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Kids vs. Shoggoths! When Lovecraftian monsters descend on their school, three students fight back in this 24-page stand-alone comic.
Kids vs. Shoggoths! When Lovecraftian monsters descend on their school, three students fight back in this 24-page stand-alone comic.
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House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths
House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths

Stretch Goals

I've always wanted to provide an annotated script to those who like behind-the-scenes insight into the comic-creating process, so let's go for it. If we reach 275 backers, I'll include an annotated script to the Digital Deluxe PDF tier and for all physical backers.

I've heard very positive feedback about Boyle, the House of Fear butler/caretaker. So if we reach 300 backers, every physical backer will receive two 6x4 prints of our creepy host.

Bonus Items Unlocked!

Because we reached the 250-backer mark, I'm adding bonus items for random backers. I'll be sending out 10 magnets and 31 stickers in all. 

Free stickers and magnets for random backers
Free stickers and magnets for random backers

I'm also sending out 10 limited-edition copies of the next issue, House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen.

Extra comic for 10 backers!
Extra comic for 10 backers!

And of course, I can't forget digital backers. I'll also be sending out a PDF of House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen to 31 backers, at least half of which will be digital backers.

Snowmen on the iPad!
Snowmen on the iPad!

Milestone Bonuses Update

All Milestone Bonus items are now unlocked. Check them out: 

Our Story

I'm back on Kickstarter to bring you another scary, action-packed comic for kids and adults. This time around, the monsters are inspired by H.P. Lovecraft. 

Written by Lovecraft scholar Brandon Barrows, House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths is packed with adventure, mystery, and monster-fighting action.

The shoggoths are here!
The shoggoths are here!

In this issue, young Ben receives a package of grow-your-own monsters...just add water! When his science teacher flushes them down the toilet, the school is overrun with huge, tentacled monsters with eyes all over the place. Ben and friends must find a way to defeat the beasts before they destroy the school. It's kids vs. shoggoths! 

Book Details

  • 24 full-color pages.
  • Complete, stand-alone story.
  • Suitable for kids 7 and older.* 
  • Printed on quality, glossy paper for more durability. 

*Note: The themes and action in this issue are suitable for all ages, but the level of dialog might slow down some early readers who are just beginning to read on their own. Otherwise I would label this as "all ages."

What Kids are Saying About House of Fear

Here are a few comments I've heard from those who backed and read House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct. 

  • "I liked Boyle. He was scary." Sophie, age 12
  • "I loved that comic! I read it, like, 10 times." Jack, age 10
  • "Our daughter was too scared to read it before bed, but she read it twice the next morning." Marjorie, mother of 7-year-old Lilly. 
  • "My daughter is reading the comic aloud and giving different voices to all the characters. She loves it!" James, father of 8-year-old Kaelyn. 
James fielding questions about making comics at Career Day at a local elementary school
James fielding questions about making comics at Career Day at a local elementary school

 

Meet the Creators

Brandon Barrows - The Writer

Brandon is an award-nominated writer of comic books and prose. His comics work includes MYTHOS: LOVECRAFT'S WORLDS (Caliber Comics), JACK HAMMER (Action Lab Comics), appearances in HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE and more. Over forty of his prose stories have been published in various magazines and anthologies, as well as collected into the books THE ALTAR IN THE HILLS (Raven Warren) and THE CASTLE-TOWN TRAGEDY (Dunham's Manor Press).

Rafael Loureiro - The Artist

Rafael is a brazilian-based comic book artist and illustrator. He has a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning, but after a few years working on advertising media as an Art director, he switched gears to follow his childhood dream of drawing comics. Check him out on Instagram

James Hislope - Boyle Intro/Afterword Artist

James is a cartoonist and caricature artist who also happens to have a knack for drawing comics. 

Josh Jensen - The Colorist 

Living colors from Tokyo, Japan. Josh is the colorist for both issues of House of Fear and he's currently coloring issue 3. Check him out on Twitter.

Matt Krotzer - The Designer and Letterer

Matt gives voices to characters and sound to action. His stellar lettering work has been seen in the pages of Image, Dark Horse and many fine independent comics around the world.

James Powell - The Editor

James is the creator and publisher of House of Fear. His work has been featured in Image, Dark Horse, Red Stylo Media, and Villard comics. When not making comics, he's reading scary stories or watching horror movies. 

Why Scary Comics?

My son and I read together all the time, but we save comics for reading on the floor come Sunday morning. Comics are a wonderful form of entertainment that can captivate a sense of excitement and wonder. 

Normally, my son is a bit timid and unsure of himself in new, frightening situations. With a scary comic, however, he can face his fears head-on from the safety of his own home. And if the story is filled with action, adventure, and giant monsters, there's always a thrilling, wide-eyed fascination as he reads.

There aren't a lot of good comics intended for my son's age group. With House of Fear, I hope to create stories that not only have appropriate themes and subject matter, but also feature a level of dialog suitable for young readers. 

Why Kickstarter?

I'm coming to Kickstarter to raise funds for a large offset print run of 1000 copies of House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths. By using Kickstarter, I hope to get the comic into as many hands as possible and help kids around the world discover the joy of testing their fears through fiction. 

Where do the Funds Go?

The funds we earn through Kickstarter will be used to print the comics ($1350), ship the rewards to backers ($750), pay for the other rewards and supplies ($600), and pay Kickstarter ($300) for hosting the campaign. 

Any extra money earned from the campaign will help pay for the creation of issue 3, House of Fear: Attack of the Killer Snowmen

Preview Pages

Below are the first five pages from House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths. Want more? Download the 14-page preview.

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out the Prints

Feast your eyes on the prints that are part of the "Shoggoths Everywhere" tier. 

Art by James Aaron Hislope. Colors by Josh Jensen. Design by Matt Krotzer.
Art by James Aaron Hislope. Colors by Josh Jensen. Design by Matt Krotzer.

 

Art by Jethro Morales and Josh Jensen
Art by Jethro Morales and Josh Jensen

 

Art by Ryan Kroboth
Art by Ryan Kroboth

 

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Will You Help Us Continue Making Comics for Kids?

It's simple: I want to make comics for kids. Without the support from readers like you, I wouldn't have the ability to get those comics out into the world. 

Thank you for checking out my latest project. Please back the campaign and help me continue making exciting, action-packed comics for kids.

With gratitude,
James and the entire House of Fear team

Risks and challenges

The comic is 100% complete and the files have already been sent to KrakenPrint for approval. All extra items are also ready to be printed. While no project is risk-free, I've taken every precaution to ensure a timely delivery of all rewards. You can expect this campaign to run smoothly, start to finish.

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    Digital Editon

    Receive a PDF of House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths. You'll have access to 24-pages of terror anywhere you have your mobile device.

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    Deluxe Digital Edition

    This deluxe digital edition PDF includes the 24-page comic, plus behind-the-scenes extras and a PDF copy of the script.

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    Print Edition

    Receive a physical copy of the comic right in your mailbox.

    This tier also includes a special "thank you" postcard signed by series-creator James Powell, plus a copy of the deluxe digital edition.

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    Share the Scare

    Get two physical copies of the comic, one for you and one for a friend.

    This tier also includes the signed postcard and the deluxe digital edition.

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    Shoggoths Everywhere!

    Lovecraft fan? Then you might enjoy the addition of three 6x10 full color prints featuring shoggoths, the tentacled Lovecraft monsters.

    The prints include art by Jethro Morales, Ryan Kroboth, and James Aaron Hislope (with colors by Josh Jensen). I'll be sharing a closer look at the art during the campaign.

    Also included are two copies of the comic, the signed postcard, and the deluxe digital comic.

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    Bring the Comic to Life!

    With this subscription package, immerse yourself in mystery when 6 separate items arrive by mail to expand the story and make it seem as if monsters are invading a nearby town.

    Each mailing includes a letter written by Boyle, the House of Fear caretaker. The letter is personalized to the person of your choice.

    The first letter includes a copy of House of Fear: The Curse of Cottonwood Ct., and a note that suggests that all House of Fear stories are based on real events.

    From there, the mystery builds as more and more "proof" is presented to suggest that monsters are attacking a nearby town.

    The subscription culminates in a copy of House of Fear: The Grumpledowns Gang and the Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths.

    Have questions? Let me know and I'll explain the process in its entirety (in other words, I'll spoil it for you).

    Shipments start in July and end in August.

    Includes:
    • 6 mailings that add to the mystery
    • 1 copy of Curse of Cottonwood Ct.
    • 1 copy of Grumpledowns Gang/Case of the Mail-Order Shoggoths
    • Digital copies of both House of Fear comics
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    Personalized Commission

    For this tier, James Aaron Hislope will draw your son or daughter as your favorite character. Or have them drawn being chased by your favorite scary monster.

    Commission includes one character and, if you'd like, a scary monster.

    Note: James works solely on the computer, so this tier does not include pencil or ink "original art."

    Includes:
    • Print copy of the commission
    • PDF copy of the art commission
    • Two copies of the printed comic
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    Parent Cameo

    Ever want to be in a comic? Now you can. I'll include your likeness (and name) in an upcoming issue of House of Fear. I'll also include your house, car, or any other identifying item in the story to help solidify that it's really you.

    When the comic is complete, I'll send you a PDF of the final version.

    Also includes the three color prints, two copies of the Grumpledowns comic, and the deluxe digital edition.

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    Be a Hero!

    Want to see your son or daughter as the hero of a comic book? Now you can.

    With this tier, I will name the main character in an upcoming issue of House of Fear after your son or daughter. I’ll also use his or her likeness for the art. That’s right, this isn’t just a cameo, it’s the entire comic! The cover will feature the character, too.

    Want two characters? Add $100.

    Want to determine the type of evil monster? Add $100.

    Want to appear as a parent cameo? Add $150.

    I will email you regular progress reports during the creation of the comic, so you'll see thumbnails of the pages, pencils, inks, colors, and lettering as they're available. And when it's all done, I'll send you a PDF of the comic before anyone else.

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    • Signed postcard
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