Horror News Network 2021 Comic Awards: Best Writer Of The Year

by Thomas Tuna

The third time’s the charm for Cullen Bunn.

Once again, the New York Times bestselling author is taking home the Horror News Network Best Writer of the Year Award. Bunn–who also was singled out for his writing excellence in 2016 and 2018–this year is recognized specifically for his page-turning scripts on such titles as Basilisk for BOOM! Studios, Harrow County for Dark Horse Comics and Phantom on the Scan for AfterShock Comics.

In Basilisk, Bunn tells the horrifying tale of five individuals–known as the Chimera–who are bound by a cult-like hivemind and terrorize small towns with their supernatural sense-based powers. Regan, one of the Chimera, has escaped, her murderous eyes bound and overcome with guilt. But now, a victim from her past forces her to hunt down the other four of her kind.

The Eisner Award-nominated Harrow County is a southern/gothic horror series that follows Emmy Crawford as her world is turned upside-down on the eve of her 18th birthday. She is thrust into the terrifying worlds of adulthood and the supernatural–a dangerous combination–while she struggles to reconcile with her strange heritage and the darkness within her.

In Phantom on the Scan, Bunn depicts an Earth two decades after a comet struck the planet, giving people psychic powers. Now, a group of six psychics have joined together to end their gift–especially since it exhausts their life force each time they use it. What they don’t know, however, is that a terrible secret connects them to each other–and to the mysterious Trellux Institute.

Congratulations–once again–to the prolific Cullen Bunn on being named Horror News Network’s 2021 Best Writer of the Year.

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