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Hex Publishers is an independent publishing house proudly specializing in genre fiction: horror, science fiction, crime, dark fantasy, comics, and any other form that explores the imagination. Founded by writers, Hex values both the author and the reader, with an emphasis on quality, diversity, and voices often overlooked by the mainstream.

True Believers

A Three-Issue Slasher Series by Stephen Graham Jones, Joshua Viola, & Ben Matsuya, set at the Colorado Festival of Horror!

Experience the world of horror fandom like never before with TRUE BELIEVERS, a gripping and grisly new comic book mini-series co-written by New York Times bestselling Bram Stoker Award-winner Stephen Graham Jones and Denver Post bestselling writer Joshua Viola, with interior artwork by Ben Matsuya. The three-issue series, which delves into the world of slashers, cosplay, and fan conventions, is set at the Colorado Festival of Horror.

Featuring official cameo appearances by:

Jamie Lee Curtis
R.L. Stine
Devon SawaM
Matthew Kiichi Heafy of Trivium
Jeffrey Reddick

Letters by Jeremiah Lambert

Cover art by Robert Hack, Aaron Lovett, Matt Maguire, Ben Matsuya, Clara Meath, Luigi Scarcella, Juan Samu, Skinner, Xander Smith, and Matthew Therrien

Co-Published by Metal-X Entertainment.

Issue 1

The first issue of TRUE BELIEVERS introduces a new bone-chilling slasher character, Killr™, who offers a sinister and unforgettable take on fandom. In the world of meta horror, Killr™ emerges as the embodiment of evil within the slasher genre, born from a cult-favorite short film that inspires a trilogy. Amid the franchise's rising popularity, devoted fans fervently embrace Killr™, celebrating the character with enthusiastic cosplay. At the Colorado Festival of Horror, fanatics Rip and Kit—proudly labeling themselves as "true believers”—embark on a profound journey of self-discovery under Kit's guidance. However, the boundaries between reality and fiction blur, prompting them to question the ramifications of idolizing such malevolence. This gripping meta horror tale delves into the intricate interplay of identity, horror, and obsession, challenging the very essence of their connection with the enigmatic entity they revere. The Kickstarter edition of TRUE BELIEVERS issue 1 features the first 24-page story in the three-issue series.

View the Kickstarter campaign.

Issue 2

Get ready for a heart-stopping sequel to the gripping first issue of TRUE BELIEVERS, where the stakes have never been higher as the story unfolds on FRIDAY THE 13th! A year has passed since the harrowing events of issue 1, and a mysterious new figure emerges, adopting the enigmatic Killr™ persona. But is it just another obsessive fan or a new threat on the horizon? Brace yourself for a rollercoaster of suspense and humor with a fresh ensemble of characters. Plus, get ready for official cameos from DEVON SAWA, GWAR, and TRIVIUM's MATTHEW KIICHI HEAFY! With new mysteries, hilarious gags, and an extra dose of blood, issue 2 promises a thrilling ride for both seasoned fans and newcomers alike!

View the Kickstarter campaign.

Kit's Killr Playlist

Cover Variants


True Believers CD Soundtrack


Featuring Matthew Kiichi Heafy, Celldweller, Circle of Dust, Scandroid, Essenger, PYLOT, Cantervice, Young Medicine and The All Things

Track List:

"Too Far Gone" | MATTHEW KIICHI HEAFY 3:50
"Cry Little Sister vs. Hello Zepp" | CELLDWELLER 5:04
"Plague Doctor" | ESSENGER 2:57
"Halloween Theme" | CELLDWELLER 1:35
"Doomsday" | CANTERVICE 3:26
"Somebody's Watching Me" | YOUNG MEDICINE 3:40
"Jericho" (Circle of Dust Remix) | CELLDWELLER 5:38
"Thriller" (PYLOT Remix) | SCANDROID 4:49
"Shear Terror" | THE ALL THINGS 2:43M

True Believers Original Score

True Believers CD Soundtrack

30-Minute Original Score by Matthew Kiichi Heafy

Vinyl & Cassette

Track List:Side A
"Dance of the Dead" 4:57
"On the Run" 3:05
"The Expanse" 2:09
"Killr™ Theme" 2:41
"Showdown" 2:00

Side B
"Too Far Gone" 3:51
"Castlemania" 3:16
"Scissors" 2:49
"Tension" 2:02
"Snowstorm, Avalanche, and Inundation" 1:48

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