I’ll be in Bandland at PAX South in San Antonio in just about a week’s time — January 23-25, 2015. I’ll have Broodhollow books and postcards on hand, in addition to this lovely Official Pinny Arcade pin:
Thanks for spreading the word about Broodhollow — I’ve been pretty much buried in work and raising our baby, and I’ve had to move some dates around, but right now my priority is the Book 2 Kickstarter. You’ll be the first to hear about it here, so subscribe to the RSS feed if you haven’t already! Once again I will be doing an early bird tier that offers the Book 2 hardcover for cheap… and a new one which will offer both Book 2 AND Book 1 hardcovers. These will go fast, but you’ll have another opportunity to pick the Book 1 hardcover up if you missed it. Hopefully the Kickstarter will launch end of January.
Thanks for being here.
You might really enjoy Exterminite to scratch that psychological dream horror itch — it’s a 5-part comic mini-series I’m doing with Mikey Novacek — er, Neumann, and Len Peralta. The first issue just landed on Amazon and Comixology. Here’s the wind-up:
What if there was a company that could go into your dreams and kill your nightmares?
In the premiere issue, we are introduced to Kylie, a headstrong woman trying to make ends meet in Cleveland. When a recurring nightmare becomes too much to handle, she enlists the help of a strange man named Nat – only Nat, that’s it.
And he is a person that can kill nightmares.
And advance praise:
“I was gonna say nice things about this because these guys are friends. Then I read it. Saying nice things now because it’s REALLY GOOD.”
- John Scalzi, Author of Old Man’s War, Redshirts, and Lock In
“Three of my favorite creative people getting together on a project? Tell me more. Then I found out it’s a story about killing nightmares and I had to check it out. They’ve hooked me with this first one. I can’t wait to see where they’re going to take it from here.”
- Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy
“Loved it! Beautiful art (to be expected) and cool setup for a continuing story. Very, very cool.”
- Gerry Conway, Co-creator of The Punisher, Firestorm, Power Girl, Vixen, and Ms. Marvel
“I really want to give this book a compliminsult because it introduced me to the idea of a compliminsult. But I can’t find anything about it to insult. So instead I’ll just say I want to hire Nat and Kylie and I want to eat at Sam’s Sammy Shop. You will too after you read it. Love, love, love Exterminite.”
- Tom Merritt, Host of Daily Tech News Show, Cordkillers, and Sword and Laser
“It’s like Inception if it were funny, made sense, and had incredible artwork instead of an ambiguous ending!”
- Conor Lastowka, Writer for Rifftrax
If you’re looking for methods of staying spooked this All Hallows’ Evening, here are some new horror/suspense/creepy pieces of media I’ve been enjoying:
- False Positive: Webcomic Tales of the Surreal, Fantastic and Macabre. Some pretty gross stuff here — a fair share of body horror. Reminds me a lot of the pacing and tone of Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt. Good in doses.
- Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas. A new horror adventure comic with novel setting that draws from Native American and Southern folklore — which despite its richness and nightmarish ideas, we barely see any of in horror. Bring me these unknown beasts.
- Lights Out (horror short film). It opens with a great conceit, and the first minute contains one of the most memorable (and thoughtful) jump scares I can recall. Very frightening in my opinion — right up to the (unnecessary) reveal in the last split second.
- A Reading of Carmilla by Shannon Saar. Shannon brings a lovely voice to this audio reading of J. Sheridan le Fanu’s Victorian vampire novella, published in 1871 and predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years. Also notable for its depiction of lesbianism, which at the time may have been scarier than a vampire.
- Eric Heisserer’s concerned posting on /r/nosleep. Eric is a wonderful man who wrote the online epistolary scary story The Dionaea House, and he returns to the form in this series of posts. A great read with another chilling conceit.
- Abby Howard’s The Last Halloween. A fun and creepy tale with Abby’s Gorey-esque lines and shadows. Her monster design is unparalleled.
- Emily Carroll’s The Prince and the Sea. Emily is the reigning charming horror comics champion. Broodhollow is but foam in her wake. All her comics are incredible uses of the form, but The Prince and the Sea stayed with me for weeks afterward.
And a semi-honorable self-mention, Ichor Falls: A Visitor’s Guide — my collection of short horror stories, including Candle Cove, is available on Gumroad in PDF form. You can enter “$0″ as your price and download it for free.
If you know any more, let me have them in the comments!