Split Lip Horror Comics Anthology 10th Anniversary Ltd. Ed.
A 350-pg hardcover comic celebrating 10 years of Split Lip, "the best horror anthology on the Internet."
Dangerous Stories for Curious Minds
This Kickstarter supports printing What Lies Inside: The 10th Anniversary Split Lip hardcover. The book collects 13 comics from Split Lip's first 10 years and adds copious bonus materials from artists, the series' creator, and other writers.
- UV coating on select parts of cover
- approx. 350 pages
- Limited edition; only 500 copies will ever be printed
- Signed and numbered by series creator/writer, Sam Costello
- 13 comics
- 5 remastered comics
- Cover gallery of all Split Lip books and comics, including ultra-rare titles
- 50+ pages of new material, including:
- New commentary on every story by Sam Costello
- Behind-the-scenes materials on every story
- Interviews with 11 artists
- Essays by Sean T. Collins (Rolling Stone) and Lauren Davis (io9).
Every Split Lip story is self-contained. That means What Lies Inside: The 10th Anniversary Split Lip hardcover is for readers who have been with Split Lip since the beginning or are discovering it for the first time.
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Special Update: Check out the BONUS REWARDS section below for extra rewards being given to backers!
What Is Split Lip?
Split Lip is an anthology of self-contained horror comics written by Sam Costello and drawn by artists from all over the world. It is often compared to The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. Influences include writers like Shirley Jackson and Clive Barker, comics creators like Junji Ito and Emily Carroll, ghost stories, folk tales and murder ballads.
Calling Split Lip horror is easiest, but it's more accurate to call it weird fiction. Weird fiction incorporates horror, but is more focused on ideas and strangeness and being unsettling than grossing you out, splattering pages with gore, or the other things that make some people dislike horror. People often tell me, "I don't like horror, but I like Split Lip."
I started Split Lip in Oct. 2006 because I wanted to bring the kind of weird fiction and thoughtful horror movies I love to comics. Since then, we've published 45 stories, 6 books, and 8 comics. Split Lip stories have been drawn by people as nearby as my neighbor and as far away as Hungary, Finland, and Brazil. Split Lip features art by Kyle Strahm (Spread, Image), Sami Makkonen (Deadworld, IDW), John Bivens (Dark Engine, Image), and T.J. Kirsch (Amy Devlin Mysteries, Oni), each of whom has a story in What Lies Inside: The 10th Anniversary Split Lip hardcover.
Split Lip has been praised by comics and horror critics:
- "The best horror anthology on the Internet." -Comics Should Be Good
- "Stark, gritty, and unflinching." -Rue Morgue
- Best Webcomic winner -Horror Comic Awards, 2014
- Best Webcomic finalist -Ghastly Awards, 2014
- "The webcomics answer to anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery." -io9
- "The only (webcomic) to ever give me the chills." -The Webcomic Overlook
Full List of Stories and Contributors
What Lies Inside: The 10th Anniversary Split Lip hardcover features the following stories:
Victims, art by Steven Perkins (Credence, Blackwatch)
Last Caress, art by Douglas Draper, Jr. Completely retoned and relettered
Headin’ South, art by Kyle Strahm (Spread, Image)
See No Evil, art by Trevor Denham
The Harvestmen, art by Sami Makkonen (Deadworld, IDW) Remastered with new lettering
Straw Men, art by Gary Crutchley (WesterNoir, Accent UK)
An Old Man, Looking, art by Diego Candia Remastered with new lettering
In Another Room, art by Lee O'Connor
Se Perdre, art by John Bivens (Dark Engine, Image) Remastered with new lettering
Bad Radio, art by Nelson Evergreen
Unsub, art by T.J. Kirsch (Lost and Found, Oni)
Doll’s House, art by Savannah Horrocks (Sleep of Reason, Iron Circus)
The Pieces of Meat, art by Dirk Shearer
What Do You Get?
- At $2,000: Double-sided Split Lip bookmark - UNLOCKED!
- At $3,000: Lone and Level, a 40-page Split Lip comic, in print - UNLOCKED!
- At $4,000: Labor and Love, a 48-page comic, as a DRM-free PDF - UNLOCKED!
- At $5,000: Postcard set
Commitment to Supporting Artists
Treating artists fairly and ethically has been essential since the beginning of Split Lip. I've always paid artists an upfront page rate, and I go beyond that. Split Lip is entirely creator owned, so every artist who draws a Split Lip story receives:
- A pagerate
- Royalties from sales of books, comics, and downloads
- A percentage of website ad revenue
- Shared copyright/ownership of their story
- Shared income for any non-comics uses of their story/characters.
For What Lies Inside, the artists whose stories are included receive:
- All of the terms listed above
- An additional royalty on every book/download
- Payment for art rewards, where supplied.
Learn more about Split Lip, Sam Costello, and this project in these interviews:
- Still Bloody After All These Years: Sam Costello Celebrates a Decade of ‘Split Lip’ with a Kickstarter Limited Edition @Broken Frontier
- “A horror comic is like a delicate piece of music” writer Sam Costello on the subtleties of scaring people in the Split Lip Horror Comics Anthology @Pipedream Comics
- Kickstart the Week(end) with What Lies Inside: The 10th Anniversary Split Lip @Comic Frontline
Frequently Asked Questions
What format does the eBook come in?
The eBook is a DRM-free PDF that should work with any device or program that can read standard PDFs.
What kind of horror is this?
Split Lip offers dangerous stories for curious minds.
Split Lip is scary because of its ideas and situations. It's not overly gory (though there is some blood and violence). It cares about characters and their emotional lives. It's more interested in the dark secrets hidden by those closest to us than in violence or shock.
You won't find the typical horror characters here. There are no vampires, no zombies, no werewolves, few serial killers.
If you like the darker episodes of The Twilight Zone, you'll probably like Split Lip.
If you like weird fiction, you'll probably like Split Lip.
If you want horror that makes you think, you'll probably like Split Lip.
If this was a movie, what rating would it get?
Because the stories rely on suspense and disturbing ideas more than violence or gore, most of the stories in the book would be rated PG-13. That said, there is some violence, some blood, and a little nudity. Given that, I'd guess that ultimately it would get an R.
I haven't read Split Lip before. Can I start here?
Absolutely. Split Lip is a true anthology—there's no ongoing plot or characters and every story is complete and totally self-contained. You can pick up What Lies Inside having never read another Split Lip story and everything will make sense.
I’m an artist. Can I get involved?
Sorry, not for this book. What Lies Inside is strictly for stories already published at Split Lip. That said, I'm always working on new stories and looking for new artists. I suggest checking out the website to see what's been published at Split Lip so far. If you think your work is a good fit, drop me a line.
Will What Lies Inside be available after the Kickstarter?
That depends. The book is limited to 500 copies. If all of them are taken through the Kickstarter, then no. If the Kickstarter is funded with some copies remaining, I'll sell those online and at conventions. The digital version of the book will be available at comiXology and other digital-download stores.
Will What Lies Inside be reprinted?
No. It's a true limited edition. The 500 copies printed for this Kickstarter are the only copies of this book that will ever be produced.
Why is overseas shipping so expensive?
I know. I'm sorry. I was not excited to discover how much it costs to send the book overseas. The problem is the size/weight of the book and the uncertainty of shipping rates around the world. A 350-page hardcover is pretty heavy and requires specific packaging. Combine that with the possibility of shipping to dozens or hundreds of countries and we get to those prices.
Music in video: "Sopor," by Kai Engel, via Free Music Archive
- Image in video title card: Kyle Strahm
- Book image: Douglas Draper, Jr.
Risks and challenges
I hope I'm not jinxing myself by saying this, but the risks to this project are relatively low. Here's why:
All the comics are complete. All of the extras are assembled. All of the pre-press and layout is done. I’ve even gotten a few proofs. There’s not a lot to left to do.
That said, I see two primary risks:
1. Printing. Because I'm printing overseas, there could be shipping and delivery delays, and unforeseen printing disasters.
2. Fulfillment. I'll be fulfilling the project myself, so it could take slightly longer than expected to deliver all rewards. But I like to work hard, so I think this won't be too much of a challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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