Tales from the Crypt

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Tales from the Crypt

Sometimes I like to draw things. Not often, just sometimes.

Recently I was asked to provide an illustration for The John School, a marvellous short story by my old pal Dan Powell that appears in the second issue of Dirty Bristow magazine. The John School is a morality tale set in kerb crawler rehabilitation unit and – without giving too much away – it’s powerful stuff and not for the faint hearted.

My illustration for the story tried to evoke the style of a 1950s EC horror comic: in a dimly-lit classroom, a frightened man turns to us and screams; in the distance, the skeletal ghost of a prostitute stands at a whiteboard and – in her own blood – writes a single word: ‘WHY?’

Sure, it’s vulgar, lurid and as subtle as a breeze block to the back of the head, but I feel it conveys a certain poignancy that was absent from my original version of the drawing:




Dirty Bristow issue two is available from here.



About the Author:

My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.


  1. Dan Powell September 3, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I definately think the ‘Why?’ works better on the blackboard. And while I agree the main character is a twat, I can think of much worse names he should be called too.

    Thanks for doing such a great job on the illustration, Tom. I think the imagery reflects perfectly the more unusual parts of the story while asking one of the key questions I wanted to deal with in the story.

  2. Tom Lennon September 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Hi Dan. Sorry for not getting back to you sooner, but its been one of those weeks. Yeah, ‘Why?’ was definitely the better option. Thanks for giving me such a strong inspiration!

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