If you dig comics and anthologies and know the names Steve Niles, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, Ben Templesmith, Christopher Mitten, and menton3, then read on for the first word on In the Dark and LIBRETTO Volume 1: Vampirism, heading our way in April.
Actually, the authors listed above just barely scratch the surface of all the talent involved in these two diverse publications so be sure to check out the full details, cover art, and pre-order info below.
In the Dark Description:
The terror tome that has all the horror hounds frothing, In the Dark, is poised to make its debut this April! Featuring top writers and artists from the comic book industry, In the Dark contains over 20 all-new, original horror stories that you’ll want to read with the lights on.
In the Dark launched as a Kickstarter project put together by Anathema scribe Rachel Deering last year and successfully doubled its intended target goal. Assembled and edited by Deering, In the Dark dives into a myriad of sinister horror stories from writers including Justin Jordan, Cullen Bunn, Steve Niles, Duane Swierczynski, Tom Taylor, Tim Seeley, Brian Keene, F. Paul Wilson, Ed Brisson, Marguerite Bennett, Valerie D’Orazio, Paul Tobin, James Tynion IV, and many more.
Nate Powell, Tradd Moore, Damien Worm, Tyler Jenkins, Drew Moss, and Andy Belanger are just a few of distinguished artists that will give each tale a unique and distinct style.
“This book is the 8-year-old Rachel’s dream come true. I wanted to make something that, had I found it on the shelves as a kid, would have been my favorite book of all time,” says Rachel Deering, In the Dark editor and project manager. “I wanted to give this generation a chance to feel that macabre magic that held me spellbound when I picked up my first horror anthology comic, and I can only hope it serves the scare the crap outta readers, young and old, for years to come.”
Along with the terrifying original stories, this over 250-page hardcover will feature an introduction by New York Times Bestselling author Scott Snyder and an in-depth look at the history of horror comics by comic book historian Mike Howlett.
“Rachel has assembled an amazing team for In the Dark,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “I know well how difficult it can be to put together an anthology at all, let alone one with solid creative teams from front to back, and that is exactly what Rachel has done here. The book’s successful Kickstarter campaign speaks to people’s interest in this project, and I’m excited that IDW can help bring the book to an even wider audience.”
IDW’s first project with 44FLOOD is LIBRETTO, a 9″x12” anthology presenting emerging and world-class artists as they explore a single theme using diverse mediums such as comics, oil painting, photography, sculpting, and more.
The “libretto” of the title refers to the part of an opera or a musical that is the words or lyrics and is distinct from the music. 44FLOOD’s LIBRETTO will be the “text” to the “music” that is a central theme, starting with LIBRETTO Volume 1: Vampirism coming this April.
LIBRETTO Volume 1 is curated/edited by Kasra Ghanbari and has the theme “Vampirism,” being the misuse of power as well as the objectification and exploitation of others. Featured contributors give their unique perspectives on this theme, with many sections including an interview of the contributor conducted by another artist.
“We’re excited to have LIBRETTO launch our partnership with IDW,” said Kasra Ghanbari, CEO of 44FLOOD. “LIBRETTO has both narrative and symbolic works, comic book panels and gallery paintings, alchemical approaches and comedy. It celebrates the ability of art to affect the way we consider and see the world.”
This 200-page softcover will feature contributors that include Ben Templesmith, David Stoupakis, Riley Rossmo, Christopher Mitten, George Pratt, menton3, and many, many more. Several of the artists also give a rare look at the techniques and processes they used to create pieces for the book. This is your rare opportunity to explore the dark world of vampirism as seen in an artist’s mind.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels, and trade paperbacks renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles. 44FLOOD is an artist collective and publisher formed by Kasra Ghanbari, Ben Templesmith, and menton3. More information can be found at IDWPublishing.com and 44FLOOD.com.
Got news? Click here to submit it!
Feel that old macabre magic in the comments section below!