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*Update: New interior art!*

Check out the two-page spread opener for 'The Woodland Retreat'.

Title page of "Woodland Retreat"
Title page of "Woodland Retreat"
What is it?

The Bad Dream Reliquary is a quarterly horror anthology comic that takes its cue from the classics in form, but provides something more modern in substance. Presented like old favorites, Creepy, Eerie, or Tales from the Crypt, this book will feature up to ten stand-alone stories of horror, suspense, the macabre, and other oddities over one hundred pages of content per volume. Each story will be illustrated, in classic black and white, by a different artist, resulting in a large and ever changing changing cast of talent from volume to volume.

Cover art for the first volume of The Bad Dream Reliquary
Cover art for the first volume of The Bad Dream Reliquary

While the book will look and feel like the anthologies of old that we are clearly tipping our hat to, we want The Bad Dream Reliquary to offer more modern stories with different styles and approaches, rather than simply offer a straightforward throwback comic for the sake of it. The stories, all taking place within their own twisted little world will take on many different forms in various styles of horror, and combining this open approach with the rotating pool of artists we hope to give the reader a fun and well rounded piece of horror, one volume at a time. Also included within the pages with be extras such as essays, featured art, pin-ups, and other content to help round out each installment.

What is this campaign for?

While this campaign is technically for the first volume of the series, we would like to get as much support as possible to ensure the first couple of installments can get out on a regular quarterly schedule. With over a hundred pages per volume, and contents we think we can deliver a package with plenty of meat to tide horror fiends over between each release. We have a good start on the first issue already; the scripts are done, and the very awesome artist Darcray is finishing up the first of the ten stories to be featured in the debut, Woodland Retreat, as well as having drawn the cover and handled the very cool logo design. The campaign, if successful, will fund the art being produced for the remaining short stories for the first issue, the initial print run for backer reward fulfillment and comic shops, and marketing and promotion. Anything left over after that will immediately towards the production of the second issue. If we are lucky, the sales (both print and digital) of the first issue and what remains from this campaign will pay for the second issue, and if we are really, really lucky this campaign can fund multiple issues, resulting in a smooth and regular release schedule.

The Rewards

Digital Copy - A digital PDF of the regular edition.

Physical Copy - A soft-cover trade paperback.

Hardcover Kickstarter Edition - A hardcover edition of the book with extra content, including an art book featuring sketches and designs from each story, script samples, and more.

T-Shirt - A Bad Dream Reliquary shirt with the logo printed on front. Stay tuned to the updates section to see how you can help decide the look of it! 

Who are we?

Brett Reistroffer Writer/Editor/Creator - I have been an amateur short fiction and comic book writer for a handful of years, currently I provide articles to several websites, and The Bad Dream Reliquary, a true labor of love for me, is my first true attempt at a semi-large scale release. 

Darcray Art/Graphic Design/Production- Darcray is an artist and graphic designer, she is also the first artist to be featured in the Reliquary, providing the panels for Woodland Retreat pt 1, and adaption of an old short story of mine that fits this anthology perfectly. Her work stretches from multimedia design to art gallery coordination. 

The other artists/writers - Each volume will feature up to ten different contributing artists, along with guest writers providing articles and essays on subjects relating to the stories found in The Bad Dream Reliquary and the world of horror in general. 

Bad Dream Entertainment

To make a home for the Reliquary, I will be establishing a small boutique publishing company called Bad Dream Entertainment. While this is simply a vehicle for publishing the anthology and getting it out to readers both digitally and physically, I have higher ambitions for it in the future, such as publishing other graphic novels and literature both by myself and other creators.

Follow the Project:

https://www.facebook.com/BadDreamEntertainment

https://twitter.com/BadDreamPub

http://baddreamentertainment.com/

Follow Me:

https://www.facebook.com/BrettReistroffer

I will also be keeping a regular journal for the Kickstarter campaign on my blog, in it I will detail the process of running a crowdfunding venture and talk about my experiences with it as it goes along. Anyone is welcome to follow it here.

Risks and challenges

The main risk and/or challenge for this project will be any delays in the production and printing of the book that may arise. The funding goal, if reached, guarantees a budget that can afford the art being finished for the first volume, so most of the risk lies with printing issues that would be out of our hands, but any problem would merely be a delay and would not affect or endanger the book’s existence. We will of course communicate anything that comes up with our backers should any sort of these possible delays happen and will do our best to get it solved as quickly as possible.

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