Corpse Cold: New American Folklore Launches Kickstarter Campaign


If you grew up in the '80's and '90's, chances are you remember a terrifying, yet intriguing little book that you couldn't resist spending all your lunch money on at your local Scholastic School Book Fair. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was served as a doorway for many young horror fans that led them to the genre aficionados they are today as adults. Controversial and exciting, the first of the trio of books that deemed the seventh most violently challenged literary work by the American Library Association from 2000-2009, only helped solidify the wonderful legacy of author Alvin Schwartz and illustrator Stephen Gammell who in turn, paved the way and inspired horror artists to follow in their footsteps. Much like authors John Brhel and Joe Sullivan and illustrator Chad Wehrle.

"Corpse Cold: New American Folklore" is an all-new book inspired by the likes of the Scary Stories tales and Fear Steet series by Goosebumps legend R.L. Stein. The novella contains "15 chilling-campfire-style" urban legends with accompanying art that is pulled from your deepest nightmares. 

We grew up watching Twilight Zone and Are You Afraid of the Dark? and reading books like Washington Irving’s TheSketch Book and various American horror anthologies,” said Brhel. “The unsettling stories and imagery found in books like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark made an impact on Joe, Chad, and myself, all the way back in elementary school. In fact, those books are one of the biggest reasons why we write today. With Corpse Cold, we hope to provide that same sort of reading experience for people like us — readers who are grown up, but still nostalgic for creepy art and new takes on well, and lesser known, urban legends and folktales.

Per the Press Release:

Brhel and Sullivan have co-written several books of paranormal and weird fiction, including Tales From Valleyview Cemetery (2015) and At The Cemetery Gates: Year One (2016). They are launching their Kickstarter campaign to cover production costs for the book, as well as artist fees.

A selection of stories to be included in Corpse Cold: New American Folklore:

“Moss Lake Island”


A carefree getaway in the Adirondacks takes a terrifying turn when two friends stumble upon an island inhabited by witches…

“Two Visions, 1984”

A journalist on his way to cover an event with President Ronald Reagan picks up a hitchhiker with a series of visions regarding his future…

“The Woman on the Campus Green”

A college student with a dark family history finds himself the subject of a strange secret admirer…

“Black Dog”


Two teenage brothers encounter the strange creature that their father had warned them about since childhood, while hunting in the woods near their home…

“Autoplay On”


A man falls asleep watching a playlist of internet videos and ends up playing a clip he was never supposed to see…

A Kickstarter campaign for this exciting new collection of horror tales for both young readers and adults will debut on September 30th, 2017, so check back with the official website and follow Cemetery Gates Media's social media's handles listed below for progress updates and a link to the crowdfunding site when it goes live! For more information visit their Facebook page HERE or their website at