By The Editor
June 28, 2006 - 16:09
FIENDISH FABLES is the brainchild of writer John Schlim Jr., who set out to create a collection of creepy tales inspired by the classic horror comics that defined the genre. Anybody who's familiar with the timeless works of EC and Warren will recognize Schlim's use of storytelling techniques made famous by those pioneering publishers: twist endings, cruel revenge, horrific irony, and tragic moral lessons.
"John Schlim Jr's Fiendish Fables hearken back to those glorious days. They're short and often grisly; they're fun and entertaining, fast-paced, well told, illustrated by a variety of styles," says Jeff Mariotte, who wrote an introduction for this anthology.
"So much of today's horror seems focused on nothing more than sadistic voyeurism," adds Schlim. "I wanted to revisit some of the classic traits and story elements of other eras to put some fun back into horror. The resulting tales of terror might not be works of literary
merit, but hopefully these twisted vignettes provide some hair-raising reading pleasure for Halloween."
The book includes nine black and white stories illustrated in a wide range of artistic styles, but they don't all take the same nostalgic approach. Some are told in a more contemporary style, and one even uses a humorous tone.
"I was thrilled and honored to have Jeff Mariotte writing the
introduction to this anthology and Billy Tucci providing the cover," says Schlim, "as well as to collaborate with such an amazing group of artists. Thanks to their incredible talents in visual storytelling, you'll be able to witness marauding zombie kids, a bloodthirsty vampire horse, vengeance-seeking storybook creatures, a wild west monster, the debut of Goth Ghost Girl, and much more!"
FIENDISH FABLES is suggested for mature readers, and features 48 pages
of beautifully grayscaled black & white artwork for only $3.49. It
includes an introduction by Jeff Mariotte (Angel/Desperadoes) and a
cover by Billy Tucci