Anastasia Catris studied English Literature at Royal Holloway University of London, followed by art training in the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in the USA. She later returned to study at Cardiff University where she gained her MA in English Literature, specializing in Neo-Victorianism.
She began her career as a freelance illustrator and writer working for international publishers such as HarperCollins, Orion, Simon & Schuster and Trapeze. She has worked as a sketchcard artist for Dynamite, DC, Marvel and IDW as well as working for magazine publishers such as Kerrang! Her colouring books for mindfulness series Colour Me Mindful have sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.
However, her true passion is for dark art and horror writing. The first volume of her self-published anthology of short horror stories Cirque Du Mort was published in 2015 with the second volume due out in 2020. She was also featured as an author in the short story anthology Cthulhu Cymraeg 2. Her personal artwork is inspired by Victorian aesthetics, the Gothic, macabre, and horror movies.
Most Recently Published Work (as of November 2020)
Cirque Du Mort is a collection of gruesome short stories centering around the cast of a haunted circus. Their lives, loves, deaths and everything in between. From the tragic to the ridiculous, the romantic to the macabre, each character in this cursed carnival has a story to share with you.
Meet Felicity and Mallory: the famous Janus sisters. They shared a womb, a life, a liver, a grave…
Or Mimi the Mime. Once a chatty clown with stories to tell – she just couldn’t hold her tongue. So someone held it for her…
Roll up! Roll up! Enter if you dare… The greatest show NOT of this Earth…
Cirque Du Mort is a self published book; written, edited and illustrated by Anastasia Catris. It was published in May 2015 and launched at London MCM Comic Expo.
Volume One contains 10 unique and highly illustrated short stories surrounding different circus characters and how they met their grisly ends. Told in a variation of styles from fairy tales and nursery rhymes to fiction and realism, this is a collage of style and art that is bound to delight.
Also check out this Kickstarter for Cirque du Morte: Volume Two, due out in 2020.
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