(For new backers, scroll down past this text for information about the book itself!)
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...
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
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:
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.
CHANDRA FREE (God Machine, Fraggle Rock) illustrates a devastating, beautiful tale about the perils of young parenthood with 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.
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.
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:
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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