Karen Berger’s Dark Horse Imprint Announces First Series Including Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Hungry Ghosts’

by Nick Banks
As reported by Horror News Network in February, Karen Berger (of Vertigo fame) and Dark Horse Comics signed a deal for Berger to create her own imprint entitled Berger Books.  With the annual San Diego Comic Con right around the corner, the first series and collections have been announced including four new comics series (which will later be collected as graphic novels): Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, Incognegro: Renaissance by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece, Mata Hari by Emma Beeby and Ariela Kristantina, and The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja. Berger Books will also publish a tenth-anniversary edition of Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece (originally published by Vertigo in 2009) and The Originals: The Essential Edition (originally published by Vertigo in 2004) by Dave Gibbons.
Hungry Ghosts will undoubtedly be of the greatest interest to horror fans and it comes from an unlikely source: world famous chef and traveller Anthony Bourdain (Parts UnknownKitchen Confidential) and co-writer Joel Rose (Get Jiro!; Kill, KillFaster, Faster).  According to the official press release, the series will “…tell haunting tales of terror, irritable spirits, and horribly strange beings in Hungry Ghosts, a four-issue anthology series including art by Vanesa Del Rey, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco.”
The horror anthology was “Inspired by the Japanese Edo Period game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or “100 Candles”, played by samurai warriors to test their courage, Hungry Ghosts reimagines this classic game of dread and terror as a circle of international chefs invoke modern tales of horror, terrifying yokaiyorei, and obake, all with the common thread of food.”
Traditionally, the term “hungry ghost” is associated with Buddhism and occurs when someone commits a moral crime or transgression and must wander the living world as an unhappy spirit, seeking redemption from ancestors and loved ones.
Hungry Ghosts #1 goes on sale January 31, 2018.  Stay tuned to Horror News Network for more information about this title and others coming soon from Berger Books.

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