Subject: Death of the Horror Anthology Kickstarter
Adam Gorham on Twitter and it stopped me dead in my tracks! Did you have a vision for the cover that Adam worked from or was he inspired from one of the stories? I’m curious what the story is behind that cover.
Kelly- To be perfectly honest, I was a little taken off guard when Adam Gorham even agreed to do the cover in the first place. I didn’t anticipate a yes and was merely asking for the sake of asking. So, when he agreed to do it, I had zero idea of what I wanted. I briefly mentioned the idea of a werewolf. I thought that with a theme of (Inner Demons), there is no greater inner demon in the horror genre of a beast trapped inside the man. Other than that, I got out of Adam’s way, and he came up with a beautiful cover with an ominous feel that looks like an instant classic for all that love horror.
I’ll tell you, I was turned on to Gorham’s art from seeing his illustrations in Nick Cutter’s book, Little Heaven. I actually wish more novelists would seek after illustrations for their books—how can we make this happen Kelly! *laughing*
Kelly- I agree! I don’t know how we can make this happen. But I am on board! I love the use of illustrations in novels.
There are so many talented people involved in this project. Was this the collaborated effort of multiple artists or was this your idea and you approached everyone to see if they wanted in? Tell me about how this idea was born.
Kelly- It’s funny how it came about. Firstly, I was looking to get more content out there and was given advice to do some more short stories while I wait for a couple of my larger projects to conclude. I love the idea of community projects and the anthology seemed like a great collaborative endeavor. I approached a few writers that I have a huge amount of respect for (John Ward, Cody Sousa and Jed McPherson) and asked if they would like to take part. Subsequently, I asked Bryan Hill (Postal, Romulus) if he would be interested in taking part as well. I asked him after a night of drinking and a higher level of courage. After he said yes, I kept the train rolling and asked Ryan Ferrier, Vita Ayala, Katy Rex, the writer’s of The Dregs. These are all people that I never thought i’d ever get the chance to work with, so as you can imagine, I was very humbled but up for the challenge.
Kelly, are you comfortable telling us a little about what your story is about? Maybe a little teaser? I know that all the stories have a theme of “Inner Demons” so maybe you want to elaborate on that a little for your personal contribution?
Kelly- The thing that intrigues me so much about ‘inner demons’ is that it’s such a broad concept. I don’t think anyone would feel restricted to their story telling and will make for some very compelling horror stories. In my case, I am doing a story with one of my favourite artists on the planet, Chris Shehan. I’m very aware of Chris’ wide range and skill level, so I felt very free to go as big as I wanted. We are doing a story titled ‘Old Wounds’. When writing, I really wanted to take a familiar concept and put our stamp on it with a new and fresh take. There’s not a whole lot that I want to give away, but I will say that we play with the idea of no free will.
So, why horror? Are you a big fan of this genre in literature or film? If so, what artists are big influences for you—movie directors, authors, etc.
Kelly- I’m not entirely sure why I picked horror. I believe I was on the phone with John Ward one night going over the details, and after being asked what the genre would be...I just said “horror”. It was a first instinct and felt right, so we stuck with it. It’s actually funny how I came up with the name of the anthology. I had a night of paranoia and felt that I was going to mess this project up. I said to myself that if I mess this project up, it will be the death of the horror anthology. After hearing that out loud, I thought it had a ring to it. I am a fan of the horror genre, but often feel that a lot of the tropes are being over used to an incredible extent. For film, I love the classics. Halloween is probably the movie that truly terrifies me the most. The simplicity of the tone, directing and concept really captured my imagination. For books, I’m a massive fan of Alan Moore’s work on Swamp Thing. What he did with that character will always be transcendent and influential on anything that I do.
Even if the story isn’t the best, I always appreciate horror films with practical effects. Books will obviously be Swamp Thing. Alan Moore’s entire run is breathtaking. Tom King and Mitch Gerads had a single issue of Swamp Thing within their Batman run. Not only did I love that one shot story, but it is probably the most influential to the story Chris and I are doing. Sandman by Neil Gaiman is always a classic, but most recently I would recommend The Dregs by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, both of which are a part of this anthology.
So Kickstarter, if this project gets fully funded, what will be your initial plan of attack—is it full steam ahead for all the artists involved or will this be happening slowly over a period of time? Do you have a soft target date?
Kelly- Once funded we have deadlines set in place. We have a lot of variables to take in account. The creators involved are not only busy with other, better paying projects, but have personal lives as well. With the holiday season coming up we added a little buffer for that reason as well, just to be safe. We plan on all of our stories to be complete by end of January and we will have digital copies ready for our backers in February and project an April print month.
It would be awesome if a publisher got a hold of this and it was available to the public at large, is that part of this project’s potential? Tell me about your projected goals?
Kelly- I agree. I would absolutely love if this book was not only successfully funded, but published after the fact. With the talent involved, and the story concepts, I very much think it’s of high potential for that to be a possibility. I tend not to think that far a head however. Currently, my goal is to give the best horror anthology that we can.
Finally, If this project is successful (and I think it will be) could there be more collaborations like this in the future??
Kelly- I certainly hope so! Death of the Horror Anthology Vol. 2 does have a ring to it! But again, I am not thinking that far ahead with anything. I’m very much grounded and hands on with what is happening currently. So, thinking of those possibilities doesn’t really cross my mind at the moment.
Kelly- I would like everyone to know that this anthology isn’t just full of talented people, but great, supportive people as well. We are having a blast doing what we are doing, and it will show in the 200+ pages of stunning black and white! Before we go, let me say thank you so much for the opportunity to speak with you. Any and all help making this project come to life is truly appreciated!
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