MONTROLOGY Anthology: It Lives!

It’s no secret to anyone that I’ve always loved comics. When I realized I wanted to write for a living I knew that would involve comics in some way, shape or form.

As I got older I learned a very important lesson: working in comics is hard. Unlike a lot of other art forms comics are inherently collaborative. Yes, there are some lucky so-and-so’s that can do everything themselves (write, draw, color, letter) but after stupidly giving up on drawing in middle school I knew I wasn’t going to be one of those people. That meant finding folks to work with.

Years passed.

Over those years I’ve met a lot of really talented artists, all looking to break in with me and I made many, many plans and very few of them ever saw the light of day. That’s life. I began to drift back towards prose fiction because it was something I could focus on creating and putting out into the world on my own. That’s no dig on comics in any way shape or form, I just didn’t some of what it takes to make then at that time. A big [art of that is people willing to work hard for a chance to get published; a bigger part is money to pay those people for their hard work. So I kind of languished, which is a bitter pill to swallow at times.

Last year I discovered Rachel Deering and her horror comic Anathema. She’d found a way to get all the parts together to make her comic a reality (not without significant struggle herself) and when I saw that she was putting together an anthology of short horror comics I jumped at the chance to be involved. Thankfully I was able to make the cut and she gave all of us a monster paired up with a location and turned us loose on making a twelve page story. She also teamed me up with artist Fernando Cano and editor Scott O. Brown and together we put together a story that I’m quite proud of. It was, in every sense of the word, a true making comics experience. It took a while and things have changed since the project was put together last year but now that comic and it’s fellows are on Kickstarter, looking for funding to be printed in both paperback and hardcover.

I’m excited and proud to be a part of the group that’s put together this book and I want to make sure that it succeeds. That means I’m going to be talking about it…a lot. I almost want to apologize to my social media followers and Facebook friends but that’s just how it goes. This thing needs to succeed. *I* need it to succeed. I suppose I could apologize for being my weird, frantic, obsessive little self about it but I probably won’t either. I’m kind of a weirdo. That’s just how I roll.

So now that I’ve been all overly excited and uncool about this, here’s where I tell you to check out MONSTROLOGY. It’s got ten great stories in it by a bunch of really good folks and you can support it for as little as $10. I’m sure you’ll see me talking about it a lot through Thanksgiving weekend when the Kickstarter ends. Here’s a full rundown from the project page about the book’s content:

Troll Behavior by Andrew Foley & G. Gerald Garcia in which Andrew was told to write a story involving trolls in a junkyard, and after he thought at great length about trolls and considered junkyards briefly, he wrote a story that involved the both of them.

The Abomination Denomination by Scott O. Brown & Amin Amat, where a vacationing family stops by an old, rural church on Sunday morning for a very interesting service.

In White Widow by 
Charles Webb & Andres Esparza, a young woman must battle the supernatural force at the heart of a haunted house which seems able to bend, twist, and recreate reality around her.

What Fools These Mortals Be by Joey Esposito, Erik Norris & JC Grande. All you need to know is that it is about a bridge and a satyr.

Yolk by Erica J. Heflin & Elias Martins, is a story of a young woman’s journey for acceptance, guided by her grandmother’s goblin-infested tales of the Old World.

Darkest Corners by Thacher E. Cleveland & Fernando Cano, where a teenager runs away to the tunnels under Las Vegas where he finds himself facing a terror that’s spewed forth from the depths of the earth looking to consume everything in its path.

The View of Mumbichi Valley by Walt Mancing & Horacio Lalia, features a harpy and an ancient tree, and is inspired by the old Creepy and Tales from the Crypt comics that scared the Hell out of him as a kid.

In Children of Russia by Ryan Ferrier & Hugo Petrus, a dying man recounts his life of poor choices, all stemming from an unspeakable horror at the orphanage in which he grew up.

Here’s some unlettered preview art for my story.

About The Author

Thacher Cleveland

Thacher E. Cleveland is a contributing writer & columnist for, co-host of the Super-Fly Comics & Games PodCast, novelist & comic creator. Originally from New Jersey and previously from Yellow Springs, Ohio, he currently lives in Chicago. You can find him on Twitter (@demonweasel), tumblr, his personal website and even on Google+

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