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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Horror

This batch features ectoplasm harvesting, the horrors of crunch culture, more great horror from Ashley Robin Franklin, a little King In Yellow action, a trip to the Scottish Highlands, the introduction of the Horror-Verse from Source Point Press, and Ricardo Delgado's take on Dracula.

 

DEAD SEAS #1

(W) Cavan Scott (A/CA) Nick Brokenshire


Ghosts are real and dangerous. But they're also valuable, their ectoplasm capable of curing countless diseases. There's only one problem: harvesting the wonder drug can be just as deadly. Prisoner Gus Ortiz is willing to take the risk in return for a reduced sentence-anything to see his daughter again. All it will take is a few months at sea scraping ectoplasm off the walls of the Perdition, a floating prison containing the most vicious ghosts on Earth. Surrounded by dark waters, Gus soon realizes that angry spirits are the least of his worries. The Poseidon Adventure meets The Haunting of Hill House in this supernatural thriller.

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Why this caught my eye:

I just really like that premise, and Brokenshire's art looks like it will infuse a lot of personality into the series.

 

IT TOOK LUKE HC

(W) Mark Bouchard (A/CA) Bayleigh Underwood


LA, 2028. Down-on-their-luck exterminator Sal Hernandez is sick of long hours and living in their work van. They're ready to quit their job and reconcile with their estranged partner. The only thing standing in their way is one last shift. But what seems like a routine call quickly gets out of hand when a proselytizing mass of flesh abducts Sal's newest coworker, Luke, and turns their extermination job into a rescue mission. Sal and their teammates, Molly and Hussam, are as experienced as they come, but will it be enough to overcome the horrific creature that waits in the shadows while simultaneously battling the incompetence of their boss?


Wipe the viscera from your eyes and prepare to assimilate into the flesh in this queer adult debut graphic novella exploring crunch culture and its casualties.

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Why this caught my eye:

I'm late on this one as it should already be out, but I like the pitch, we need more queer horror, and Underwood's art looks great.

 

FRUITING BODIES ONE SHOT

(W) Ashley Robin Franklin (A) Ashley Robin Franklin


Frances, her brother, and his annoying friend Trent have their Pacific Northwest road trip derailed when a wrong turn strands them in the rain-soaked woods. Luckily, they're found by a beautiful, friendly stranger who is eager to help them-but is her convenient arrival their salvation, or something else entirely?

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Why this caught my eye:

Another one I'm late on, but I loved Franklin's queer Lovecraftian horror one shot One Million Tiny Fires (which you an buy directly from Silver Sprocket here).

 

WHERE BLACK STARS RISE GN

(W) Nadia Shammas (A) Marie Enger


Dr. Amal Robardin, a newly-licensed therapist who recently immigrated to Brooklyn from Beirut, is treating her first patient: Yasmin, who is schizophrenic. The two get off to a rocky start, and as Yasmin's night terrors increase and the looming figure at the foot of her bed creeps closer every night, Amal begins to worry that she's out of her depth. Convinced that what she is experiencing is not a delusion, Yasmin becomes obsessed with Robert Chambers' The King in Yellow. Messages she finds in the book lead Yasmin to flee her home, seeking answers she can't find in therapy. Distraught over Yasmim's sudden disappearance, Amal attempts to retrace her patient's last steps-and accidentally slips through dimensions, ending up in Carcosa, the King in Yellow's realm. Trapped and determined to find her way out, Amal enlists the help of a mysterious guide, but is he a friend ... or her tormentor?

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Why this caught my eye:

Another late entry (I know, I suck). I've been deep into a podcast called Malevolent where the King In Yellow features prominently so this caught my eye, plus the art in previews looks great.

 

DOUBLE WALKER TP

(W) Michael Conrad (A/CA) Noah Bailey


Cully and Gemma are watching their carefree, childless days come to an end and decide to take one last trip to the magical Scottish Highlands before the baby arrives. What was meant to be a romantic trip soon spirals into paranoia and violence as a bizarre string of murders follows them on their journey. Conrad has returned to his horror roots while continuing to write the celebrated Wonder Woman as well as Midnighter. The time in the mainstream having only driven him further into the surreal and twisted worlds in which he is most at home.


o Collects the Comixology Originals series in print for the first time!

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Why this caught my eye:

Preview pages that you can check on Comixology looked pretty interesting, and Bailey's art has a great creepy vibe overall.

 

CURSE OF CLEAVER COUNTY DOUBLE FEATURE

(W) Garrett Gunn, Joshua Werner (A) Kit Wallis, Keyla Valerio (CA) Ryan Browne


This limited edition Double Feature includes the introduction of the brand new Horror-Verse from Source Point Press! Set in the one of the deadliest fictional locations in the world, the Curse of Cleaver County follows some of the most grotesque, gruesome, and gorefueled killers as they haunt, horrify, and harrow the peaceful residents!


Featuring stories by Garrett Gunn, Kit Wallis, Joshua Werner

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Why this caught my eye:

Sometime the cover art just makes ya wanna buy the thing. Preview pages also looked good.

 

DRACULA OF TRANSYLVANIA SC

(W) Ricardo Delgado (A) Ricardo Delgado


1899 Transylvania bleeds of history and evil. Young Solicitor Jonathan Harker braves ghosts, demons, living skeletons, and armies of rats, as he encounters Dracula of Transylvania, the Son of Satan.


The demonic, shapeshifting vampire imposes his wrath, malice, and vengeance upon an England about to enter the Modern Era, crushing everything in his path. A fresh, bold retelling of the classic Stoker dark fairy tale with the pulse-pounding pace of the modern thriller, Dracula of Transylvania is a gripping new softcover novel lavished with incredible concept art from one of Hollywood's leading Conceptual Designers, Ricardo Delgado.


Murder among English tombstones! Daring chases through the infamous underground Paris Ossuaries! A spectacular gladiatorial battle within Rome's Colosseum during the Witching Hour! All this topped by a fever-pitch chase through Europe to the most terrifying place on earth: Castle Dracula. The Exorcist meets Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings, a sprawling yet haunting adventure with the air of the Victorian Era Ghost story, Dracula of Transylvania is also footnoted throughout with historical facts from the Ancient to the Modern World. A powerful, unrelenting, and fascinating new vision of one of literature's most feared characters.


History bleeds evil.

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Why this caught my eye:

Super glad that this Kickstarter is going to see a wider release. If you're not familiar with Ricardo Delgado's work do yourself a favor and hunt down his Age of Reptiles and Hieroglyph books.

 

That's it for this batch, we'll hit up some sci-fi material on the next round!

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