Legend of the Vampire Fern

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January 13th, 2022
Image Description: Text in gold leaf reads, "Legend of the Vampire Fern" on top of green linen. There is a graphic of a fern with tentacles for roots, also in gold leaf.
Image Description: Text in gold leaf reads, "Legend of the Vampire Fern" on top of green linen. There is a graphic of a fern with tentacles for roots, also in gold leaf.

A Legend Begins

The Legend of the Vampire Fern is officially here. Over the coming months this serialized story - including essays, transcripts, comic strips, and digital art - will be released each week. Created in fragments, each installment of the narrative is designed to reveal another piece of the mythic puzzle.

What is the Vampire Fern?

The mystery of the Vampire Fern explores the existence of a plant from the forests of Arcata, California - a supernatural fern that can’t be seen in any image.

No film, video, or digital image of any kind is able to capture it. Point a camera at the Vampire Fern and it’s as invisible as a vampire standing before a mirror. Thus the origins of its namesake.

One last thing about the Vampire Fern:

It appears differently to each individual that sees it. No one person sees the same fern as another.

We have partnerships planned with artists all over the NFT landscape, to paint/draw/sketch what they see in their moment with the mythical fern.

Watch the Genesis Short Film Here

Image Description: A still image from a short film. A person in a yellow suit jacket looks directly into the camera framed by two blue curtains. They stand in front of various artworks.
Image Description: A still image from a short film. A person in a yellow suit jacket looks directly into the camera framed by two blue curtains. They stand in front of various artworks.

Why Blockchain?

This fractionalized folkloric tale is ideal for storytelling on the blockchain because the narrative itself embodies decentralization. Each installment stands on its own, but when put into the community of Vampire Fern artifacts, a bigger picture emerges.

Storing the story on a universal ledger creates an opportunity for individuals to possess artifacts of the narrative. Think of it like owning a piece of digital folklore. As the story unfolds, each fragment builds on a puzzling and supernatural experience.

What’s Next?

The story begins right here at mirror.xyz/vampirefern.eth.

Some entries will manifest as NFTs, others will live as posts that further the story along.

First Edition Book

As the Legend of the Vampire Fern builds community, we will launch a crowdfund featuring our unique Vampire Fern token. The proceeds will fund exclusive first editions of the Vampire Fern book - a physical artifact for dedicated followers of the lore. Special access awaits hodlrs beyond the book as well.

Cinematic Mini-Series

Together with hiddenones.io, we are in development on a six-part filmic mini series, following the legend and building on the lore of the Vampire Fern.

Who am I?

I’m Anth, a writer and filmmaker whose work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as Panavision. My film work has appeared on Amazon Prime and most recently my piece “In the Dark” was nominated for Best Microfiction. I believe in the mythos-building of decentralized storytelling, and I’m eager for what mysteries lie ahead 🌿.

Follow the Legend of the Vampire Fern and follow me on Twitter @anthjgibson.

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