Can you imagine how mighty you’d become if you knew how to put the promise of superpowers in a tiny little pill? The world would be at your feet and you’d be heralded as a God. But just how far would you go to create such a drug?
In The Happy Few, now funding on Kickstarter, former Broken Frontier Creative Director Frederik Hautain makes his longer-form comics writing debut with a story about power and powerlessness, exploring how much in control of our destinies we really are.
The Happy Few is a 48-page one-shot that centers around a cool local surfer dude named Len Jeffries who gets brutally beaten inside a Miami nightclub for hitting on the new prize girl of Mario ‘Fat Cube’ Hernandez, a local gang lord with too much platinum around his neck. As if by fate, he runs into Doctor Zeller, an evil genius who offers him a chance for retribution. All Len has to do is take one little pill, and he’ll be wielding way more power than he needs to get back at those stupid bastards… if all goes well, that is.
Joining Frederik Hautain on The Happy Few are artist Germán Erramouspe (Crossed: Badlands, God Is Dead, Grimm Vol. 2), colorist Varga Tomi (Fistful of Blood, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ghastly Tales) and letterer Thomas Mauer (Copperhead, Four Eyes, 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank).
To gather the funds for the art, colors and letters to be completed, Hautain has launched a Kickstarter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/frederikhautain/the-happy-few.
“It’s a dream come true to be starting my comics writing career,” says Hautain. “Germán, Tomi, Thomas and I have really clicked on this project and we can’t wait for our readers to hold the book in their hands. The happy few that back our Kickstarter campaign will be in for quite the trill!”
In case of a successful Kickstarter, The Happy Few will be published by A Wave Blue World.
“After having Frederik publish my work for so long on Broken Frontier, it's exciting to be able to flip our roles,” says AWBW publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner. “Frederik definitely has the chops to be a big time writer in this industry and the creative team he has put together for The Happy Few is top-notch! I can wait to see this project come together.”
Help Frederik Hautain launch his comics writing career and the creative team to complete its work by backing The Happy Few on Kickstarter now at
Author Mark Morris has just announced the line up for his brand new yearly anthology from Titan Press New Fears: Volume 1. Featuring a stellar lineup of genre favourites and rising stars this is shaping up to be the anthology to end all anthologies.
Mark Morris had this to say about New Fears
“Having grown up reading the Pan and Fontana Books of Horror and Ghost Stories, plus numerous other anthologies edited by the likes of Peter Haining, Michel Parry, Richard Davis and Mary Danby, it has always been one of my keenest ambitions to edit an annual – and hopefully long-running – non-themed horror anthology of new, never-before-published stories for the mass market.
Now, thanks to Titan Books, I’ve finally got that chance. I’ve signed an initial contract for two volumes of New Fears, with hopefully more to come in the future.
My aim with New Fears is to feature stories from established genre practitioners, emerging stars and complete unknowns. I want New Fears to be an annual showcase of the best and most varied short fiction that the horror genre has to offer, with the wide variety of approaches demonstrating how almost limitless the parameters of the genre can be.
In the first volume you’ll find stories which explore ancient myths in new and innovative ways, stories of human evil, stories of unnamed and ambiguous terrors, and stories where the numinous and the inexplicable intrude upon what we perceive to be reality in unexpected ways. You’ll find humour, and hope, and grief, and sadness, and regret, and impenetrable darkness. You’ll find stories that surprise you, unsettle you and shock you. But most of all, you’ll find stories that grab you and draw you in and compel you to keep turning the pages.
THE BOGGLE HOLE – ALISON LITTLEWOOD
SHEPHERDS’ BUSINESS – STEPHEN GALLAGHER
NO GOOD DEED – ANGELA SLATTER
THE FAMILY CAR – BRADY GOLDEN
FOUR ABSTRACTS – NINA ALLAN
SHELTERED IN PLACE – BRIAN KEENE
THE FOLD IN THE HEART – CHAZ BRENCHLEY
DEPARTURES – A.K. BENEDICT
THE SALTER COLLECTION – BRIAN LILLIE
SPEAKING STILL – RAMSEY CAMPBELL
THE EYES ARE WHITE AND QUIET – CAROLE JOHNSTONE
THE EMBARRASSMENT OF DEAD GRANDMOTHERS – SARAH LOTZ
EUMENIDES (THE BENEVOLENT LADIES) – ADAM NEVILL
ROUNDABOUT – MURIEL GRAY
THE HOUSE OF THE HEAD – JOSH MALERMAN
SUCCULENTS – CONRAD WILLIAMS
DOLLIES – KATHRYN PTACEK
THE ABDUCTION DOOR – CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN
THE SWAN DIVE – STEPHEN LAWS
NEW FEARS 1
Edited by MARK MORRIS
Published by Titan Books
Mark Morris is the author of over twenty novels, including Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range. His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of both Cinema Macabre, a book of horror movie essays by genre luminaries for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award, and its follow-up Cinema Futura. His recently published or forthcoming work includes the official tie-in novel for zombie apocalypse computer game Dead Island, a novelisation of the 1971 Hammer movie Vampire Circus, and The Wolves of London,
Danny Hump is an outspoken man and the last person people thought would win the race to be the new British Prime Minister and yet - somehow - that is exactly what happened... He won! But little does Hump know, his first day in office will also be his last as a vigilante gang, wearing latex masks of ex-Prime Ministers, take matters into their own hands in an effort to stop him from destroying the country.
This is Extreme Horror
There was scenes in this short story which may potentially upset those of a weak stomach or of a sensitive nature. If you do not like blood and sex, please do not purchase this story and continue your search for that perfect story you seek.
The views in this book are stupid. They are not written to cause upset to people's political beliefs. The characters within this story are fictitious as are the scenarios depicted.
With Danny stunned, Major grabbed one arm and Churchill grabbed the other. They hoisted him back so that he was on his knees and then held him there. Putin stepped forward again and pulled the front of the PM’s pants down too. Danny’s pathetic cock, shrivelled from a heavy mix of pain, fear and the cold, hung there lifelessly. ‘Don’t worry, sir, it’s stressful running a country. We all understand… Well nearly all of us… Major still managed to get it up with Currie so… Clearly he works well but… Regardless. Leave it to your minions to help.’ A second Thatcher came forward from the rear of the group. In her hand, there was a needle. Despite Danny’s new struggles against Churchill and Major, she inserted the needle into his dick and injected the contents. Alprostadil. Within five to twenty minutes, his cock would be standing tall and proud - ready to fuck. The irony wasn’t lost on a nameless watcher towards the back of the pack who started to giggle at the thought of Margaret Thatcher finally giving a man a hard-on. When someone next to him asked what was funny, the joke soon spread to the rest of the room.