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Stephen Romano Talks Black Light; Exclusive Look at the UK Cover Art

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The sickos behind the Saw franchise, Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, are at it again in print form along with one of our favorite lunatics, Stephen Romano (Shock Festival), as this trio of terror have shined a Black Light on the horror scene.

We’ve been talking about their new book Black Light for a while now and just recently caught up with Romano, who had some choice words on the project …

Patrick and Marcus have created an amazing new horror character, and I was thrilled that they invited me to help flesh him out for the literary world,” Romano tells DC exclusively. “But the new wrinkle this time is that we’re not concentrating on a villain, like Jigsaw or Freddy or whatever. Our character is a pulp hero by way of Stephen King or Clive Barker. I don’t think we get enough really awesome franchise heroes in the horror universe, and our guy is a really powerful supernatural type, infused with special abilities.”

Romano continues, “Buck Carlsbad is one of those real hard-boiled characters, but he’s also got a sense of lost humanity that grounds him. I think a lot of people will like Buck because he’s sort of on a one-man-versus-the-world mission, and he’s got all these quirky character traits. For example, he grew up in the Eighties and still carries a WALKMAN around on his hip! And what does he listen to? Hair metal, of course! You know, like Winger and Dokken and all that! One of his buddies is a ghost named Darby Jones, who follows him around all the time and gives him shit about his lousy taste in music. We have a Facebook page where you can get updates from that particular ghost as the book nears its publication date. You can see what Darby looks like, too. The book is gonna be a real bruiser, man. A nonstop roller coaster ride. I’m not sure if there’s ever really been anything exactly like this. And no worries for the hard-core SAW fans out there, man . . . there are some truly over-the-top gross out moments, too!”

Black Light will be available in hardcover on October 5th, 2011 via Mulholland Books.

Synopsis
If you have a supernatural problem that won’t go away, you need Buck Carlsbad: private eye, exorcist, and last resort. Buck’s got a way with spirits that no one else can match. But his childhood remains shrouded in darkness, forgotten in the wake of something horrible.

Buck has spent years looking deep into the Black Light on the other side of death, trying to piece together the mystery that destroyed his family and left him for dead. It’s dangerous, but it’s his only hope of finding out what happened to them—and what made him the way he is.

But now the voices on the other side are fading to a whisper, and all they’ll say is that something big is coming. Buck already knows what it is—a super high-tech bullet train running through the worst recorded place in history for paranormal phenomenon. A place where Buck almost died a few years ago, possessed by the spirits of the dead.

And when a call suddenly comes from the eccentric billionaire in charge of that train, Buck knows it can only be the inevitable hand of fate pushing him back into the most harrowing unfinished case of his career. A case that could finally reveal the shocking secrets of his life … or end it forever in a desperate spiral of madness and horror.

Stephen Romano Talks Black Light; Exclusive Look at the UK Cover Art

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