Do you remember those classic urban legends we all loved hearing while growing up? They were creepy narratives told to us by a friend, who heard it from another friend, who said it actually happened. It related some terrible experience or freak accident, maybe even a murder, that was so ironic or horrific, that the mere chance it was real sent shivers down our spines.
I always enjoyed such stories and started to collect them as an adult. (They came in real handy when we opened the Terror of Tallahassee haunted house and needed dark anecdotes to tell our off-season ghost tours.) Then I started writing original "shock stories", which also had ghastly plots and twist endings. The positive audience reaction encouraged me to commission "Scary Terry" Beatty (of Batman Strikes comic book fame) to illustrate them for a limited edition series of trading cards. They turned out great, but gum card collectors are only a small portion of the audience who would enjoy these terror tales.
Hence, a Kickstarter to produce 113 Tales of Terror, an 8.5 x 11" coffee table book of the stories and their beautiful B/W line art, reproduced in their original (5 x 7") format. Is there a Maniac in the Back Seat? You bet! How about a Choking Doberman? It's here, too. The Hook? Absolutely! All the best of the worst that could happen to an innocent bystander are included, designed to keep you (and those you share it with) awake for many a sleepless night!
But that's only the half of it, because also included are Shock Stories, original tales never heard before, with truly twisted endings! And all for just $9! Plus, you'll also be listed in our "Special Thanks" section of the book. (Why be famous when you can be infamous?)
If you have a bigger budget and like your terror with all the trimmings, you can pledge more and get the full color trading cards, too. The complete base sets are offered exclusively in this Kickstarter, while the boxes include premium 3-D cards and 1-of-a-kind art sketch cards, along with other extras, including real "ghoul gum".
Finally, a Kickstarter you can literally sink your teeth into. Help generate some nightmares and be part of haunting history. Get a copy for yourself and your favorite frenemy. (There's no sense in letting them sleep better than you!) When the finished book arrives, you'll be amazed how much horror can be packed into a terror tale... 113 times in a row!
Risks and challenges
All the files are proofed and ready for printing. Once the books are printed, it should take another couple of weeks to get them mailed out. I expect the books to be sent out by late June, but included extra time for adding cards to orders as well. If there is an overwhelming response for cards, they can be shipped separately to reduce delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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