The London Horror Comic Launches, "New scares to seize the mind without gripping the wallet."

Fri, August 25th, 2006 at 12:00am PDT

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CBR News Team, Editor

Official Press Release

LONDON, UK - August 21, 2006 - A new horror comic will dissect the belly of life in the city to give readers a macabre insight into its inner-workings.

Already drawing praise from big names, including Jamie Delano, writer of DC's Hellblazer and 2020 Visions, the London Horror Comic (http://www.londonhorrorcomic.com) begins publishing short stories on a monthly schedule this August.

To celebrate its launch, the London Horror Comic will also be premiering a one-shot story printed as part of the programme guide for this year's FrightFest film festival - Europe's leading horror event, sponsored by the Zone Horror Channel in the UK.

But don't expect to see regular issues on shelves, or even under the counter of more liberally minded outlets.

To ensure horror fans get the full brunt of shocks for their bandwidth, future issues will be published online as complete PDFs and made available as free downloads. Although the publisher claims he hasn't received any recent knocks to the head, creating new and challenging work regularly is at the heart of this title.

"Getting eyeballs to stick on a page without a man in spandex is the industry's biggest problem - and that's just the section of people who read comics in the first place," says John-Paul Kamath, founder and writer at the London Horror Comic. "While graphic novels and serialised editions offer complete stories and better value, the pamphlet format can be an expensive platform for independents who want to deliver something new."

By taking the pamphlet ethic to the web and making issues free, the London Horror Comic cuts the risk that dogs readers taking a chance on a new title. Initial stories have already earned critical praise from inside and outside the field of comics.

"I enjoyed its stark evocation of urban isolation: the story-telling is clear and effective and the art perfectly complementary - economically rendered and bleakly expressive," commented Jamie Delano, writer of DC's Hellblazer and 2020 Visions.

The London Horror Comic has also drawn acclaim from commentators in the world of cinema. "These stories transform the familiar routines of daily life into landscapes of dread, terror and wonder. Those who enjoy tales where the fantastic leaks out of the everyday will be at home here," says Lee Hill, writer of the British Film Institute's (BFI) Modern Classics Easy Rider and A Grand Guy: The Art and Life of Terry Southern.

Current issues are depicted in an "all-silent" format, and are a mixture of finished pencils and inked work. The stories will place demands on the reader, but as short tales, will make for a satisfying read. "We plan to get lettered work up before the end of the year, but part of the fun has been experimenting with telling stories in a few short pages, without dialogue," says John-Paul. "After all, where would Dr Frankenstein have got without experimenting?"

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