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"A fascinating debut that delivers..." --Alan Moore, Writer of Watchmen

"The best and most profoundly imaginative comic I've read for centuries." --Dani Filth, Singer of Cradle of Filth

"Amacker is a talent to watch." --Hart Fisher, Writer of Jeffrey Dahmer: An Unauthorized Biography

Dead Souls: Resurrection cover
Dead Souls: Resurrection cover

Fresh off the crowdfunding and critical success of Cradle of Filth: The Curse of Venus Avesra, writer Kurt Amacker returns to his roots with Dead Souls: Resurrection. Nearly five years in the making, the landmark miniseries returns in a special "author's cut" graphic novel.

In the year 2000, the immortal killers Vlad Dracula and Erzsebet Bathory have discovered each other in New Orleans. Neither understands why they are alive. Within days, the two set out to slaughter the city's criminals. But, their plan quickly falls apart when they attract the attention of both the police and St. Germaine--a religious fanatic who hunts their kind with a sacred weapon thought lost to the ages.

And, Vlad and Erzsebet are not alone. Across the globe, more and more of history's most infamous killers and tyrants are returning to life. And deep in Antarctica, a man from Vlad's past has amassed a paramilitary cult of immortals--and he wants Dracula at any cost. In Dead Souls: Resurrection, evil fights evil--and mankind is caught in the middle.

Initially, Dead Souls was Amacker's first miniseries. He began writing it while injured in the United States Marine Corps. The first issue launched in 2008 from Seraphemera Books, and quickly amassed both critical acclaim and a cult following. With the original three issues long out of print, Dead Souls: Resurrection retains the original script, but features all new art by RNA Brand artist Douglas Freeman--and also includes 70 new story pages, bringing the narrative closer to Amacker's original vision.  

At 240 pages, the lavish graphic novel includes a host of extras:

  • Introduction by Cradle of Filth singer Dani Filth.
  • Cover by artist Nocturnals artist Dan Brereton.
  • All bonus content and interviews from the previous issues, including the four page "Immortal Interlude" sequel story from the 2013 New Orleans Drink and Draw Anthology.

Dead Souls fans will have access to signed and unsigned editions of the book, both men's and women's t-shirts from Sigh Co. Graphics, a special soundtrack CD by New Orleans industrial rockers Shrapnihil, featuring "House of the Rising Sun," with guest vocalist Jyrki 69 of The 69 Eyes, and new voodoo dolls from Quarter Kids of Vlad and Erzsebet. 

Top-tier pledgers will be offered several premium options, including a personal appearance in the comic (at least one panel), a workshop of their own writing with Amacker via Skype, and a special dinner with the writer at a four star restaurant in New Orleans (airfare and accommodations not included).

Dead Souls Babydoll T-Shirt - Model Jessica Kendall
Dead Souls Babydoll T-Shirt - Model Jessica Kendall
Dead Souls Babydoll T-Shirt - Model Lisa Watson
Dead Souls Babydoll T-Shirt - Model Lisa Watson
Vlad and Erzsebet Voodoo Dolls by Quarter Kids
Vlad and Erzsebet Voodoo Dolls by Quarter Kids

Reflecting on the acclaim received by Dead Souls, Amacker remarked, "I'm beyond grateful that this series captured everyone's imaginations the way that it has. I've always wanted to return to Vlad and Erzsebet. But, the original series needs to be given the treatment it deserves before we can move on. Dead Souls was my first comic, and if that's what I'm remembered for then I can't ask for much more. With this Kickstarter campaign, we can once again demonstrate the power of crowdfunding, just as we did with Cradle of Filth: The Curse of Venus Aversa. And, I thank everyone for their continued support."

But, there is more.  If the Dead Souls: Resurrection Kickstarter campaign reaches its stretch goal of $25,000, fans will have the opportunity to upgrade their copy of the graphic novel to a special leatherbound hardcover edition for only $18.

Pages:

The following pages represent a sampling of new art by Douglas Freeman from throughout the comic:

Vlad Dracula realizes he may have found another of his kind.
Vlad Dracula realizes he may have found another of his kind.
Vlad reflects upon his history
Vlad reflects upon his history
Mai is a new character, and will feature in a subplot exclusively to the graphic novel
Mai is a new character, and will feature in a subplot exclusively to the graphic novel
Who is St. Germaine? And does he have a way to kill the immortals?
Who is St. Germaine? And does he have a way to kill the immortals?

Add-Ons:

Those that wish to include extra items to their order should add the amount for each item to the total pledge. When Kickstarter surveys are sent, each pledger will be able to indicate the items in their order.

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Amanda Harcrow-Tretec

Wyatt Higinbotham

Leslie Almeida

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Dead Souls was originally published as three issues from 2008-2010. Some fans may feel reluctant to purchase the story a second time. But, the original narrative has been expanded considerably, while still retaining the original script. Additionally, the new art by Douglas Freeman will enhance the Gothic world of Vlad and Erzsebet to both original readers and new fans. Through Kickstarter, fans will also have an opportunity to

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