The Smiler: Prologue

This is the seven page prologue to a webcomic I was planning on putting out back in 2010-2011. I may eventually revisit it, but doing the writing, penciling, digital cleanup and coloring all by myself at this level of detail was overwhelming and it got scrapped. It’s kinda cool though. Some of you may have seen these before. Some not. Hope you think it’s cool.

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Introducing Kids to Having Fun with Horror

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I don’t have children, but if I did, I’d give them to Jason “Fozzie” Nelson to raise as his own because that shit looks like a hassle. Who is Jason “Fozzie” Nelson, you ask? He’s a personal friend of mine and one of NOTLP.com’s new writers. You can read something that he wrote for a grown up audience here. Fozzie isn’t all scary tram monsters, though. In fact, he is a big cuddly guy who can make his friends feel like the most important people in the world. When we told Fozzie that two of our podcasters (Mike and Erica Chiseck) were expecting their first child, he responded by writing a book. Anyone who knows the Chisecks knows that their child will be introduced to wild fantasy stories early in her life. The idea of the book was to help Mike and Erica explain to their little girl that the monsters and villains in these stories are only make believe. The book doesn’t encourage something as irresponsible as screening The Texas Chainsaw Massacre for your two-year old. Think more vampires, ghosts, and goblins. Andy Kahl’s unique illustrations reminded me of Eric Carle’s children’s classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Fozzie has titled the book Big Scary Make Believe Land and it’s now available for your Kindle on Amazon.

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Freddy Morris is a founding member and co-producer (with wife Amy Morris) of Night of the Living Podcast. He has written for his high school and college newspapers, HorrorHound Magazine, and from time to time, writes lewd graffiti on bathroom stall doors and angry letters to the editor at Cat Fancy. Freddy also hosts and produces the film history and appreciation podcast, FilmMad Society. He lives in a tiny house in Cincinnati, Ohio.