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Channel Evil

A slick and sleazy chat show host gets more than he bargained for when he channels an ancient source of evil, unleashing terror and carnage upon the world.

"Smart, sharp and unforgettable, this is a spooky yarn no grown-up fear aficionado will dare to miss."

Win Wiacek - Now Read This

Originally released digitally as a four issue comic series and created by one the greatest writers of all time, Channel Evil is Alan Grant's imagination unleashed without compromise.

Written by Alan Grant, pencils and inks by Shane Oakley,
lettering by Jamie Grant and Jim Campbell.

Synopsis

Channel Evil

The story follows Jez Manson, a local TV chat show host ready to exploit everyone in a bid to make the big time. After watching a successful medium channel a benign spirit, Jez invites her on his show, ready to ridicule her for cheep laughs an a few headlines. But Jez is persuaded to try channelling himself. Full of scorn Jez agrees, planning to fake it, but it turns out that Jez is a natural and finds himself channelling Baal, an ancient source of evil.

Trying to laugh the whole thing off, Jez is unaware that he has opened a door for Baal to exploit and return chaos and destruction to the world. Jez finds his dreams full of twisted nightmares that share too many details with the next days news reports.

But the channelling show has made the national news and Jez could be on to the big time. Persuaded to channel him again on live TV, Jez knows deep down he's on the edge of the abyss but the lure of fame and fortune is too strong. What will he unleash this time?

Alan Grant

Writer

After 30 years of writing the fictional adventures of Batman, Judge Dredd and Terminator, "The 1812 War" is Scottish writer Alan Grant's first foray into actual history. He is shocked and delighted to find that real life is a lot worse - and a lot better - than fiction ever could be!

Alexander Finbow

Editor

A writer and film-maker by training, Alexander has been editing Renegade's comics for two years now under the guiding hand of Alan Grant.

Jamie Grant

Letterer

Jamie Grant made his first impression in comics with his run on Missionary Man in 2000 A.D. (following on from Frank Quitely). Since then he has become known more as a colorist on titles like We3, All-Star Superman, Hellblazer and Tales of the Buddha Before He Got Enlightened. Jamie lettered the first two issues of Channel Evil.

Shane Oakley

Art

Worked on and off in the comics industry for over twenty years; writing and drawing for some of the BIG guys(DC and Dark Horse), and some of the microscopic(Caliber - no, i didn't make a penny either). Hate and love the biz with a passion. Occasionally stray over to music and film, but that can be just as frustrating. Still, helps keep me off the streets.

Jim Campbell

Letterer

Jim Campbell is a professional comic-book letterer, one-time writer (perhaps again in the future!) and occasional artist (although his enthusiasm rather outstrips his actual ability). He knows more about print production than mortal man was meant to know and has also scanned more images than you've had hot dinners. Unless you're ninety years old. Jim lettered the final two issues of Channel Evil, and An Evening with Ba'al. He also handled production on the book.

Issues

Ultimate Channel Evil print edition

Ultimate Channel Evil print edition

A slick and sleazy chat show host gets more than he bargained for when he channels an ancient source of evil, unleashing terror and carnage upon the world.

'A spine-tinglingly twisted tale that proves that too much TV really is bad for your health. ALan Grant and Shane Oakley have crafted a masterwork of terror that chills you to the bone.' -Edward Kaye, Newsarama.

$66.66 More info →
Channel Evil collected print edition

Channel Evil collected print edition

A slick and sleazy chat show host gets more than he bargained for when he channels an ancient source of evil, unleashing terror and carnage upon the world.

'A spine-tinglingly twisted tale that proves that too much TV really is bad for your health. ALan Grant and Shane Oakley have crafted a masterwork of terror that chills you to the bone.' -Edward Kaye, Newsarama.
$19.99 More info →
Monster Sandwich Pack

Monster Sandwich Pack

For the monster-lover in you, this pack includes the Channel Evil Collected Edition and Monsterology 101, the first volume of the acclaimed Dept. of Monsterology series. This collection is packed to the brim with Lovecraftian antics and is guaranteed to ensnare even the most tentative of monster fans.

$30.00 More info →

Digital Issues

Channel Evil Issue 1 Digital Download

Channel Evil Issue 1 Digital Download

Also available from our iPad Bookstore app A slick and sleazy chat show host gets more than he bargained for when he channels an ancient source of evil, unleashing terror and carnage upon the world.
$1.99 More info →
Channel Evil Issue 3 Digital Download Shane Oakley cover

Channel Evil Issue 3 Digital Download Shane Oakley cover

Also available from our iPad Bookstore app

The third and penultimate issue in Alan Grant and Shane Oakley's horror tour de force continues as Fast Mick strives to find a balance between milking Jez Manson's new found success for every penny, and covering for his Ba'al influenced murderous acts. This download features Shane Oakley's cover, also available is Frank Quitely's variant cover issue. Choose your favourite or download them both.

$1.99 More info →
Channel Evil Issue 4 Digital Download D'Israeli Cover

Channel Evil Issue 4 Digital Download D'Israeli Cover

Also available from our iPad Bookstore app

The Final apocalyptic issue of Alan Grant and Shane Oakley's terrifying tale sees Jez Manson preparing for the biggest live show of his life, whilst Fast Mick lies, cheats and hides the bodies to make sure he can ride this cash cow all the way to pay day. But what does Ba'al have planned for an audience of millions? Will Detective Tate figure out who the real murderer is to stop the next killing? Find out now... This download features  D'Israeli's variant cover, also available is Shane Oakley's original cover issue. Choose your favourite or download them both.

This a pdf download. It is free from DRM and will open in any pdf reader and can be easily added to any mobile device.

$1.99 More info →
Channel Evil Issue 4 Digital Download Shane Oakley cover

Channel Evil Issue 4 Digital Download Shane Oakley cover

Also available from our iPad Bookstore app

The Final apocalyptic issue of Alan Grant and Shane Oakley's terrifying tale sees Jez Manson preparing for the biggest live show of his life, whilst Fast Mick lies, cheats and hides the bodies to make sure he can ride this cash cow all the way to pay day. But what does Ba'al have planned for an audience of millions? Will Detective Tate figure out who the real murderer is to stop the next killing? Find out now... This download features Shane Oakley's cover, also available is D'Israeli's variant cover issue. Choose your favourite or download them both.

This a pdf download. It is free from DRM and will open in any pdf reader and can be easily added to any mobile device.

$1.99 More info →
Channel Evil collected digital edition

Channel Evil collected digital edition

A slick and sleazy chat show host gets more than he bargained for when he channels an ancient source of evil, unleashing terror and carnage upon the world. This a pdf download. It is free from DRM and will open in any pdf reader and can be easily added to any mobile device.
$6.99 More info →

How Channel Evil came to be

In Alan's own words talking about the idea for Channel Evil:

"The idea originally came to me while I was reading a book by a guy who had formed a "channelling" group to contact the spirits of the dead. I did some research and found that, although it's ignored by the mainstream media, channelling has a huge audience all over the world. I wondered what would happen if, instead of channelling one of the boring spirits who advocate peace and love, somebody managed to channel the spirit of some long-forgotten scion of evil.

I used to own a flotation tank, it was soundproof, and totally dark. Once, when I was in the tank, I was thinking about a Batman story I was working on, which featured a villain known as Cornelius Stirk. Stirk suffered from severe mental illness, which he "treated" by cutting the still-beating hearts out of his victims and then consuming them. The thought suddenly flashed through my mind: "This is what I do for a living...and it's evil!" Immediately, and to my terror, a disembodied voice said clearly: "You think that is evil? I can show you what evil really is!" Chills ran up and down my spine. I broke out in a cold sweat. I was out of that tank faster than a ferret up a drainpipe! When I'd calmed down and thought about it, I realised that - whatever the reality of what had happened - it was a brilliant base on which to build a story. I hope it frightens readers as much as it terrified me."

Shane Oakley was always in Alan's mind when writing the story, and his unique style is perfectly suited to the beautiful and terrifying people and events Alan has created. Shane's take on Channel Evil:

"Working with Alan is another ‘dream box’ I’m ticking off. We’ve been trying to get together on a project for over ten years and I’m still buzzing that we’ve finally got there. Alan’s scripts are great to work with, they’re lean and mean, he gets on with the story, doesn’t arse about or waste space. I love the idea it’s set at the English seaside, like a lot of kids (and grown ups) I had many day trips/weekends away in Blackpool, the place has a very seductive glamour, a glittering feast for the senses. But it’s also a little grubby and seedy, which suits the personality of Jez and his show perfectly. And obviously, drawing nightmare scenes of horror and a big bad ass demonic storm god is a plus."

"Smart, sharp and unforgettable, this is a spooky yarn no grown-up fear aficionado will dare to miss."

Win Wiacek - Now Read This

"A cracking little horror-thriller, solidly crafted and really enjoyable. Really, really enjoyable."

Richard Bruton - Forbidden Planet Comics

"The story itself is classic Alan Grant; incorporating ancient myths with present day culture. Character development is excellent, and, something that Alan is great at; there is a proper ending, nothing is fudged or rushed. The artwork is great, and very appropriate, sparse in some places, and very detailed in others. The guest covers, as I've mentioned are beautiful. All in all a great read, and I would highly recommend either the paper edition or for the kindle fire."

Shalla - Amazon.co.uk Customer

"You get some great artwork by Oakley and a cool story idea by Grant. This issue hits on all levels and is worth checking out."

Dan Royer - Horrornews.net

"It’s a fun concept for a thriller/horror title making for a fast and enjoyable read. Shane Oakley creates some wonderful pages that deviate from the modern panel set up in comics today."

Dustin Cabeal - comicbastards.net