Thursday, 2 April 2020

Hallowscream! Terrifying Twelfth Issue Submission Guidelines

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, HALLOWSCREAMbut, (just in case you haven't being paying attention), the planet's gone a bit mental this year and we're going to have to add an additional stipulation.

 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.

Now here comes that additional stipulation...

IMPORTANT : No stories about global pandemics, please!  Stories containing the living dead are allowed, but the E.C. comics-style vengeful revenants are preferable to the contagion-spreading George Romero types. The last thing we need right now is a comic full of nothing but tales of how difficult it is to find toilet paper during a zombie apocalypse, (don't pretend you didn't think about it). First and foremost we're producers of escapism (quite icky, gruesome horrible escapism at times, but escapism nonetheless), and we feel it's a good idea to lay off certain storylines at least until such time as current events have settled down a bit. I'm sure you'll understand where we're coming from.

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 :  Friday 31st July 2020

Artwork : Friday 16th October 2020

Completed strips :  Friday 23rd October 2020.

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.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Free pdf colouring book for kids, (or bored adults).

Due to the current world situation, there are a lot of kids indoors who need things to keep them occupied and it's becoming increasingly difficult to pop to the shops to find stuff for them. With that in mind, I've gathered together a load of random black and white drawings into a free pdf as a makeshift colouring book. Just download and print out the pages to colour.

Unfortunately I can't provide the felt tip pens / crayons - bit difficult to upload.

Page examples...

Saturday, 29 February 2020

HotchPotch Issue 3

Two more of my "Bizarre Beasties" appear in HotchPotch issue 3, now available from Amazon...

Hotchpotch Comic Issue 3 is available now in Print and Kindle format on Amazon!

Treasure obsessed goblins, bellybutton wormholes, secret agent elephants and more in this full colour on-going comic anthology for children aged 8-12. 

Dank the goblin and his orc and wizard travelling companions face off against a devious dragon that’s terrorising a village in Stop The Dragon by Disney artist Rene Pfitzner.

Child journalist Korrentheus Attenbaur and his faithful droid photographer Jerry choose exactly the wrong spot from which to cover a story about a sun going supernova in an explosive sci fi adventure by David Hailwood and Dave Thomson.

Jellybean learns the dangers of opening portals to other worlds using his bellybutton, when he’s immediately attacked by ravenous portal monsters in part three of The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds.

Ham struggles with the age-old dilemma of what to eat first – the banana or the carrot, in Ham and Egg by Daniel Arruda Massa.

All this and more awaits you inside the third thrill-packed issue of Hotchpotch.

If you're a fan of Phoenix Comics, The Beano, Warhammer or Dungeons and Dragons then this comic anthology is for you.

UK links:

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US links:

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Friday, 6 December 2019

HotchPotch Issue 2

There are another couple of my "Bizarre Beasties" within issue 2 of  HotchPotch (blurb and links follow)...

Issue 2 of Hotchpotch is out now on Amazon, featuring Sneaky Goblins, Double O Ducky, Navel Navigators, Prank Land and more!

40 full colour pages of fun packed child-friendly adventure, from the likes of Rene Pfitzner, Piotr Nowacki, Tony Suleri, Malcolm Kirk and various other creators from around the world.

If you're interested in checking it out, the print version is available here (sporting a rather dashing wrap around cover by Piotr Nowacki):

and the Kindle version is available here:

If you missed the first issue, you can find that one here:

Sunday, 17 November 2019

HotchPotch Issue 1 (New Children's Comic)

I'm responsible for a couple of depictions of Bizarre Beasties which show up in the first issue of Hotchpotch, a new comic for children. Blurb and links follow...

Hotchpotch Comic Issue 1 is available now in Print and Kindle format on Amazon!

This brand new full colour children's comic anthology from the creative team behind 100% Biodegradable features 10 strips from the likes of Brett Burbridge, Tony Suleri, Piotr Nowacki, Malcolm Kirk, Simon Mackie and many more.

From Disney animator Rene Pfitzner comes a beautifully illustrated Sneaky Goblins strip, as Dank Grapple struggles to pass his assassination exam.

In The Last Of The Navel Navigators by David Hailwood, Brett Burbridge and Ken Reynolds, a stork on his last delivery before retirement loses his package in a thunderstorm, and sets off on the adventure of a lifetime.

In Prank Land by Dominik Szczesniak and Piotr Nowacki two high spirited young boys go in search of their missing parents in a world where the rules of logic and reason no longer apply.

Plus! Double O Ducky...The Hoodied Horror...Bizarre Beasties and madcap mayhem galore!

The 40 page full colour all ages comic is available in print form here (plus all countries outside the UK):

And in Kindle format here (which also includes a Look Inside, so you can check out more of the contents):

Issue 2 is coming together nicely, and should be out before Xmas.

We've also released a companion piece to the comic; a Blank Comic Book For Creative Kids, which consists of over 100 pages of blank comic panels waiting to be filled by talented young artists. There's even a few pages of tutorials, and a sheet of 25 fun characters to inspire children to draw.

It's already proving very popular and hit the number 1 spot on Amazon in several categories shortly after it's release. Here's the link, in case you're interested in checking it out:


Thursday, 31 October 2019

Back From The Depths Presents : Hallowscream! Hallowe'en Special 2019

How would you like your stake?

It has returned from the eldritch depths once more... The eerie eleventh edition of the annual Hallowscream! Hallowe'en Special has materialised as a totally free pdf file! 52 terrifying pages filled to the brim with shocks and scares for your delectation!

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

Lo-res (rubbish) Version (file size = 23.8mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

Hi-res (get this one) Version (file size = 84.7mb) :       MEDIAFIRE     DROPBOX

You can also read the issue online at :      ISSUU

 These are the full contents behind the beastly barbecue cover by Ken Best...

Page 3 : Down To The Woods  Story by Paul Bradford, Art by Luciano Fleitas, Letters by HdE
Page 5 : A Cold Bloody Night  Story by Ed Whiting, Art by Jo Galicia, Letters by Ken Reynolds
Page 11 : Flick & Jube in House of No Lips  Story & Art by Simon Mackie
Page 13 : The Lament of Chet Wilder  Story by Rob & Stephanie Stanley, Art by Rick Alves, Letters by Toben Racicot
Page 20 : Loch Mess  Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 21 : Terrorvision Guide  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 22 : The Paranormal Misadventures of Mr. Cringemeister : The Dawn of The Living Coffee Drinkers  Story & Art by Rick Perez
Page 27 : Bank Horror Day  Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 31 : Terror of The Sheep 2 : Chapters Three & Four  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
Page 39 : Ultima Fool  Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 40 : The Red Lagoon  Story & Art by Gordon Innes
Page 43 : Heartburn  Story by Rough Stuff McGraw, Art by Carol Kewley
Page 45 : The Tale of Baron Urbenstein  Story by Troy Vevasis, Art by Saul Haber
Page 47 : Bestiary of Beasties : Downside-Up  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 48 : Brexhausted Story & Art  by Gordon Innes
Page 49 :  Funny "Ha-Ha"  Cartoons by Carol Kewley & Malcolm Kirk
Page 50 : Deadvertisements  by Malcolm Kirk
Page 51 : A Grim Tale : Omnibus of Horror  Story & Art by Malcolm Kirk
Page 52 : 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 HAVE A HORRIFICALLY HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Scream The Horror Magazine : Issue 57 Nov/Dec 2019

Yet another one of my Deadvertisement pages appears in the latest issue (57 Nov/Dec 2019) of Scream, (the horror magazine), which is now available in UK branches of WH Smiths, McColl's and Martin's and in Eason's in Ireland. (It'll also go on sale in the US in a couple of months in branches of Barnes and NobleBooks A Million and Chapters Indigo.)

100 pages packed with excellent horror articles, news, reviews, previews and interviews for £4.95.

You can also get subscriptions worldwide from their website.

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