October 31st, 2023 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Horror Webcomics |

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special 2023

by M.I.K.

Something comes a-creeping…

Returning from whichever Hell it was banished to for the previous twelve months, Hallowscream is back with a blood-curdling fifteenth issue!

Here’s the Download Link (for Dropbox, right click and ‘save as’) :

Hallowscream 2023 (file size = 50 mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX   GOOGLE DRIVE

These are the full contents behind the phantasmaphotographical cover by Malcolm Kirk…

Page 3 : Return Unto Me  Story by Dan Whitehead, Art by Mal Jones
Page 9 : Apocaly-Oops!  Story by Tim West, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 10 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 11 : The Misplaced Tick  Written by Andrés Briano, Illustrated by Ciaran Duke, 
Lettered by Tim West   
Page 15 : The Jogger  Story by John Crowther, Art by Emi Utrera 
Page 19 : Undercurrent : The Good Samaritan  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by
Randy Valiente
Page 27 : Uncle Fred’s Puzzle Page  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 28 : Terror of The Sheep 2 : Chapter 10  Story and Art by
Malcolm Kirk
Page 31 : Called It  Story by Gate Karain, Art by Rob Gaughran, Letters by
Tim West
Page 33 : Grim Gallery  Artwork by Tony Rothwell & Andrew Milne
Page 36 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk


You can also download all previous issues of Hallowscream at www.hallowscream.net



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October 31st, 2020 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Webcomics |

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special 2020

by M.I.K.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Merjeagles again…”

Vampires! Ghosts! Monsters! Pumpkins! Squiggly things! All these and more can be found within the pages of the latest edition of Hallowscream! Back from the depths once more to fiddle with your fear-centres!

Here Are The Download Links (right click and ‘save as’) :

Lo-res (rubbish) Version (file size = 21.6mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

Hi-res (get this one) Version (file size = 69.3mb) :  MEDIAFIRE   DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at : ISSUU

These are the full contents behind the ghoulishly gothic cover by Malcolm Kirk…

Page 3 : New Neighbour  Story by Rick Perez, Art by Ken Best, Letters by Tim West
Page 7 : The Pumpkin King  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by Randy Valiente
Page 11 : Cartoons (Beasties/Mad Dog)  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 12 : The Paranormal Misadventures of Mr. Cringemeister : Frank Gets A Head In Life  Story & Art by Rick Perez
Page 17 : The Secret of Susan Rand’s Garden  Story by Rob Stanley,  Art by Gregory Woronchak, Letters by Toben Racicot
Page 21 : Terror of The Sheep 2 : Chapter 5  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk   
Page 29 : Bestiary of Beasties :  Dishclothman  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 30 : Bloody Hands  Story by Troy Vevasis, Art by Denis Pacher
Page 33 : Terrorvision Guide  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 34 : Ghost Story  Story by Chris Denton, Art by Ken Best
Page 37 : Empathy For The Dreamer  Story by Kyle Lawrence, Art by Armando C. Rillo Sr., Letters by  Ryan Bielak
Page 44 : A Grim Tale : Nothing To Fear  Story by Malcolm Kirk, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 47 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 48 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk
Have a horrendously happy Hallowe’en!


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October 31st, 2018 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Webcomics |

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special 2018

by M.I.K.

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
Page 76 : Back Cover Skull  by Malcolm Kirk

Previous issues of Hallowscream are available to download from
backfromthedepths.co.uk/hallowscream or you can buy real-life monochrome paperback versions from Lulu.comHAPPY HALLOWE’EN!


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October 31st, 2014 | → 1 Comments | ∇ Blah, Horror Webcomics |

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special 2014

by M.I.K.

It has risen again! The sixth annual Hallowscream! Hallowe’en Special is here! Available to download as a totally free pdf file, this sensational sixth issue features 68 pages of uncanny terror to send a shiver down your spine! Werewolves, ghosts, vampires, sheep and strange electrical devices are all to be found within!

Here Are The Download Links :

Lo-res Version (file size = 28.2mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

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

You can also read the issue online at :      ISSUU

Full contents of horrors dwelling beyond that retro cover by Malcolm Kirk are as follows…

Page 3 : Wolf To Man  Script & Art by Graham Stoddart 

Page 7 : Guess The Reaper’s Face  by various / Monsters by Jason D. Brawn   

Page 8 : Hair Scare II : Split End!  Story & Art by Gordon Innes

Page 15 : I Was A 20-Something Toasterhead Script by Drew Edwards, Art by Maciej Palka, Letters by CS3

Page 21 : It’s A Dirty Job Story by Chris Redfern, Art by Paul McCallan 

Page 23 : Bestiary of Beasties : The Ghost Bustard by Malcolm Kirk

Page 24 : Terrorvision Guide by Malcolm Kirk

Page 25 : The Caretaker Script by Chris Sides, Art by Freja

Steele, Letters by  Chris Travelle

Page 31 : Death’s House Story by Derek Hamill, Art by Alex Mines

Page 32 : Mirror Mirror Story by Tim West, Art by Carol Kewley

Page 34 : Frederick Story & Art by Glynis Devine

Page 36 : Fancy Script by Stu Perrins, Art by Brian Burkek

Page 37 : Hair Scare III : The Last Strand Story & Art by Gordon Innes

Page 42 : Scream! and Scream! Again! Article by “Marx”

Page 45 : A Christmas Feast Story by Russell Hillman, Art by Patrick Halpin 

Page 54 : ZX Spectre Story & Art by Gordon Innes

Page 59 : Swamp Witch by Ric Chamberlin

Page 60 : Terror of The Sheep : The Secret Origin of Doctor Lupus Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk

Page 63 : Zombie Siege by Edgar-Max

Page 64 : Postcards From Halloween by Ben Peter Johnson

Page 67 : Hierophantom’s Poeticorner : Citadel by Paul Bradford, Art by Eric Hurley


Page 68 : Back Cover Skull by Malcolm Kirk

Previous issues of Hallowscream are available to download from

backfromthedepths.co.uk/hallowscream or you can buy real-life monochrome paperback versions from Lulu.comHAPPY HALLOWE’EN!


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October 19th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Webcomics |

Little Green God of Agony Web Comic

by Ghastly McNasty

Head on over to the official Stephen King site for a comic treat that’s a must for horror fans. Horror god Stephen King is currently showing a short story that’s been adapted by comic artist Dennis Calero (co-creator of Xmen Noir and Devil Inside).

Kingo’s short story, the opener of Stephen Jones’s 2011 anthology, A Book of Horrors, tells from the point of view of his doubting nurse the tale of a paraplegic millionaire who wants to exorcise his pain.

Katherine “Kat” MacDonald is an RN hired to care for wealthy client, Andrew Newsome, who has gone from doctor to doctor trying to find a quick cure for his lingering pain to no avail. She is convinced that he would overcome the injuries he sustained in an airplane crash but he is unwilling to endure the pain of physical therapy. In desperation, Newsome has hired a healer, Reverend Rideout, who promises to “expel” his pain.

Pretty much anything that horror ledge King does is golden so we’ll be enjoying the story in web comic format. We suggest you do likewise.


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June 13th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Films, Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Webcomics |

Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Motion Comic

by Ghastly McNasty

Shock Till You Drop have an exclusive ‘motion comic’ to co-inside with the release of upcoming movie mashup Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. The film is based on the 2010 novel of the same name, by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay for the film. Grahame-Smith is no stranger to mixing up old and new ideas, having already achieved acclaim for his zombie novel, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. This time it’s American president Abe Lincoln who gets the supernatural treatment as he attempts to save the country he loves from vampires.

The motion comic is created using the latest HTML 5 techniques and is a pretty good example of how to make a webcomic dynamic. A swipe of the mouse or click of a button slides the images from right to left, which also triggers some neat effects using various CSS styles to give the impression of action.

There are currently 2 short comics available on the site, with a thirs coming soon. You can view the motion comic in full here.

The movie hits cinema screens later this month. Take a peek at the film trailer below.


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May 16th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Blah, Horror Webcomics |

The Twing

by M.I.K.

A terrifying tale of an old videotape with something terrible recorded on it, from cartoonist, Jamie Smart.

Click the picture to read the strip…


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April 30th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Webcomics |

Split Lip to heal over!

by Ghastly McNasty

One of the finest horror comic websites on the interweb, Split Lip, has announced it will no longer be producing new stories! Writer, Sam Costello, who has been creating horror comic strips for the last 6 years, has called time on his wondeful website www.splitlipcomic.com.

As a final huzzah, Split Lip has begun serializing its last story and will cease publication after that story completes. The new story, called Last Caress, features art by Douglas Draper, Jr. A new page from the 24-page story will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday until it concludes in July. The story can be read in its entirety before that by purchasing the final Split Lip book, Last Caress and Other Stories via the Split Lip website.

Costello states on his blog:

While I’m very happy to share this story with you, the bigger news–and the less happy news–is that this is the final Split Lip story. After nearly 6 years, 37 stories, and 550+ of horror comics, Split Lip is ending.

I made this decision in 2011. A number of factors led me to it–the desire to do something else, financial losses, the sense that anthologies aren’t the preferred format of many readers–but ultimately it’s a decision I’m happy with.

I’m very proud of the body of work displayed on this website. Since my first Split Lip script, I think I’ve grown hugely as a writer and specifically a comics writer, and I feel that the Split Lip stories represent a strong library of modern horror comics. I started Split Lip with the hope of doing something new in horror comics, to create stories that cast aside the traditional horror archetypes in favor of a more modern, more literary sensibility. Whether I succeeded can only be determined by readers.

Regardless of that success, though, I feel honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many great artists, without whom my visions would never have been realized. A sincere thank you to each of them.

Thanks, too, to all the readers who faithfully followed the comic from its earliest days, to the fans who came by to say hi to me at conventions and who bought our books, and to everyone who helped spread the word. Making indie comics can be lonely, and often discouraging, and the response that I got from all of you that helped make it easier to overcome the tough times.

The full Split Lip archive will continue to remain free on the website here www.splitlipcomic.com and the books collecting the entire Split Lip series will be available in print.


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March 11th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Webcomics |

Zombies Eat Republicans

by Ghastly McNasty

Zombies Eat Republicans
We’re massive fans of anything zombie, so when someone brings out an intercative zombie web comic, we can’t help but get a little bit excited. Built using HTML 5 and featuring a musical score, sound effects, and a rather neat slidey-scrolly way of reading, Zombies Eat Republicans is a novel and entertaining attempt at an interactive comic.

An up-an-coming idealistic, conservative Republican press secretary from San Diego gets a crash course in survival when the Presidential campaign trail takes a sudden expected turn as he discovers everything he thought he knew about party loyalty and social ties comes into question as he tries to save the country from a zombie attack and potential nuclear annihilation.

It’s fascinating to see that Hype Comics have attempted elements of transmedia with Zombies Eat Republicans. The atmospheric music certainly adds tension and the groaning zombie sound effects are used well, even making us jump a little the first time we heard them. They made a video to go with it too.

Sadly, as with most things these days, if you want to read more than just the 13 intro panels, you need to open your wallet. However, $5.95 isn’t too offensive a price for being entertained, and we appreciate they have to make their money somehow.

There are plenty of web comics freely available on the interwebs, but quality can’t always be guaranteed. Getting the finances right for a web comic is tricky and most comic creators will struggle to raise enough cash to pay even the hosting fees. Kudos to Hype for trying to monetise the comic via subscription fees and an online shop. If they can make a web comic commercially viable, we’ll not only see an improvement in the quality of the content of interative comics, but the development of even more unusual online story telling techniques, as more people try to get involved in what is still a fairly unexplored territory.

Altough the scrolling feels very much like a page turn, purists will argue that the platform itself means that ZER shouldn’t be compared to a print based comic. The comic industry is still trying to find a viable way of embracing the online revolution, with similar examples of interactive comics popping up around the web. Zombies Eat Republicans is an excellent example of an interactive comic, but a normal comic it ain’t.

Visit the Zombies Eat Republicans website to learn more.


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March 1st, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Webcomics, News |

Crossed: Wish You Were Here & ‘C-Day’

by Ghastly McNasty


CROSSED: WISH YOU WERE HERE follows two dozen human survivors who survived the Crossed plague, a worldwide outbreak that transformed a percentage of the populace into violent, insatiable murderers. While other CROSSED tales follow people who are constantly on the move and trying to avoid detection by bloodthirsty hordes, Spurrier and Barreno’s tale sees a group determined to hold their own, to convert an island into a defensible stronghold.

Crossed: Wish You Were Here
March is going to be a head-burstingly exciting month for fans of insane apocalyptic horror series Crossed. Beginning on March 14th, 2012, the much-anticipated Crossed: Wish You Were Here webcomic will be available over on www.CrossedComic.com. This new weekly series web comic, written by Simon Spurrier and illustrated by Javier Barreno, originally pencilled in for October, is now just weeks away!

Wish You Were Here artist, Barreno, also supplied the art for Crossed Volume 2: Family Values so has the pedigree to pull-off another exceptionally horrific story. We hope this is the case as the web comic format the have adopted for the new series has the potential to run for a long time. Avatar Press have already seen success in the area with Warren Ellis’ FreakAngels, an on-going story that is looked upon by many as the blueprint for a successful web comic.

Check out this great interview with writer, Si Spurrier, over on Bleeding Cool.

The Crossed universe, created by Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows, already has several volumes under its belt and has proven to be hugely popular thanks to its extreme content and anything goes attitude. On May of 2011 Crossed released a 3d version which caused some uproar with its deplorable imagery popping straight out the page thanks to some very lovely Crossed 3D glasses.

Crossed DayThe web comic launch will coincide with the worldwide ‘C-Day’ celebration of all things Crossed, including the new bi-weekly Crossed: Badlands print comic series, which sees Ennis and Burrows return to their monstrous creation for the first story arc. ‘C-Day also sees the release of David Lapham’s Crossed: Psychopath miniseries as a collected trade paperback. It’s sure to be a day that will live in infamy.

We’re massive fans of Crossed here on The Theatre of Terror and whole-heartedly recommend all the disturbing books that this series spews out in to the world. They’re sick, but then so are we!


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January 9th, 2012 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Horror Webcomics |


by Ghastly McNasty

Those who love the weekly dose of a webcomic should head on over to Ethan Nicolle’s Bearmageddon site for a masterclass in how to do webcomics right.

29 year old creator Ethan, is well know for the web comic Axe Cop which has been picked up by Dark Horse. Axe Cop is part written by Ethan’s younger brother Malachai (5) and is an interesting experiment in stream of conscience writing, and a window in to the mind of the younger generation.

Bearmageddon is Ethan’s attempt to go it alone and he writes, pencils and inks the whole story, with colourist Noah Mass doing some excellent work with a vibrant palette.

Bearmageddon tells the story of Joel Morely and his closest friends at the centre of a major attack from bear-kind on the human race. These aren’t just normal bears though. These bears are highly developed and come in a range of bear types, from your standard grizzly, to you more fearsome Octobear, or bear with machine gun/wings/(insert scary thing).

The art work of the characters is comical and light but the bears are drawn in their full ferocious awesomeness. This fun style helps to keep the story amusing, yet you know it can get scary when the bears grace the pages and limbs start getting chewed off.

Start from page 1 by clicking here.


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September 22nd, 2011 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Graphic Novels & Comics, Horror Webcomics |

The Thing: The Northman Nightmare

by Ghastly McNasty

There are some amazing freebie horror comics to read over on the Dark Horse website and all they ask for in return is for you to sign up for a free account. Doing so will give you access to episodes of Criminal Macarbe, Falling Skies, B.P.R.D. and now a new comic book prequel to the upcoming ‘The Thing’ movie prequel entitled The Thing: The Northman Nightmare.

Taking us into frigid Greenland, the comic introduces us to a group of Norsemen who find themselves caught in a game of survival when they discover a terrifying creature. The shape-shifting monster has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. And it hides somewhere in a desolate village with few human survivors, among them a strange group of women…

The Thing: The Northman Nightmare is written by Steve Niles (Criminal Macabre), with art by Patric Reynolds (Serenity), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy) and a cover by Menton3 (Silent Hill). The Thing: The Northman Nightmare comes to readers as a prequel to Universal Pictures’ upcoming prelude to John Carpenter’s classic 1982 film of the same name.

The remaining 2 issues of the comic will be released on September 28th and October 5th.

You can find out more about the movie by visiting the official The Thing Movie site.


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