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A monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics.
A monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics.
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 UPDATE! ALL PRINT EDITIONS OF THE BOOK WILL COME WITH A SIGNED AND HAND-NUMBERED BOOKPLATE! THIS WILL BE EXCLUSIVE TO KICKSTARTER COPIES, AND WILL NOT BE MADE AVAILABLE AFTER THIS CAMPAIGN. YOUR BOOK WILL BE TRULY ONE-OF-A-KIND!

A 250 page over-sized collection of original horror stories, featuring some of the greatest creators in comics!

IN THE DARK contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories, an introduction by American Vampire, The Wake,and Severed writer, SCOTT SNYDER, and a frightful feature on the history of horror comics, through their rotten rise and dreadful decline, by comic book historian, MIKE HOWLETT!

We are seeking to raise $30,000 to print and ship this amazing book. Any money raised in excess of that goal will be divided up among the writers, artists, colorists, letterers, and editors who donated their time and talent (with no payment up front) to make this book a reality. So please, pledge today to get your claws on this gorgeous, collectible book and help these generous creators earn a worthwhile page rate!

IN THE DARK is a creator-owned exploration of all those frightful things that go bump in the night! This 9" x 12.5" terror tome showcases stories from the macabre minds of:

RACHEL DEERING - CREEPY, Diablo III, Anathema

SCOTT SNYDER - Batman, American Vampire, The Wake

STEVE NILES - 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Mystery Society

JUSTIN JORDAN - Luther Strode, Shadowman, New Guardians

CULLEN BUNN - The Sixth Gun, Helheim, Deadpool

PAUL TOBIN - Colder, Conan, Bandette

DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI - Judge Dredd, Godzilla, Birds of Prey

TOM TAYLOR - Injustice: Gods Among Us, Star Wars, Batman

F. PAUL WILSON - CREEPY, EERIE, The Keep

TIM SEELEY - Hack/Slash, Revival, The Occultist

MARGUERITE BENNETT - Batman, Lobo, Batgirl

BRIAN KEENE - The Last Zombie, Doom Patrol, Masters of the Universe

CHRISTOPHER SEBELA - Ghost, High Crimes, Captain Marvel

MATTHEW DOW SMITH - Hellboy, Dr. Who, Sandman Mystery Theatre

JAMES TYNION IV - Batman, Red Hood, Talon

SEAN E. WILLIAMS - Fairest, Artful Daggers

MICHAEL MORECI & STEVE SEELEY - Hoax Hunters

JODY LEHEUP - Uncanny X-Force, Quantum and Woody, Strange Tales

ED BRISSON - Comeback, Sheltered, Secret Avengers

MIKE OLIVERI - Deadliest of the Species, The Pack, 4x4

NATE SOUTHARD - Down, Lights Out, Scavengers

VALERIE D'ORAZIO - X-Men, PunisherMAX

Of course, a comic wouldn't be a comic without amazing artwork! Slinging ink for this fiendish folio is:

DECLAN SHALVEY - Deadpool, Conan, Venom

TRADD MOORE - Luther Strode, Deadpool, Batman

DALIBOR TALAJIC - Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, Tomb of Dracula, Dexter

TYLER JENKINS - Peter Panzerfaust

DAMIEN WORM - Monster & Madman

 ANDY BELANGER - Swamp Thing, Kill Shakespeare, Black Church

PATRIC REYNOLDS - Abe Sapien, Let Me In, CREEPY

ROBERT WILSON IV - Knuckleheads, Like A Virus

STEPHEN GREEN

 MATTHEW DOW SMITH - Hellboy, Dr. Who, October Girl

MARC LAMING - Planet of the Apes, The Activity, King's Watch

CHRISTIAN WILDGOOSE - Super 8, True Grit, Porcelain

DOUGLAS HOLGATE - Case Files 13, Flight, Zinc Alloy

BRIAN LEVEL - X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Brothers James

CHRISTIAN DIBARI - Anathema, Sebastian Hawks, Ghost Cop

MIKE HENDERSON - Masks & Mobsters, Ghostbusters, Spider-Man

MACK CHATER - Ubisoft, Earp, Ashes

ALISON SAMPSON - Outlaw Territory, Spera, Porcelain

JONATHAN BRANDON SAWYER - Fubar, Imaginary Drugs

DREW MOSS - The Colonized, Baku, Zombies vs. Robots

THOMAS BOATWRIGHT - Halloween Legion, Zeke Deadwood

DAVID JAMES COLE - Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Dragonlance

ERYK DONOVAN -Super Mario Bros. 2, Dust

TADD GALUSHA - The Backwoods

An anthology book is a tough sell in the direct market and, as a result, a real risk for publishers. The comic book climate is not as it once was. There was a time when books like TALES FROM THE CRYPT, CREEPY, NIGHTMARE, and HAUNT OF HORROR were flying off the shelves, but those days are behind us. The modern day comic buyer has less of an interest in terse terror tales, and that lack of interest is reflected in the stock of your local comic shop. SO...here we are!

Though IDW Publishing has offered to help us with the logistics of printing and shipping the books, we are still responsible for the financial aspect of those operations, and we need your help!

Risks and challenges

Printing and shipping will be the biggest concerns with this project, however we have brought IDW Publishing on board to oversee the printing and distribution processes, so all fulfillment within this project will be handled in a timely, professional, and efficient manner. Printing will be handled overseas, so that will add a little more time to the production of the book.

Rachel Deering is the editor and project manager on this book, as well as the writer for her previous project Anathema. Her involvement in both projects will, in no way, affect or delay the fulfillment of either.

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    Valerie D'Orazio will write you a personalized short story (5000-10,000 words) based on anything you want! Get a story about yourself, personal anecdotes, fan-fiction, or any cool idea! Please, no hardcore porn, offensive material, etc. (Includes print and PDF copy of IN THE DARK!)

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    Justin Jordan will write you a short personalized horror story (~2000 words) about a topic of your choosing. No erotic materials, please. (Includes print and PDF copy of IN THE DARK!)

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    Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore will BRUTALLY MURDER you in an upcoming issue of The Legacy of Luther Strode! Your likeness will be immortalized in ink, and you will receive the ORIGINAL PAGE OF ART to display in your home! HOLY WOW! Series to debut in autumn of 2014. (Includes print and PDF copy of IN THE DARK!)

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