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Saturday, 20 April 2019

Hallowscream 11 Submissions Now Open

It’s the time of the year when we at Back From The Depths are once again looking for contributors for our freaky free annual pdf horror comic, HALLOWSCREAM, so here are the submission guidelines…

Submissions should be horror orientated and must be weird or spooky to make the final cut.
We are mainly looking for completed comic strips between 1-7 pages in length. Anything already completed is far more likely to make it into the comic.

Script submissions should also preferably be around 1-7 pages in length.

Eerie illustrations and artwork along with interesting horror/comic articles, scary short stories, petrifying poems or anything just plain creepy will also be considered.

To get an idea of the sort of stuff we’re after, you can download previous issues of Hallowscream here.

If you’re looking to illustrate something, get in contact and we’ll give you details of available scripts to see if anything suits your fancy.

We’ll also consider material previously published elsewhere, as long as the contributors own the copyright.

Completed artwork can be either colour or black and white, and should preferably be A4 (21cm x 29.7cm) 300 dpi jpeg or png.

Submissions can be sent to or
As this is a non-profit, small press publication, contributors will not be paid but they will retain copyright on any material submitted.

Scripts, articles and text submissions : Monday 29th July 2019
Artwork : Tuesday 15th October 2019
Completed strips : Tuesday 22nd October 2019.

The finished issue will be available online as a free pdf by October 31st, with a physical copy becoming available via, soon afterwards. You can also keep up to date with Hallowscream news via the Facebook Page.

Saturday, 2 March 2019

FutureQuake 2019

It's been several months since the last decent post. I am still here and I am still working on comics. My lack of visibility is down to a new job, which is taking up all my time, fatherhood, which takes up all my other time, and a new diet, which makes me go to bed early through sheer lack of energy. I'm trying to be a better man, but how can not making comics make me so? It's a serious contradiction.

I received an email this week containing the contributors edition of the new FutureQuake2019. Opening it up I was delighted to see that the story I wrote for the issue has been given the front cover. Superbtastic!

Mika and the God Heart (check out some preliminary sketches here) is a nine page story nestled among 97 pages of pure sci-fi comic awesome. The story was written and drawn by Rafael Romeo Magat who is destined to become a professional comic book artist. Here's his cover below...

You can purchase this comic from the FutureQuake website for a mere £6.50. Go on, it's the only thing that makes sense in this crazy world we live in.

In other news, issue one of Get Woke, my conspiracy based comic, is almost complete. Hopefully, it should be done this month as the artist has a gap in his work that allows him to focus on finishing the colouring. Then, get to see a legend-bound comic book rise to cult status and I intend to blog about the journey as I go.

Keep making comics.

Sunday, 6 January 2019

Latest Update #9

Oh, sad, neglected blog. It's been 2 months since my last post! What went wrong?

Once again it has been the most evil of comic villains, the heinous 'Dr Real Life' who has taken up all my time and stopped me from doing comic things. Hopefully 2019 will be the year that I can get some decent exposure on my comic making exploits.

Stay tuned.

EDIT: This turned out to be one of the most viewed posts ever. Don't click the title, there's no more info behind the fold. Just a short and boring post.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Get Woke Cover Concept

In Get Woke news, the comic is now fully inked and lettered, and is currently with the colourist, who is making progress on beautifying the pages. The art team on this have been exceptional and I wouldn't have even got this project off the ground without their input. Huge thanks to them.

Initially, I had hoped to be launching this year but time has moved too fast for that. We were going to self-publish through Kickstarter but the comic is sooooooooooo good that we're going to submit it to several publishers and hopefully pick up a deal. This seems to be the best route to try and get the most eyes on the comic and we can always fallback on the Kickstarter route if there's no interest. (I'll blog about all this as it happens).

In the mean time, take a look at a very rough concept cover for the first issue. We wanted something 'conspiracy', and this fits the bill perfectly.

Can't wait to show the world this comic. It's going to be huge.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Hallowscream 10

Read any evil books lately?

The terrifying tenth edition of the annual Hallowscream! Hallowe'en Special has been discovered on a dusty shelf in a dark corner of an out of the way second hand bookshop has been released as a totally free pdf file! 76 pages packed with peculiar and paranormal (paperback) perils for your perusal!

Here Are The Download Links (right click and 'save as') :
Lo-res Version (file size = 29.5mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

Hi-res Version (file size = 91.6mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at :      ISSUU

These are the full contents behind the repellently retro cover by
Malcolm Kirk...

Page 3 : It's A Living  Script by Christopher R Matusiak, Art by Mohamed Rezk & Andre Short, Lettering by Nikki Powers
Page 9 : Lost A Piece  Story by Daniel Valenti, Art by Nick Purvis, Lettering by Nikki Powers
Page 13 : A Lousy Halloween  Story & Art by Rick Perez, Lettering by Malcolm Kirk
Page 16 : Mr. Giggles  Story by Tim West, Art by Vince Karter
Page 19 : Double Exposure  Written by Troy Vevasis, Art & Lettering by Joseba Morales
Page 23 : Bestiary of Beasties : Bogle Bee / Bigfoot  Text & Art by Malcolm Kirk
Page 24 : He Said She Said  Story by Rob Stanley, Art by J.C. Grande, Letters by Nikki Powers
Page 29 : Mr. Ayeliss In Room 214  Story & Art by Rick Perez
Page 35 : Dependents  Story by Dan Tappan, Art by Brian Benjamin, Letters by Justin Birch
Page 45 : The Welcome Party  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by Allen Byrnss
Page 46 : Tell-Tale Signs  Story by Malcolm Kirk, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 51 : Kaligono  Script by Andrès Briano, Art by Ken Best, Letters by Tim West
Page 57 : Snitcher's Ditch  Written by Time West, Art by James Guinnevan Seymour
Page 61 : Turdnado  Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 63 : No Strings  Written by Kyle Lawrence, Art & lettering by Nick Cagnetti
Page 67 : Terror of The Sheep II Chapter 2  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
Page 71 : The Graverobber  by Tom Burleigh
Page 73 : Grim Gallery  Artwork by Carol Kewley & Malcolm Kirk
Page 75 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk ...and...
Page 76 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk

Previous issues of Hallowscream are available to download from or you can buy real-life monochrome paperback versions from


Wednesday, 24 October 2018

One Week To Go

Comic time is currently being devoted to finishing off the first series of Get Woke and making sure everything is just right for October 31st. Why? That's when we launch the 10th issue of indie horror anthology Hallowscream!

The countdown clock is ticking over on with the comic going live and FREE to download at some point during next Wednesday. Just remember, it's not for the nervous! 

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Inktober 2018

With October underway it's time for Inktober, the month long, daily challenge, to create one piece of inked artwork based on a different theme every day. I'm going to create a little gallery below of all my attempts. Hopefully this year I'll actually manage to last the course.

EDIT: Ultimately, real life hit me with a project I couldn't ignore and I had to gracefully bow out of Inktober. I made it 10 days! which is a personal best for me. You can see all my entries below.
Day 10: Flowing

Day 9: Precious

Day 8: Star

Day 7: Exhausted

Day 6: Drooling

Day 5: Chicken

Day 4: Spell

Day 3: Roasted

Day 2: Tranquil

Day 1: Poisonous

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Latest Update #8

Time to squeeze in a quick post before September slips in to the night. I would have liked to have posted more these last few months but I'm in comic limbo at the moment as I wait for the completion of artwork for Get Woke.

The project began back in January and is slooooooowly moving forward. It is possibly the most exciting yet painful creative experience I have ever lived through!

As of writing this post, the 36 pages issue one is currently fully pencilled, with 25 pages inked and 3 pages coloured. That's definite progress and I'm pleased to report it looks fantastic. That, dear reader,  is half the problem...

Thanks to its awesomeness, we're going to explore option for professional publication rather than self-publish, which was our original plan. However, this can't be done until more is completed and this is preventing me from moving forward.

I was hoping to use this blog to take you all on the journey of getting a comic published. I still plan to do that but as you can see from the numbers on the right of this page, I haven't been posting here that often in the last few months. Maybe next month I'll have more to show.

October is always busy anyway:

  • Hallowscream will be launched at the end of the month so I'll be bust editing, lettering and promoting the comic with my co-editor pal Mal Kirk.
  • October is also Inktober, an online art craze of doing one ink drawing a day the entire month. Hopefully I'll last longer than the measly 5 days I managed last year. Take a look at the graphic below for this year's daily themes.
  • I've landed a lettering job (paid) for a series, but it could be a while before that starts, so more news on that later.
  • I'm also midway through writing Issue 3 of Get Woke

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Mika and the Godheart Preview

Received these stunning pages in my inbox today and they're just to gorgeous not to share. I'd previously posted some concept sketches for this story as a taste of what was to come. Artist Rafael Romeo Magat has now delivered the finished artwork and I am blown away. Here's a couple of pages to feast your eyes on.

When writing for anthologies I always try and keep the page count as low as possible. This is because, as a editor myself, I understand how tricky it is to find artists to draw long scripts when most are looking for a 4 pager. (More pages = lots more time to draw)

An interesting development during the illustrating stages is that Rafael has taken two of the pages and expanded them in to double page spreads, turning the seven page script in to a 9 pager. This is great as it means he's enjoying drawing it, and when an artist is enjoying themselves, that's when they produce they're best work.

Raf is using this story in his art portfolio which he has shown to Marvel. So, yay, someone at Marvel has seen my work too!

Friday, 31 August 2018

Something Wicked 2018

Just time to squeeze in a new post before the end of the month, and what a post to end on...

Indie comic legends FutureQuake Press will tomorrow release Something Wicked 2018, a 22 story-strong anthology of tales of terror and ghoulish goings-on. Included among these fine and fiendish stories is Mummy's Little Helper, a 4 page twisterific tale, illustrated by RoboMonkey147 and written by one Tim West.

Cover (above) looks the bollocks. Teaser image from my story below.

You can purchase a copy of Something Wicked 2018 via their website.