Thursday, 16 March 2017

Submit Horror by S.J. Deighan Now Available!


Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Hello Dark Ponders!  We have a treat available for you on our online stores right now.  The superbly talented writer Steven Deighan, creator of The Party, has just released his new collection of short stories and we are proud to say that it is now available over on our online stores in digital form.

Synopsis

Award winning dark fiction writer, S.J. Deighan, releases tales new and renewed in this unsettling fourth collection of short stories!

Includes the brand-new story Cruciform, plus, the precursor to his forthcoming trademarked horror, Bethany Chiller, is here for the first time!

Now it is time to embrace your fears with the aid of this unique book.

Ladies and gentlemen, ghosts and ghouls, allow S.J.Deighan to...

Submit Horror!

Contains over 150 pages of short horror prose stories to tingle the spine and stoke up your nightmares! 

Available NOW!


Monday, 13 March 2017

Dark Pond Creations Roster Introduction - Golda Evans



Article By
Golda Evans
Hello Dark Ponders, fellow comic enthusiasts and story-lovers. My name is Golda Evans and I'm one of the writers for the DPC team. I thought I'd give a wee update on what I'm working on and also use the opportunity to say hello and introduce myself. At the moment there's two projects I've worked on sitting with artists (The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn), I'm working on writing a third and there's a bunch of ideas rattling about my head, some of which I'm excited to try and make something of and see what you guys think.
Talking of being excited, I'm looking forward to The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn being released and hearing what you folks think. DPC have a lot of wicked stuff in the works and will be appearing at various cons throughout the year, so keep an eye out for some new comics and come over to the table for a natter or pop us a message on our Facebook page.

So, The Coyote of Antelope Peak and Time to Burn, what are they all about? 

Coyote is a mini series following a Sheriff and her Deputy in the small town of Antelope Peak. The town is nestled in the forest, completely off the map sort of style, so there's a real claustrophobic  and intense element and pace to the story alongside the seemingly idyllic setting. One night there's a brutal murder and Antelope Peak becomes the last place anyone wants to be.

Time to Burn  is a collaboration between DPC co-founder Pat Scattergood and myself. Pat wrote the first half and pitched the idea of where he wanted the story to go to me and kindly not only trusted me but let me loose on the second half. I'm particularly excited about this one because I just love the whole idea of the story. Time to Burn is a science fiction horror story that follows a man's descent into madness as he travels back in time, striving to change and prevent the horrific events that have come to pass in his current time line.

I won't say too much about the third story I'm working on just now as it's very much still in the planning stages. What I will say though is that Pat gave me a cracking one line prompt for it, which has given me a lot of inspiration and there's a lot of completely different directions I can take the story, which I'm really excited about but then I've also got to pick what path I want to go down and I've got to get my decisive hat on for that (I'm actually way more decisive than I let on). If I can pull it off, I think you guys will really enjoy it, so please check back in the near future and thanks for bearing with me whilst I put pen to paper (literally..that is actually how I work, pen to paper first and then fingers to keyboard. Actually, think erratic notes all over the place and on various pieces of paper to begin with and then all laid out and you've got an image of how my and I brain work).

So that's what I'm working on at the moment folks. I hope there's wicked things brewing and I  can't wait to share them all with you :D.

Besides being asked what I write and what I write about, I'm usually asked why do I write and what inspires me to write? The answer is easy: I love stories. I love stories of any kind: written, spoken, sung, drawn, acted, painted, danced, strummed. I just love stories. I love listening to and reading other people's stories, I love sharing stories with other people. I love seeing that gleam people get in their eyes when they're telling a story and it's gotten a complete hold of them and seeing that excitement when someone has an idea and they're just so eager to share it and write about it and draw it. I love the passion and the rawness of emotions that can pour out of a story and out of a drawing. I love seeing people fired up and impassioned because of stories. I love the honesty and the starkness. I love the complete and utter fantasy of a story. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love the happiness and the feel-good factor as well as the understanding, the comfort, the pain relief and the escapism stories can bring.

Admittedly I've always been more of a reader and a listener than I have a writer but I've always found them both extremely cathartic. Why do comics, though? Easy. Because it brings together two of the things I love most: words and illustrations. Now you're probably thinking what sort of answer is that? What a right plonker (and actually you would be right, self-confessed plonker here ;)) but as basic and stupidly obvious as it sounds, it's my honest answer. The second reason is how much comics in particular mean to me. For a long time I have struggled with my mental health and I always find it very hard to talk about. Not because I'm ashamed of my mental afflictions - I refuse to be ashamed by anything like that, for myself or others, but because I really struggle with expressing myself orally. However, there's a comfort and a release for me in being able to express myself through writing. That is where I know how to express myself and reading comics is one of the few things that has stirred any sort of emotional response in me during my bouts of depression.

So there we have it, what I'm writing and why I'm writing. I'd love to hear why you guys love to write  and what inspires you guys or what other vices you have.

Take care of yourselves and have fun and remember to be kind to yourself as well as others.

Golda x
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Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Party: Out Now!


We here at Dark Pond Creations love to try to put out as many new stories as we possibly can for the people that enjoy reading our work.

It's no different with one of our newest releases in the shape of The Party, written by Steven Deighan and illustrated by Kate Evans.

The Party tells the story of an unpopular boy at college deciding that he was going to throw a party while his parents were away.  Simple right?  Well, yes but as with most things, it really doesn't go according to plan, especially when the most popular girl there turns up but is there more to her than just a lot of friends and a pretty face.


Deighan's writing really takes what could be an otherwise cliche ridden story and turns it on it's head.  One of the things that struck us the most about the writing is that it had a retro 80's horror vibe to it which, considering I grew up watching movies from that era, really drew me to the comic.  Another thing that I liked was the simple fact that the print version not only comes in 3D, it also comes with some retro style glasses too.  That simple fact really took me back to when I was wearing those cardboard style glasses growing up and watching horror icons like Jason going about their horrific business while blood, guts and entrails hurtled towards the screen!

Not only will The Party be available at our convention appearances but you can also get it from our online shops at the following links.  The print version comes with 3D glasses and the digital version is released in normal 2D.

The Party (2D Digital Version) is available from here and is on a Pay What You Want deal.

The Party (3D Print Version) is available from here for £3 plus p&p. 

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Sci-Feb

Artictle By
Patrick Scattergood

Well, last weekend was our first convention of the year and we opened it in a big way by bringing some of our new work with us in the shape of the graphic novel anthology Something Wicked and our 3D (yes complete with retro glasses) title The Party but was it a successful start to the convention season for us?

Well, yes and no.

Sci-Feb was a very well planned and thought out event and had some fantastic guests involved with proceedings.  There was also a very large amount of foot fall going past the tables but that's where the problem actually lay for us as a vender.  The event itself was superb and we couldn't have been taken care of any better by the two organisers, however the people that came to the show treated it almost like a family day out to have a look at the superb displays, meet the television guests and then go home for dinner.

However, that said, the couple of people that did come to our table to talk to us were very enthusiastic about our work and, as a creator, that is always a nice thing to hear.

It's true that we came away from the show with a grand total of three sales but that's not the be all and end all of conventions really.  I had a truly fantastic time there, alongside fellow creators Paul Kemble and Rea Bridge.  The guests were truly brilliant too, especially Miltos Yerolemou from Game of Thrones, who I'm pretty sure is the nicest guy I've ever met from a television show.

All in all, it was a fun day and a day spent in the company of some very fun and talented people.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Flesh Tones 2: Award Winner!


As you all remember, when we released the first installment of our anthology series Flesh Tones, the digital copy of which can be found here, we were kindly nominated for best comic at the 2014/2015 British Comic Awards.  Much to our surprise, we managed to make the long list.  As a team, we were not only very proud of our first ever release but also proud that people liked it enough to nominate it.

Fast forward to now and Flesh Tones 2 has been released to some very kind reviews.  One of which was a stellar review from the reviewer Vixen Ninetails from the ComicBuzz website.  She gave us our first ever ten out of ten review, which can be found here.

I was very proud of the score and so pleased for the people that had worked so hard on the issue too.  Katy Anne had created a wonderful story in the form of Crimson Dusk, Stephane Cote had really brought the story Always Follow Your Heart to live and Luke Cooper drew some of the best art that I've seen him do for the deeply personal story The Black Dog at Night.

Imagine our surprise when we heard from the site again, only this time to say that not only were we included in the Best Comics of 2016 category but we had also won!  Each reviewer had chosen their best releases of the year and Vixen Ninetails had chosen Flesh Tones 2 as her best comic of 2016 so congratulations to all the team!

You can read her best of 2016 picks here.

Here's to many more awards where that one came from!

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Morbid Detection and the Tide of Homophobia



Article By
Patrick Scattergood

Hello Dark Ponders,

I just thought, with our newest title Morbid Detection: Part One now being available digitally from here, that I would take a few moments to talk about both the comic itself and also some of the problems that have arisen from that too.

We'll start with the downside of it all.

With the announcement of the release of the comic itself, we were expecting to get a little bit of a backlash as it is a very different (in style) release to the ones that we are perhaps best known for.  While The Meek and Flesh Tones are best known for being dark, stark and slightly disturbing, Morbid Detection: Part One is the complete opposite art wise.  The story starts off with bright art and then slowly gets darker as the story progresses.  I love that approach with the art because it's almost as if it lures you in with a bit of a false sense of security.

However, that's not the thing that we have found to have been the problem.  A lot of the backlash has been circling around our two main characters of David Fredericks and Jensen.  Two Detection Specialists, as Fredericks calls them, who are looking in to a brutal series of murders in the city of Charn.  They are also a same sex married couple.  This appears to have angered quite a few people and has lead to a long series of abusive and offensive trolling comments from a series of people.  The thing is, it's not only been on the page but also to my personal Facebook page as well.


The thing that really bugs me have been some of the comments saying that there would never be such a character in real life as if the fact that someone is in a gay relationship would stop them from being a detective.  Personally I thought we were in 2016 not the 1940's but there we are.  Some of the messages have even said that we, here at Dark Pond Creations, are pushing some sort of 'gay agenda' on our readers.  Personally, I don't think there is such a thing.  I take great pride in writing characters that are realistic and could / should exist in the real world and that is the case here.  We have also done it in a subtle way too, with a photograph of them together here and a comment there as I don't believe that a persons religion, sexuality, gender etc should be a defining thing about their character.  It should be the personality and whether or not that person can be related to, which I hope I have managed here.


I suppose the thing that I am pointing out here is that all of us here at Dark Pond Creations firmly believe in equality of all kinds and we will continue to include that in our work.  We want our stories to be as varied as possible and for us to have as many different characters as possible, just like in the real world.  Everybody is different in their own unique way and long may that continue.

One of the things that I am most proud of with Morbid Detection, is the way myself and Stephane have collaborated.  He just got the themes and the moments that I had tried to get in to my writing and his art really brought that to life.  Another thing that I like about the art is that he is able to work in any kind of style that is needed and can be either as 'in your face' or as subtle as the story asks for without either side clashing with one another.  You may know him best for his superb graphic novel Fantasmagoria: Volume One, that you will have either seen online or on our table at the conventions we've appeared at.

All in all, despite the homophobic backlash, there will be a part two of Morbid Detection and that we hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing and illustrating it.

Sorry for such a long post but we hope that these words find you all in high spirits and good times.

So, for now, I leave you with some very kind and wise words from my fellow creator, Stephane Cote.

"When Patrick Scattergood first sent me the script last year, it was not until the 2nd read that I realized Jensen and Fredricks were two men. Perhaps because I happen to be gay, I didn't even figure that was possible because I am just used to seeing heterosexual couples featured. When I finally realized they were two men, it completely warmed my heart and I felt even more connected to the story. I also felt that it was a pretty ballsy move from Pat's perspective. As an author and artist, I have always felt that my story matters, that my perspective matters, especially in 2016. More than ever, it needs to be ok to tell stories that represent all types of people, lives and loves. Unfortunately, there will always be those who have small minds and loud voices."
Be safe, be kind, be creative.

If you like Stephane Cote's Art then check out his web site here.

Morbid Detection: Part One is available digitally from here.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Morbid Detection: Part One is Now Available!


Hello Dark Ponders,

The new release from the Dark Pond Creations team is now live and available in digital form from our Sellfy store!



Written By
Patrick Scattergood

Illustrated By
Stephane Cote

Synopis

David Fredericks is a detective roaming the streets of the lawless and corrupt Charn City.  When the city is rocked by a series of brutal murders so inhumane that it shocks even the most jaded inhabitant, Fredericks throws himself in to the investigation.

Just how much will the beginning of the investigation take out of him and his failing mental health as the city grows more apathetic and violent around?