Isaac Marion

is creating novels, poems, music

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  • Private Posts Access - Enter the Member's Roomof the Flammarion Blog where I write about all the stuff I don't feel like sharing with the casual public.
  • Lens Access -  Get regular video glimpses into my daily life and thoughts.
  • Chat Room - Get access to the private Flammarion Club chat room on Discord. Pop in whenever you want and get to know your fellow enthusiasts! Chat about Warm Bodies, my increasingly repulsive beard, or whatever's on your mind today.
  • Cabin's Log - Access to my interactive livestream chat, "Cabin's Log," where I'll give general updates on my projects and life.
  • Your name in the book - Any patron of any tier who maintains continuous membership for 1 year will be thanked in the acknowledgements section of my next novel.
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Flammarion EXPLORER

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A step further! You get all previous perks plus:


  • Exclusive teases and sneak peeks of projects I'm currently working on—stuff the rest of the world won't see for a long time!
  • Movie Memories - Personal photos and stories from my experiences on the set of the Warm Bodies movie. Access to 18 archived posts.
  • Warm Bodies Live - Access 72 live readings of the Warm Bodies Series. Currently paused halfway through The Burning World, may continue in the future.
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Flammarion CHAMPION

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You get all previous perks plus:
  • Deleted Scenes - Access to all 12 archived posts featuring scenes from early drafts of the Warm Bodies books that didn't make it through editing. (I will begin doing the same for my next book, after it comes out.)
  • Short Story Readings - Access to 10 archived readings of mostly unpublished short stories. (Maybe more someday?)
  • Obscure Artifacts - Once in a while, on no particular schedule, I will share an obscure artifact from my writing career, with photos and backstory. Upcoming artifacts include:
    -Alternate early titles for Warm Bodies books
    -Unused cover designs from publisher
    -My own placeholder cover images
    -Pictures and discussion of foreign editions
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About Isaac Marion


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Remember that movie, WARM BODIES, about a zombie who wants to be alive?
It was cute, right?

I wrote the book, and then three more books to finish the story, and they were a little less cute. While the movie took a more youthful, romantic comedy approach, the books were actually kinda serious. I wanted to use this goofy pop culture trope as a stealth vehicle to explore some heavier themes like struggling with depression, searching for a place to belong in the world, and holding on to hope when the world is falling apart.

Taking dumb ideas seriously is kind of my thing.

I’ve written stories from the perspectives of a cat, a T-rex, a ghost, a black hole, a stoplight, and a pixel. My next novels might be about a the last organic humans in a post-human robot future, or an indestructible man who outlives the universe, or a psychedelic parallel Earth that's running inside our dreams. I don’t know or care what genres I’m writing, I just like to see what life looks like through warped lenses. I explore imaginary worlds as a way of seeing this one.

And I need your help to keep doing it.
WHY I NEED YOU

“But wait, why does a bestselling author with a hit movie need a Patreon? Aren’t you, like, rich?

That's how I used to think Success worked, that once you've had a big hit, you're Set For Life.  But the reality is not so romantic. I got one big paycheck when Hollywood bought Warm Bodies, and that was it. No cut of the box office, no merch money, and surprisingly little support for the sequels. Reviews from critics and readers were strong (⭑⭑⭑⭑1/2 on Amazon)...but they weren't bestsellers. So my publisher dropped me.

What I found was a frightened industry too worried about survival to take risks promoting unconventional authors. Fiction sales are declining every year, readers are disappearing into Netflix, and the market is forcing literature into increasingly narrow boxes. It's a bad time to be weird.

I ended up self-publishing the conclusion of the Warm Bodies series, but I'm not the kind of author who can make it in the indie game either, with its demand for rapid production of short, genre-targeted ebooks. I write big, odd stories that really mean something to me, and they take years.

So I’m down to three options:

  1. Give up on writing and get a Real Job
  2. Crush myself into a more sellable shape and start writing formula fiction
  3. Double down on the work that inspires me and hope someone cares enough to support it
I’m choosing 3.

I sold my house and bought some empty land in the eastern Washington desert. I am currently living in my mom's back yard cabin, helping her with her newly widowed existence and saving money while I piece together my off-grid homestead in the desert. It's grim times, but the future is exciting, and I'll be sharing the journey here.

So if you like what I do and you want me to be able to keep doing it, I’m asking you to try out this new approach to supporting art. We can't rely on industrial media to keep culture alive and uncorrupted as we spiral toward the apocalypse. This is a time for artists and audiences to reach out to each other and build a closer connection before the overnoise rips us apart.




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