Hot Rod Horror: 'Fusing classic cars with classic monsters'

Hot Rod Horror: 'Fusing classic cars with classic monsters'

PORTLAND, Ore. - "I've always been obsessed with horror," said Devon Devereaux. "Classic monster movies: Dracula, Frankenstein, Twilight Zone."
   
Devereaux
is an illustrator and publisher who had a booth at the 2013 Wizard World Portland Comic Con selling original art prints and copies of his two self-published graphic novels, "Tales of Hot Rod Horror" volumes one and two.
   
Mixing hot rod culture with themes of monsters and horror is not a new idea. Ed "Big Daddy" Roth popularized the style airbrushing his designs onto shirts, and was advertising his “Weirdo Shirts” in Car Craft magazine as of August 1959. The popularity of his designs took off, with mass-produced shirts and plastic model kits selling well by 1963.
   
"The Tales of Hot Rod Horror" anthologies are not an imitation of this earlier work in the genre, but rather an homage to Roth and his contemporaries as Devereaux explains in the introduction.
   
About 10 years ago Devereaux was asked to be part of a hot rod show.
   
“I don't know if I really do hot rods, but I always loved doing horror,” said Devereaux. “Once I started doing it, I fell in love with the idea of fusing classic cars with classic monsters, and doing this wild mash-up.”
   
In 2005 Devereaux got some of his friends together and made the first "Tales of Hot Rod Horror," but no publisher would take on the project, claiming that it was not marketable. Undeterred, he decided to do it himself. Devereaux raised the funds to self-publish the first Tales of Hot Rod Horror under his own Cackling Imp Press, and has sold 3,000 copies.
   
The second volume, published in 2012, had the same issues being published. This time Devereaux turned to Kickstarter to fund publishing, raising almost double his goal of $2,500. For the third volume, which is still a work in progress, Devereaux has no plans to find an outside publisher for the book.
   
“Just with the way digital publishing is going, and all these platforms like Kickstarter and the Apple iTunes store, I don't even know if I'm going to shop into a larger publisher,” said Devereaux. “I think we're just going to go in and make it as weird and cool as we want it to be.
   
“I'm really proud of  Tales of Hot Rod Horror Volume 2,” said Devereaux. “I think to date, this is the coolest book I've been a part of. I'm very happy it's finally out.”