Daniel Kraus and Vault Comics Unleash Dread With ‘The Autumnal’

by Rob Caprilozzi

Vault Comics announced The Autumnal, a new horror series from New York Times bestselling author Daniel Kraus, artist Chris Shehan, colorist Jason Wordie, and letterer Jim Campbell. The Autumnal will mark the first title under Vault’s 2021 Nightfall horror imprint.

The series is described as:
Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire.

“In ten novels, I’d written about a lot of monsters, but most were humans, or lighthearted, or greatly sympathetic,” said Daniel Kraus. “I still had a hankering to create an original, frightening, supernatural thing that had a shot at being iconic. While discussing horror with friends, I stumbled upon the concept of fallen leaves being like stepping stones for some kind of forest monster — a pathway it could use to follow you home and so forth. It was such a visual idea to me that I thought it’d be the perfect story to be my comic debut. I’m a gigantic fan of EC Comics, but I wanted to go in the opposite direction here, and make something sophisticated and sad.

Kraus is widely known for being a frequent collaborator with Guillermo del Toro. The two have teamed together a few times in the past. The first was their work on the Trollhunters novel which was released on July 7, 2015 and was later adapted into the Emmy-winning Netflix series. The duo would once again team up as they co-wrote the novelization of The Shape of Water which was released in March of 2018.

The Autumnal is set to hit store shelves in September 2020. Stay tuned to Horror News Network for the latest on this series.

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