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About

'Trust me this is a comic you don’t want to miss out on!' - Bloodbath and Beyond

'An absolute five star horror classic in the making'. - Jump Scare

'Hot damn! Finally, a horror story that I can honestly say is real horror'. 9/10 Must Read Book- Bhavna Bakshi, ComicWow

Welcome to our page!

Bastard Son: Murderborn is a mature-themed, full-colour, horror graphic novel. Created by writer, Frank T. Allen and artist, Marco "Sbrillo" Fontanili, the book will be approximately 130 pages long, comprising of a five chapter story arc as well as bonus material.

Origins of a Bastard

So, one night, I was watching a slasher movie and I thought to myself, "Ok, this is fun and all, but why do we hardly ever get to fully explore the killer in these types of films? What are his motivations from his point of view?" Don't get me wrong, we at 'Team Bastard Son', are huge fans of Jason, Freddy, Michael etc, but we always wished that we could delve deeper into the characters. 

Soon after I started drafting ideas for Bastard Son, I contacted Marco, (who probably likes horror even more than I do). We spent hours discussing our likes and dislikes where the genre is concerned and found that we had a lot in common. Character designs were drawn up, stories were plotted and the result is what you see here.

Everything from the way the story and characters are written, to how they are brought to life by Marco's fantastic art is influenced by the likes of: John Carpenter, Sam Raimi's 'Evil Dead Trilogy', Stuart Gordon's 'Re-Animator', Tobe Hooper's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', Clive Barker's 'Hellraiser', the works of H.P. Lovecraft and awesome Italian legends like Dario Argento, Lamberto and Mario Bava, Lucio Fulci, Claudio Fragasso... the list goes on!

Uncle Sawbones back in his 'Nam days
Uncle Sawbones back in his 'Nam days

The disturbing tale of Ethan Welles

Ethan Welles' chances at a happy life were screwed at birth.

As a child, Ethan would wake every night to the sound of his own screams. Through terrified tears, the boy would tell his mother of a monstrous figure that pursued him through endless dark corridors, whispering awful things in an inhuman voice.  

Now a grown man, Ethan thought the nightmares from his childhood to be a thing of the past. He thought the terror banished by years of therapy and anti-psychotics. He was wrong. The nightmares came back. He came back. The darkness inside Ethan won't stop until it claims him and it isn't alone.

There are others.

Others that would reclaim what was taken from them twenty years ago.

Others that would finish what they started.

We've got psycho rednecks! A twisted scientist! Impossible freaks of nature! Terrified teens and more blood and gore than you can shake a rusty machete at!

The disgusting Dr. Arkady Demikov
The disgusting Dr. Arkady Demikov

Enough talk! Show me something!

Want an example of the interiors? Check out the first three pages from 'Bastard Son: Murderborn' below:

Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 1
Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 1
Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 2
Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 2
Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 3
Bastard Son: Murderborn Page 3

Still not enough? Ok, how about reading the rest of Chapter 1 of Bastard Son: Murderborn for free?

Seriously, just click here.

Psycho-hunting tech-support
Psycho-hunting tech-support

Also, there's a 7-page mini story here.

Uncle Sawbones comes out to play
Uncle Sawbones comes out to play

Rewards

Here are some examples of what's on offer:

25mm badge set
25mm badge set
Postcard A (Jacen Burrows Variant)
Postcard A (Jacen Burrows Variant)
Postcard B
Postcard B
Postcard C
Postcard C
15x5cm vinyl sticker A
15x5cm vinyl sticker A
15x5cm vinyl sticker B
15x5cm vinyl sticker B
A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) portrait example
A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) portrait example
A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) portrait example
A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) portrait example
Original art example. Original art is A3 sized, (29.7 cm x 42 cm)
Original art example. Original art is A3 sized, (29.7 cm x 42 cm)

Why we need you!

Bastard Son: Murderborn is a horror graphic novel made by huge fans of horror and comics for huge fans of horror and comics. Marco and I both feel that the genre is currently under-represented in the mainstream press and we know that we're not remotely alone in that.

In addition to 'Murderborn', I have a ton of ideas on how to take the story further with future arcs, but that can't even be considered without your help in getting this book off the ground. We know how great and supportive the horror and comics communities are and that's why we want you to be a part of this. We literally can't do this without you.

Every £1 raised brings us that much closer to realising our beautiful nightmare.

If you can't pledge, then please share this page via social media. It all helps.

The worst bathroom in Joston County
The worst bathroom in Joston County

Where does my money go?

Printing costs for independent creators are prohibitive, not to mention that if this book gets seen through to completion, Marco will have spent nearly all his waking time over about 13 months at his drawing board and computer! I would like to see him get some small compensation for giving up his social life for all that time and I'm sure, after seeing samples of his incredible art, you would too. Any profit made will go towards funding future 'Bastard Son' stories.

Because I wanted 'Bastard Son: Murderborn' to be as meticulously presented as possible, I hired Taylor Esposito from Ghost Glyph studios to do the lettering. Taylor is a veteran pro-letterer, with extensive stints at both Marvel and DC comics, working on some of their top titles.

In addition to the printing and lettering costs, there are also Kickstarter fees, taxes, the merchandise, shipping and packaging to account for.

It was a bad day to be a deputy
It was a bad day to be a deputy

Risks and challenges

When it comes to printing and shipping, there are always potential unforeseen hiccups. However, we feel that we at 'Team Bastard Son' have done everything in our power to project a realistic delivery time for our product. In the unlikely event that there are any delays, you can be assured that we will keep you fully informed and updated.

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