Deathscape began over twenty twenty years ago and has slowly evolved with time. While the core characters have been with me for decades, the dark and dreary atmosphere that you will come to know is a relatively new addition, which has its roots not in ancient gods and untold horrors, but a child’s comic and screwball comedy.
Deathscape does not have its roots in “funny animals” or “furries;” I didn’t learn about these concepts until well into its creation. Instead, its roots lie in the imagination of a lonely, troubled child. To pass the time, I would draw crude “horror” comics in Composition notebooks. Featuring little dialog and panels that took up entire pages, these “comic books” were inspired by harmless, cheesy B-movies–the kind with boring gore and acting so awful that even a child would find it more funny that scary. Despite the aimless plots and graphic violence these comics explored, no one saw any harm in them.
I eventually slowed down on this style around 1994, when I began being treated for a more serious mental illness. Due to the difficulties in treating children, I found myself frequenting hospitals and residential homes. This meant I had long periods of time where I could not see my family, my friends, or my pets. To cope, I began drawing a corny panel comic on notebook paper, which I titled Batcat. This comic placed my pets–as normal animals–in situations that reminded me of home.
As I grew older and my hospitalizations became shorter and less frequent, I found myself drawing Batcat instead of my horror comics. This eventually changed into writing stories featuring the characters, which were now intelligent and living among people, although still very much four-legged cats. Eventually I began writing my first novel featuring the characters. This novel would feature a selection of that comic’s cast, notably Fiona, “Batcat”, Roderigo, Yvonne, Princess (which would eventually become her nickname instead), and Pepper. As time passed and new pets entered my life, they were given their own roles in the story as well. By that time, many of original cast’s namesakes had grown old and passed away.
Although the novel was never published, I continued to work on the world behind it. Over time, the characters became less overtly feline and were given new, more human names, and their world was painstakingly fleshed out. Darker, more cosmic-horror themed influences began to creep into the plot, and eventually that goofy comic with my pets doing pet antics was now the Dark Fantasy/Cosmic Horror story known as The Deathscape Mythos.