AfterShock Horror Anthology Looks To Be Halloween Treat

There’s something to be said for reading a spooky story by flickering candlelight on Halloween night–and AfterShock Comics may have just the comic book for you.

AfterDark–a 48-page one-shot anthology that hits comic shops Oct. 13–includes four tales of “horror, lost souls and things that go bump in the night,” according to the publisher. The stories come from writers Cullen Bunn, Jim Starlin, Joe Pruett and Frank Tieri and illustrators Cliff Richards, Nikkol Jelenic, Szymon Kudranski and Joe Eisma, per a report on

Artwork from the book–described as Tales from the Crypt meets The Twilight Zone--can be seen on this page.

One entry–Dust to Dust–is called a “bittersweet sort of horror tale,” by writer Bunn. “A story of of love and loss and undying commitment–both to the fleeting time we have left on this earth and the time we’ll have in whatever’s next.”

Along Came A Spider–by Tieri and Eisma–is a “twist on a classic fairy tale,” Tieri said. “Needless to say, it’s very dark. It’s very creepy. It’s going to lead to some nightmares.”

Starlin described his story as a tale of “catastrophic generational dissatisfaction set in a dystopian future. Lots of laughs.”

Pruett and Kudranski’s contribution–set in the world of the AfterShock title BlackEyed Kids–will feature some “familiar faces, but you do not have to have been a reader of the series to enjoy it,” Pruett said. “It’s new-reader friendly.”

AfterDark–priced at $6.99–also features contributions from colorist Guy Major, various letterers and a cover by Tony Harris. An incentive cover was rendered by Kudranski.

Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates on horror titles from AfterShock Comics.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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