“For sale, large single family homes in the beautiful Miskatonic River Valley, just 20 minutes from Aylesbury. Quaint legends abound in this peaceful, historic town.”
This mock real estate listing is how I start Welcome to Dunwich, a story about real estate, Lovecraft, and demonic possession. The first chapter will begin at my Gods of Aazurn series on Webtoons this Wednesday, September 19.
It’s 2018. A real estate developer and his family move to Dunwich, location of the local legend called The Dunwich Horror. The father is happy to find “the last undiscovered, backwoods town in Massachusetts” with real estate he can renovate and resell. One by one family members encounter hideous, lurking dangers.
Beneath the real estate story, as homeowners are kicked out of Georgians and shacks alike, a variety of eldritch beings eye the newcomers with evil intent.
The setting is Dunwich, but this story gives me the chance to pull in other Lovecraft characters and ideas. I’m working at bringing H.P. style horror into modern times without losing the eeriness of the ancient.
Illustrations are from guest artist Mark Bloodworth, who drew Deadworld: The Last Siesta for IDW and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser for Marvel Comics.
If you haven’t experienced the Webtoons webcomics you’re in for a treat. The vertical swipe format is easy and intuitive, with almost a cinematic pacing. It works equally as well on desktop computers and phones. I just love reading comics this way.
Even though horror is a minor category on Webtoons, there are around 1,000 horror stories to choose from, from brilliantly slick to embarrassingly amateurish. The search for excellence is part of the fun.
Oh, and did I mention Webtoons is free?
Which of the speculator’s family will survive their visit to Dunwich? Time will tell as the story unfolds every Wednesday at Gods of Aazurn.
Confused by the long web address? Readers can easily get to Welcome to Dunwich from StrangeHorror.com.
I’ll see you in Dunwich.