Friday, 8 July 2016

Tales of Mystery and Imagination #3 -- Sneak Peek!

Dundee’s twisted anthology title returns with a third issue that is resolutely old-school in design and modern in approach.  Behind Iain Smith’s fearsome cover lurks four tales of terror, each with its own unique style.

Editor and contributor William Hazle notes that “Issue one was a homage to classic horror literature, issue two featured original stories and this issue is a blend of both approaches.”  The classic is covered by Edgar Allan Poe’s ethereal poem The Raven which is given a thoroughly modern and stylish retelling by new contributor, Dundee and Angus College graduate Rebecca Tough. 

Rebecca explains what lay behind her approach in taking on such an iconic work. “Poe, like everybody, had his demons, but he managed to find a way to co-exist with his demons through his writing. I approached the adaptation from the angle of making it work on a personal level, to convey the story in a modern style,” adding with a laugh “Also, dealing with dark themes is something I find strangely soothing.”

As a mainstay of the series, Kieran O’Connor continues to present both creepy and comedic stories, “I try to do something different for each issue,” says Kieran “In this issue I wanted to evoke a sense of old-school monster flicks from the 50s à la Roger Corman. My story Skinny Dippin’ is, I hope, suitably funny and disturbing.”

William Hazle’s The Wolf Laughed is another original tale that was forged with input from fellow creators Stephen Milne and Lewis Cooper. William notes, “Classic horror films are a huge influence on me, and I wanted to tell a classic werewolf story in the style of a 1940s Universal horror film.  Moody and melodramatic in equal measures.”   

Ewan Smith brings another short, sharp and witty tale to the table with Zombees!! “I grew up reading 2000AD and always loved the Futureshock shorts. This was an opportunity to do what those stories used to: take a skewed look at a topic which has been making headlines and try and cram it into three pages with a twist ending. Plus I got to use a dreadful pun.”

But what of the comic’s resident resurrected psychopath, The Tattybogle Man? “After wreaking havoc in issue two, The Tattybogle Man has returned to his regular role as our resident, jovial host,” says William, adding “However, after positive reaction to the character’s origin story we’ve been working on a plan to let him off the leash in the not too distant future.”

And what exactly does the future hold for Terrier Studios? “We’ve given Scotland a new monster in The Tattybogle Man,” says William “so it’s only right that we give it a new hero and she’ll be debuting in her own comic this October. She’s Ailsa Dark and she’s Pure Gallus!”

Tales of Mystery and Imagination 1-3 are available directly from Terrier Studios, with digital versions coming soon! Issues 1 and 2 are also available on the comic book marketplace

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