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MODERN DREAD explores what terrifies us NOW. From infected tattoos to young motherhood, from growing old to internet trolls & beyond...
MODERN DREAD explores what terrifies us NOW. From infected tattoos to young motherhood, from growing old to internet trolls & beyond...
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UPDATE!

We have surpassed our goal and are now blasting through our stretch goals! We just hit our first THREE stretch goals, which unlocks...

  • SWIPE LEFT, a novella-length prose story written by Pat Shand & Ryan Fassett about a young man who discovers a strange app that gives him god-like powers. This story will be sent to all backers, from the lowest level to the highest, at no extra charge and will feature a custom cover.
  • MONSTER ENAMEL PIN - We will send this exclusive pin designed by Destiny, NY artist Manuel Preitano to all physical backers. Digital backers will receive a download of all of the hi-res art files for Modern Dread so they can make their own prints.
  • FAKE TRAILER PRINTS - These three art prints are designed to read like trailers for horror movies that don't exist... yet.

We have just one stretch goal left. If we hit $15,000 and unlock our FINAL stretch goal, backers will VOTE on which Fake Trailer they want to see turned into an 8-page bonus story added to Modern Dread. Check out the fake trailers right here!

DEBT OF FLESH - A financial horror story by Pat Shand & Ryan Best

 

TRIUMPH OF THE KILL - A story about conspiracy theory-fueled terror by Ryan Fassett & Manuel Preitano

 

MY BOYFRIEND WANTS TO EAT MY HEART - A romantic thriller by Pat Shand & Dario Tallarico

Now, a little about the book itself...

 

Hey everyone! Space Between Entertainment, the company that brought you Destiny, NY and Clonsters, is excited to present an all-new horror anthology with a killer hook: MODERN DREAD.

MODERN DREAD is a 72-page black and white graphic novel of horror stories that explore what scares people now. With a mixture of timeless fears and modern anxieties, these stories pay homage to the horror of the past while paving way for a new, terrifying path. Our topics include:

  • Infected tattoos
  • Designer drugs with horrific side effects
  • Online harassment
  • Deranged Uber drivers
  • Losing a child
  • And that ever-present fear that bridges both young and old... the fear of death
MODERN DREAD variant cover by Romina Moranelli
MODERN DREAD variant cover by Romina Moranelli

These lean and mean stories are linked by a group of high school girls watching a horror movie marathon, which leads them to share tales of what terrifies them in the modern era. Yeah, we're doing this Are You Afraid of the Dark? style!

All of us as creators also believe that horror isn't scary unless you care about the characters. In each of these terrifying tales, we're introducing characters that you want desperately to survive... but it's up to our diabolical creators if they will. Meet the team:

PAT SHAND is a comic book writer and novelist known for his work on Destiny NY, Vampire Emmy, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers, Van Helsing, Robyn Hood, Adventure Time, and more. RYAN FASSETT is a comic book creator and filmmaker known for his work on the short film Robot and the comics Destiny NY and Alice in Wonderland: Steampunk. They're writing the main feature story, plotted all of the short stories, and scripted two tales each.

Known for his work on Evil Dead 2. and  Army of Darkness, artist LARRY WATTS teams up with Ryan Fassett and longtime Robyn Hood collaborator Pat Shand to illustrate the main feature story. 

Stay tuned for an awesome preview page from Larry Watts but, for now, check out our other stories:

A page from BODY GOALS - by Thomas Boatwright & Pat Shand
A page from BODY GOALS - by Thomas Boatwright & Pat Shand

Some Kind of Blue Moon's THOMAS BOATWRIGHT is illustrating Pat's story about an infected tattoo with art that rides the line between creepy and lively, edgy and pop.

A page from ALONE AT NIGHT - by Chandra Free & Ryan Fassett
A page from ALONE AT NIGHT - by Chandra Free & Ryan Fassett

CHANDRA FREE (God Machine, Fraggle Rock) illustrates a devastating, beautiful tale about the perils of young parenthood with Ryan Fassett. 

A page from AND FOR MY LAST TRICK by John Broglia & Ryan Fassett
A page from AND FOR MY LAST TRICK by John Broglia & Ryan Fassett

Also joining Ryan, this time for a story about a creepy magician, is JOHN BROGLIA (God Complex, Mice Templar, Zombie Sama) whose dark inks and sinister villains turn a visit to a nursing home into a nightmare.

A page from THE COMMENTS SECTION by Olivia Pelaez, Katy Rex, & Pat Shand
A page from THE COMMENTS SECTION by Olivia Pelaez, Katy Rex, & Pat Shand

There's no greater condemnation of humanity than the comments section on... pretty much anything. Co-writer KATY REX (Jade Street Protection Services, Charmed, Doctor Who) joins Pat and artist OLIVIA PELAEZ (The Kitchen Witch) for this tale about internet harassment taken to its metaphorical extreme.

 

Screenwriter LATOYA MORGAN (Shameless, Into the Badlands, AMC's Turn, Parenthood) teams up with artist RENZO RODRIGUEZ for horror story about designer drugs with harsh supernatural side effects.

A page from CAUGHT ON THE WEB by Fabio Ramacci & Ryan Lynch
A page from CAUGHT ON THE WEB by Fabio Ramacci & Ryan Lynch

And finally, independent screenwriter Ryan Lynch and artist Fabio Ramacci team up for a gut-punch of a story about an Uber ride gone wrong. 

MODERN DREAD is edited by Destiny, NY's SHANNON LEE and lettered by JIM CAMPBELL. We also have exclusive rewards by some amazing artists and creators, so keep scrolling to see what you can add to your pledge!

 

 

 

 

 

Take a closer look at select reward items here:

8 trading cards with art by RYAN BEST! See if you can survive encounters with serial killers, vampires, werewolves, sea monsters, zombies, ghosts, night terrors, and demons.
8 trading cards with art by RYAN BEST! See if you can survive encounters with serial killers, vampires, werewolves, sea monsters, zombies, ghosts, night terrors, and demons.

 

 

MODERN DREAD pin by Manuel Preitano
MODERN DREAD pin by Manuel Preitano

 

FLYING CIRCUS print by Leonardo Colapietro
FLYING CIRCUS print by Leonardo Colapietro

 

For a sample of the score, check out the Kickstarter video above! The score will function as a creepy theme that you can play as you read Modern Dread, with a different chapter for each short story.

 

 

Thanks for taking the time to check out our campaign! We're excited to bring you awesome stories, super limited Kickstarter-exclusive content, and more. We'll also be adding a bunch of free prints to backers as we go along, so stay tuned! All you have to do to make sure you get in on every free print is to get your pledges in early.

We print our books in the highest quality possible with KrakenPrint, who provide heavy paper sock, crisp clarity, and... well, just the best looking books around. We're keeping our goal low to fund printing and part of the creator payments and have already invested some of our own funds, so any of the extra funds accrued will go toward making the book better and getting you more rewards!

Risks and challenges

We have previously run three successful campaigns through the personal account of Space Between Entertainment creator, Pat Shand. This Kickstarter will be run and fulfilled by the entire team over at Space Between: Pat, Ryan Fassett, Shannon Lee, and Amy Shand -- the same team that successfully funded both volumes of DESTINY, NY and CLONSTERS. All three campaigns are on time, with DESTINY, NY VOLUME ONE shipping to 300+ backers in same week the books arrived at the office. We will be handling Modern Dread the same way, with waterproof/bend-proof packaging.

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    THE BOOK - Paperback

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    THE BOOK + THE STICKER

    Along with the book, receive this exclusive and affordable MODERN DREAD sticker. Good for your fridge or car.

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    THE BOOK + THE PIN

    Along with the book, receive this monstrous enamel pin by Manuel Preitano, creator of DESTINY, NY and artist of ROBYN HOOD.

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    THE BOOK + PRINT #1: Zombie Snap - Dog!

    Along with the book, receive this print by Renzo Rodriguez featuring a zombie girl getting her snap on with the ever popular dog filter.

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    THE BOOK + PRINT #2: Zombie Snap Crown

    Along with the book, receive this print by Renzo Rodriguez featuring a zombie girl getting her snap on with the flower crown filter.

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    THE BOOK + PRINT #3: Flying Circus

    Along with the book, receive this print by Leonardo Colapietro featuring a terrifying clown riding a fly. Just 'cause.

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    DOUBLE UP - 2 books

    Two MODERN DREAD softcover books, so you can give your friend the creeps.

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    THE BOOK + THE SCORE

    Download the chilling original musical score for MODERN DREAD, composed by Harrison Ingemarson. This tier includes the book and the entire extended musical composition, so you can listen along (and get creeped the hell out) while you read.

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    KILL YOUR FRIENDS - Trading Cards

    In addition to the book itself, receive 8 Kickstarter-exclusive MODERN DREAD trading cards. Each of these cards features a monster drawn in horrific detail by Ryan Best. When you flip the card over, it will describe how you survive an encounter with the monster... or how it kills you. There are two versions of each card... so your fate is in our hands! Play with friends, family, and DEFINITELY your enemies.

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    THE BOOK + ALL OF THE PRINTS

    Along with the book, receive all three bone-chilling art prints.

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    KILL YOUR FRIENDS Cards Both Live+Die

    In addition to the book itself, receive all 16 Kickstarter-exclusive MODERN DREAD trading cards. Each of these cards features a monster drawn in horrific detail by Ryan Best. When you flip the card over, it will describe how you survive an encounter with the monster... or how it kills you. There are two versions of each card... and if you pledge here, you will receive both the LIVE and DIE versions of each card! Play with friends, family, and DEFINITELY your enemies.

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    THE EXCLUSIVE VARIANT

    A softcover copy of MODERN DREAD with variant cover art. Super limited, exclusive to Kickstarter. This level also includes a digital download of the graphic novel as well.

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    BOTH VERSIONS OF THE BOOK

    Great for completists. Receive both the standard and variant version of MODERN DREAD.

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    ULTIMATE DREAD - Get Everything

    The ultimate MODERN DREAD package! Receive the Modern Dread softcover (standard AND variant), all of the prints, the original musical score, all 16 trading cards, the bumper sticker, and the pin.

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    GET KILLED!

    Have you ever dreamed of being in a horror film? How about a horror comic? Pledge for this limited level and get killed on page in MODERN DREAD! This level also receives all other rewards.

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