Once upon a time, horror comics and horror anthologies ruled the roost alongside Silver and Bronze Age superhero titles from DC and Marvel.
Now a new Kickstarter campaign curated by Canadian artist/writer Kelly Brack is hoping to revive the extinct species with Death of the Horror Anthology, a crowd-sourced project with a healthy roster of over two dozen talented writers and artists involved. This 176-page compilation of spine-chilling short stories is edited by Danny Lore and published by A Wave Blue World, with each tale following the theme of "Inner Demons."
The subgenre dates back to the early 1970s; with the easing up of the self-imposed Comics Code in 1971, a renaissance of spooky titles blossomed in a surge of scariness that would carry on well into the late '70s with haunting classics like House of Secrets, Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, House of Mystery, Weird Mystery Tales, Ghosts, and The Witching Hour.
Some of the finest talent in the industry flocked to these frightful comics, including legends like Alfredo Alcala, Marv Wolfman, Bernie Wrightson, Alex Toth, Nick Cardy, Neal Adams, Jim Steranko, Mike Ploog, Gene Colan, and many others.
These days horror anthologies are a dying breed, and besides the occasional Halloweentime special and one-shot, this vanished offering has largely remained absent from the marketplace. But Death of the Horror Anthology hopes to change that.
Various pledge level rewards are available for physical copies of the finished book, exclusive artist sketches, free script edits, original art, signed comics, your name thanked inside the pages, and lots more.
Digging deep into the ghoulish genre will be industry names like Cavan Scott (Tales From Vader's Castle), Vita Ayala (The Wilds), Ryan Cady (Infinite Dark), Kelly Brack (Deercatcher), Philip Sevy (Tomb Raider), Chris Shehan (Prometheus), and Stephanie Cannon (Corpus). The expected delivery date of Death of the Horror Anthology is March of 2019, and a complete list of rewards and participants can be found on the official site HERE.
"For me, Death of the Horror Anthology was a chance to write horror for an older audience than a lot of the all-ages material I’ve been writing these last few years, including my current series for IDW, Tales From Vader’s Castle," Cavan Scott told SYFY WIRE. "While I love writing scary stories for younger people, I jumped at the chance to write something for an older audience, which was how I started my career. Most horror stories are about the loss of control, which is something that affects young and old. My story in the collection, Stalkers, definitely focuses on that, following a man desperate to make a difference in life, to prove that he isn’t a screw-up once and for all."
"I think it’s a shame we don’t see as many horror anthologies these day in mainstream comics. What I would give to see a modern equivalent of House of Mystery or Vault of Evil. Anthologies are a hard sell in a market dominated by pre-orders. I think that’s why collections like this have moved to indies and crowd-funded projects. The trick is trying not just to appeal to the nostalgia market, but to bring in new fans who may not have experienced anthologies on a regular basis."
Check out our exclusive sampling of art being compiled for Death of the Horror Anthology in the full gallery below, then tell us if you'll help contribute some cash to this worthy passion project before the campaign expires on October 31.