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From Award Winning Writer & editor Paul Kane (Hellbound Hearts), Hellbound Media presents a graphic tale of body horror and corruption.
From Award Winning Writer & editor Paul Kane (Hellbound Hearts), Hellbound Media presents a graphic tale of body horror and corruption.
From Award Winning Writer & editor Paul Kane (Hellbound Hearts), Hellbound Media presents a graphic tale of body horror and corruption.
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WE DID IT! STRETCH GOALS UNLEASHED!

Thanks to everyone who has pledged, shared and supported the project thus far! We've hit our target and revealed the first of our stretch goals... please continue to #HelpSpreadTheDisease and allow us to offer you guys even greater value rewards!

'The Disease' Stretch Goals
'The Disease' Stretch Goals

BOLT-ON REWARDS

These work by simply upping your pledge by the required amount whilst maintaining your current pledge level, and our survey at the end of the campaign will allow you to let us know what titles you're after. These Bolt-On rewards, unlike the 'Further Symptons' tier levels, are priced individually for each title, and are available on certain reward tiers. PDF copies are currently limited but we will aim to expand these before the end of the campaign. Additional shipping costs on physical copies apply for International orders, at a rate of £1 for every 3 additional books added. No additional fee required for 2 or less books.

PDF Bolt-Ons Available on the £3 MINOR INFECTION tier and higher.

Physical Bolt-Ons Available on the £6 CONFIRMED OUTBREAK tier and higher.

  • Shock Value Red PDF - £2
  • Shock Value Blue PDF - £3
  • Shock Value Blue Book - £7
  • Shock Value Green Book - £7
  • Gabriel Cushing: A Fright at the Opera PDF - £2
  • Gabriel Cushing: A Fright at the Opera Book - £7
  • Slaughterhouse Farm #1 Book - £4
  • Slaughterhouse Farm #2 Book - £4
  • Slaughterhouse Farm #3 Book - £4
  • Shock Value presents... Enslavement Book - £8
  • Mandy and the Monster Book - £4
  • Mandy the Monster Hunter: The Mandy Book of Monsters PDF - £3
  • Mandy the Monster Hunter: The Mandy Book of Monsters Book - £8
  • Dawn After Dark: Kiss Me Deadly Book - £8

'Shock Value Blue T-Shirt' is available in unisex in a limited number of sizes as a £15 bolt-on. Message us if you're interested in this bolt-on to confirm size availability.

'Shock Value Blue' T-Shirt
'Shock Value Blue' T-Shirt

INTRODUCTION

Disease: it’s the thing we’re all scared of. Something happening to our bodies that’s out of our control, whether it’s internal or on the outside – it’s at the core of the body horror subgenre. And it’s something Gus Harper finds himself confronting personally in this brand new graphic adaptation of a classic fiction story (seen most recently in the Monsters collection, with the Clive Barker cover and Nicholas Vince introduction). A tale that deals with our fears on a level never seen before; that manages to be both intimate and global at the same time; that will affect every reader on different levels. A story about life, and about the risk of losing it. About love, kindness and kinship. In The Disease it’s not the monster under the bed we’re concerned with, but the one we might turn into; the one we might see if we look in the mirror – and that’s the most frightening thought of all… Written and adapted by Paul Kane (bestselling and award-winning author of the sellout Hooded Man, Blood RED and the forthcoming Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell), and superbly illustrated by Pawel Kardis, this comic is sure to become a collectors’ item of the future!

BACKGROUND

Hellbound Media is an independent British-based comic company founded and run by Mark Adams and Matt Warner. Matt works as a journalist and newspaper editor, whilst Mark has written academically and lectures in cult media, and it with this background in writing, and a lifetime interest in fantasy, comics and horror, that the two of them came to form Hellbound Media. An outlet for us to write original horror and fantasy fiction, we've come to work with a team of amazing artists and other guest writers over the years. The company launched officially at Bristol Comic Expo in May 2011, and has gone from strength to strength.

One of our initial books was the first volume of horror anthology 'Shock Value Red' which has been followed by two further titles 'Shock Value Blue' and 'Shock Value Green'. Each volume contained several stand alone horror tales from some of the best independent artists from around the world. They stories range from science-fiction horror, to slasher horror, to comedy horror and more. Each volume has come with a stunning cover illustrated by Hellbound regular Anna Susanne.

Shock Value Red cover art, by Anna Susanne
Shock Value Red cover art, by Anna Susanne

As well as developing new entries in the 'Shock Value' anthology series, Hellbound Media has launched 'Shock Value presents...' as a series of stand alone graphic novels and comics that tell one-off tales of terror from some of the worlds best creatives. Our first endeavour was the English-language version of 'Enslavement' from Hellbound Media regular Atlantisvampir. 'The Disease' will come under the same banner, though it is a 100% stand along horror comic, showcasing the amazing writer of award-winning author Paul Kane.

'Shock Value presents... Enslavement' from Italian writer and artist Atlantisvampir
'Shock Value presents... Enslavement' from Italian writer and artist Atlantisvampir

THE PROJECT

'The Disease' is based on a short story by Paul Kane, who has adapted his own work into a comic format, drawn by the hugely talented Pawel Kardis. This 34-page full colour comic tells a complete, and terrifying story of bodily transformation and loss of identity.

The comic art is complete, and Hellbound Media regular Nikki Foxrobot is lined up for the lettering,which means we are practically set to go to print. This kickstarter aims to get our first printing funded and allow us to bring this book to you quickly and in the best possible quality. What follows is a taster of some of the stunning and terrifying art for the project.

The infection begins...
The infection begins...
The calm before the storm...
The calm before the storm...

THE REWARDS

The primary goal is to offer this book to you the chance to pre-order the book and help support independant comic book creators. We're offering the physical book and a PDF digital copy as low level rewards but we hope you might consider looking at some of the other great rewards we have on offer, including some rare and exclusive items.

A selection of titles available from Hellbound Media, see the complete collection on our website for details
A selection of titles available from Hellbound Media, see the complete collection on our website for details

We're also including the chance for you to grab some of our previous titles in bundle deals. Below you'll find a complete list of titles that you can choose as part of these bundle deals.

  • Slaughterhouse Farm #1 
  • Slaughterhouse Farm #2
  • Slaughterhouse Farm #3
  • Shock Value Red (anthology)
  • Mandy and the Monster
  • Shock Value Blue (anthology)
  • Shock Value Green (anthology)
  • Gabriel Cushing: A Fright at the Opera
  • Mandy the Monster Hunter: The Mandy Book of Monsters
  • Dawn After Dark: Kiss Me Deadly
  • Shock Value presents... Enslavement

There is also a selection of limited exclusive rewards from writer Paul Kane. These includes one-of-a-kind sketches in your book, copies of his anthology 'Monsters' with a stunning Clive Barker cover art, and even framed original sketches. Examples of his sketch work can be found on his website here: http://www.shadow-writer.co.uk/remarques.htm

Finally, as a nod to Paul Kane's amazing work in the Hellraiser world, we're offering a beautiful hand-made, brass-etched Lament Configuration puzzle box replica as a one-off reward, from the dark recesses of http://www.pyramid-gallery.com !

If you have any ideas for other rewards we could offer, feel free to get in touch and comment. And don't forget to share this project on social media and help us spread The Disease!

MEET THE TEAM

PAUL KANE

Paul Kane is the award-winning, bestselling author and editor of over sixty books – including the Arrowhead trilogy (gathered together in the sellout Hooded Man omnibus, revolving around a post-apocalyptic version of Robin Hood), The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts and The Mammoth Book of Body Horror. His non-fiction books include The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy and Voices in the Dark, and his genre journalism has appeared in the likes of SFX, Rue Morgue and DeathRay. He has been a Guest at Alt.Fiction five times, was a Guest at the first SFX Weekender, at Thought Bubble in 2011, Derbyshire Literary Festival and Off the Shelf in 2012, Monster Mash and Event Horizon in 2013, Edge-Lit in 2014, plus HorrorCon, HorrorFest and Grimm Up North in 2015, as well as being a panellist at FantasyCon and the World Fantasy Convention. His work has been optioned and adapted for the big and small screen, including for US network television, plus his latest novels are Lunar (set to be turned into a feature film), the Y.A. story The Rainbow Man (as P.B. Kane) and the sequel to RED – Blood RED – from SST Publications. He lives in Derbyshire, UK, with his wife Marie O’Regan, his family and a black cat called Mina. Find out more at his site www.shadow-writer.co.uk which has featured Guest Writers such as Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Dean Koontz and Guillermo del Toro.

Award-winning author Paul Kane.
Award-winning author Paul Kane.

PAWEL KARDIS

Paweł Kardis is an artist and illustrator specialising in creating graphics for the purpose of games and comic books. Despite the modern working methods he has classical artistic education. Sometimes he likes to take a break from the tablet and digital painting and grab a pencil or paintbrush and fill a blank canvas with results of his imagination. Drawing is not only Pawel's profession, but also a lifestyle and a great passion. Ever since he can remember he has always been drawing. It was the one thing that brought him happiness. When Pawel took a blank sheet of paper, an entirely new world opened before him and every picture that came under his hand was telling another story, so creation of comic books has become a natural process.

Illustration from artist Pawel Kardis
Illustration from artist Pawel Kardis

NIKKI FOXROBOT

Nikki Foxrobot has been a comic letterer since 2009 and she has worked on titles for Games Workshop and Sky TV, along with many others. She lives in Southampton, UK and is both talented and competitively-priced.

Genius Letterer Nikki Foxrobot
Genius Letterer Nikki Foxrobot

MARK ADAMS & MATT WARNER

Mark and Matt are the editors and creative partners behind Hellbound Media, a company that continues to build its reputation for dark fantasy and horror comics. Mark has been writing comics for years, starting off drawing his own as a child with the best stick man art around. Working primarily as an academic in cult media and film, Hellbound Media has allowed him to indulge his creative side and create new stories in the genres he loves. Matt's love of comics started in the 80s, about the same time as his love of horror. Combining both in Hellbound Media, he has created Mandy the Monster Hunter, Dublin's infamous vampire killer Dawn Keenan and Wales' very own slasher icon who lumbers through the pages of tongue-in-cheek video nasty homage Slaughterhouse Farm. As Hellbound Media they aim to work to produce the very best of British Indie Horror comics.

Hellbound Media editor Mark Adams, and friend
Hellbound Media editor Mark Adams, and friend
Hellbound Media Editor Matt Warner (right), with Slaughterhouse Farm co-writer A J Ballard
Hellbound Media Editor Matt Warner (right), with Slaughterhouse Farm co-writer A J Ballard

 REVIEWS FOR HELLBOUND MEDIA

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As with our previous projects, beyond some form of unavoidable disaster (e.g.nuclear holocaust), there really should not be any. The art is all ready to go, lettering is underway, we have a printer, it's all priced up. Once we have the funds we can go to print and have everything completed within a few weeks.

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