Steve Cook is creating fantasy short stories.
8

patrons

$44
per month

Welcome to the world of Giant's Reach. A world where proud humans fight for control of land and resources, side by side with giant, sapient animals. Whether it’s the cat-riding Gyb, the fierce Sanglier, the lizardfolk of Tchudeka, or even the Church of the Chimera, all fight to claim the most valuable natural resource of all: Yellowdust.

More valuable than gold and rarer by far, yellowdust is mined in secret throughout the world. It has miraculous healing powers - a paste made from this substance can cure even serious wounds. As well, given in measured doses over a month, yellowdust can uplift any animal of sufficient size into a giant, big enough to be ridden by a human, and regular dustmeals will maintain its intelligence. But yellowdust is rare, and tensions run high as supplies of this vital substance run dry…


My name is Steve Cook. I've had several pieces of fiction published over the last few years, both traditionally and through self-publishing. During that time, I've been working to develop the world of Giant's Reach, and now I would love to bring it to you, one story at a time.

Becoming a patron of this project means that, from just $3, you'll receive an exclusive short story every month, both in text and Kindle format. At higher levels, I'll be able to send you the stories as printed booklets. Your support will enable me to develop the world still further, to collaborate with artists and other creators, and to continue to write the novel I am currently working on, set in the world of Giant's Reach.

Patrons at $5 and above will also receive three anthologies of my previously-published short stories from other worlds, both science fiction and fantasy, as well as the monthly story. These are normally only available to buy through Amazon, and feature over fifteen short stories!

At $9, each Patron can chat with me and get involved with creating lore for the world - an animal group, a short story idea, an institution. That lore might find its way into a short story, a blog post, or even a novel. The world is wide, and the possibilities are endless!

Additionally, I have funding goals that mean more content for you. As soon as we get to $50/month, I’ll be pairing my writing with illustrations by a variety of artists. You’ll get this artwork in your inbox at no extra cost or effort to you. At $300/month, I’ll be able to record each short story and make it available to you as a Patron-only podcast. The end goal for now is $1500/month, which would allow me to put my day job on the back-burner to make way for more content - both short stories and longer pieces. At that point, I’d be able to double the amount of short stories sent out to you each month.

As a taster, here are two short stories from the world of Giant's Reach, both available for free:

'Uplifted', a prequel to my novel Claws of the Chimera. Gita, the daughter of a nobleman, begins to find her way in the world as a soldier in the army. But life in the Duke's Guard is very different to that which she has known, and both Gita and her feline counterpart, Nané, soon find themselves fighting for their very survival.
Click for PDF, for web, or for Kindle format.

'Feathered Death', a tale of grizzled war veterans trying to find a place in a world that has moved on. When Dirk, a hero in his own lifetime, finds himself fallen on hard times, he goes looking for the elite fighter that felled his partner: the deadly Copperback.
Click for PDF, for web, or for Kindle format.

Thanks for your support, and I look forward to sharing my world with you!
Rewards
Purkoy
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Kept up to date on project news
  • Listed in 'Thanks' section of any printed stories or books
Gyb
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Exclusive eBook short story every month (with an illustration after the first funding goal)
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Kept up to date on project news
  • Listed in 'Thanks' section of any printed stories or books
Laurice
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Three free eBook editions of my fantasy and science-fiction short story anthologies, totalling over 15 short stories in all. Delivered one a month for three months.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sanglier
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Receive a printed booklet of that month's exclusive short story through the post. Build your Giant's Reach library!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Strix
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Be a Lore-master! Chat with me to create one piece of Giant's Reach lore - a noble house, an organisation, a short story idea, an institution - and see it included in my writing!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Goals
$44 of $50 per month
At this level, I'll be able to commission artists to provide illustrations to complement the monthly short story. Patrons at the Gyb level and above will receive these alongside the stories.
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Welcome to the world of Giant's Reach. A world where proud humans fight for control of land and resources, side by side with giant, sapient animals. Whether it’s the cat-riding Gyb, the fierce Sanglier, the lizardfolk of Tchudeka, or even the Church of the Chimera, all fight to claim the most valuable natural resource of all: Yellowdust.

More valuable than gold and rarer by far, yellowdust is mined in secret throughout the world. It has miraculous healing powers - a paste made from this substance can cure even serious wounds. As well, given in measured doses over a month, yellowdust can uplift any animal of sufficient size into a giant, big enough to be ridden by a human, and regular dustmeals will maintain its intelligence. But yellowdust is rare, and tensions run high as supplies of this vital substance run dry…


My name is Steve Cook. I've had several pieces of fiction published over the last few years, both traditionally and through self-publishing. During that time, I've been working to develop the world of Giant's Reach, and now I would love to bring it to you, one story at a time.

Becoming a patron of this project means that, from just $3, you'll receive an exclusive short story every month, both in text and Kindle format. At higher levels, I'll be able to send you the stories as printed booklets. Your support will enable me to develop the world still further, to collaborate with artists and other creators, and to continue to write the novel I am currently working on, set in the world of Giant's Reach.

Patrons at $5 and above will also receive three anthologies of my previously-published short stories from other worlds, both science fiction and fantasy, as well as the monthly story. These are normally only available to buy through Amazon, and feature over fifteen short stories!

At $9, each Patron can chat with me and get involved with creating lore for the world - an animal group, a short story idea, an institution. That lore might find its way into a short story, a blog post, or even a novel. The world is wide, and the possibilities are endless!

Additionally, I have funding goals that mean more content for you. As soon as we get to $50/month, I’ll be pairing my writing with illustrations by a variety of artists. You’ll get this artwork in your inbox at no extra cost or effort to you. At $300/month, I’ll be able to record each short story and make it available to you as a Patron-only podcast. The end goal for now is $1500/month, which would allow me to put my day job on the back-burner to make way for more content - both short stories and longer pieces. At that point, I’d be able to double the amount of short stories sent out to you each month.

As a taster, here are two short stories from the world of Giant's Reach, both available for free:

'Uplifted', a prequel to my novel Claws of the Chimera. Gita, the daughter of a nobleman, begins to find her way in the world as a soldier in the army. But life in the Duke's Guard is very different to that which she has known, and both Gita and her feline counterpart, Nané, soon find themselves fighting for their very survival.
Click for PDF, for web, or for Kindle format.

'Feathered Death', a tale of grizzled war veterans trying to find a place in a world that has moved on. When Dirk, a hero in his own lifetime, finds himself fallen on hard times, he goes looking for the elite fighter that felled his partner: the deadly Copperback.
Click for PDF, for web, or for Kindle format.

Thanks for your support, and I look forward to sharing my world with you!

Recent posts by Steve Cook

Rewards
Purkoy
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Kept up to date on project news
  • Listed in 'Thanks' section of any printed stories or books
Gyb
$3 or more per month 3 patrons
  • Exclusive eBook short story every month (with an illustration after the first funding goal)
  • Access to patron-only content
  • Kept up to date on project news
  • Listed in 'Thanks' section of any printed stories or books
Laurice
$5 or more per month 1 patron
  • Three free eBook editions of my fantasy and science-fiction short story anthologies, totalling over 15 short stories in all. Delivered one a month for three months.
  • Plus all previous rewards
Sanglier
$7 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Receive a printed booklet of that month's exclusive short story through the post. Build your Giant's Reach library!
  • Plus all previous rewards
Strix
$9 or more per month 4 patrons
  • Be a Lore-master! Chat with me to create one piece of Giant's Reach lore - a noble house, an organisation, a short story idea, an institution - and see it included in my writing!
  • Plus all previous rewards