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The Folks behind Classic Monsters Unleashed have announced Shakespeare Unleashed

Shakespeare Unleashed

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The follow-up to Classic Monsters Unleashed, (supposedly the highest-funded and highest-backed prose horror anthology in Kickstarter history) Shakespeare Unleashed will take on the bloody bard for a unique and terrifying collection.

Shakespeare Unleashed Anthology Book
Shakespeare Unleashed Anthology Book

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From the blood of Macbeth and ghosts of Hamlet, to the dark fantasy of The Tempest and the twisted love of Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare Unleashed reimagines Shakespeare’s greatest works as short horror stories… as well as horror sonnets and a 20-page comic book.

Edited by James Aquilone, Shakespeare Unleashed features an all-star roster of horror writers — including Joe R. Lansdale (Moon Lake) and Kasey Lansdale (Terror Is Our Business), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and William Shakespeare’s Avengers), Cullen Bunn (Tales From Harrow County), Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway), and Jonathan Maberry (Kagen the Damned).

Other contributors include Lee Murray, Gemma Files, Tim Waggoner, John Palisano, Lisa Morton, Geneve Flynn, Hailey Piper, Philip Fracassi, Linda Addison, Alessandro Manzetti, Jessica McHugh, Sara Tantlinger, Stephanie M. Wytovich, Gwendolyn Kiste, and Lucy A. Snyder.

Shakespeare Unleashed will also include a separate black-and-white manga-sized comic, featuring three stories:

  • “Bloody Thou Art” (Richard III) by David Avallone and Helena Masellis 
  • “Romeo and Juliet: Afterlife” by James Aquilone and J.K. Woodward
  • “Exit Pursued by Bear” by James Aquilone and Zac Atkinson 
Shakespeare Unleashed Anthology Authors
Shakespeare Unleashed Anthology Authors

Shakespeare Unleashed features a cover and interior art by J.K. Woodward, who’s illustrated such comic books as Fallen Angel, X-men Origins: Beast, Doctor Who and Star Trek. The interior art consists of at least 4 illustrations accompanied by iconic quotes from the bard’s work.

“Shakespeare Unleashed will follow in our tradition, started with Classic Monsters Unleashed, of exploring different literary universes and giving them our unique and horrifying spin,” says editor James Aquilone.

“Shakespeare saw the human condition in all its glory and its pain,” says Joe R. Lansdale, who will write a Macbeth-inspired story in a collaboration with his daughter Kasey. “He saw the horror in the shadows, and the mystery in human loss and ambition.”

“As a horror fan and a lover of Shakespeare, I’m excited to be part of this project,” Ian Doescher says. “Like a demon being summoned, my contribution—based on the comedy Twelfth Night—will channel the Bard’s darker side and show how happily ever after can end up in terror, tears, and tragedy.”

Only time will tell if this is a ridiculous assertion given Shakespeare already has plenty of horror elements.

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