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If you, like us, have been awaiting the return of the amazingly talented Mike Baron (Nexus, Badger) to comics, you just might have to wait just a bit longer, but that’s only because Baron has been writing prose novels for the past couple of years, and yes, they are totally awesome. His novels, Helmet Head, Whack Job, and Skorpio have garnered him critical praise and now he has launched a Kickstarter for his latest novel, Banchees.

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The Banshees, were notorious rock ‘n’ roll band who were perhaps best known for their satanic lyrics, drunken excess and rumors of blood sacrifice, the Banshees shocked the world with their only album Beat the Manshees. Death stalked their concerts — lightning, stabbings, overdoses. The world heaved a sigh of relief when the Banshees all died in a plane crash. Or did they? It’s now 40 years after that fateful crash, and with no fanfare, they appear in a seedy Prague nightclub, looking and sounding exactly the same. As can be expected, the Banshees phenomenon goes viral. Everyone wants to know, are they real or is it all just a scathingly brilliant publicity stunt? And the nightmare has gotten worse. Every time the Banshees play someone dies. Is it bad luck or part of some diabolical plan?

Ian St. James, the son of original Banshees drummer Oaian St. James, can’t believe his eyes. He joins with In Crowd magazine’s beautiful young reporter Connie Cosgrove to discover the truth. As the two follow the band traveling to Europe and America, they discover the secret history of the Banshees and their ties to black magic, the Russian mob and the mysterious Lord Rathkrogen. Ian must fight through his own jealousy, inadequacy and alcoholism to battle the most dangerous demon of all. Or the Banshees concert in Palisades Park in Los Angeles will be more than just the end of the tour. It could be the end of the world.

Robert T. Garcia’s American Fantasy Press intends to publish a signed limited edition of Banshees (a rock ‘n’ roll horror novel by Mike Baron) , a signed trade edition, as well as an e-book of Baron’s newest novel (author of Whack Job, Helmet Head, Biker, Skorpio, and Biker and Bruce Lee: Ghost of the Dragon). Mike’s the winner of two Eisners and an Inkpot Award for his ground-breaking comic epic Nexus available as a dozen graphic novel archives. Banshees will have a cover by Erik M. Gist and B&W interior art by Spanish cover artist Jordi Armengol. Mike has been working on this book for about two years, and it will be his first hardcover novel.

Supporters at the single level and above will receive the hardcover, featuring a full color dust jacket by Erik M. Gist with three pieces of black and white interior art by Jordi Armengol.

  • Clothbound first edition
  • Size: 6” x 9”
  • Signed by author and artists
  • Printed on Natural acid-free stock
  • Stamped in gold on Spine
  • Embossed endpapers unique to Kickstarter edition
  • Smythe-sewn
  • The Banshees Kickstarter Edition will be limited to the number of backers and the book’s contributors and publisher. It will have a separate bound-in sheet with the backers’ names. It will not be available as an Add-on.

The copies for sale to the public (signed hardcover edition) will feature a full color dust jacket by Erik M. Gist, and three pieces of black and white interior art by Jordi Armengol.

  • Clothbound first edition
  • Size: 6” x 9”
  • Signed by author and artists
  • Printed on Natural acid-free stock
  • Stamped in gold on Spine
  • Smythe-sewn
  • Planned Retail Price $40.00

The E-book edition (an e-book edition of Banshees).

Other rewards include:

  • Banshees RIP Backstage Pass: This is a small laminated faux Backstage Pass to a Banshees Comeback Concert in L.A. with a lanyard. Great for Halloween or conventions, where you can splash some fake blood on it for effect.
  • The final cover sketch for Banshees by Erik M. Gist: The one-of-a-kind final cover sketch for the cover painting of Banshees. This will be signed by Erik.
  • The Architect: is a stand-alone 70-page horror paperback graphic novel written by Baron and illustrated by Andie Tong, published by Big Head Press. It’s a tale that starts with petty evil and grows through one-man’s megalomania into an epic horrific catastrophe.

We have been told that the Funding for this book will be used to pay for:

  • Completion of the production work (i.e.; designing, copy-editing, printing the signature pages, etc.)
  • Rights for this edition from Mike Baron
  • Creation of the incidental art throughout by Jordi Armengol
  • Creation of the cover painting by Erik M. Gist
  • The printing and shipping of the books

Baron is an author with a very unique sensibility and style that always makes his writing not only exciting but also sometimes quite controversial. While he began his career as a comicbook writer — creating the popular Nexus and Badger in 2012, he began writing novels including, Whack Job, Helmet Head and Skorpio which are available from WordFire Press. The mystery novel Biker is available from Airship 27.

Erik M. Gist gained notoriety as the cover artist for Guillermo Del Toro’s comic series The Strain. He has also painted numerous illustrations for book covers and games, including work on several Forgotten Realms, Ravenloft, and Eberron series of novels, as well as Magic the Gathering, The Phantom, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Erik’s clients include TOR, Wizards of the Coast, Upperdeck Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment, DC Comics, Boom! Studios, Moonstone Books, Radical Publishing, Night Shade Books, Palladium Books, Blizzard Entertainment, Viking Childrens Books, Monkey Brain Books, Moebius Models, Quarto Publishing, and Chiat-Day.

Jordi Armengol is an artist from Barcelona, Spain. As an illustrator, Jordi painted all the science fiction covers for Libro Andrómeda from 1999 to 2011, he was also the cover artist for Baron’s Skorpio, and cover artist for the series Chronicles of an Urban Hero by Norma Editorial. As a writer, Jordi has been a finalist in the “Manuel de Pedrolo” awards and has been included in the anthology Fabricantes de Sueños published by AEFCFT (Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror).

Robert Garcia and his wife Nancy are the publishers at American Fantasy Press. This private press specializes in producing limited editions, hardcovers and chapbooks; which has been publishing books since 1991.


Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.


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