Remember when you were a kid and you’d huddle up under the blankets on your bed, armed with only a flashlight, and avoid sleep by reading Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark? Maybe you’ve since spent a few countless hours listening to the endless dark and twisted tales on Creepypasta. If you have, it’s about time you checked out Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, an audio style horror series on YouTube that has so far produced over 800 videos to over 170,000 subscribers. But wait – before you settle in to listen to some spooky, creepy tales, let me tell you this: Chilling Tales for Dark Nights is on its way to becoming an animated series. You can help make that happen!
From the creators:
For three years the Youtube channel Chilling Tales for Dark Nights has been giving people nightmares through audio dramas for as many as 100,000 people a week. Now it’s expanding into doing creepy cartoons. It’s developing a pilot for an episodic series that will recapture the old magic of programs like the Twilight Zone with some of the hottest new names in online horror fiction.
Not only will the animated version of Chilling Tales for Dark Nights incorporate illustration similar to the old Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark illustrator Stephen Gammell, using artists such as David Romero, Giselle Rosser and Bo Mathorne (the filmmaker responsible for the award winning short film, the Backwater Gospel), but Craig Groshek has also pinned down Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger himself – as a voice actor in at least one of the animated shorts. Along with Mr. Englund, Groshek has also secured YouTube personalities Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach, Tay Zonday, Rob Dyke and Cryaotic for help with the voicework.
This is only the beginning. The goal, according to the Kickstarter page:
Our immediate goal is to produce one or more high-quality animated horror productions suitable for public release, which can also be utilized as part of a major network pitch, which demonstrate the technical and artistic/creative capabilities of our team of producers and voice over artists.
Our ultimate goal is to fund as many original episodes of Chilling Tales for Dark Nights as possible, either in an animated graphic novel style, or in a fully animated style, depending on funding, and to release those episodes first to our campaign backers, and then to the general public. The more money we raise, the more episodes we’ll be able to make (and the better the animation!).
Full animation is exceptionally time-consuming, and thus expensive. Therefore, our initial goal is a modest one: to fund the production of a single animated graphic novel-style adaptation (similar to this music video) of an existing CTFDN audio production, The Scarecrow Corpse, written by independent author Kristopher Mallory, and featuring a collaboration with 16+ million-subscriber YouTube Let’s Play gaming personality Markiplier. The original audio production can be heard as part of a compilation here:
So what are you waiting for? You want to be a part of this ground breaking foray into horror animation, don’t you? Even a donation of $5 will get Groshek and his crew closer to where they need to be to create their first animated film. To see all of the perks and more information on this Kickstarter campaign, check out the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights kickstarter campaign page. You won’t be disappointed!