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A book and trading card series of terror tales telling classic urban legends & new shock stories. Illustrated by "Scary" Terry Beatty!
A book and trading card series of terror tales telling classic urban legends & new shock stories. Illustrated by "Scary" Terry Beatty!
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The color cards: 24 packs per box (6 cards a pack, each with a 3-D card & gum!)
The color cards: 24 packs per box (6 cards a pack, each with a 3-D card & gum!)

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!  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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    Pledge $9 or more About $9

    113 Tales of Terror! (The Book)

    You'll get all 113 terror tales, plus 113 incredible works of classic B/W comic art, all in one great book-- and all for just $9 (that's only $12 with shipping in the USA)! This beautiful softcover, coffee table-sized book includes a gorgeous front (and gory back) full color cover.

    Your name will be featured in our "Special Thanks" section of the book, as well as posted on our website of patrons (unless you indicate otherwise).

    WARNING: We are NOT responsible for any insomnia caused by reading this book!

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    Both card SETS (but no book)

    No book, but both the complete Urban Legends & Shock Stories base card sets. (That's 100 full color cards with checklists and two wrappers.) The sets have never been sold alone before-- this offer is limited exclusively to our Kickstarter patrons!

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    The Book & both card SETS

    Get the new book PLUS both sets of Urban Legends & Shock Stories cards. (Each has 50 full color cards =100 total plus checklists and two wrappers.) Only 1,000 sets were made to fill all 1,000 numbered boxes. You don't get the special inserts found in regular boxes (like the 3-D parallel cards and original art sketches) but ordering the sets outside the boxes is a Kickstarter Exclusive unavailable anywhere else.

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    BOX of cards (but no book)

    Instead of the book, you want a box of the original Urban Legends/ Shock Stories cards! Only 1,000 numbered boxes were made, each containing a complete full color set of BOTH series -- Also gum, plus a parallel series of 3-D cards (one per pack)! There's also 3-glasses included plus an original artist sketch card in every box. That's 24 packs of panic inducing horror, in full blood-dripping color. (Just remember, NEVER turn out the lights!)

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    The Book & box of cards

    Get the new book PLUS a box of Urban Legends/ Shock Stories cards! Only 1,000 numbered boxes were made, each containing a complete full color set of BOTH series -- Plus gum, and a way cool parallel series of 3-D cards (one per pack)! There's also an original artist sketch card in every box. That's 24 packs of panic inducing horror, in full blood dripping color.

    Your name will also be featured in our "Special Thanks" section of the book, as well as posted on our website of patrons (unless you indicate otherwise).

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    The Book & Master Set of cards

    Get the new book PLUS the MASTER SET of Urban Legends & Shock Stories cards. (That's 100 base cards plus checklists and two wrappers.) Only 1,000 numbered boxes were made and this pledge breaks three of those to provide all the special insert cards found in those boxes. It includes the complete 51 card 3-D parallel series, TWO original art sketch cards (one for each series), an original printing plate, all three Background Cards, a (cancelled) prize card, 4 promos, and a set of 3-D glasses! This is an Exclusive Kickstarter offer unavailable anywhere else.

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    Everything Monsterwax & The Book

    This is for the true Monsterwax maniac! The Book (with your name in the "thanks" section). Plus the complete Monsterwax lineup of cards. That's six different boxes and 11 different base sets, 16 different promo sets (plus a prototype set), and 12 different original art sketches.

    The six sealed boxes are:
    Legendary H.P. Lovecraft
    Monsters & Maniacs
    Spook Show
    Jules Verne
    Dinosaur Galaxy
    Tune In For Terror

    The 11 base sets are:
    Urban Legends
    Shock Stories
    The Time Machine
    Island of Dr. Moreau
    War of the Worlds
    Don't Let It Happen Here
    60's Sci-fi & Terror Tv
    60's Sci-fi & Terror Tv series 2
    Monster Movie Classics
    Monster Movie Classics series 2
    Monster faces

    The 16 promo sets are:
    Urban Legends
    Shock Stories
    The Time Machine
    Island of Dr. Moreau
    War of the Worlds
    Don't Let It Happen Here
    Monster Movie Classics series 1
    Monster Movie Classics series 2
    Monster faces
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Legendary H.P. Lovecraft
    Monsters & Maniacs
    Spook Show
    Dinosaur Galaxy
    The Night Slasher
    (Color prototypes to) Tune In for Terror

    Also original art sketch cards from all of series that offered them.
    Six are in the boxes, the other six are added separately. That's:
    Legendary Lovecraft
    Monsters & Maniacs
    Spook Show
    Journey to the Center of the Earth
    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
    Urban Legends
    Shock Stories
    Dinosaur Galaxy
    The Time Machine
    Island of Dr. Moreau
    War of the Worlds
    Monster faces

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