August Nights

Hello everyone! I’ve been traveling a lot and am now suffering some sort of plague. The fever plus the August heat have inspired this particular comic. I’ve spent the last two nights too hot to fall asleep, and actually did pick up a book of ghost stories just to feel goosebumps again.









Happy birthday to Charlotte, who loved “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark” as a kid. Still the scariest illustrations imaginable!





56 responses to “August Nights”

  1. thegeekyg4mer Avatar

    Brilliant as usual!! Get well soon :)

  2. JackieP Avatar

    I just hate being sick in the summer. It sucks big time. This is funny though. :-) Get better real soon!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It is totally unfair. Thanks for the well-wishes!

  3. Michael Cargill Avatar

    Yay, Sister is back!

    The plague is the worst, especially in the summer. Get well soon and stuff.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s good to be back, even if it is through a fog of cough medicine and head congestion :)

  4. lavitadicri Avatar

    Bella Idea! good Idea !

  5. whatimeant2say Avatar

    I hope you feel better soon. I LOVE this one, especially the last frame!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) I love a good ghost story

  6. Elyse Avatar

    Scared well? Is that possible!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha, I don’t know, but I’m ready to give it a shot!

  7. becomingcliche Avatar

    This is an amazing comic! I love the book cover. Well done!

    Feel better soon!

    1. Rae Avatar

      The book cover really does creep me out!

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) I looked up the illustrations with the same dread/anticipation/delight as when I was a kid!

  8. LUGS Avatar

    get well soon…

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks, I’m trying!

  9. This Sydney Life Avatar

    Have you tried some Neil Diamond?

    Get well! :-)

  10. Rae Avatar

    I wish I knew about this solution when it’s been a thousand degrees in my bedroom and I’m without an AC! Cheapest solution ever!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yes, but then there’s the problem of being too scared to sleep…

  11. Eda Avatar

    I feel your pain. I’ve had a touch of the plague since early July. Yuck.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh, no! That’s MUCH too long! I hope you feel better soon.

  12. muddledmom Avatar

    Being scared always makes me dive for the covers too. Cute, and hope you feel better!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) I used to be too afraid to even let my feet hang out of the covers, well into my twenties.

  13. talesfromthemotherland Avatar

    Just can’t get enough of your posts— fabulous! Love the fan, the cover of the book, the whole imagery is perfect for those hot summer blah nights. Since we moved to the Pacific NW, I don’t worry much about hot nights, but I had years and years of it… the only thing that would make this scene worse/more miserable, would be that lone mosquito that buzzes around your head all night, but can’t find. Hope you feel better soon!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      You are so right! Thanks for the well-wishes :)

  14. 'CC' Richards Avatar

    Love your light effects with the torch. V clever. Spent many a night with the torch under the covers! Get well soon.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Me, too! I’d stay up much too late, eyes practically closed from exhaustion, but unwilling to put down the book. I still do it, actually, only now I don’t have to hide under the covers, thankfully.

  15. speaker7 Avatar

    Ugh..being sick in the summer just goes against all logic. Feel better!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It does! I didn’t even know it was possible.

  16. pjsassifras Avatar

    I love the dumping of the water. LOL! Feel better soon.

  17. teaselcreatures Avatar

    If you’ve got the rigors from a fever, you might as well shiver over some scary stories too. Loved the pictures. RBPinckney

    Sent from my iPhone

  18. PS MacMurray Avatar
    PS MacMurray

    Ha! Ha! I’ve tried the fan and water too, for my own heat plague (it’s called being over 40 in my case). Works for about 2 minutes, as you have evidently discovered. Thanks for the goose bump producing stories idea. Here’s another one: a close encounter with a spider perhaps? Shivers. Hey! It works. Hoping your plague is all gone already. Sleep tight. Don’t let the ghosties bite!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! That might do it! Actually, the last creepy-crawly to give me goosebumps was a large palmetto bug I saw out of the corner of my eye while reading a book late at night. I screamed and jumped up and then realized it was only my own big toe. I’m going to blame the cough medicine for that one.

  19. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    YES I remember having that book!! I can’t believe those were for children, but I don’t think it did me too much damage. Great post as always!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      The stories have stuck with me all these years. They were terrifying! The dog that turned out to be a sewer rat! The woman whose head feel off when the ribbon around her neck was untied! Brrrrrrrrr

  20. Janelle Weibelzahl Avatar

    I will have to try this, I have a zombie book I’ve been putting off reading. It’s stupid hot and humid these days, and usually worse inside my house than outside. Japan is not a good place for Canadians in summer – they actually have a word that translates as “summer melting.” (>_<) Great post!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Summer melting– how perfect and evocative! Today, I can only read scary stories in mid-day. Any closer to bedtime, and I’d never sleep. Good luck beating the heat!

  21. Syeda Maham Avatar

    I do that all the time.
    P.S. I am the middlest sister :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I LOVE meeting middlest sisters! :) Some day, I will develop a special badge just for middlest children.

      1. Syeda Maham Avatar

        But you already did that!!!!! by creating this awesome blog :)

  22. morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer Avatar

    The fact that you can laugh when feeling blech is a great sign: you and the creepy story are about to feel better any minute!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh, I used every last scrap of energy the day I made this one. I nearly gave up 3 times in order to crawl home and fall asleep on the couch. It was actually a tweet from a friend that kept me going that day… “must… finish… comic…”! Thankfully, I feel much better now!

  23. pegoleg Avatar

    I know just what you mean about the hot, muggy August nights…until the last panel. Scary stories to raise goosebumps? What a great idea!

    Hope you are now plague-free.

  24. fratih Avatar

    Reblogged this on fratih.

  25. emmx2013 Avatar

    I really like your art work. So descriptive of what you are feeling!

  26. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

    Reblogged this on The Middlest Sister and commented:

    Hi guys! I’m on vacation, and I hope to have a new comic for you when I get back. Until then, please enjoy this repeat, August Nights. Keep cool!

  27. wisemonkeysabroad Avatar

    Get well soon!! Sorry to hear that you are not the best :(

  28. Lorraine Avatar

    I love your artwork, I hope you can support yourself with it.. if not I’m guessing it makes you quite happy at least.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I’m always happy and at peace in my cut paper world :)

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