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Twelve terrifying short tales crafted to frighten you in the brightest of spaces. Written and illustrated by Max Dowdle.
Twelve terrifying short tales crafted to frighten you in the brightest of spaces. Written and illustrated by Max Dowdle.
Twelve terrifying short tales crafted to frighten you in the brightest of spaces. Written and illustrated by Max Dowdle.
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Darker In The Sun: Stories Of Daytime Horror

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Sunrise parts the night-heavy clouds like a fresh razor, and I say to you, "Good morning."

Let me introduce you to twelve tales crafted to frighten you in bright spaces. Don’t bother leaving the lights on, for oftentimes the worst of what the world has to offer comes cloaked within the brightest shaft of sunlight. 

Though the terrors of formless darkness are infinite, there’s a special horror out there held within each day. From the peculiar stranger behind you on a morning run, to your family beach vacation that refuses to end, these twelve tales will have you fleeing the light for the numbing embrace of night.

Image from "The Account Of Gavin McNabb"
Image from "The Account Of Gavin McNabb"

In between painting and creating graphic novels I often find myself drawn to writing short works of horror fiction. The twelve terrifying stories in Darker In The Sun are not your typical "bump in the night" type tales, oh no, their horror goes far beyond simple fears in the dark. They've been hidden away for far too long, they're hungry now, and it's time to let them out to play.

The Book!
The Book!

A selection of stories included in Darker In The Sun: Stories Of Daytime Horror

“Beyond The Verge” - A Marshal in 19th century Texas is charged with the territory’s first census. Too bad the job isn’t as easy as it seems. 

“Repast” - Two estranged men reunite after decades apart to remember a friend that died. So what if their memories of that fateful night don’t quite match up? 

“The Account Of Gavin McNabb” – The crew of the Polyphylax is restless and eager to leave the secluded atoll where they’re moored. Tensions threaten to boil over while a Naturalist makes a terrifying discovery. 

“Come Away, O Human Child!” – A pacifistic father hunts an inhuman creature through the forest, convinced it kidnapped his beloved daughter. To what ends he does not know. 

“Matchmaker” – Tara just wanted a meditative bike ride on those beautiful old country roads. A simple question from a stranger sets her on a path toward pure evil. 

Image from "Repast"
Image from "Repast"

I have illustrated this book in a style I think you'll find befitting the sometimes rough, often brutal, and always dark nature of the stories. The twelve main illustrations in the book will also be printed in a small postcard set available in the "Whispers In The Evening Heat" tier and above. Send one a month to your mom and creep her out for a whole year.

Image from "Come Away, O Human Child!"
Image from "Come Away, O Human Child!"

I'm asking for $2500 to cover the printing costs of a luscious limited edition, softcover run of Darker In The Sun, BUT I have all sorts of frills planned if we can hit funding early and push through my fantastic stretch goals. Namely converting all editions to hardcover, larger print run, a book of additional artworks, and even...drumroll... the possibility of a SECOND collection of short horror stories reaching publication SIMULTANEOUSLY! 

*Notes about commissioning artwork, or buying artwork used in the book*

The best place to see current artwork used in this book and other future horror projects is to visit: instagram.com/maxdowdle/

Commissioned drawings can be in pencil or pen and ink.

If you have any questions at all about any specific pieces please contact me and we can sort out prices/payment. If you'd like to take a look at more of the work in the book specifically, or a better picture of anything on Instagram contact me. There are also a number of small pen and ink drawings available on Instagram that sell for $25 individually. If you have any interest in them we can feed the sale through the Kickstarter. I'm willing to work with you! I love for all of my art to find good homes.

As far as painting goes, check out the work at: maxdowdle.com, and in the lower portion of the Instagram feed.

I have no doubt I can bring any idea you have to life with paint, so if the final painting tier (Full Fiery Immolation) appeals to you then please contact me and we can discuss your commission.

Click here to be taken to Artagem.com to download an advance copy of one of the stories in the collection: Beyond The Verge by Max Dowdle

Thanks!

***UPDATE***
1] The first 100 backers will get a very special treat: a thirteenth story and illustration! This applies to digital as well as physical copies.

2] STRETCH GOAL # 1 reached: All books will be printed with premium quality materials. A bonus postcard image will be included in all tier # 2 and above reward packages!

Risks and challenges

The book is written, illustrated, and is on final edit as I type this.

I have already shepherded two high quality graphic novels through the Kickstarter process and delivered. The only hiccup with both of those projects was the fact that they were printed in China, which can cause a significant delay in shipping.

For Darker In The Sun I have contracted a domestic printer (right down the road!) of unsurpassable quality to help bring this project to completion in a timely manner.

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