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A collection of creepy stories written and drawn by Shawn Coss
A collection of creepy stories written and drawn by Shawn Coss
A collection of creepy stories written and drawn by Shawn Coss
549 backers pledged $38,287 to help bring this project to life.

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 All $60 backers and up get the Kickstarter exclusive 2x3 inch cover variation buttons! Stick em on your backpack, your jean jacket, or your septum! Only 6 days left!?

UPDATE: Wow guys! We did it! I wanted to state that if for any reason the goal number drops below the 30k due to canceled or adjusted pledges, I'll still honor the stretch goal....unless it drops waaaaaay down then that would be terrible. Thank you guys so much!

Welcome to ... Kindergarten  

 

 For those familiar with this logo, the amazing voice of Welcome to Nightvale, Cecil Baldwin, recorded a creepy read through of "Breathe Easy" and it is amazing. So amazing that I'm adding the recording file as a new 65$ tier for all of you NightVale fans.

UPDATE!  FUNDING SUCCESS!

Thank you everyone who's backed this project! I never realized how many amazing fans I have, and I can't wait for you to see the world's I've created for my Lucy. We still have a ways to go but stretch goals are coming later along with a video update! 

 

 

Stretch Goal 1:  If we can hit the 30k goal I'll be adding a spot varnish to the cover of the book to give it some extra creepiness to it. I'll also be adding another story, The Dream Catcher, bringing the total stories to 12. The book will also be expanded to include the Lost Lucy Gallery which consists of fan submitted versions of Lucy as well as artist I look up !

 Stretch Goal 2: If we can hit the 2nd stretch goal I'll be releasing the book with the infant skull gold foil version (the original cover will be on the interior) along with the spot varnish finish and an additional creepy poem and more art!

Gold Foil edition
Gold Foil edition

 

Stretch Goal 3: Along with all of the previous stretch goal rewards I'll also include the kickstarter only 4th installment of my Scars & Sketches collection of art. Bringing the total page count around 80 to 100 pages!

UPDATE: NEW TIER!

 

  Hello! My name is Shawn Coss, and I'm an artist from the Ohio wasteland. You may know me from a popular webcomic turned cartoon show that I work on, Cyanide & Happiness, or some of my designs of darker nature found all over the internet and dark alleys.

  As a child, I was obsessed with the Stephen Gammel artwork found inside Scary Stories to tell in the dark. Each story was short and easy to read, while also unsettling. I couldn't get enough of them and I wanted to pay homage to those great stories with a collection of my own but taking the reader into a darker more uncomfortable place. And ever since I've become a new parent, overwhelming fear and stress have become a new part of my daily emotional routine. 

As an artist, I found the best way to deal with those fears are by creating stories and artwork to help me cope in my own messed up and morbid way.  

 I must warn though, that unlike Scary Stories, there's very little humor in these stories. I touch on subjects of suicide, death, depression, and neglect and much more. It's in no way meant to offend the easily disturbed. It's my way of exorcising my own personal demons and allow myself to battle the hopelessness so that I can move on and grow as an artist and father. This is my first time diving into story writing to accompany my artwork. For years, art alone would help me through troubled times, but since my daughter was born, these creeping fears of losing her couldn't be captured in art alone. So the stories came, and each one has helped me cope with those fears and nightmares. Therapy at it's finest.

  KinderGarten, which creepily translates to "Garden of Children" in German, is a collection of 11 creepy stories that I've created over the past couple years. Each vignette is a personal fear I've had since having my children. The book features a young child named Lucy, a very unfortunate young girl who is the focus of each entry and finds herself in some dark situations. Fans of Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark and creepy pasta stories - but who like the darker side of storytelling - will enjoy the horrors I came up with and apologies ahead of time for any lack of sleep you develop.

 

  The book will be 40 pages (or MORE!) thick with 11 stories and accompanying artwork created by my cold dead hands. It'll also feature a gallery of select artist's renditions of Lucy and her world. 

 

Inside Mock Up
Inside Mock Up

  This is the first time I've created artwork with specific stories and will allow the reader to look deeper into my pencil strokes. Each story is written by myself with the help of his fellow writer friend, Mahlon Rhodes (who helps string the words together to flow better and to creep you out more).

SHIPPING: (Where I ship to, sorry for those not listed!)

  • US -               $10
  • Australia -      $25
  • Canada -       $20
  • Ireland -         $25
  • Germany        $25
  • Italy                 $25
  • Norway            $25
  • New Zealand   $35
  • Sweden           $28
  • Switzerland      $25
  • United Kingdom  $25

 I wonder?

Let's explore the darkness together.

   Though there's been a lot of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark tribute books coming out as of late (as well as a Del Toro movie in the works) I want to pay homage as well as separate myself from being considered "another installment". This book is more for those of us who were children who grew up with those books but are looking for something darker. If you're a fan of Del Toro and unsettling situations, this book will deliver. Let's bring it to life shall we?

 

Risks and challenges

Every project has a risk, and with me being the only one running this project, there could be delays since it's my first KS. I'll be up front and transparent every step of the way.

I'm working with some awesome people who are willing to volunteer their time to help me make this first launch a success. There's always chances for delay due to printing or injury if I lose a hand while signing.

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    Something For Your Troubles

    Dollar to spare to contribute? I thank you with a bit more of all of my heart and appreciate the support, no matter how small or large.

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    Digital Horror Style

    Live outside the countries I'm shipping to but don't want to miss out on the book? You'll receive a pdf version of my KinderGarten book along with my appreciation that you felt the need to support such an important product.

    This pledge was specifically made with International backers in mind. Shipping overseas can be very expensive and gives you a way to support as well as have a version of my first story book.

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    The Book of Tragedy

    -Get a physical copy of KinderGarten. Hard back edition.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.

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    The Scarred Book

    -Get a physical copy of the KinderGarten hard cover edition
    -Hand signed by the writer and artist,Shawn Coss. Even if it's 1000, Shawn will sign them. Or break his wrist doing so.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.

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    Welcome to KindergartenVale

    -Get a physical copy of the KinderGarten hard cover edition
    -Hand signed by the writer and artist,Shawn Coss. Even if it's 1000, Shawn will sign them. Or break his wrist doing so.
    -A digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.
    -A mp4 of Cecil Baldwin of Welcome to Nightvale, reading "Breathe Easy"

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    The Scarred Book and Photo Reminder

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss
    -5x7 print of the story’s artwork.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.

    (Prints will be randomly chosen out of the 11 stories)

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    The Scarred Book and 2 Photo Reminders

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss
    -Two 5x7 prints of the story’s artwork.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.

    (Prints will be randomly chosen out of the 11 stories)

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    The Scarred Book and 3 Photo Reminders

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss
    -3 5x7 prints of the story’s artwork.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.
    -A KS exclusive Postcard

    (Prints will be randomly chosen out of the 11 stories)

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    The Birth of Tragedy

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss

    -KS exclusive Post Card
    -5x7 inch original piece of art of the initial sketches used for the Kindergarten book.

    These are the original sketches that became the artwork for the book. Artwork will be chosen by the Artist at random.

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    Drowning in Watercolor

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss

    -KS exclusive Post Card
    -8x10 watercolor and ink commission of any of the story's art chosen by the backer

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    Fermented Fear

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss

    -KS Exclusive Post Card
    -9x12 inch original piece of art from the Kindergarten book.

    These are the original completed pencil renders that became the artwork for the final book. Artwork will be chosen at random to be sent.

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    A Tragic Tribute

    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss

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    We All Float Down Here Edition

    -The original 18x24 inch painting tribute to Pennywise the clown featuring Lucy
    -A physical copy of the Kindergarten Hard cover edition of the book hand signed by writer and artist, Shawn Coss
    -3 5x7 prints of the story’s artwork.
    -Plus a digital edition (PDF) of Shawn's sketch books; Scars & Sketches Vol. 2, and A sINKing Feeling Vol. 3.
    -A KS exclusive Postcard

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