indicate whether the book is a companion to or complements a recent news story, social trend, upcoming movie, sporting event, or a best- selling title. Why is this book relevant now? * Feeds a growing market for high-end art books and beautiful design objects. * We can spin the revival of Herbert Crowley into a news story in its own right -- Beehive Books specializes in the rediscovery of vital, forgotten figures like Crowley and (to a lesser extend) Algernon Blackwood. We are a revivalist press rescuing treasures from vanishing into the past. * The fact of this genius artist toiling in obscurity for his entire life is compelling and powerful, as the reception of the above named figures like Henry Darger, Vivian Meier and other rediscovered outsider artists can attest. 4. Notable author, series, illustrator, other contributor, or blurber: Describe how a book or author is notable. List any relevant book or author/contributor awards. If there are several notable contributors, name them. List relevant sales figures and titles, or copies sold in the series (must be over than 20,000 copies sold). Point out if the book/author has already received early notable endorsements from name authors or experts or booksellers. Note if the author has been interviewed or reviewed in major US publications or national broadcast or online outlets and list any media connections the author may have. * The book has some star-studded blurbers: Art Spiegelman, Jim Woodring, Denis Kitchen and Carl Jung. * Art Spiegelman: As someone interested in the weirdnesses and Roads Not Taken in the history of comix, Crowley is one of the most idiosyncratic and quirky artists of the cohort. I salute him, and you for doing the heavy-lifting aarchaeological dig of bringing him to the surface again. * Carl Jung: Herbert Crowley's drawings are quite interesting in as much as they contain curious symbols related to the sypathicus as well as to the mutiple luminosities of the collective unconscious. He has been driven in to astounding depths -- quite dangerous when consciousness is not up to it. Such things usually leave a peculiar void in the conscious world after they have passed. * Jim Woodring: There's just nothing else like it, and I think the Wigglemuch is the greatest newspaper strip ever drawn. It's this weird infantile crazy comic with these heavy, heavy themes in it. It's amazing. * Glowing review by Dan Nadel in The Comics Journal: http://www.tcj.com/reviews/herbert-crowley-the-temple-of-silence/ 5. New editions: What percentage is new material?* Has a new chapter, an introduction, or a foreword been added? If the previous edition(s) has sold over 20,000 copies combined, include sales figures here. * This is an original first edition. There has never been another book about Herbert Crowley. * Perhaps most beautiful and deluxe art book ever produced about an unknown artist. * 90% of the material in this book has never been printed, produced or displayed in any form. * Over 250 images and 25,000 word of text. 6. Notable elements: Outline how the packaging or specific content is a selling point (photos, a resource section, unusual shape or size, type of recipes). * huge 11x17 trim size allows full reproduction of the detail in Crowley's astonishing work * limited edition slipcase features die-cut sections and multi-tiered embossing and metal foiling. * Features hundreds of never-previously published illustrations, photographs, comics, sculptures, and set designs, sumptuously produced on deluxe paper uncoated wood-free paper. * Find more info here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/beehivebooks/kickstarter-gold-recurring-dreams-of-herbert-crowl?ref=discovery&term=herbert%20crowley 7. Other fields in the tipsheet: * Market: this will appeal to the high-end market of book collectors; customers of companies like Taschen, Phaidon, Folio Society, Centipede Press, attendees of antiquarian book fairs, etc. Lovers of high design, collectors of limited edition art objects, etc. Fans of modern art, avant garde art, art comics, outsider art, visionary art, etc.