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A black and white all-female horror comics anthology edited by Lindsay Moore.
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What is Hellcat Press?

In 2014, I co-founded Hellcat Press because I wanted to combine my love of comics with my love of the horror genre.  We wanted to create horror comic anthologies that would keep people awake at night.   

We've done that four times, but we need your help to do it again.

Dark Lady Returns

In 2014, I decided that I wanted to produce a horror comics anthology that would only feature women as writers and artists. I wanted to celebrate women in the horror genre, as they're overlooked and under-represented. 

In 2015, I published Dark Lady, which featured ten short scary stories written and illustrated by women from around the world. After Dark Lady's success, I produced three more co-ed anthologies. 

Hellcat Press is turning five, and we've decided to get back to our roots. We're producing Dark Lady Returns, an all-female horror comic anthology. Dark Lady Returns clocks in at over 200 pages and features writers and artists from around the world.

Here's a sneak peak at our Table of Contents:

 The Flower Maiden by Dominique Duong

Don’t Let Mama Sleep by Diane Rockell and Sam Hummer

Fern Flower by Alice Carroll and Catphantom

Facelift by Rose Weitz and Emma G.

Growing Up by Francesca Da Sacco

Exodus by Aya Rothwell

Bait and Switch by Irene Stark and Maddy Pineau

Question and Answer by Angeli Rafer and Sara Roncero-Menendez

Lunatic by Aga Ta Maj

Unearthly Remains by Angela Boyle

Morning Routine by Zoe Sugg and Cassidy Parsons 

El Cadejo by Luka Wilder and Bry Furia

Highway 6 by Lupi

These Are Not My Woods by Reinelaren

The Mystery Crater by Lisa White and Kelly Smith

Essence by Olivia Roberts

Three on the Meathook by Michela Da Sacco

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Molothrus by KC and Lio Lylark

Nobody Lives Here by H. Pueyo

The Widow and her Husband by Anne Mortenson-Agnew and Andrea Rosales

Black Feathers by Lisa Wolinsky and Melissa McGee 

Here at Hellcat Press, we believe in our contributors. We appreciate their creativity, and we are honored that they are sharing it with us. We believe in paying our contributors and allowing them to retain the copyright to their work. We've set aside the money to pay our contributors even if this Kickstarter fails. The funds from this Kickstarter will go to our final printing and distribution costs. Extra funds will be evenly distributed back to the artists in recognition of their hard work.

The bulk of our money will go to our creators. We need to pay them and we need to ship them each a copy of Dark Lady Returns. Because we have contributors from all over the world, the shipping will be expensive.

Reward Levels

We have some super fun rewards for our backers.   

For $10, you can get an exclusive digital copy of "Dark Lady Returns"
For $10, you can get an exclusive digital copy of "Dark Lady Returns"
For $15, I'll write an obituary just for you
For $15, I'll write an obituary just for you
For $30, you can receive a paperback copy of "Dark Lady Returns"
For $30, you can receive a paperback copy of "Dark Lady Returns"
For $40, you can receive a paperback and digital copy of "Dark Lady Returns," plus an exclusive poster by Jen Tracy
For $40, you can receive a paperback and digital copy of "Dark Lady Returns," plus an exclusive poster by Jen Tracy
For $100, you can get a Hellcat book bundle: one paperback copy each of "Dark Lady," "Simply Sinful," "Tales From the Public Domain," "Screams Heard 'Round the World," and "Dark Lady Returns," plus an exclusive poster by Jen Tracy
For $100, you can get a Hellcat book bundle: one paperback copy each of "Dark Lady," "Simply Sinful," "Tales From the Public Domain," "Screams Heard 'Round the World," and "Dark Lady Returns," plus an exclusive poster by Jen Tracy
For $150, you can get an exclusive poster by Aya Rothwell.
For $150, you can get an exclusive poster by Aya Rothwell.
For $200, I will proofread your work (100 pages maximum please)
For $200, I will proofread your work (100 pages maximum please)
For $300, you can get an exclusive watercolor painting by Jen Tracy.
For $300, you can get an exclusive watercolor painting by Jen Tracy.

We're also offering custom art done by artists Laura Bearl and Tonya Gray. For $150, Laura draw the monster of your choice. For $150, Tonya will draw a custom dragon for you. You will receive a printed 8.5" x 11" copy of this drawing. You will also receive a copy of "Dark Lady Returns." 

Here are some samples of their amazing art: 

Laura Bearl
Laura Bearl
Tonya Gray
Tonya Gray

 Where Will My Money Go? 

Most of it will go to our creators. Once the book is funded, printed, and shipped to our contributors, the leftover money will be divided evenly amongst them.

We're asking for $2,000. Here's how that's going to break down:

$460 will go to our creators

$50 will go to printing the exclusive posters for this Kickstarter campaign

$150 will go to paying for a barcode and ISBN

$380 will go to cover art

$800 will go to printing "Dark Lady Returns"

$260 will go to Kickstarter fees, shipping fees, and creator bonuses.

Pie Chart of Rewards
Pie Chart of Rewards

Risks and challenges

The book is completed and assembled. All we need to do now is get it printed and shipped to the contributors.

Risks and challenges

The book is completed and assembled. All we need to do now is get it printed and shipped to the contributors.

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