HORROR2COMIC
HORROR2COMIC
HORROR2COMIC

YOUR SCARES. MADE REAL.

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What do hit series Tales From The Crypt, The Walking Dead and films like 30 Days of Night, The Crow, Hellboy and Blade have in common?  

THEY ALL

STARTED

AS COMICS

 Hard Truth 

99% OF SCRIPTS NEVER GET MADE.

Most scripts never get read by more than a handful of people. Even studio-commissioned and contest-winning screenplays very rarely get 'produced'.

 Real Opportunity 

WE WILL MAKE YOUR SCRIPT A REAL COMIC.

This contest is different. Winners get their scripts made into comic books or graphic novels and published by one of the top indie comic labels.

 Endless Possibility 

NOT JUST PUBLISHED. OPTIONED.

These comic properties will be optioned by leading Hollywood production companies and read by top industry producers, agents, managers and financiers.

2022 SPONSOR

Shiver is a new horror anthology series launching from Scout Comics, one of the leading indie publishers. The series has stories lined up from some of the top writers and artists in horror across comics, television and film. At least one winning entry from the 2022 Horror2Comic Contest will be featured in the comic series.

 
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TIMELINE

Deadlines, entry fees and judging timeline for the 2022 Horror2Comic Contest.

(All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.)

Enter by August 31st, 2022

Early Bird - $50

Enter by September 30th, 2022

Standard Entry - $60

Enter by October 31st, 2022

Late Entry - $70

Enter by November 30th, 2022

Last Minute  - $80

Announced January 13th, 2023

Quarter-Finalists

Announced February 15th, 2023

Semi-Finalists

Announced March 31st, 2023

Finalists

Feedback - $95

Feedback on your script is offered for an additional fee. It must be requested at time of entry. 

Announced April 30th, 2023

Winners

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PRIZES

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Grand Prize

Grand Prize

  •  Your story will be made into a comic book, limited series, graphic novel or part of a horror anthology series and published by Scout Comics a leading indie publisher.

  •  The Grand Prize-winning property will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.

  • Grand Prize winner receives a custom metal-cover prize comic and a metal cover special edition of their winning comic. 

  • + More to be announced!

 

Horror2Comic winners will see their stories come to life in comic form and put into development as a film or TV show. 

3rd Place

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1st Prize

  • Your story will be made into a comic, graphic novel, children's book or anthology excerpt that will published by Scout Comics or another leading comic publisher.

  • Your comic optioned by one or more of our production sponsors and put into active development.

  • Win a special metal cover Horror2Comic prize comic and 50 individual copies of your published work. 

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2nd Prize

  • Your story made into a comic short story and published in an anthology by a leading indie comic publisher.

  • Your comic will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development. 

  • Win a special metal cover Horror2Comic prize comic and 50 individual copies of your published work.

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3rd Prize

  • Your story made into a comic short story and published in an anthology by a leading indie comic publisher.

  • Your property optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development. 

  • Win a special metal cover Horror2Comic prize comic and 25 individual copies of your published work. 

Special Jury Prize

  •  Your story will be made into a comic, graphic novel or anthology that will published by Scout Comics or another leading comic publisher.

  •  The Special Jury Prize-winning property will be optioned for film and television by one or more of our production company sponsors and put into active development.

  • Special Jury Prize winner receives a custom 'ivory-foil' Horror2Comic prize comic.

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JUDGES

 We hand-picked judges from the world of film, television and comics who have a keen eye and love for all things horror. Our team is behind some of the genre's biggest hits -- CABIN FEVER, CREEPSHOW, ORPHAN, BORDERLAND, ZOMBEAVERS, LOST BOYS, and more.

 
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 Stan Spry - The Cartel  

Stan Spry is a Founding Partner and CEO of the Cartel and a Literary Manager and Producer who represents top tier writers, directors, producers, show runners, and production companies. Stan has produced over 150 movies and TV shows in 11 years and is the Executive Producer and financier of the hit series “Creepshow” for AMC/Shudder. 

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 Joshua Malkin - Writer 

Joshua has written feature projects for Sony, Fox, Universal Pictures and more than a dozen other companies. In 2008 he wrote Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever for Lionsgate. Joshua co-authored top-selling fantasy comic book series The Source (Scout Comics, Publisher – top title, 2018) and the upcoming YA graphic novel, Unikorn. He is the editor of SHIVER, Scout's upcoming Horror Anthology. 

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  Ethan Erwin - Dark Castle 

Ethan Erwin is Co-President of Production at Dark Castle Entertainment, overseeing all aspects of production and development. Ethan worked on films such as HOUSE OF WAX and KISS KISS, BANG BANG starring Robert Downey Jr., THE BOOK OF ELI, SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS, THE NICE GUYS.

His latest film, ORPHAN: FIRST KILL, a prequel to the cult hit ORPHAN, is being released by Paramount on August 19th.

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 Lauren Vilchik - Producer 

Lauren produced the hit horror franchise CABIN FEVER, and is the Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

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 Kyle Rankin - Writer/Director 

After winning Project Greenlight and co-directing THE BATTLE OF SHAKER HEIGHTS, Kyle directed INFESTATION for Mel Gibson’s Icon, NUCLEAR FAMILY for Michael Eisner’s Vuguru, and then created the viral videos Case Tape #347 and Exhibit B-5. In 2015, he crowdfunded NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB (on Amazon), and then used the same creation model for 2018's THE WITCH FILES (Netflix). His seventh feature, RUN HIDE FIGHT, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, 2020.

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 Tim Zajaros - Armory Films 

Tim is a parter in Armory Films and Thunder Comics. Before Tim produced critically-acclaimed films MUDBOUND and  PEANUT BUTTER FALCON, he was also behind the reboot of CABIN FEVER and the camp cult horror classic ZOMBEAVERS. 

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 Rich Douek - Writer 

Rich Douek is the Bram Stoker Award-nominated writer of original series like Sea of Sorrows, Road of Bones and Wailing Blade, as well as writing for Wastelanders: Star Lord, Superman: Red and Blue and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Universe. Born and bred in NYC, he currently lives across the river in Montclair NJ, where he works as a creative director in advertising when he’s not busy writing comics.

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Ashleigh Snead - Producer

Snead has produced numerous features including Shudder’s punk rock horror THE RANGER (SXSW 2018), sci-fi thriller THE BLOCK ISLAND SOUND (a Netflix Original), shark survival thriller THE REQUIN (Lionsgate/Saban), horror-comedy SCARE PACKAGE (Shudder), witchy western THE PALE DOOR (RLJE), disability inclusive horror DEMENTER (Dark Star Pictures/Arrow Video), and karma thriller DON'T LOOK BACK (dir Jeffrey Reddick, creator of FINAL DESTINATION).

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 Rider Strong 

After being cast as Gavroche in Les Miserables at nine years old, Rider Strong began his career as an actor, becoming best known for his roles on Boy Meets World and the cult horror film, Cabin Fever. Moving behind the camera, Rider wrote and directed short films that have played over 60 festivals worldwide and won both audience and juried awards. He returned to his roots, this time a a director for three seasons of the Emmy-nominated Girl Meets World. His play Never Ever Land premiered at Theatre Unleashed in Los Angeles in the fall of 2019.

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 Tony Bui - Filmmaker 

Tony won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for his film THREE SEASONS starring Harvey Keitel. He produced GREEN DRAGON starring Patrick Swayze and directed the TV pilot THE THROWAWAYS for Sony Crackle.

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 Don Handfield - Motor Content 

Producer of THE FOUNDER starring Michael Keaton and co-creator of History Channel's KNIGHTFALL. Handfield co-wrote the season finale of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories reboot on Apple+ which was based on his original comic series THE RIFT.

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 James Haick III - Scout Comics 

James Haick III is President of Scout Comics and the writer/creator of SOLAR FLARE, THE MALL, & LONG LIVE PRO WRESTLING, & THIRD WAVE 99. He also heads Scout’s marketing division, web store and retail outlet in Fort Myers, Florida. 

CRITERIA

 Judges assign a score based on the following elements (10 points each):

1. Concept

The basic premise of your story -- what it is about.

2. Plot

What happens in your story -- how the events unfold.

3. Characters

How compelling and unique are your characters.

4. Theme

The universal message your story conveys.

5. Dialogue

Unique voices, buried subtext, real emotion.

6. Market Appeal

Commercial potential and audience demand. 

7. Pacing

The timing of plot and character development.

8. Structure

Does your story have a satisfying beginning, middle and end.

9. Presentation

The style and format with which your story is on the page.

10. Emotion/Scare Factor

Does your story make people feel something. Good, bad or ugly.

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