Dan Baines is creating an illustrated book about The Mummified Fairy Hoax
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I'm a UK based artist who has dabbled in almost every creative cranny except novel writing. My portfolio and biography can be found here and I also write a regular blog which incorporates my interest in fairy folklore, urban exploration, geek culture and current art projects. My work has been featured around the world and most recently in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. I also consult on film and TV projects and develop illusions for stage magicians.

Becoming an author has always been on my bucket list although I’ve never had a story worth telling, until now...

2017 will be 10th anniversary of the event that changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. The folly of the Mummified Fairy may have destroyed my professional career but the opportunities and adventures that ensued have ironically turned the curse into a gift of new life and discovery. In the decade since I created the hoax I have given numerous lectures on the subject and at the conclusion of every lecture at least one person has said, "you should write a book about that”. The hoax has had such a huge impact on my life that I want to immortalise the extraordinary story in its entirety for future generations.  They’ll be able to look back and realise that, much to contrary belief, messing with the occult isn’t that terrible after all!

The mummified fairy has been voted one of the top ten hoaxes of all time and still receives global media coverage: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/april-fools-day-top-10-1788823

If you're unfamiliar with the how the story originally propagated you can read all about it at Snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/deadfairy.asp

And I even have a Wikipedia page dedicated to the whole event:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_fairy_hoax

If you Google the mummified fairy hoax you will reveal over 144000 results, thousands of pins on Pintrest and you may even have read about in a good old fashioned magazine or even a school text book.

It's a story that certainly captured the imagination of the world but at considerable personal cost and that I feel, is a story worth telling.



The story goes way beyond everything I have ever revealed in my lectures. I give a hint at the end of my presentation about a mysterious letter received from one of the UKs highest security mental institutions, but the story goes much further. There are Nazi cults, secret tunnels, derelict WWII military installations, arcane secrets and close encounters with the security services.

How does all of this relate to the original mummified fairy hoax?  You'll have to become a patron to find out. 

I create my art in a non linear sporadic manner so expect my written work to follow the same vein. My writing will be released to you in no particular order, though I will take the time to ensure there is no confusion and the facts are clear. My literary background has seen me draft intelligence reports, police statements and the odd story to accompany an illusion I’ve created but this will be my first attempt at a full blown novel.  My writing style reflects my love of Lovecraftian verbosity melded with a gallows sense of humour which I inherit from my forensics and armed forces background.  When you've dealt with the darker things life has to offer, laughter is the best medicine.



Why Patreon?

Negative experiences with a large commercial publishing house has led me down the independent route. Your support will enable me to publish ‘Fairy Rings and Monstrous Things' on my terms and with no creative shackles.

By sharing my work with an exclusive audience of like-minded people I can ensure the final book represents the very best of my efforts.

Some of the information I have not yet divulged in my lectures is of a ‘sensitive’ nature. I have already explained some of the areas I will be covering, such as occult and military secrets. These are not issues that any mainstream publisher would be commercially comfortable with. In supporting me, you will be ensuring that my intriguing story finally sees the light of day. Indeed there is a very real chance that the finished book will be pulled from general circulation, and at the very least, you could end up with something very rare and much sought after!

Once the book is completed to a standard I feel proud of, a very well known friend will write the foreword for me. I'm not going to reveal who that is yet although for anyone who follows my work it may not be hard to guess.

If you're still on the fence about becoming a backer then why not head over to my blog and peruse my work?  Here you'll be find a great selection of my creative projects and get a feel for my style.



Finally

The Fairy Rings and Monstrous Things project could possibly be spread over an anthology depending on what happens to me in the meantime. Who knows where this adventure will take us?

I also have other writing projects up my sleeve. In a world that becoming far too sterile and unimaginative for our younger generations, I've always wanted to write a dark children's book. One that I would’ve read as a child before the PC brigade and thought police of the 21st century ruined it for everyone. I once heard a mum at my son’s 4th birthday party exclaim that ’Scooby Doo was unsuitable for children under 10’! It’s that attitude that is creating a generation of uninspired clones who have had their sparks of imagination dampened by liberal dullards that populate our modern excuse of a society. I’d like to be a key influence in changing that at some point in my life and help scare children again like we used to back in the 80s!

Every backer, no matter at what level, is special to me and I thank you all for your support.  Pack your bags, we're off on an adventure and not even I know where it will eventually lead.

Tiers
'BROWNIE' LEVEL
$1 or more per month
A dollar a page.  The perfect sampler for the curious reader, if you like what you read you can always increase your reward level.

  • (+) A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
'PIXIE' LEVEL
$5 or more per month
  • A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
  • Access to my monthly content which will be either written work, illustrations or both
  • A narrated audio book version to accompany any written work
'FAUN' LEVEL
$10 or more per month
  • A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
  • Access to the patron only feed and all of the written material from day one including early drafts, nonsensical scribbles, deleted chapters plus artwork
  • A narrated audio book version to accompany any written work
  • Monthly Q & A or live streams
'THE WHITE PEOPLE' LEVEL
$20 or more per month
Everything from the Faun Level but with greater commitment comes greater rewards.

  • Back me at this level for 12 months and I will send you a signed artwork print from the book and a random item from my studio. If you back me for 2 years you’ll get a different print every year
  • If you’re with me to completion, you’ll get a signed copy of the finished book
  • You will also be credited in the finished book
'THE GREAT GOD PAN' LEVEL
$40 or more per month
This a great opportunity for you to own an original piece of my work AND get all of the written material PLUS all of the additional art as a bonus and everything included in the Faun Level.

  • Back me at this level for 12 months and I will send you a mummified fairy sculpture. This actually works out cheaper than a private commission because I value your support. If you back me for 2 years you’ll get a different sculpture.
  • If you’re with me to completion, you’ll get a signed copy of the finished book
  • You will also be credited in the finished book
'THE HILL OF DREAMS' LEVEL
$50 or more per month
EVERYTHING from EVERY level; fairy sculptures, art prints, credits, signed books, the works!  This is a special level for special people and it is strictly limited to 10 backers.

  • (+) One on one Skype tutorials, advice, or mentorship on magic, prop design, art (anything as long as it’s something I’m good at!)
Goals
56% complete
Thank you!

I’m at the point where a huge chunk of my income as an artist comes from writing! From this point onwards expect an increase in my literary and artistic output! We all benefit from that!
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I'm a UK based artist who has dabbled in almost every creative cranny except novel writing. My portfolio and biography can be found here and I also write a regular blog which incorporates my interest in fairy folklore, urban exploration, geek culture and current art projects. My work has been featured around the world and most recently in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as part of the Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters exhibition. I also consult on film and TV projects and develop illusions for stage magicians.

Becoming an author has always been on my bucket list although I’ve never had a story worth telling, until now...

2017 will be 10th anniversary of the event that changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. The folly of the Mummified Fairy may have destroyed my professional career but the opportunities and adventures that ensued have ironically turned the curse into a gift of new life and discovery. In the decade since I created the hoax I have given numerous lectures on the subject and at the conclusion of every lecture at least one person has said, "you should write a book about that”. The hoax has had such a huge impact on my life that I want to immortalise the extraordinary story in its entirety for future generations.  They’ll be able to look back and realise that, much to contrary belief, messing with the occult isn’t that terrible after all!

The mummified fairy has been voted one of the top ten hoaxes of all time and still receives global media coverage: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/april-fools-day-top-10-1788823

If you're unfamiliar with the how the story originally propagated you can read all about it at Snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/deadfairy.asp

And I even have a Wikipedia page dedicated to the whole event:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_fairy_hoax

If you Google the mummified fairy hoax you will reveal over 144000 results, thousands of pins on Pintrest and you may even have read about in a good old fashioned magazine or even a school text book.

It's a story that certainly captured the imagination of the world but at considerable personal cost and that I feel, is a story worth telling.



The story goes way beyond everything I have ever revealed in my lectures. I give a hint at the end of my presentation about a mysterious letter received from one of the UKs highest security mental institutions, but the story goes much further. There are Nazi cults, secret tunnels, derelict WWII military installations, arcane secrets and close encounters with the security services.

How does all of this relate to the original mummified fairy hoax?  You'll have to become a patron to find out. 

I create my art in a non linear sporadic manner so expect my written work to follow the same vein. My writing will be released to you in no particular order, though I will take the time to ensure there is no confusion and the facts are clear. My literary background has seen me draft intelligence reports, police statements and the odd story to accompany an illusion I’ve created but this will be my first attempt at a full blown novel.  My writing style reflects my love of Lovecraftian verbosity melded with a gallows sense of humour which I inherit from my forensics and armed forces background.  When you've dealt with the darker things life has to offer, laughter is the best medicine.



Why Patreon?

Negative experiences with a large commercial publishing house has led me down the independent route. Your support will enable me to publish ‘Fairy Rings and Monstrous Things' on my terms and with no creative shackles.

By sharing my work with an exclusive audience of like-minded people I can ensure the final book represents the very best of my efforts.

Some of the information I have not yet divulged in my lectures is of a ‘sensitive’ nature. I have already explained some of the areas I will be covering, such as occult and military secrets. These are not issues that any mainstream publisher would be commercially comfortable with. In supporting me, you will be ensuring that my intriguing story finally sees the light of day. Indeed there is a very real chance that the finished book will be pulled from general circulation, and at the very least, you could end up with something very rare and much sought after!

Once the book is completed to a standard I feel proud of, a very well known friend will write the foreword for me. I'm not going to reveal who that is yet although for anyone who follows my work it may not be hard to guess.

If you're still on the fence about becoming a backer then why not head over to my blog and peruse my work?  Here you'll be find a great selection of my creative projects and get a feel for my style.



Finally

The Fairy Rings and Monstrous Things project could possibly be spread over an anthology depending on what happens to me in the meantime. Who knows where this adventure will take us?

I also have other writing projects up my sleeve. In a world that becoming far too sterile and unimaginative for our younger generations, I've always wanted to write a dark children's book. One that I would’ve read as a child before the PC brigade and thought police of the 21st century ruined it for everyone. I once heard a mum at my son’s 4th birthday party exclaim that ’Scooby Doo was unsuitable for children under 10’! It’s that attitude that is creating a generation of uninspired clones who have had their sparks of imagination dampened by liberal dullards that populate our modern excuse of a society. I’d like to be a key influence in changing that at some point in my life and help scare children again like we used to back in the 80s!

Every backer, no matter at what level, is special to me and I thank you all for your support.  Pack your bags, we're off on an adventure and not even I know where it will eventually lead.

Recent posts by Dan Baines

Tiers
'BROWNIE' LEVEL
$1 or more per month
A dollar a page.  The perfect sampler for the curious reader, if you like what you read you can always increase your reward level.

  • (+) A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
'PIXIE' LEVEL
$5 or more per month
  • A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
  • Access to my monthly content which will be either written work, illustrations or both
  • A narrated audio book version to accompany any written work
'FAUN' LEVEL
$10 or more per month
  • A personal thank you to you on a postcard of the original mummified fairy photograph
  • Access to the patron only feed and all of the written material from day one including early drafts, nonsensical scribbles, deleted chapters plus artwork
  • A narrated audio book version to accompany any written work
  • Monthly Q & A or live streams
'THE WHITE PEOPLE' LEVEL
$20 or more per month
Everything from the Faun Level but with greater commitment comes greater rewards.

  • Back me at this level for 12 months and I will send you a signed artwork print from the book and a random item from my studio. If you back me for 2 years you’ll get a different print every year
  • If you’re with me to completion, you’ll get a signed copy of the finished book
  • You will also be credited in the finished book
'THE GREAT GOD PAN' LEVEL
$40 or more per month
This a great opportunity for you to own an original piece of my work AND get all of the written material PLUS all of the additional art as a bonus and everything included in the Faun Level.

  • Back me at this level for 12 months and I will send you a mummified fairy sculpture. This actually works out cheaper than a private commission because I value your support. If you back me for 2 years you’ll get a different sculpture.
  • If you’re with me to completion, you’ll get a signed copy of the finished book
  • You will also be credited in the finished book
'THE HILL OF DREAMS' LEVEL
$50 or more per month
EVERYTHING from EVERY level; fairy sculptures, art prints, credits, signed books, the works!  This is a special level for special people and it is strictly limited to 10 backers.

  • (+) One on one Skype tutorials, advice, or mentorship on magic, prop design, art (anything as long as it’s something I’m good at!)