Shakespeare Unleashed – A Horror Anthology & Comic Book

Created by James Aquilone

Wicked stories & sonnets based on the Bard's work by Joe R. Lansdale, Ian Doescher, Cullen Bunn, Seanan McGuire, Jonathan Maberry and many more. ** SHIPPING NEXT YEAR **

Latest Updates from Our Project:

True Believers Comic From Stephen Graham Jones Launches
3 months ago – Tue, Sep 12, 2023 at 11:40:08 AM

TRUE BELIEVERS, a slasher comic created by NYT bestseller Stephen Graham Jones and Josh Viola, has gone live. The campaign has six awesome variant covers and a bunch of early-bird specials that will be available for the first 24 hours.

I'm helping to run the campaign, which just funded! So come on over and say hi!

Check it out here. 

Shakespeare Unleashed Needs You!
4 months ago – Fri, Aug 18, 2023 at 03:26:52 PM

By now everyone should have gotten their rewards. Fulfillment went very smoothly. Maybe I'm getting better at this! I hope you're all happy with the anthology and comic.

Now I need your help. I really think Shakespeare Unleashed is an amazing book and I want it to get the attention it deserves. Most publishers spend hundreds of dollars at NetGalley to get reviews. I didn't feel like plunking down $500 to get reviews. I'd rather spend that money of donuts and books. As a result, we don't have many reviews 

If you've read the book, please, please, leave a review or rating — a simple rating is perfectly fine — on Amazon and Goodreads. I'd really appreciate it and Amazon doesn't promote books with a low number of reviews.

Still, we're doing pretty well. In fact, we were a No. 1 New Release in Horror Anthologies. 



Since, I'm getting really good at running Kickstarters I've decided to do it for other people. My first gig is running the upcoming campaign for a very cool slasher comic by Stephen Graham Jones and Josh Viola.  It's a great read and there's a ton of amazing artwork and rewards. Trust me, you're going to want this book. It's launching in a few weeks. Sign up here for an email  alert when it goes live.

All the Shakespeare Unleashed Hardcovers Have Arrived! Fulfillment Has Begun!
5 months ago – Tue, Jul 18, 2023 at 01:30:39 PM

I just got all the Shakespeare Unleashed hardcovers! All 1100 pounds of them. Fulfillment has already begun and I hope to be done in a week or two. 

I updated the addresses that a few of you sent me last week. If anyone else needs to update their addresses, this is your last chance. 

1100 pounds of Shakespeare Unleashed

 The book is truly gorgeous. I think you'll all be pleased.  And please leave a review on Amazon and Goodreads. We can really use them. It was way too expensive to use NetGalley, which is where most publishers get their reviews. I don't know how people afford that. I'd rather put that money into my books. 

Shakespeare Unleashed Hardcovers Are Here —And Verily They Are Gorgeous!
6 months ago – Tue, May 30, 2023 at 01:15:03 PM

I just got the first batch of hardcovers and I'm very pleased with the quality. This is the best looking book I've published. I'm in love with this book! I might just go ahead and read it again. 

The rest of the books should be here in 4 weeks and I'm hoping to be done with fulfillment in 2 weeks from there. 

Posters are here. There's one behind the hardcover in the first image below. The comics are in and I just shipped them out to all the backers who are just getting the comic and not the hardcover. Most of the T-shirts are out. I have some more to ship this week.

If you read the ebook, please leave a rating or review at GoodReads.


Monstrous Books' next anthology, DEAD DETECTIVES SOCIETY, is coming to Kickstarter next week. You don't want to miss this one. We have some really big surprises in store, and you'll want to back it early because we'll have a bunch of signed books from our contributors available. 

DEAD DETECTIVES SOCIETY is a collection of brand-new weird detective stories. Announced contributors inlcude  Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble), Steve Niles (Cal McDonald), David Avallone (Nick Carter), Rena Mason (Jin G. Fox), and Lisa Morton (Frankenstein Monster). We'll be announcing more in the coming days. 

This anthology will have more artwork than any other I've done. Below is a sampling.

Get an email alert on launch here

 Get an email alert on launch here

Shakespeare Unleashed Digital Rewards Available! PLUS, A NEW KICKSTARTER PROJECT!!!
7 months ago – Mon, May 01, 2023 at 12:56:38 PM

All the digital rewards for Shakespeare Unleashed are now available. You should have received an email from BackerKit or you can sign in to your BackerKit account and grab them. T-shirts have been going out as well as print comic books—as long as you aren't also getting the hardcover anthology, then you'll have to wait until they're in, which should be soon.


Because we don't rest at Monstrous Books, our next Kickstarter is getting ready launch. And you all are the first to hear about it...

What is the Dead Detectives Society?

I can tell you, but then I’d have to—

Well, let’s just say it will soon be your favorite anthology. Or I should say “anthologies,” because it’s going to be a series. And it’s going to include a bunch of…surprises.

This project is very close to my heart and I’ve invited some awesome people to collaborate with, so…

Click the link to sign up for an alert for when the Kickstarter campaign launches.

You don’t want to miss this, or I just might have to...send the Dead Detectives Society to investigate and you don’t want that. Or maybe you do!