The Queen of Crows
Centered around a short story entitled “The Queen Of Crows,” this unique product was designed by author and game designer Monica Valentinelli. Published early 2010, this is one of the first enhanced e-books to hit digital media. At a retail price of $4.99, readers will receive a magazine-style layout of THE QUEEN OF CROWS, a professional illustration of a character named “Mahochepi” and more!
This product is the first digital release set in the world of the Violet War. The short story entitled “The Queen of Crows” takes place during the 1860s and was inspired by the historical event called “The Long Walk.” The plot focuses on the tough decisions that a Navajo elder named “Tse” must make to save his people. Will he summon Mahochepi, the Queen of Crows, without knowing who–or what–she is? Read the story and find out!
Here’s what readers can expect to receive when they purchase THE QUEEN OF CROWS:
- The Queen of Crows: A Short Story
- Original Character Portrait: Mahochepi
- Who Is Mahochepi?
- What Is the Violet War?
- Letter to the Reader
- The Queen of Crows: First Draft
- Printer-friendly black-and-white version and full color version
To keep up-to-date with news about this product set in the Violet War, be sure to bookmark this page as new formats become available or subscribe to the RSS feed for VioletWar.com.
e-Book Formats and Availability
The full color edition was first published on DriveThruHorror.com in early March 2010. This same edition is available on Lulu.com. It currently retails on sale for $4.99 and has been optimized to work on several devices, including the iPad. Previews are available on both sites, so be sure to take a look!
The black-and-white edition has been formatted for the Amazon Kindle and other eReaders. Currently, this format is available through Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Since this edition is not available with the full color layout, the price has been reduced to $2.99.
- Shop at Amazon.com (Kindle)
- Shop at Barnes & Noble (ePub)
- Shop at DriveThruHorror.com (Kindle and ePub)
For more formats or to request a review copy, please use the contact form.
- Interview with author Paul Jessup
- Interview with Suvudu.com
- Interview with composer James Semple on FlamesRising.com
- Design notes by Monica Valentinelli on FlamesRising.com
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Janette Dalgliesh – “Valentinelli gives us a lyrical yet chilling encounter at a crucial point of America’s history.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Jason Thorson – “Valentinelli’s writing is well-researched and vividly executed. Her world pulls itself from the pages of history books and comes to life, fully realized and described in concrete detail.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Steven Dawes – “Anyone who purchases the Queen of Crows should be arrested for piracy. For all you get in this book, the measly price tag of five clams is plain stealing in my eyes!”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Charlie Von Eschen – “I have spent a lot more money for stories that were much much less enjoyable. I recommend the Queen of Crows. And now I have to pay attention to the Violet War too.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Jess Hartley – “I’d recommend The Queen of Crows for anyone who has a soft spot for hard topics, who likes their historic fiction a bit on the dark-and-yet-beautiful side or who is looking for a glimpse into the creation process of a darned-good read.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Bill Bodden – “Buy this ebook for the story; you won’t be disappointed. Consider the additional features a very large bonus, making the pittance paid for this work seem trivial indeed.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Preston DuBose – “Having read the final (much different) original story, some readers will be fascinated to read the original and see how much has changed, while others will undoubtedly wonder why they’d be expected to read anything other than the final, most polished version. In other words, if you’re the kind of person who eagerly consumes all the bonus content on a DVD then you’re likely to enjoy this book. If not, you’ll still enjoy the short story but you’ll likely skim over the extra content.”
- Review of THE QUEEN OF CROWS by Stephen Jarjoura – “This just screams “fearless author” to me, someone who’s not afraid to say “here’s my story, here’s my inspiration, here’s some character notes, and here’s an early draft so you can see how far it’s come.”
Watch the promotional trailer for THE QUEEN OF CROWS e-book. Music was composed by James Semple.
About the Contributors
MONICA VALENTINELLI is a professional author and game designer. Described as a “force of nature” by her peers, Monica is best known for her work in the horror, dark fantasy and dark science fiction genres and has been published through Abstract Nova Press, Eden Studios, White Wolf Publishing, Apex Magazine and others. Her credits include: a short story titled “Pie” in the award-winning Buried Tales of Pinebox, Texas anthology through 12 to Midnight, an original flash fiction piece entitled “Prey,” which placed an honorable mention in a Mirrormask writing competition and “Twin Designs,” a science fiction novella for the Tales of the Seven Dogs Society collection through Abstract Nova Press. For more information about Monica, be sure to browse this website or visit MLV Writes.com.
LEANNE BUCKLEY is a professional illustrator with over ten years of experience under her belt and has worked for both the comics and gaming industries. Her clients have included: Image Comics, Mattel, White Wolf, Paizo, Wizards of the Coast and several others. In addition to her freelance illustrations, she was a Senior Artist for four years at Humanhead Studios, a video game design studio. Her work includes: Put the Book Back on the Shelf: A Belle and Sebastian Anthology through Image Comics, Cthulhutech through Catalyst Game Labs, the Exalted line for White Wolf Publishing, and layout as well as concept work for Mattel. For more information about Leanne and her contact information, visit http://leannebuckley.com.
SHARI HILL is a professional editor, layout artist and writer with over 15 years of experience in non-fiction, gaming, and academic publishing and communications. She is currently a communications coordinator at a private university. As a freelance editor, she contributed to the All Flesh Must Be Eaten line by Eden Studios, and her credits include the Worlds of the Dead setting collection, the Book of Archetypes series and the Eden Studios Presents series. The Queen of Crows features her first credit as a cover artist.
JAMES SEMPLE is a composer for media including TV, video games, websites and films. His latest project was scoring the feature film JEN. He has been playing instruments for around 20 years and currently plays guitar, piano, bass and saxophone. James has a Diploma in Media Composition and specialises in digital orchestrations. James writes in a variety of styles including orchestral, rock, jazz and dance. Examples of these styles can be found in the music section of his website located at www.jamessemple.com.