Illustrator and comics artist Howard Priestley has released a limited edition collection of horror tales called Shock Therapy, available from him direct and some select northern comic shops.
Howard’s long term comics project, Soul Man, is still in development but he told us last year that he started getting the urge to do another volume of short horror stories, and this one’s got some great tales, especially a grisly opening tale set in a World War Two concentration camp.
If the title sounds familiar, you might remember Harrier Comics six issue run of Shock Therapy, published in the 1980s, which featured work by Stephen Baskerville and Andy Lanning, two artists who have gone on to work for both Marvel and DC Comics.
“I just wanted to get a new issue out and get the money back,” Howard tells us. “I’m not a desperate young wannabe anymore (or a desperate old has been, hopefully!).”
• Shock Therapy, which costs £2.50, is on sale from Legacy Comics in The Piece Hall, Halifax and OK Comics and Forbidden Planet in Leeds. You can also buy it direct from Howard by emailing him via howardATpriestley1511.freeserve.co.uk or via the funkpriest website at www.funkpriest.com
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.