Bound Teams with Industrial Toys and John Shirley to Launch New Series

Laguna Beach, California – Today Bound is announcing the launch of “Purgatorio,” a new fiction series by award-winning author John Shirley, based on the “Midnight Star: Renegade” mobile game universe developed by Industrial Toys and best-selling author John Scalzi. Bound is a new mobile app that combines serialized prose, art and audio with community features from the best storytellers in “geek genres” like sci-fi, fantasy and thrillers. Bound is available in the IOS app store.

“Purgatorio” is written by award-winning author John Shirley. Industrial Toys, founded by Bungie founder Alex Seropian, had already laid down a great story foundation when it teamed up with John Scalzi to develop the mobile game universe. Bound and John Shirley set out to build on that foundation with “Purgatorio”.

“Purgatorio” is a sci-fi adventure series set after the events of the mobile game “Midnight Star: Renegade” from Industrial Toys. The story follows a military research crew as they seek answers to mysteries left behind by a space-faring civilization that went missing 22,000 years ago. Season 1 of “Purgatorio” premieres on Bound with six episodes and will be updated with two episodes per week for the next several months.

Bound recently debuted with exclusive content based on the new novel “The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.” by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. Bound has also announced agreements with acclaimed creators Gunslinger Studios, best-selling thriller author Eliot Peper, former Pixar and Telltale Games creative Stephan Bugaj and award-winning game writer Matt Entin. Bound will be announcing new relationships in the coming months.

About John Shirley:
John Shirley is the author of more than a dozen books, including Demons; Crawlers; City Come A-Walkin’; Really, Really, Really, Really, Weird Stories; and the classic cyberpunk trilogy A Song Called Youth: Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. He is the recipient of the Horror Writers Association’s Bram Stoker Award and won the International Horror Guild Award for his collection Black Butterflies. Shirley has fronted punk bands and written lyrics for his own music, as well as for Blue Oyster Cult and other groups. A principal screenwriter for The Crow, Shirley now devotes most of his time to writing for television and film.

About Industrial Toys:
Industrial Toys is a privately held developer and publisher of mobile games for core gamers. Headquartered in Pasadena, CA, the studio is mobile to the core, with games that let you have an intense session at home that blows your mind apart as well as a 30-second experience that still moves you forward while you’re waiting for the bus. Each game goes deep on story and community in addition to production value to create a new level of immersion on mobile devices.

About Bound:
Bound is a mobile fiction platform for people that love heroes, villains, and epic stories set in interesting worlds. Founded by game industry veterans, the company is an angel-backed startup based in Southern California.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 9.2 or later
* 136 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Bound 1.0 is Free and currently available worldwide through the App Store in the Books category. For more information, please contact Matthew Hannus.

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Founded in 2015 by game industry veterans Matthew Hannus and Jennifer Hannus, Bound Publishing, Inc. is an angel-backed startup based in Laguna Beach, Calif. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2015-2017 Bound Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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