Short, Scary Tales Publications (SST Publications) owner, Paul Fry is very pleased to announce the publication of the first graphic novel in a three-book series. RISE OF THE HARVESTER is a horror graphic novel in the slasher genre by acclaimed illustrator Steve McGinnis. Book One is now available but will be officially launched at Rue Morgue’s Dark Carnival Horror Culture & Entertainment Expo on July 9, 2016 in Hamilton, Ontario.
The book is now available to order direct from the publisher:
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And from all good book sellers.
Here’s the Synopsis:
Samuel Troyer was different than the other children in the small village of Brantwood. He was much bigger and stronger. And he was a little odd, which made him an outcast and a loner. But when his father finds willing children for him to play with, his dark side surfaces and new formed friendships end all too quickly.
When the townsfolk learn of the fruits of his darkness they seek their revenge. They murder and bury poor Samuel in an unmarked grave and try their best to cast him from their minds forever.
Seasons pass and the townsfolk forget what they did to poor Samuel.
But Samuel’s darkness is much stronger than death. The strange little boy is gone and forgotten, but a new life is born called The Harvester, and he’s hell-bent on revenge.
This dark, new being then teaches the people of Brantwood to never forget that we reap what we sow…
SST Publisher Paul Fry says: “I’m so excited for people to read Steve’s incredible graphic novel. The first book is beautifully drawn and is a fun and creepy slasher-type story. The first book sets the three-book series up brilliantly and I can’t wait to see what happens next!”
About the Author: “Born of the ashes of a Graphite planet, Steve McGinnis has invaded the art world one brush stroke and ink line at a time.
Born in the early seventies and being the youngest of the family could have some down sides, plaid pants, The Bay City Rollers & disco. But the up sides were that Steve could watch movies and TV shows that were meant for a much older audience. E.g. JAWS, the TRILOGY OF TERROR, THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE and soon many more.
Always illustrating from a young age this horror style started to appear in his work as early as grade one, which meant many trips to the school office for his parents. Through grade and high school Steve was an artistic sponge, absorbing different styles from different mediums and started developing a young style of his own. This helped him win multiple awards and honors with his art.
Once graduated Steve went on to College for Fine art and Graphic design. This opened him up to many new styles and mediums. Though the entire time he still retained his dark yet whimsical style. After college Steve had the unique opportunity to work under one of Canada’s leading photorealistic nature artists, Albert Casson. This helped sharpen his realism skills and the importance of lighting and shadows.
Making a heavy decision Steve one day broke out on his own, starting with odd comic art jobs and soon breaking into the children’s book field, things progressively started becoming busier and authors and publishers started to want his realistic yet animated style.
He started illustrating children’s novels in 2009 and now has 45 books published all over the world.
In the spring of 2012 Steve was commissioned to paint some images and posters for the Niagara Falls Comic-Con to honor the 1974 cast of THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. This was a dream job! Reaching back to his horror roots he not only painted a TCM print that the cast loved he was asked then to do the same for the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.
He started painting and illustrating everything horror again and this time, was able to make it look photorealistic. Since then his work has been on movie posters, graphic novels, convention posters, album covers and in horror magazines such as GORE NOIR, FANGORIA, GOREZONE and of course DIABOLIQUE MAGAZINE.
“It always blows my mind when people purchase my prints or appreciate my horror art. It’s fun to share my passion of horror with others who share the same passion for it.”