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Cirque Du Mort FREE on Amazon Over The Holidays

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You can currently grab Cirque Du Mort: Volume One for FREE on your Amazon Kindle or Kindle app on your phone/e-reader over the holiday season. This offer is made available by KDP Select and is only available from Dec. 22nd – Dec. 26th. Grab your copy while you can and enjoy your visit to the haunted circus with some spooky tales over the Festive Season.

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a collection of gruesome short stories centering around the cast of a haunted circus. Their lives, loves, deaths and everything in between. From the tragic to the ridiculous, the romantic to the macabre, each character in this cursed carnival has a story to share with you. 

Meet Felicity and Mallory: the famous Janus sisters. They shared a womb, a life, a liver, a grave… 

Or Mimi the Mime. Once a chatty clown with stories to tell – she just couldn’t hold her tongue. So someone held it for her… 

Roll up! Roll up! Enter if you dare… The greatest show NOT of this Earth… 

‘Cirque Du Mort’ is a self published book; written, edited and illustrated by Anastasia Catris. It was published in May 2015 and launched at London MCM Comic Expo. 

Volume One contains 10 unique and highly illustrated short stories surrounding different circus characters and how they met their grisly ends. Told in a variation of styles from fairy tales and nursery rhymes to fiction and realism, this is a collage of style and art that is bound to delight.

Don’t forget to leave a review of the book on Amazon and Happy Holidays!


Cirque Du Mort – Now On Your Kindle!

After a lot of programming, editing and learning how to create an e-book, Cirque Du Mort is now available to download on your Kindle! If you don’t have a Kindle you can download the Kindle Reading Ap, available on most mobile devices (I downloaded mine via the Play Store on my Samsung) or even on your PC (LINK HERE) so there is no excuse.

While I personally prefer the physical copy (which you can buy via ETSY and will be available to buy direct from Amazon very soon), with your Kindle you are free to zoom into the images and see all the little details of their costumes and character.

Within only a few hours of going live on Amazon, Cirque Du Mort had already reached #1 BEST SELLER on the YA Short Horror Stories chart! Which is amazing! And, thanks to the help of some wonderful Kickstarter backers, friends, family and a couple of kind reviewers from Goodreads, it has managed to stay in the Top Ten since (EDIT: Hit #1 again on the 30th June).

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Every review, purchase and download of the book helps propel it up the main Kindle chart and the further up the chart it goes, the more likely it is to be seen by a wider audience. If you would like to leave a review of the book but are a little foggy as to how, I’ve made a helpful guide below.

How to write a Kindle review

The link to the Amazon Page can be found HERE

I will also be running a Birthday Book Promotion Weekend from the 16th-19th July, where the Kindle book will be FREE to download, so, if you can’t afford it right now, fret not! Simply wait for that weekend and you can grab yourself a free copy. You can find more information on the weekend or set it as an event on your Facebook (so you can get reminders) by joining THIS EVENT on Facebook.

Instead of birthday wishes this year I would love for you to download my book and leave a review, or even just tweet/instagram/blog/vlog/facebook/email about it and tell your friends and family. Every share of the book and positive review, download or purchase helps not only speed it up the ranks of Amazon, but cements it firmly as a popular and well regarded book on one of the biggest book dealership websites available. And that is a pretty amazing birthday present!

Thank you all for having a read of this post and checking out the Cirque Du Mort, I really hope you enjoy it. Don’t forget, even if you haven’t bought the book via Amazon (i.e. if you are a Kickstarter Backer, bought it at a convention or on Etsy, or received a review copy on Goodreads) you can still leave a review on Amazon. The event for the free book promotion can be found here and the Amazon link is here. Let’s get this circus on the road!

Valentine’s Cards Now on Sale

by Anastasia Catris in Artwork Comments: 2 tags: art, cirque du mort, Greeting Card

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You can now order Cirque Du Mort themed greetings cards with the above design, themed around two of my favourite characters, Seam (the costume master) and Ragdoll (the trapeze artist).

Why not order something a little different for your loved one this Valentine’s Day?

The cards measure 5.5″ x 4.25″ and come with a plain white envelope included. Cards are left blank for your own personal message and as such can be used for events other than Valentine’s Day, from birthdays to anniversaries, to just sweet thank yous.

This detailed greetings card depicts an anatomical human heart which has been patched back together using scraps of material, a sewing needle and thread. It is adorned with a scroll stating the words ‘Made For You’ and an orange Monarch butterfly with a circus/carnival style backdrop.

Whilst this is a piece of ‘Cirque Du Mort’ merchandise, it is also ideal for those interested in tattoo imagery, Gothic style, circus style, sewing and crafts and horror, while also being a romantic card.

(Please be aware that items are shipped from the UK so those of you overseas may not receive them in time for Feb 14th, but they would still make lovely Anniversary, Birthday, Engagement cards or just a nice little note card).

Find the cards on my Etsy store here.

Cirque Du Mort and all of its characters are © Anastasia Catris 2014 onwards.

Cirque Du Mort Speed Painting

by Anastasia Catris in Artwork Comments: 2 tags: art, circus, cirque du mort, Inking, Speed Paint, WIP

For those of you who may have missed my ‘speed paint’ of the Cirque Du Mort ring leader from my original Kickstarter campaign, here it is in all of its glory. I’m hoping to create a lot more of these in the future and start streaming my artwork live via Justin.TV. This will include traditional and digital painting and even some of my professional sketch cards. What would you like to see me draw live?

Cirque in Progress

by Anastasia Catris in Artwork Comments: 2 tags: art, cirque du mort, WIP, Work In Progress

Cirque in Progress

Do you see what I did there? Work? Cirque? … Okay, yeah, I’m pretty tired. Had a very productive day however and can safely say that two more characters are well on there way. First off, allow me to introduce you to Callista, the Bearded Beauty. I absolutely love Callista’s character. Her costume is inspired by Persian art and fashion as well as obviously burlesque. She is a thick, gorgeous woman and I love that she just oozes sex appeal while also rocking the body hair. You may be able to see I didn’t just go for the beard, she also has un-shaved underarms and thick inner eyebrows. Looking forward to colouring her and inserting her into the Cirque along with her story and center fold.


Next up we have ‘The Torso’, Miranda. When I was writing Miranda I just imagined her having this confidence and mystery (as will be shown in her story). You’re not sure what Miranda’s real story is, she never seems to tell the same story twice. She is only sure of one thing and that is no matter who you are, what you are, she is twice the woman you will ever be. I love her 1930’s hairstyle and can’t wait to introduce her to you properly in the book (Can’t show you too much in the teaser phase as I don’t want to give anything away.


Finally and pretty excitingly, I have a logo for the book, merchandise and general publicity. I actually worked on this during Birmingham MCM the other week but only just got the chance to clean it up and scan it. Thanks to Jeremy from Zombie Bears who was sat next to me throughout the con and gave his professional feedback (see how us horror Indies stick together). I also managed to pick up some A5 backing boards and plastic dust bags, so each copy of Cirque Du Mort which gets sent out will be bell protected and professionally packaged. They will hopefully all also be sealed with a sticker with this little logo on it.

logoI can also excitingly reveal that I have today applied for a batch of ISBN numbers! This is ridiculously exciting as it means I will be able to stock the Cirque Du Mort in Amazon and other online retailers as well as attempt to sell it into bookstores. If you know a local book store that likes to encourage indie creators, please send them my way. I already have a few comic stores kindly looking to stock it, but the more the merrier!


Kicking It Forward

When I started my own Kickstarter, I knew that I wanted to pledge to Kick It Forward to other projects. Kickstarter is a brilliant tool to encourage new and exciting independent projects that might not otherwise see the light of day, so the least I could do is support others on the site. Here are a couple of my favourite projects which I have backed recently and are still running alongside my own Kickstarter. Please take some time to check them out as they are all worthy of your attention and definitely deserve the praise they have been getting from Kickstarter and the public. If you are kind enough to back them, please leave a comment below – I’d love to know what you liked about them – or leave a comment on their Kickstarter wall.

F*** You Kitty Jenkins


Project Deadline – October 30th 6pm BST

As an artist who started off life with a comic about an evil cat, with an intentionally offensive title, I have a soft spot for this mad little moggy. If you are a fan of surreal, cosmic kitties with a penchant for taking you on wild and wacky adventures, then this comic is for you. The art is adorable and it looks like a very fun project with a lot of future potential. Not to mention the creators are incredibly cool and passionate people and deserve all of your encouragement and support. This definitely plays to the Bee and Puppycat crowd while also having something unique and different about it. While the project is already fully funded, we all know the pitfalls of last minute pledge changes and the ominous threat of Kickstarter fees and unseen costs – so please go and check these guys out and offer your support. Most importantly, you can get a pre-order of the book out of it, and it looks to be a good one.

You can find the project here and also visit Backwards Burd Comics on Facebook and Twitter @BackwardsBurd 

7String Volume 2 – Ready To Launch


Project Deadline – October 30th 7.55am BST

I have been lucky enough to know this amazing artist through conventions for a few years now and been following his gorgeous comic 7String since I first laid eyes on it at Bristol Comic Con (my first English con as an exhibitor). Nich Angell not only shares a name with Simon Pegg’s character in Hot Fuzz, he is also a kick ass comic creator and mastermind behind the beautiful world of Melodia (not to mention one of themost amazing colourists I have had the pleasure of meeting). In 7String Volume 2 you follow the adventures of Zachary Briarpatch in a world where music is a martial art, and instruments your weapons. I cannot recommend this comic series enough and by supporting the Kickstarter you are entering into a rich world with a great backstory and wonderful future to expand into. Check out the 7String Kickstarter now and secure your pre-order (there are also rewards available to purchase Volume 1 for as little as £8)

 You can find the 7String project here and also visit 7String on Facebook or Nich Angell on Twitter @nichangell

Complete Samurai Chef Print Edition


October 27th 5.48pm BST

A story based fashion brand I hear you ask? Well, yes. This well honed, fantastically drawn comic is also a highly fashionable apparel brand with some brilliant hats and shirts which I have had the pleasure of seeing in the flesh at AniManga POP Bristol. The cartoon art is very well coloured and characters well realized, but most importantly it is incredibly fun – fighting, food, Samurai swords and adorable characters – what more could you want? They have already managed to raise a whopping 293% of their original goal of a mere £650 asking fund, but these guys deserve so much more than that! By backing the project you can get a pre-order of the book as well as some very well priced, high quality gear, so don’t miss out!

Find the Kickstarter Project here or visit Samurai Chef on Facebook and Twitter @mayamada

Canaan Cult Revival


November 1st 4am BST

As a creator of a horror book Kickstarter myself, I felt an instant affinity with this project: “A magazine sized anthology of horror comics about demonology & exorcism” – I mean, how perfect does that sound? Artists actually pulled out from this project at the beginning because the stuff these guys are dealing with is so harrowing! The best Kickstarter by far for horror fans (okay, mine’s pretty good too I guess, but this isn’t about me! Haha), especially coming up on Halloween. The comic is also already completed and ready to ship out to people as soon as the campaign is over, if funding is successful. They are currently at $1,481 of their $5,000 (That’s about $3,124), so British backers – please bear in mind how far your pounds will go to help our American horror brethren and get supporting.

You can find the project over on Kickstarter here

Don’t forget, my own Kickstarter is still running until November 1st at 8am, so please feel free to check it out. It is fully funded, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still take advantage of the pledge rewards and, of course, order your pre-order copy of Cirque Du Mort

Cirque Du Mort Fully Funded!

by Anastasia Catris in Announcement Comments: 2 tags: art, cirque du mort, kickstarter

Okay, so if any of you were following me on Facebook or Twitter yesterday you may have noticed that things got a little bit crazy! At 10.30pm on October 3rd, only 38 hours after going live, Cirque Du Mort reached FULLY FUNDED on Kickstarter! I was absolutely speechless when I found out! I have been working non-stop promoting the page since 8am yesterday morning, emailing, messaging and social media-ing like crazy (I apologize if I’ve been a bit of a nuisance), but today it all paid off!

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I even managed to get featured on the ‘What’s Popular in Comics’ Page! Thanks to the amazing help of my friends, family, work colleagues and some fantastic folk on Kickstarter itself, my project has already managed to hit its goal with 28 days to spare! I never could have imagined this happening. It’s the sort of thing that happens to famous people and people with really strong fan bases, not someone who is hosting their first project for their first creator owned book! Needless to say I am incredibly humbled.

Of course, the Kickstarter doesn’t end there – people can still drop out, change their pledges or it can just go stale in the next 28 days, so I will have to keep working at it and adding to it to keep it fresh and exciting for everyone involved; but at least this gives me a lot more time in which to do that.

Also, people can still keep on funding right up until the project’s end on Nov 1st, so if you would like to get your pre-order of the (now highly anticipated it would seem) Cirque Du Mort, then please head on over to the Kickstarter page for more information.

In the meantime, here is a small thank you video I took as soon as I found out about the funding. Thank you all again SO MUCH!

Cirque Du Mort Kickstarter Goes Live

Well, after months of preparation and panic, my first Kickstarter project went live at 9am on October 2nd. In only a few hours it has already been Re-Tweeted, Facebooked, Tumbled and Favourited by so many of my friends and family and I could not be more grateful to each and every one of them. Not only that, it has actually received a LOT of pledges already! Which I can hardly believe.

I have been working on this Kickstarter presentation since about June, creating graphics, pledge reward ideas and researching printers/budget etc… I have also been an active member of Kickstarter since 2011 and in that time have funded over 30 projects (which, when you’re a starving artist yourself, is no mean feat). Believe me, I wish I could have helped out with more – I always manage to find some awesome projects on that site. I think one of the most terrifying things about a Kickstarter is that, if you fail, your project is stuck on the internet for the rest of time and for all to see; so I really did put the pressure on when creating this project.

The book itself is called Cirque Du Mort, I’ve actually spoken about it on here before but never really gone into much depth about it as I wanted to save a lot of that for the Kickstarter. Now you can see more about it on the Kickstarter page (including some fun and creepy little videos about it) here. I came up with the idea late in 2013 when I was doodling at a convention and started drawing some circus style character designs. Felicity and Mallory, the conjoined twins, who many of you may have seen on my Facebook Page, were the first ones to really inspire a story. Before I knew it these characters had personalities, histories and origins and I knew I wanted to show them to people.


The idea of the Cirque Du Mort actually came about after the first few characters had been written. Years ago I used to attend Summer School in the Sherman Theatre and for a few of the physical theatre pieces that we did we had to study clowning. I absolutely loved these classes, though at the time I’m sure I just found them quite surreal. During this time I created a nameless character who ended up following me into many of my future devised pieces of theatre, a blue haired clown who would eerily observe the behaviour on stage like some creepy MC. She personified calm confidence to me and maybe that’s one of the reasons I ended up dyeing my hair blue when I went to art school, as she had always been a part of my creative process.

In Cirque Du Mort, this nameless character has evolved into the Ringleader of the Circus of Death, and keeper of the unfortunate souls that reside within it. I guess it’s only appropriate that a character I have had haunting me since I started truly creating should be the ringmaster of my little book of creations.

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The whole project has got me nervous and excited all at the same time as, despite being a work of fiction, there is still a lot of me in it stylistically. And, most importantly, it is my first ever book that is completely my own, so I am obviously quite anxious to know what people think.

If you’d like to follow the project, be sure to visit the Kickstarter Page where you can back the project or just simply watch it. I’m speechless by the amount of support it has already got from so many people and I only hope it does well enough that I can show everyone what I have been working on and introduce them to my morbid little band of characters.

Cirque Du Mort is an illustrated book of 10 horror stories revolving around a haunted circus. The book will be printed in colour with 24 pages, saddle stitching. Please check out the project page for more details. You can also follow the Cirque Du Mort Facebook Page here.

Secret Creator-Owned Project Revealed

Secret Creator-owned Project Finally Revealed!

I have been teasing you with this for a while now. Those of you who follow my Facebook page may have heard rumblings of a super secret personal project in the works and a while ago I said that I would tell you more as soon as my Facebook page reached 666 likes (surely that was a bit of a hint)

Well, my Facebook page reached its goal over the weekend and as promised, here is the reveal for my new creator-owned project. In a few months I will be launching a Kickstarter Project for my first Creator-Owned Illustrated Book, The Cirque Du Mort.


The book will be a variety of short stories based around a ghostly circus of tragic performers. Each of the characters will have their own unique back story and reason for haunting the big top of the Cirque Du Mort. These stories will be accompanied by illustrations, pin ups and playbills.

I have already begun character design and written most of the script and, I have to say, I’m pretty happy with how it is looking so far. One of the things I really wanted to achieve with this piece was to create a whole host of unique and diverse characters from a range of backgrounds and just see where they take me with their own stories.


Some are tragic, others amusing, some just plain disturbing; but all brought under the stage lights together in a fun compilation of art and storytelling.

This book will be perfect for you if you were (like me) a bit of a Wednesday Addams growing up. Ideal for lovers of Living Dead Dolls, burlesque, steampunk, or Carnivale. Characters so far range from the conjoined Opera singers, Mallory and Felicity, who you have already met on Facebook; and Antoinette, the decapitated magician.


I will be updating you regularly from now on via my Facebook Group in regards to characters and works in progress. All of this will lead up to a Kickstarter Project which I hope all of you will be excited to take part in. I already have a whole bunch of prizes and perks in mind and I am really hyped to get started.

Are there any types of character you would like to see in the Cirque Du Mort? Why not leave a comment below.