Without a doubt, Asylum of Horrors delivers a tremendous amount of bang for your buck.
We spoke with Frank Forte about Asylum of Horrors issue 2.
The Big Bad Wolf: The first issue of Asylum of Horrors took us into an asylum where the
doctor was peering into the cell of its crazed inmates, will we see more of
the good doctor in issue 2?
Frank Forte: Yeah, the doctor and Boris will introduce the book by bringing out one of the criminally insane who is locked in the Asylum. They hook him up to electrodes and give him experimental halluncinogenic drugs. Then the doctor hooks up the Encephalopod and sees into their minds.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers the story titles, creative team and a synopsis of each story, in
Asylum of Horrors 2?
We have a great line-up for issues 2. This anthology features "Jacked In" by Frank Forte where a programmer gets double crossed by a greedy girlfriend and he gets his sweet revenge. Part 1 of Tim Vigil's new "Survival Extinction Z" a post apocalyptic horror tale. Part 2 of "Ruined Earth", Billy George's tale of giant worms and armageddon. In "Ecce Homo" A race of creatures, almost machine-like in their brutal efficiency break free from the confines of a two-dimensional world and begin a relentless assault, wiping any and all resistance from its path. In "Transformation" by Marcin Ponomarew, a desperate man takes an injection. In "The Connection" a mad doctor tries to find the source of another voice inside his head, by Forte. Another tale of The Doctor and Boris and the horrid inmates. A great collection of disturbing tales for the discerning horror fan. Cover by Aly fell.
The Big Bad Wolf: Issue 2 features a fantastic cover that is sure to be included as a
nominee this year in our first ever horror comic awards. Who is the cover
Aly Fell. He's amazing. He lives in Derbyshire in the UK, where he is a 3D animator, modeller and concept artist for
Eurocom Entertainment Software in Derby UK. He previously worked at Core Design, home of Lara Croft on games such as 'Herdy Gerdy'. Also at Nu-GenerationGames in Nottingham where I was lead animator and character designer on 'Origin of the Species'. You can find him on You can find him on the net lurking around Concept Art and CGTalk, where he is known as Poshspice! (Don't ask!)
The Big Bad Wolf: What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and guts?
My story, Jacked In, will harken back to the Splatterpunk writers of the early nineties. Tim Vigil's story has some gore in it. A few stories are just plain dark. Some of the european artists we use just have a great mood about them. AOH #3 has much more blood and gore than issue #2.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
It will be Sept 2009. I wanted to make the book quarterly, but with time constraints, putting together a giant tome and the economy the way it is, it just put a damper on production. Plus we are trying to sell as many AOH#1 as we can so the orders for #2 are great. We still have 2500 sitting in storage. We did a 5000 print run. It's amazing. I'm sitting on all of these stories I bought for issues 2-4 and it's just a matter of putting them together or waiting on the one main story that will make the book a smash.
The Big Bad Wolf: One of the best things about issue one was the high page count for a low
price. How much will Asylum of Horrors 2 cost?
The first issue was giant sized. 96 pages for $4.95. from here on in it will be 64 pages for $4.95. with a few add pages in the back. Still a great deal in my opinion with most 24 page comics clocking in at $3.99. We're going to try and make it to 12 issues and see how it does. After that we may go to an annual trade format. We'll have to see how things play out with Diamond's new threshold initiative, not to mention the economy and the bookstore market. I think we will try and collect every four issues. But tales like Ruined earth won't be in the collection because that will be collected into it's own book.
The Big Bad Wolf: Are the interior pages in color and black and white?
Yes, we will be featuring color and B&W stories. Mostly color. I love the mix of the two. I've always loved the B&W Wrightson reprints. they looked fantastic to me. the Tales of the crypt B&w collections are hard to find, but look amazing. And of course Eerie and Creepy with the tones. make my eyes water (bleed). Billy George's Ruined earth will be b&w, but at some point will switch to color.
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Asylum of Horrors 2?
We will be posting previews at www.asylumofhorrors.com and www.asylumpress.com soon, but this is the first exclusive interview--so this is it.
The Big Bad Wolf:
In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Asylum of
I really hope fans of horror will check the book out and pass the word along. We have an amazing group of talented writers and artists from all over the world. AOH 2 is another journey into the minds of these creators. And a great way to spend an afternoon, reading and re-reading the pages. My only wish is that the economy was better and I could reach more people with this great book. So anyone out there with a horror blog or website, feel free to grab these pages, and post them with a link back to ComicMonsters.com and AsylumPress.com. Help spread the word. We're working hard on AOH #3 and #4 so you'll get more of the horror and terror you crave.
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
Frank! Best of luck with Asylum of Horrors!
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