Friday, May 29, 2015

New Graphic Novel "Starblood"

“Scotland horror author Carmilla Voiez and Belarus artist Anna Dmitrieva meet on a Deviant Art and create eye popping horror graphic novel.”

"Starblood, the graphic novel", is due to be released May 29 2015. There is a Facebook based party to celebrate and all guests will be given a free webcomic "Sex, Skulls and Sorcery" just for being there. The party can be found at

The graphic novel is based on Carmilla Voiez's debut novel Starblood. Starblood and Carmilla Voiez have won three awards since 2013 – Horror Fan's Asylum Horror Author of the Year 2013, Fearventure Author of the Year 2014 and The Three Bookateers' Horror Release of 2014, for the Starblood Trilogy.

Anna Dmitrieva has created concept art for computer games for the past 3 years and has a passion for bringing characters to life in her art.

Together they have created something uniquely terrifying, Starblood the graphic novel, which will be released on May 29th 2015.

They are working together to make graphic novel versions of the other two books in the Starblood Trilogy. Psychonaut will be released in 2016 and Black Sun in 2017. All graphic novel titles are published by Vamptasy Publishing an imprint of US independent publishing house Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly.

Synopsis -

STARBLOOD, a tale of magic and horror and the debut novel by Carmilla Voiez, has been transformed into a graphic novel by Anna Dmitrieva.

Blinded by love, Satori, a young magician, attempts a spell that goes horribly wrong, resulting in the demon Lilith returning to Earth. Satori knows he must send Lilith back. The dark goddess, brimming with power, makes it her mission to wreak havoc on Satori's life by ensnaring Star, the woman he loves, and her friends into a web of chaos and deceit.

Biographies -

Carmilla grew up on a varied diet of horror. Her earliest influences as a teenage reader were Graham Masterton, Brian Lumley and Clive Barker mixed with the romance of Hammer Horror and the visceral violence of the first wave of video nasties. Fascinated by the Goth aesthetic and enchanted by threnodies of eighties Goth and post-punk music she evolved into the creature of darkness we find today.

Living in the quiet town of Banff in North East Scotland, she finds inspiration in the wildlife, castles and desolate places which surround her. She lives with her two children, two cats and one poet-clown-partner by the sea.

Her books are both extraordinarily personal and universally challenging. As Jef Withonef of Houston Press once said - "You do not read her books, you survive them."

Signed to Vamptasy Publishing in 2012 three books in the critically acclaimed Starblood Trilogy have been published both separately as paperbacks and in one volume for Kindle.

Anna Dmitrieva is a CG artist from Belarus. Until 2012 she worked as a freelancer. From 2012 she has been working for Fenomen Games and is mostly involved in concept art creation. Her dream is to work full time as an illustrator.

FAQs -

Why did you decide to release a graphic novel version of Starblood?

Again and again I've been told that Starblood is an incredibly visual book and readers would love to see it as a movie. I haven't had anyone grab the movie rights YET, but it got me thinking about how else to bring the story to life. I've always loved graphic novels and when I met Anna, an incredibly talented artist who shared my vision, well the rest is history.

Are there any significant differences between the novel and the graphic novel?

Yes. The graphic novel focuses on three characters: Lilith, Satori and Star, whereas the novel focused on Freya as well. Anna saw some of the characters differently, in particular Star, who in the novel and my head had black ringlets. I loved her drawings so much I decided not to ask her to change Star back, but it did mean some of the dialogue had to change. In the graphic novel Star is referred to as the girl with the big eyes, whereas in the novel it's the girl with the curls.

Do you and Anna plan to work together again?

Absolutely. We've already committed to making graphic novel adaptations of Psychonaut and Black Sun.

Did you learn anything new about the story when you saw it in graphic novel form?

I realised just how much sex and mutilation I had written. It's a very adult graphic novel. I also realised that I had unwittingly written a few caricatures as background characters and vowed to avoid doing that again. Of course in comic art everything is magnified, but it was an eye-opener.

How long did it take to make the graphic novel from start to finish?

If you include the time it took to write the original story, then about three years. The script and the art was produced during the same period with preliminary sketches, discussion and changes to both. Then Anna worked on the final images and a few minor changes were made during that process. It took about a year of Anna and I working together, to produce the finished book.

Whose book is it?

It's definitely our book. With her art, Anna has added as much to the story as I have with the words and original plot line. One couldn't exist without the other.

Do you think releasing this book will change your life?

I love my life, but it can always be made easier by a steady income. Now a film deal, that would rock. Or a Starblood TV series. A girl can dream.

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