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Yes, it’s finally happened. We’ve been fairly exacting in our drive to make it the best possible paperback publication we could put together. Rats in the Cellar, Part 1 can be purchased at Amazon.com here:

www.amazon.com/Demons-Due-Rats…

and on Amazon.co.uk here:

www.amazon.co.uk/Demons-Due-Ra…

Here are some images from collared-by-faile ‘s recent postings about it.

Rats in the Cellar Part 1 is ready to purchase! by collared-by-faile          Rats in the Cellar Part 1 interior image by collared-by-faile

A quick FAQ for those who might have questions about it.

*Why “Part 1”? Why break the chapter into two parts? Perfect-bound paperback books like this have a tendency to split down the spine if they are very thick; I’ve split many myself. So we made it thin to be more durable, and also because it will make it easier to publish each chapter given the effort it takes to put such a thing together. Rats in the Cellar, Part 2 is already in the stages that Part 1 was in last March, and we have our processes down a lot better now, having completed this one.

*Why so expensive? Twenty dollars seems high for only half a chapter. Yes, I guess that’s true. If we had gone for lower quality images we could have cut the price to about $10 per book, but the difference in appearance was too great. As it is, the artwork in the $20 publication looks about 75%-80% as good as the images that I’ve posted here, and I reworked all of them so that they looked as good as possible when printed on paper. Then we opted for full-color printing on appropriate paper, and that raised the minimum price to $17.05. We raised the price to $19.95 for one reason: other books in the storyline will come out a bit thicker with a minimum price around $19 by our calculations, and we don’t intend to charge over $19.95 for any of them. In fact, we intend to charge $19.95 for each book that comes out, no matter how low a royalty that gives us. At $19.95, we stand to make about $1.70 for each one, and given how things are looking in the storyline, that’ll be the biggest royalty we’ll get in the whole run.

*Will there be a digital version available? Yes, there will. When Rats in the Cellar, Parts 1 and 2 are both published, we will work on releasing a digital e-book of one kind or another that includes all of both parts. We’ve been looking at options for that for a while, and we’re still looking. Part of the problem is that to include artwork that is the main feature of the storyline, Kindle doesn’t work all that well. The best option at this point is a pdf, but we’re looking for something that isn’t quite so easy to distribute illegally, because, let’s face it, I don’t want to spend even one minute worrying about that kind of thing. But I do have a vested interest in the market economy and Amazon.com in particular (you can even buy food there!). So, if you have ideas, please send me a suggestion. Also, in the digital version I hope to include the alternative narratives that were provided by interested writers a few years ago, assuming they’re still interested, along with an audio reading of the official narrative by someone who has a nice, sexy reading voice (NOT me…).

*So, what do I get for my $20? The narrative is really cool. Timothy Magnussen, who provided it, gave Valerin, Albert, Deirdre, Anna, and even the gremlins interesting, distinct voices and characterizations. All 9 Prologue images and 4 tribute images I’ve posted here are there, along with three new storyline images that aren’t posted here on dA. The cover, seen in the images above, is really pretty nice, if I say so myself.

*Is the book just like the images and story posted on dA? Very close, but the narrative is much, much better, and then there are the three new images I added to it as well. Plus, I edited the images to reduce the inconsistencies in Valerin’s armor (elbow pads, or no elbow pads?, studs on the armor, or no studs on the armor?). Also, dA viewers should note that some of the content that has been avoided to keep up with dA’s posting standards has been included in the publication. In the Rats chapter, that’s not an issue, but the nudity and sexuality of the storyline do get more explicit as things progress, and both the hardcopy publications and digital versions will not pull those punches (as it were) like was done for dA. Viewers need not be concerned that pages upon pages of rat-men having sex with cat witches will suddenly show up, but the images that currently do exist on dA will be included without censoring of any kind, and sexual material will be present here and there. Again, for Rats, there’s no real difference. For later chapters, there will be.

*Do you really think you’re going to make any money off of this deal? Who the hell is asking this one? That’s never been my concern, nor my goal. I make money teaching Math and Stats. I draw and tell stories because I love to do so. Here I’m telling a story that I love to tell. If you want it in your hands, get it and enjoy. If not, don’t. All I ask is that if you do get it, and you like it, please leave some feedback on the Amazon page and/or let me know what you think of it in a note here on dA.

Regardless, my thanks to all who have been interested in this and left me comments and notes and praises and favorites and such to indicate this. You’re all the best. =)

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dannysuling Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
I've got a "watch" here, and so of course notice that mostly you haven't posted much lately. There's an obvious good reason, of course, since clearly you're hard at work getting ready for a formal publication release…and I for one am very excited about that.

In the meantime, this quick little visit is merely to say "Thank You," Jeff. For the magnificent, eerie, erotic, and gorgeously drawn images you've shared with us over the last few years, and for your stories as well. This is one of my most valued sites on dA, and you are one of my favorite artists. It's wonderful that you've allowed us to share in your talent.

Best regards!
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faile35 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks, Danny. You're right about my current silence--I'm involved in digitally editing the Rats stuff right now, and the narrative as well. It's getting close, though. Further, I'm finishing up grading 840 pages of final exams right now. They'll be done today, and then I should be back into full swing on everything. So, thanks, and you're welcome! =)
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Tanks608 Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
Hey dumb question for you but do you have another site or something? I looked at a couple of older pieces and they mention another site but I can't find a link. Is there one on here and I'm just blind?
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faile35 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the interest! The only two places I can think of would be (1) Pulptoon (their DA account is here: pulptoon.deviantart.com/ ) who published some of the things I was doing for Bikini Babes in Peril, and (2) an old Yahoo Group I had a few years back in which I posted preview pages from Web of Betrayal. That chapter is next up on the docket anyway so even though the Yahoo Group is no more (well, it might still exist, but I don't go there), it won't be long before those pages are available here on DA.

I currently use DA for my art interests. I haven't found a reason yet to go elsewhere, other than to perhaps post images that are beyond DA's policy. There certainly are some images I've done that don't fit here, but other than the nude versions of some of the Bikini Babes in Peril pictures, there's not that much.

Thanks again!
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Tanks608 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Thanks faile. it was about the goblin throne or something. It made it sound like a much larger series than the few i could find and was curious if they were elsewhere
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faile35 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014   Traditional Artist
I think that would be the Exiles in Avernus images that were done for Pulptoon, many of which are part of the Bikini Babes in Peril stuff. I don't know if they still have those up on Pulptoon--those guys were very nice to work with, by the way. You're welcome. =)
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Ulliart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! Thank you for that fantastic storyline. Those drawings, your fantasy...I really like it. 
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faile35 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Well, thank you for the compliments! I'm glad you are enjoying that ride. =)
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Renquistion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
I miss your "animated bondage" scenes such as those done in Coils of Fate, Twisted Plot, and briefly in Vision Impaired where objects of some fashion bind the women.  Can we expect more of this at all in the near future?  Twisted Plot, the way you animated the vines and the struggle was fantastically done.  Same with the snake in Coils of Fate.
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faile35 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
It is indeed likely to show up again. Waiting in the wings are spiderwebs, sticky slime, chains, etc... "Near future" is difficult to say, however, as I just never seem to work fast enough to use those words. However, there will also be a revision of Twisted Plot that will extend the animated plant sequence out a bit, too. :nod: Thanks!
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