What is Creeper Magazine?
Creeper was created by John English (Solvent Image) and Austin Armatys (Oh Nothing Press) to tell strange stories at the intersection of fiction and reality. We wanted to read about weird crime, conspiracies, paranoia, folklore, the occult, modern myth, bizarre philosophy, fringe technology and genre-exploding fiction... but this sort of magazine didn't exist, so we had to create it ourselves!
Issue One of the magazine is already done, completed, finished.
We recruited a stellar array of writers and artists (see Who's Involved below) and asked author Corey J. White (The Voidwitch Saga) to assist in editing their work. Then Garth Ivers (aka Supervillain) helped us put everything together in a full-colour 96-page glossy magazine. We think it looks great.
But now we want to release Creeper Magazine into the wild... and that's where you come in.
Who Is Creeper?
We have an amazing line-up of writers and artists from all over the world. Here they are, along with a brief description of what they've contributed:
Cover Art by Chrome Destroyer: @chromedestroyer
Ground Control to Leroy Quade by Ganzeer: Leroy’s life operated like clockwork and was close to perfect, but he knew he could do better. Which is why he decided to undergo the procedure. Unflinching speculative horror from the award-winning multi-disciplinary artist and writer Ganzeer.
The Business of the Future by Ben Mcleay: Based on 7400 user-reported premonitions, the algorithm credulously crunched the numbers and arrived at the only obvious conclusion: imminent disaster. Strikingly original fiction from Ben Mcleay, aka twitter legend @Thomas_Violence.
The Surrogate Vista by Helena Papageorgiou: Step down the deployment and take it all in. A Psychedelic Landscape by Helena Papageorgiou aka Second Variety.
Endohost & Exoaviator By Elytron Frass: Passions rage far beyond the rigid boundaries of sentience protocols. A far future consciousness goes AWOL to pursue forbidden love in this phantasmagorical freakout from the author of Liber Exuvia.
Syncretism Fascism Tradition by Sean Oscar: Syncretism is the combination of diverse spiritual or religious ideas into a single system – but to what extent can it foster fascism? Wyrd_Signal Podcast's Sean Oscar offers this piercing and cerebral essay.
Blackbird by Corey J. White: The parents buy the toys, but who buys the war? A reflection on conflict, culture and consumerism by the creator of The Voidwitch Saga.
One Hour Later by m1k3y: Deep space survival horror for the ecologically aware. A second-person parable by livewire eco-punk m1k3y.
Sex In Pieces by Tom Syverson, with exclusive artwork by Sophie Sauzier: First, to split the feminine subject from her body, and then to split the body from itself. Violence and misogyny through Syverson's lens of pop culture and deep theory, all accompanied by Sauzier's striking digital artwork.
Horse by Ben Nichols: She stepped slowly and quietly through the house and turned the knob, careful not to break the silence out of respect for the void… Photography and a short essay from Benjamin Nichols, a geek-culture connoisseur and head-honcho at Brisbane's Netherworld.
Dracula and Dagon by Jon Weber: Detail-rich artwork from one of Brisbane's finest. Strikingly original depictions of classic characters by Jon Weber.
Factory by I. Caniveau, with artwork by Benoît Debuisser: Ceaseless noisy conflagrations issuing from pistons, engines, fans and drills. Labour can be a nightmare when you’re trapped in the depths of the Factory. A Kafkaesque tale of alienation from the mysterious I. Caniveau, accompanied by Debuisser's moody photography.
Mandy by Murdoch: Mixed Media artwork that will crack open your mind and feast on what's inside. Summoned from the depths by the mighty Murdoch Stafford.
Birthday Hour by Lachlan Barker: The smells of permanent marker, cardboard and commercial grade disinfectant are swallowed by the smell of gasoline. Short fiction by an up-and-coming young Australian artist, Lachlan Barker.
Kingscliff by Austin Armatys: Invisible tentacles reach across time and space. A seaside town’s sinister history distorts its idyllic veneer. Murdered children and family holidays are the focus of this personal essay by Creeper co-creator and founder of Oh Nothing Press, Austin Armatys.
The President by Bart Kelly: The President is great; the President is grand. His love is the supply and we are his demand. A poem by Bart Kelly to lighten the mood.
Ritual and Him by Solvent: Incredible digital photography from Creeper's co-creator and lead designer, John "Solvent Image" English.
Peace and Quiet by J Clement: Distant fires danced and swayed on top of his reflection in the window. A man watches the world burn from the confines of his apartment in this tale from horrorist J Clement.
Dread Crew by Matt Dickie: Unlike the majority of the undead legions in the world, the Lord of the Vampire Coast employs no necromancers. An RPG supplement by Matt Dickie, with art by Jon Weber.
So How Do We Make This Happen?
We're looking for $2400 Australian dollars to fund our initial print run and recoup some of the operating costs (like postage and paying designers/artists/writers). We don't plan on making a profit from Creeper Magazine #1, we just want to get it into the hands of as many people as possible! We hope to grow an audience for Creeper and hopefully lay some groundwork for future installments of the magazine. There's a lot of great, boundary-pushing weird art and stories out there that don't have a home. Let's change that, together.
We Are Creeper.
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Risks and challenges
The biggest potential risk with Creeper Magazine is that no one will care about it! We're trying to build a community, and that means we're inevitably going to have to start small. We hope that with the help of our contributors and kind friends we can signal boost this campaign to gain some traction, but the fact is that we live in a media-saturated age, with plenty of competition for people's attention. We think Creeper Magazine is fantastic... we just need to find an audience that will connect with it. All that said, the magazine is completely done, and will be printed one way or another, so the material risks are minimal. Creeper cometh!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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