Dark Horse Comics has a long tradition of horror comics and the latest entry into their large library of titles is Nick Keller and Conor Nolan’s Bedtime Games. Just as the first issue in the four part mini-series hits the stands, the creators revealed many of their inspirations for the series as well as how the story came together.
Horror News Network: Why do horror stories lend themselves to tales of adolescence and the transition to adulthood?
Nick Keller: In my opinion, the best horror stories are about the unknown. And for an adolescent, there’s just so much you don’t know at the age. For this book, I wanted to take the horrors of childhood — things that are rarely shown, but most people go through at one point in their lives — and see how it would affect our characters. One of our main leads Owen learns a few months before our story starts that his younger brother has brain cancer. This is awful news at any age, but even worse on the heels of seventeen. No one can be prepared for something like this, but I think it molds a person in their early years.