Split LipWe love a good scare at Pipedream Comics, and one series which has really unsettled us in recent times has been the Split Lip Horror Comic Antholology. A new discovery for us here in the UK, it has a well-established pedigree in the US and some of the scariest stories are being collected into an anthology via Kickstarter. We catch up with creator Sam Costello to find out what has inspired him to keep freaking people out after a decade of Split Lip.

kickstarter_of_the_weekIf you prefer your horror books to be sinister and unsettling rather than splattery and sickening, then you need to check out Split Lip Horror Comics Anthology from US writer Sam Costello. To celebrate the 10 years his webcomic has been publishing ‘weird fiction’ tales to the world he is releasing a special hardcover collection with some of the best and most twisted stories from the past decade of devilishness. Featuring artwork from UK artists like Gary Crutchley (WesterNOIR), Nelson Evergreen, Lee O’Connor, Shane Oakley (Cthulhu Tales, Channel Evil), David Hitchcock (Whitechapel Freak) and Brian Mcgleenhn it’s a dark and twisted series of short stories that will fill up your nightmares and fester in the dark recesses of your brain. So if that sounds like your kind of book then you need to help support them on Kickstarter. You can watch their pledge video below and back them here!

SF BESTIARY #1 DIGITALThe Kickstarter community has seen fit to bless us with Shit Flingers: Bestiary. It’s rude and crude, a little bit rough around the edges, but golly there’s a lot of potential here. If you enjoy re-imaginings of history with comic twists – such as humans-turned-apes for protagonists – this may be something you want to check out. Leave maturity at the door.

Comichaus #2 coverWe love a good indie anthology, and one of the collections which is getting us most excited at the moment is the Comichaus Monthly Anthology which is currently being Kickstarted. Produced by Pete Genepool and Jim McCulloch, the brains behind the online indie comic store of the same name, Comichaus collects together exclusive stories from some of the UK indie scenes most exciting names into a new ongoing monthly black and white series.

kickstarter_of_the_weekIt’s a great time for indie comics anthologies, and joining the like of Papercuts & Inkstains and 100% Biodegradable is Comichaus, a new monthly British comics anthology, prroduced by the team at Comichaus, the indie comics website. As a gateway for some of the UK’s best new indie titles it means they are in the ideal position to capitalise on the current boom in indie and small press publishing and have cherry picked some of the best names from the UK scene to create exclusive new tales. These include Vanguard’s Dan Butcher, Brethren Born’s Jon Laight, Merrick’s Tom Ward and many more alongside editors Pete Genepool and James McCulloch. Committees will also be boasting covers from some big names in the comic industry, with issue 1 featuring work by Glenn Fabry and issue 2 slated to feature a cover by John McCrea.
If you need any more convincing then check out their fantastic Kickstarter video below and you can back them here.

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe love a gritty crime noir and this week’s Kickstarter of the Week gives the genre a unique twist by setting the tale in the murky streets of Mumbai instead of LA or London. Featuring four short stories, it contains all the classic elements of noir, from a brooding city to a weary inspector at the centre of everything as well as  a supernatural undertone which writer Ram Venkatasen uses to give the world of Black Mumba a sinister undercurrent, just like the sinister snake which it is named after. The slick black and white art is produced by 4 Indian artists and mixes watercolour washes and cross hatched inking to give the book a fantastic vintage feel as well as maximise the darkness of some Black Mumba’s more terrifying tales.
You can view the pledge video below and can support Black Mumba by backing it here

kickstarter_of_the_weekWe’re recommending another creepy aquatic based horror story this week, as we introduce you to the world of Tom Smith and Katie Wittle’s Take Only Photographs, Leave Only Footprints. With a creepy hand drawn and inked style from artist Katie, with muted watercolour washes, the artwork seams to be soaked in ennui and melancholy and looks like the perfect showcase for Tom’s dark and unsettling story. If you’re interested in backing them you can find their Kickstarter here, and you can view their pledge video below…

kickstarter_of_the_weekThe unstoppable Kickstarter machine, Mike (The Kill Screen) Garley is back with a new volume of the relentless killing machine known as the Samurai Slasher! Featuring art from the likes of Casper (Limbo) Wjingaard, Chris (Operation Boom) Imber and original Slasher artist Andy W Clift, it’s another superb looking collection of stories featuring the slasher and his unfortunate victims. It even boasts a section in 3D to fully embrace the 80s video nasty vibe that this series is soaked in. You’d better hurry if you want to back it though as it will only be running for 13 days, so back it here, or watch their pledge video below…

kickstarter_of_the_weekIf last week’s Kickstarter of the Week, Ness should be oozing stagnant water, then this week’s offering should reek of sea salt and be covered in barnacles. Madius Comics’ latest offering, and their first Kickstarter, is a nautical action adventure with spectacular supernatural undertones and stars a salty old seadog called Griff Gristle. With superb Mignola inspired artwork from Rory Donald, and a fantastic script from Madius’ main men Rob Jones and Mike Sambrook, this looks set to be their most complete book yet and an essential read for any fans of the producers of Papercuts and Inkstains. You can watch their video below and pledge here.

kickstarter_of_the_weekFrom the Lovecraft addled brain of Chris Welsh the writer of Wart, and Irish artist Robert Carey, comes a new slimy and spooky horror book called Ness. An absolute no-brainer for Kickstarter of the Week, you could be forgiven for thinking it was a new release from Image rather than a crowd-funded book as the story is that creepy and the art is that damn good. Based on the half dozen preview pages we’ve seen, we can;t help but expect the package to ooze with stagnant water and a tentacle burst out when it arrives on our doorstep once this Kickstarter has been funded! Watch the dank and murky pledge video below and help support this superb soggy horror book here!