Writer Rylend Grant Launches THE JUMP on Kickstarter
The Ringo Award winner is taking his skills to the people, as Rylend Grant launches THE JUMP on the crowdfunding platform.
A kick-you-in-the-teeth paranoid thriller set in the world of astral projection from the creator of Action Lab’s ABERRANT and BANJAX.
After a series of crippling personal tragedies, Thomas Northrope retreats from his everyday life and finds comfort in an online community dedicated to the art of astral projection. When he demonstrates a unique aptitude for the practice, Thomas becomes the target of a mysterious corporate/political machine – known as AJAX – bent on using promising young practitioners to win a centuries-old war on the astral plane.
Astral projection is the process of willfully separating one’s consciousness from his or her physical body and moving it freely through the universe/the astral plane. A key philosophical concept in many Eastern cultures and religions, astral projection is regularly practiced by yogis and by devotees of certain Hindu & Buddhist sects.
Astral projection can happen spontaneously – like in near-death experiences – or it can be made to occur with practiced conscious effort. During projection, people have reported flying, passing through solid objects, seeing into the past and future, communicating with the deceased, and visiting far away planets.
The astral plane is a division of existence postulated by classical (particularly neo-Platonic), medieval, oriental, and esoteric philosophies and mystery religions. It is a dimension beyond the physical… the realm of dreams, spirits, and psychic phenomena, the substance and vehicle for contact between the material and the mystical. Some writers/philosophers conflate this realm with heaven and/or hell, with union with God itself.
In the world of The Jump, the astral plane amounts to psychic real estate… another proverbial mound of dirt to be carved up, claimed, and fought over by politicians, influential businessmen, and the cultural & religious elite.
Rylend Grant Launches THE JUMP