After a successful Kickstarter brought the retro comic book anthology to life , the pages are now ready to be read by those outside of the crowdfunding campaign. Artist / illustrator extraordinaire, Matthew Therrien, has made a masterpiece that harks back to illegal late night page turning under covers with a flash light.
The Gates of Misery is a comic-book horror anthology, comprised of a series of tales of terror by some of the most creative and imaginative minds in the horror industry. Creator Matthew Therrien, like so many horror fans who grew up with classic horror comics from the 60s and 70s, wanted to make something equally as exciting for today’s modern horror fanatic. The idea was simple: allow horror writers and filmmakers — many of whom have never written for comics before — the chance to create their own 6 page horror stories. With no budget restrictions (one of the benefits of telling stories in a graphic format like this), the writers were free to create anything they desired; whatever they chose to pull from the depths of their nightmarish minds.
The unifying factor? The Mount Misery Cemetery. Whenever anyone is buried within this particular graveyard, the cemetery itself learns their entire life story, and for those willing to listen, it will recount some of the most gruesome and grizzly deaths. But only to those who aren’t faint of heart.
Our first 32 page issue contains four unique and unsettling stories by Steven Kostanski (Manborg, ABCs of Death 2, The Void), Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), Jon Knautz (Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer, The Shrine, Goddess of Love), and Dave Alexander (award winning filmmaker and current editor of Rue Morgue magazine)!
The first issue introduces the over arching comic book voice emanating from ‘Mount Misery’ a golden hued cemetery with guarding gargoyles and musty mausoleums. The terror tales begin with Astron-6’s Steven Kostanski who tells a steampunk science story ‘Re-Phase Malfunction ‘. It is enthused with his humor demonstrated in ‘Manborg’ & ‘ABCs of Death 2’ segment with body melting results. Brandon Cronenberg puts a new wheel spin on the classic road kill redemption in ‘Death in Li Tolqa’. Andrew Barr guest illustrates Jon Knautz’s unorthodox hell spawn buddy story, ‘Darrel And Lenny’, while Rue Morgue Magazine’s Dave Alexander ends the tome with a quick draw cowboy camp fire closer that is brilliantly simple yet effective.