EC Comics Reveal New Horror Hosts

by Rob Caprilozzi

Out with the old and in with the new.

Oni Press has unveiled the first look at EC’s all-new trio of horror hosts, The Grave-Digger, The Tormentor, and The Grim Inquisitor. These characters will make their debut in Epitaphs From the Abyss #1.

“Usually a big part of designing characters is costuming, but in looking back at the original Tales From the Crypt comics, it’s clear that the most important and defining features of the horror hosts are their ghoulish faces,” said Dustin Weaver. “It’s all about the faces, and with these modern host designs I wanted to carry on that tradition. Making sure the faces were suitably fiendish, properly cruel, and the right amount of unseemly was key, but there’s also an effort here to go a step further and bring some more thought and characterization to their costuming and physicality as well. Ultimately, it’s just such a treat to draw characters so unabashedly wicked.”

“Crafted from the dead center of depravity and delight, these new horror hosts are primed and ready to assume their roles as storytellers,” said Corey Mifsud, Executive Director of William M. Gaines Agent, Inc. “All three characters honor the creepily comical spirit of EC, but contribute uniquely twisted points of views that will surely keep the reader up at night!”

In his cemetery every tombstone tells a tale. As the central host of the upcoming Epitaphs From the Abyss series from EC Comics and Oni Press, The Grave-Digger’s charming visage will soon regale readers far and wide with the tales of murderous intent and ill fortune that earned his cemetery’s denizens their places six feet deep.

The Tormentor is a one-eyed butcheress with a penchant for playful flaying and audacious amputation, there is no weapon of opportunity or implement of torture too grisly to escape The Tormentor’s notice. But she still holds a fondness for “the classics” – like her red-hot poker and rusty pruning shears!

The Grim Inquisitor is a mad monk with a fanatic’s eye for keeping his secret sect’s surprisingly extensive bureaucracy of terror running like clockwork, The Grim Inquisitor fears no man . . . except The Supreme Inquisitor, who demands extremely exacting results from his right-hand man and deputy master of obscure occult rites.

EC Comics and their three new horror hosts will make their debut in Epitaphs From the Abyss #1, a 40-page horror milestone dropping on July 24th. Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more on EC Comics.

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