“These violent delights have violent ends.”

The works of William Shakespeare may be timeless, but there’s always room to put a fresh spin on an old favorite. That’s the thinking behind Shakespeare Unleashed, an intriguing new illustrated anthology novel that features a number of talented writers reimagining the Bard’s works through a horror lens.

With the crowdfunding campaign for Shakespeare Unleashed now live on Kickstarter, IGN can exclusively debut several new art prints from artist JK Woodward, whose striking black and white imagery accompanies the tales within. Check them out in the slideshow gallery below:

Shakespeare Unleashed: Exclusive Preview of the Horror Anthology

Published in a collaboration between Crystal Lake Publishing and Monstrous Books, Shakespeare Unleashed is a follow-up to the hugely successful Classic Monsters Unleashed. The book is edited by James Aquilone and features stories and sonnets from a wide range of writers, including Joe R. Lansdale (Moon Lake) and Kasey Lansdale (Terror Is Our Business), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars and William Shakespeare’s Avengers), Cullen Bunn (Tales From Harrow County), Seanan McGuire (Every Heart a Doorway) and Jonathan Maberry (Kagen the Damned). And naturally, one of those stories involves a zombie-filled update to Romeo & Juliet.

“Shakespeare saw the human condition in all its glory and its pain,” said Joe Lansdale in a press release. “He saw the horror in the shadows, and the mystery in human loss and ambition.”

“As a horror fan and a lover of Shakespeare, I’m excited to be part of this project,” said Doescher. “Like a demon being summoned, my contribution — based on the comedy Twelfth Night — will channel the Bard’s darker side and show how happily ever after can end up in terror, tears, and tragedy.”

In other upcoming book and comic book news, Marvel is reacquiring the rights to the Planet of the Apes franchise in 2023, and IGN has an exclusive excerpt from Star Wars: Shadow of the Sith.

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