I like writing and I decided I needed to flex my skills a bit. I am a member of the 2000AD Forum and there are loads of skilled artists on there. So i came up with an idea.

I posted a challenge to Artists. I asked for an original unpublished picture, preferably with non-copyrighted characters. My side of the bargain? Within a week I’d write a 500 word story.

500 words isn’t a lot, that is why I didn’t really want any copyrighted characters. To get the feel of, for example, Spiderman you already lost words in the word count. To get a feel of a unique character, much less wordage required. After all I wanted to try to get a decent story to give as trade for the art.

Archie brought me a great image, one I instantly had connection with. A few years ago I created characters for the game Darkwood from Tower Games. Some of my work ended up in free handouts, one made the final rule book. I’m credited as Play Tester in the Rule Book, for that is what I was. I also did a short story that was up on the website.

Darkwood is set in 12th/13th Century Britain and is centered around Nottingham. The idea is that the players in the RPG are fighting evil nasty Normans and end up being part of the Robin Hood myth (without ever doing anything actually from the Robin Hood story, just that kinda thing). So when I saw the picture Archie had drawn… well you’ll see why I came up with the idea I wrote.

(Edit Saturday 10th May 2014)

Part 3 is ready. There may be a bit of a gap between parts 3 & 4 as Neil is busy. I hope anyone that reads these is enjoying them. I’m certainly enjoying writing them.

The idea is now that we’ll continue doing these for as long as we are satisfied with it.

(Edit Sunday 18th May 2014)

Part 4 wasn’t delayed as you can see… Neil took a new direction, I think I took it a bit further – take a read and see what you think

totc06_zps92926e2eThere Are Others Out There – Part 1
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

A recently abandoned monastery in the forest miles from Nottingham. Something has been killing off the Monks and Sébastien has been sent to find a solution.

church5_zps1006f61aThere Are Others Out There – Part 2
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Mano y mano the two adversaries come to blows. Sébastien stands victorious with the missing sword in hand. Perhaps the Templar arrived after all.

There Are Others Out There – Part 3Others 3
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Sébastien smashes through the roof of the Abbott’s Keep surrounded by mystical energy.
His companion mutely looks on, unable to come to his aid.

Others 4There Are Others Out There – Part 4
by Neil ‘Archie’ McClements & Steve Hargett

Davith realises that not everything is good in the world.

In fact he is concerned about the future of two worlds.



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