‘The Social Network’ Meets ‘Hellraiser’: New Horror Series ‘I Breathed A Body’ Announced From AfterShock
by Olly MacNamee
Writer Zac Thompson, artist Andy MacDonald, colourist Triona Farrell and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou announce their new horror series, I Breathed A Body from Aftershock Comics. As you can read for yourselves, it’s being positioned as a cross between The Social Network and Hellraiser and out January 20th.
“A science fiction horror series about social media, big tech, and influencer culture.
It’s ‘The Social Network’ meets ‘Hellraiser’. When the world’s biggest influencer posts something irredeemably horrific online, the world changes in an instant. Now it’s up to his social media manager, Anne Stewart, to fan the flames of outrage and create a sensationalist campaign that rewrites the rules of “banned content.” Thus begins a carnival of lust, revulsion, desire, and disgust – all for viral videos.
Written by Zac Thompson and illustrated by Andy MacDonald, ‘I Breathed A Body’ is a horror series about the voyeurism of violence and the Big Tech companies who
engineer patterns of fear in society.”
Furthermore, Thompson elaborates on this new series, his seventh with AfterShock Comics, in great detail, and touches upon where the idea for this fascinating an very contemporary horror came from originally:
“I Breathed A Body is a supernatural horror book set in Silicon Valley about the voyeurism of violence. Thanks to social media, we’ve become prepared to see death and despair at any moment. Modern social networks are a relentless barrage of provocative content designed to keep us outraged, engaged, and fearful. This book is an indictment of the Big Tech companies who engender and profit from this vitriolic environment.
Modern content culture deals in excess of everything. Violence, sex, depravity. We’ll consume anything that’s fed to us by our influencer idols. I Breathed A Body will lay bare the intimate psychology behind creating depraved content. The story follows social media manager, Anne Stewart who gave up her previous life to work for the most popular influencer in the world, Mylo Caliban. He’s an ultra-famous prankster and general shithead (think the Paul brothers), but Anne doesn’t mind making content with the kid. Until one night where everything changes. Mylo uploads something so vile and shocking that it threatens to change the world forever. This act throws Anne into the impossible position of planning and creating violent content in the pursuit of “viral videos”. And with each upload, things keep escalating.
Before coming to comics, I worked with YouTube influencers for years. I was a video producer creating content and attempting to leverage the labyrinthine algorithms that keep viewers engaged. Since then, the landscape of social media has changed for the worse. Fear takes precedence over all other emotions. We live in shocking times. Outrage drives engagement. Engagement drives profit and the question of the moral cost of this system has never been more important. This age of “content” is inherently appalling. This series will explore the ramifications of our collective moral outrage, its role in society, how/if it can affect change, and what it means to worship content above all else. If nothing is famous for longer than five minutes, does anything matter anymore?”
You’ve seen the cover now let’s take a first look at the debut issue, shall we?