It’s 1997, and the gothic underground has overtaken the New Orleans club scene. On Friday and Saturday nights, dark rock and the children of the night pour from the bar at the corner of Decatur and Ursulines. Among them, is Jason Castaing--a middling journalist who scrapes by on jobs with free weeklies. But, Jason has a secret. John Devereux, his best friend, is the only real vampire in the world. After a chance meeting at a car accident, the two become best friends and start drinking a path through the French Quarter. It's all fun and games, until they help send a wannabe vampire to jail for a triple murder. Now, two years later, someone knows John's secret. Two women are dead, with their throats torn out. And, it's up to Jason to find out why, and clear his friend's name. He doesn't have much, but he's not alone. A tough-as-nails punk rock girl named Maureen and a washed-up cop are all the friends he has left--until he meets two men with deep connections to the vampire underworld. They show him a side of the city he never knew. But, that’s not all Jason learns. John Devereux has a past. And, the more Jason learns, the less he trusts his new friend. But no matter what happens, there's always a bottle of bourbon and an open pack of smokes nearby. It’s all booze, cigarettes, and vampires for one bloody October--and Jason Castaing isn't sure which one will kill him first....
Immortal: 60 - The Collection
In 1666, Dutch trading ships have unwittingly brought the last great plague of London to its crowded streets. Thousands have died. The alchemist John Reinhardt devises a ritual to summon Azrael, the Angel of Death, and to render all of mankind immortal. He succeeds, if only for 60 seconds--long enough to save thousands from the terrible fire that ensues. But, he pays a terrible price. Forced to assume Azrael's mantle, Reinhardt serves a wrathful and nameless Goddess who creates and destroys worlds at a whim. And, the Earth's time has come. A cult of Goddess worship has overtaken the world and counts down to a spiritual unification. But, Reinhardt knows the truth. To save the human race, he defies Her will and journeys to Earth in search of Raven D'Arc--a young woman in New Orleans who believes his story, and the miracle he performed. Only she can help him to recreate the Deathless Minute and save the world. But, the Goddess will not rest. Her agents pursue them in a race against time as Raven is faced with the ultimate decision... Writer Kurt Amacker (Dead Souls, Cradle of Filth: The Curse of Venus Aversa) and artist J.C. Grande (Johnny Monster) present an urban fantasy epic that examines the role of faith and the burden of responsibility. The ritual is ready. The moment has arrived. What will you choose to believe?
Cradle of Filth: The Curse of Venus Aversa
British extreme metallers Cradle of Filth have finally crossed the murky and treacherous depths between music and comics--a feat oft attempted, but rarely achieved with the power, elegance, and literary fire of The Curse of Venus Aversa. This winter, the long awaited Cradle of Filth graphic novel will escape from the printer into the ether. Based on a story by Dani Filth and New Orleans comic book author Kurt Amacker (Dead Souls, The 69 Eyes: Helsinki Vampires), the tale drags readers back to the cold, dark days of Victorian England. After the murder of his lover Gabrielle, the salacious poet Lord Daniel Impudicus faces down authorities, hoards of vampires, an ancient goddess, and his own demons. This 80-page graphic novel features stunning black and white art by Monty Borror and a seductive web-exclusive cover by Jamie Huntley.
The 69 Eyes: Helsinki Vampires – Book 3 of 3
Picking up where Seraphemera Books left off, Dark Notes Press concludes the graphic novel trilogy that tells the true story of the notorious Helsinki Vampires! Pieced together from a secret story hidden in six of the band's songs, and certainly confirmed from hints dropped incountless articles and quotes, Book 3 concludes the story of the tragic romance that befalls the vampire Jyrki and his lover, Christina Death. From the battlefields of the Thirty Years War to the raucous punk scene of Los Angeles in the late 1970s, Helsinki Vampires culminates 350 years of history and ends with the formation of The 69 Eyes. The final installment follows Jyrki as he travels to New Orleans to save Christina Death from a downward spiral of drugs and suicidal behavior. But, he has unknowingly left a trail. And, a clan of ancient fanatical vampire hunters has followed it. The tragedies that follow will bring together Jyrki 69, Jussia 69, Bazie, Timo Timo, and Archzie with all of the melancholy and Gothic fire that has driven the band for over 20 years.
Tad Caldwell and the Monster Kid
Back in print at last! The year is 1989. The city is Metairie, Louisiana—just outside of New Orleans. Nathan and friends are having another night watching horror movies. Except this VHS tape is different from all of the others. With no label and no title, the grainy video looks like one more no-budget shocker--a wannabe snuff flick shot on video and sold under the counter. But, Nathan realizes the tape may be more real than he thought, when he sees himself die on camera after yelling out a name: Tad Caldwell. Determined to understand the horrifying video, Nathan learns that Tad Caldwell is an elderly science-fiction writer whose son disappeared 20 years earlier under mysterious circumstances. For two decades, Caldwell has claimed that a UFO took the boy in exchange for knowledge of their forbidden science. He poured what he learned into his final book--a cult bible of extraterrestrial lore called The First Revelation. Nathan searches for the reclusive Tad Caldwell, learning along the way that the truth often has many sides—and that there may be more to Tad Caldwell than a man who believes his fiction is science.