Steve Niles's "American Freakshow" Explores The Gruesome and Bizarre This may

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San Diego, CA - Have you ever imagined living your life trapped in a twisted and deformed body? Horror master Steve Niles has, and he's serving it up on a platter in his new American Freakshow comic from IDW Publishing.

American Freakshow tells "The Terrible Tale of Sloth Boy" as it follows the title character through his brutal and warped existence, beginning with his days as a sideshow freak and continuing on through his attempt at normalcy in the bowels of a Florida trailer park.

"This is based on about two or three true-life freakshow stories that I've been obsessed with for years–some small, some larger. I sort of combined them into one big, twisted, freaky-ass story, hence the title," says Niles. "And I hope people dig the pseudo-documentary style Chee and I have put together. This one is a VERY odd tale. I got a little freaked out writing it, to be perfectly honest."

The project reunites Niles with his Dawn of the Dead artistic partner, Chee, who provides visuals creepy enough to make your skin crawl.

American Freakshow is a monthly three-issue, full-color miniseries, with issue #1 debuting in May 2005.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among their best-selling titles are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales; Konami's Metal Gear Solid; and GrimJack: Killer Instinct. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead and Hyde. Paramount Pictures has optioned the movie rights to Aleister Arcane.

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