Horror Comics

Production on ‘Swamp Thing’ Series Unexpectedly Halted; Teaser Trailer Debuts

Swamp Thing fans received some good new and bad news today about DC Universe’s upcoming adaptation of the classic Alan Moore stories.

The good news is that a teaser for the upcoming series launched like an alligator snapping up a heron in the Okefenokee wetlands, featuring a first look at the comic-accurate costume.   The bad news is that “ole’ Swampy” may not be long for the streaming world as (according to the Hollywood Reporter) “…the original 13-episode order for the project has been cut to 10 after experiencing creative differences with its home at Warners-backed streaming platform DC Universe.”  Despite this news, the series will still premiere on May 31. read more

‘House of Fear’ Writer James Powell: The Horror News Network Interview

The entry into the horror genre usually happens at a young age, even if we are unaware of the dark path that we are embarking on. Whether it is watching classic Scooby Doo episodes, taking your first doom buggy ride through Disney’s Haunted Mansion, or finding a tattered copy of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark at your school library, the seed has been planted for the journey.

Children in the 1940’s and 50’s, found their way into horror stories through the numerous comic anthologies from EC Comics (which would go on to inspire many other forms of the horror anthology tale in film and television), before being targeted by civic groups and disappearing for a brief time.  Luckily, these four color scares became even more popular (and infamous) over the years, allowing other fans and creators to pick up the torch and place it firmly on the dungeon wall. read more

‘Hellboy’ Burned at Weekend Box Office

Much to the chagrin of Hellboy fans, Neil Marshall, David Harbour, and Mike Mignola (to say nothing about the financial stake holders at Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment), the much-hyped Hellboy reboot failed to deliver at the box office, or in the eyes of critics and fans.

Expectations were gauged as cautiously optimistic for the latest adventures of Dark Horse Comics “Big Red” (especially when it was clear that Hellboy would be entering a crowded scene with the continued success of Shazam, Us, Captain Marvel, and last week’s Pet Sematary remake), but no one involved could have prepared for the anemic box office returns, as the film earned only an estimated $12 million in its first weekend of release. read more

Horror News Network’s Spring 2019 Movie Preview

Spring brings warmer weather, longer days, and seasonal allergies to one and all, but it is also brings a healthy amount of horror films in the season of rebirth.  While the fall is the traditional season for all things that go bump in the night, there are enough horror films in April and May to satisfy fans of all persuasions, whether you are in the mood for some highly anticipated remakes and reboots (Pet Sematary, Hellboy), ghostly women (The Curse of La Llorona), super-powered, evil children (Brightburn), stalkers (The Intruder, Ma), or giant lizards (Godzilla: King of the Monsters). read more

Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tobin Bell Cast in Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘Grey Matter’

Shudder, the king of streaming horror, announced the initial casting today for its upcoming horror anthology series, Creepshow (based on George Romero and Stephen King’s 1982 film of the same name) and the list will certainly please horror fans.  Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), and Tobin Bell (Saw) will star in an adaptation of the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” as adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead). read more

IDW’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ Graphic Novel Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Disneyland’s Favorite Attraction

This September, IDW will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of an attraction that is near and dear to every horror fan’s heart: Disneyland’s home for “999 happy haunts”, the Haunted Mansion!

IDW will publish a brand new 72 page graphic novel by writer Sina Grace (Iceman) and artist Egle Bartolini (Disney Princess Comics) this September, which will feature some of  the world famous characters from Disney’s dark ride, including the ghost host, Madame Leota, the singing busts, the hitchhiking ghosts, and more. read more

‘Last Stop On the Red Line’s’ Paul Maybury and Sam Lofti: The Horror News Network Interview

If you are looking for urban supernatural horror this spring, Dark Horse Comics Last Stop on the Red Line is sure to check all of the boxes.  Writer Paul Maybury and artist Sam Lofti were able to speak to HNN about their upcoming series (in the middle of putting some finishing touches on the first issues of their new series) and they discussed the origins of the project, the importance of the setting of their tale (Boston), and the difficult balancing act between crime drama and horror.

Horror News Network: What was the genesis of Last Stop on the Red Line? read more

Adrienne Barbeau Announces Her Return to ‘Swamp Thing’

Adrienne Barbeau stunned horror fans today when she announced via her Twitter page that she will be returning to the swamp as she joined the cast of DC Universe’s Swamp Thing.

While she did not give any info as to which role she will play in the series, the veteran actress adds experience to the series which is said to have a much darker tone than the film. Barbeau will join Derek Mears who will play Swamp Thing, Virginia Madsen, Henderson Wade, Andy Bean, Jennifer Beals, Will Patton, Crystal Reed, and Maria Sten in the production. read more

Eric Powell Hits the Road to Celebrate 20 Years of ‘The Goon’

The Goon creator Eric Powell is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of his character by hitting the road for a 23 city tour this year, that will run from March 8 to November 10.

Powell will be travelling the country (and Australia), visiting with long-time fans and spreading The Goon gospel to new converts.  Powell realizes that there may be “… a select few who have not read the Goon in its 20 year existence.  Those unfortunate souls are for the most part survivors of religious cults forbidding all forms of pure joy.But there is a light on the horizon, you victims of programmed mental abuse! The first issue of the new Albatross Funnybook’s The Goon is a perfect jumping on point for new readers and die hard fans alike! If anyone needs help reprogramming your joyless cult existence, I’ll be happy to personally put a copy of The Goon #1 in your hands along any of the 23 stops on my international Goon 20th Anniversary barnstorming tour.” read more

Exclusive Sketches from Dark Horse Comics ‘Bedtime Games’ Graphic Novel Collection Released

Last summer, HNN shared an exclusive interview with Bedtime Games creators Nick Keller (Death Head) and Conor Nolan (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Giants) in advance of the debut of their new series (which you can read here).

Following in the same tradition, HNN would like to share some exclusive character design sketch pieces from the just released Dark Horse Comics graphic novel collection.  Keller, Nolan, and Kelly Fitzpatrick’s (Shade the Changing Girl) series features three high school friends who make the foolish choice to explore the mysterious origins of their school.  As you can imagine, what they find is something far worse than an AP exam cheating scandal, in the form of the nightmarish Mr. Bedtime (and no, there is no truth to the rumor that Mr. Bedtime will be succeeding Jeremy Singer as President of the College Board). read more