Rick Paulas

is creating a mystery noir serialized novel set in Oakland, Ca.

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I'm writing a mystery neo-noir set in Oakland, CA called Eastern Span.

The entirety of Part One ("Caveat Emptor") can be found here.

If you're rather read them in split chunks, here they are:

The first chapter can be downloaded for free here.
The second chapter is here.
The third chapter here.
The fourth chapter is this-a-way.
The fifth chapter is here.
Chapter numero six is here.
Chapter seven is here.

The whole thing will be 35 total chapters, with a new chapter released every Friday. The first 7 chapters will be free, but after that, it will only be available "behind the Patreon pay-wall." Due to the monthly form that pledges take, $1 will get you four chapters.

Or: $0.25 per chapter!

Each chapter will be around 1,000 to 1,500 words, and will feature original artwork by local artists.

The first chapter will be released Friday, January 6th. Meaning that installments will be free for all until February 17th. After that, a new chapter will be released every Friday until the story is done (ETA: September 1st).

When the story's over, I'll cancel this Patreon, so you won't have to worry about being charged indefinitely. It'll then theoretically be available for purchase in some PDF form, but that's very, very TBD.

ABOUT ME: I've been a freelance writer for about 8 years now, and have previously written for The Awl, Pacific Standard, VICE, McSweeney's, The Morning News, Longreads, and a whole bunch of other places. Head on over to rickpaulas.com for more.
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When I reach $2500, I'll seek out a local designer/publisher to turn the story into an actual printed, hold-in-your-hand thing. (I'm likely going to do this anyway, if we're being honest.)
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