This illustration is based on a smaller, black and white drawing I completed for a story by Andrew Kaye in the hilarious SF anthology, Unidentified Funny Objects, Volume 4. I liked the cartoon enough that I decided to develop it into a larger piece. It was my original goal to make it look like the cover of a vintage sci-fi comic I would want to read. But after a while, I wanted to tell the story behind the goth girl, so I wrote a five hundred word short and worked it into the art...a bit of a challenge, given the space constraints. I ended up editing out a sentence or two to make it fit. (I also added voices to the shadows) The complete text of the story can be found in my Book of Nightmares.


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