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ANNA O'BRIEN KICKSTARTER LAUNCH! by Ashere ANNA O'BRIEN KICKSTARTER LAUNCH! :iconashere:Ashere 15 1 Tylosaurus Dance by Ashere Tylosaurus Dance :iconashere:Ashere 145 4 The Crossroad Coast by Ashere The Crossroad Coast :iconashere:Ashere 165 10 Appalachian Bayou by Ashere Appalachian Bayou :iconashere:Ashere 167 9 Lophorohothon by Ashere Lophorohothon :iconashere:Ashere 141 13 Logjam by Ashere Logjam :iconashere:Ashere 59 2 Ceratopsian by Ashere Ceratopsian :iconashere:Ashere 68 5 The Grand Dimetrodon by Ashere The Grand Dimetrodon :iconashere:Ashere 101 14 The Grapplers by Ashere The Grapplers :iconashere:Ashere 176 26 Chasmosaurus Charge by Ashere Chasmosaurus Charge :iconashere:Ashere 121 8 The Devil of Hell Creek by Ashere The Devil of Hell Creek :iconashere:Ashere 108 3 Sereno's Spinosaurus by Ashere Sereno's Spinosaurus :iconashere:Ashere 103 19 Burnetia by Ashere Burnetia :iconashere:Ashere 130 12 Lagosuchus by Ashere Lagosuchus :iconashere:Ashere 94 17 Iguanodon by Ashere Iguanodon :iconashere:Ashere 91 21 Egg Mountain Sketches by Ashere Egg Mountain Sketches :iconashere:Ashere 53 4

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Way back in 2011, I started writing a story about a young woman’s encounter with strange magic in the Appalachian hinterlands. I grew up loving collections of short stories, and I thought this piece might be the start of my own. Then life got in the way, as tends to happen. And despite finishing the occasional follow-up story (and doing a bunch of art that you can find here:…), I never had the time to do more.

But that young woman--Anna O’Brien, the wanderer, the one-legged witch--stuck around, prodding at me. So this year, I began writing and rewriting old adventures. I wrote about an enchanted mask exacting a powerful price; a bank heist running afoul of an undead curse; dark things yearning for an even darker savior on a remote hill; and two women tormented by a relentless suitor. And in the center of it was Anna, a young woman who--like so many of us!--struggles with a role and responsibility she herself doesn’t quite understand. But it wasn’t until I shared some of the stories with the awesome Tiffany Turrill, a concept artist and folklore enthusiast of some infamy, and she liked it, that we started talking about doing a book together.

And then, contrary to what often happens when you start dreaming big with friends -- we did it.   

This is where you come in: I’m beyond excited to announce the launch of the Kickstarter for Anna O’Brien: Ghost Days, a 240 page, fully-illustrated book as written by myself and Tiffany Turrill. Our goal is to raise $7,000, which will cover the costs of art, designing and printing the book. And because we want to make sure you get your money’s worth, we’re offering backer rewards that include everything from pins and author commentaries to a limited number of original sketches, interior art, and commissions.

Our campaign runs three weeks, ending on November 12, and by Kickstarter decree, if we don’t make our goal by then, we don’t get anything. Any amount you can spare will be greatly appreciated--and even a small gift of $10 will go a long way! Will you join us with a pledge today?  

If you like what you see here, we hope you’ll share this campaign with your family and friends through email and social media. (Try your enemies, too. Their money will be going to a good cause!) Every little bit of support helps.  

Folklorically yours,

Asher Elbein

It's Halloween! Today, for anybody interested, I'd like to share my newest (spooooky) story: The Snow, The Jungle. Included below is the first portion--if you'd like the rest, comment or PM me and I'll send it along!


    On the fourth pale day of January, the hilltops were drowned in cloud. Heavy blankets came churning over the ridges of Montgomery County, tearing themselves to shreds on the naked forests and dumping their winter cargos. Snow drifted on the wind, racing over the narrow valleys and icy creeks. The bitter air squeezed against the branches, set dogs in the holler to cowering and men to sit above the cooking coals, and still the clouds came, an endless ocean pouring in toward the distant Appalachians.

    The clouds rolled, and the snow flurries fell. But not one fell on the high slopes of Bell Mountain. There the clouds arched. There the cold wavered. There the snow fell as rain, rain that pattered and dripped along jungle leaves.

    The black folk living at the edge of Ankle’s Holler noticed first, and since nobody asked, said nothing. As far as the people around Troy knew, it began when a white coon hunter ran his dogs up the mountain, near the Taylor estate, and returned telling of weeds, queer weeds that overgrew the road up to the man’s land. Others saw the same thing. Soon they saw more; the land, always green in summer, was growing greener, even as the surrounding woods browned and blackened with the seasons. The character of that forest was changing too, in ways the travelers hesitated to describe. Those who went to look for themselves soon found a road swallowed by moss deeper and ferns larger than any they’d ever seen, blooming against the cold. Wisps of steam crept along the ground. Beyond that, the trees closed in.

    And that was all at the turn of the road, far from Taylor’s home. What was up there now, people wondered, hidden by the forest? How long had the smothering green been growing up there in the mountain willowwacks, growing through the trees and the boulders, a thick, choking wall spilling down from the trunks and across the road?

So the whispers spread like falling snow, beneath the notice of the respectable, carried by travelers on the cold trails. And in time, they reached the ears of the wanderer Anna O’Brien, who shouldered her bag and turned her stride toward Troy.


Asher Elbein
Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a 21 year old artist working out of University of Alabama. I specialize in paleontological art, creature design, and I am slowly working my way towards an ability to draw humans as well. I also write, and have various short stories published in various places. And I play a mean acoustic bass.

Contact me via note or at my email,


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