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Hill House Comics ‘Plunge’ #1: The Horror News Network Review

As the curator of DC Comics Hill House horror line, Joe Hill has a lot of expectations to live up to.  Not only does the line bear his name, but as a creator who established himself as a force in the world of horror comics, any title that he writes comes with great expectations.

Plunge, Hill’s latest addition to the line (after the inaugural Basketful of Heads) is, in his own words, “my riff on John Carpenter’s The Thing and is an arctic horror story.”  The story starts out with a lost exploration vessel, the Derleth, sending distress signals after a tsunami hits.  The only problem is that the vessel was lost at sea… 40 years ago. read more

Netflix Teases ‘Locke & Key’ with Featurette

Like taking a peak behind the curtain, Netflix has released a behind-the-scenes look at Locke & Key which shows how the story went from a best-selling comic book to a highly anticipated television series.

The featurette also covers the “Head Key” which was a central storyline in the comics. Check it out here:

Locke & Key revolves around three siblings who move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts after the murder of their father, only to find the house has magical keys that give them extraordinary powers and abilities. However, a treacherous demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to obtain them. read more

‘Locke & Key’ Gets Trailer Ahead of Netflix Premiere

A long time in the making, the new Netflix series Locke & Key had its first trailer post online a month ahead of its February 7 premiere.

Based on the comic series created by Joe Hill, son of legendary author Stephen King, Locke & Key ran for eight story arcs from February 2008 until December 2013.

After the series failed to materialize as a franchise of films, there were pilots made for 20th Century Fox Television and Hulu which eventually were dropped and shopped around until it found a home at Netflix. read more

‘Locke & Key’ Receives Premiere Date From Netflix

Fans of the ever-popular author Joe Hill, who has multiple projects in varying stages of development, won’t need to wait long for their next fix.  According to Deadline, the supernatural mystery series Locke & Key, based on a comic book series written by Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Publishing, will premiere on February 7th, 2020 on Netflix.   The streaming service made the announcement on Wednesday, and was confirmed by Hill’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards (see below.) read more

‘The Dollhouse Family’s’ Mike Carey and Peter Gross: The Horror News Network Interview

The Dollhouse Family (the second title in Joe Hill’s new Hill House Comics line from DC Comics) continues the reemergence of the horror comic in the form of a complex dive into three seeming disparate horror sub-genres including Cthulu-like ancient gods, frightening, abusive relationships, and a ghostly, supernatural dollhouse.

Writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross were happy to answer HNN’s questions about The Dollhouse Family and gave readers a glimpse into the complex world of the new series. read more

‘Hill House Comics’ Joe Hill: The Horror News Network Interview

When DC Comics and Joe Hill announced a partnership in the form of Hill House Comics, fans of horror comic books were naturally excited.  Hill’s reputation in the world of comics (as the writer of one of the greatest horror comics in the history of the medium, Locke and Key) immediately gave the new imprint respectability, along with the promise of numerous, varied horror titles over the next year, including the inaugural entry from Hill House Comics, Hill’s very own Basketful of Heads.  Hill was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to speak to Horror News Network about his love of comics and his new series and imprint in this exclusive interview. read more

DC and Joe Hill Provide Fans with a Sample of Terror From Hill House Comics

DC Comics and Joe Hill are providing an early treat to fans this Halloween season with a glimpse at the upcoming Hill House Comics line via a free online sampler.  The sampler includes previews of the first title from the imprint, Basketful of Heads, by Joe Hill and Leomacs, as well as The Dollhouse Factory (by Mike Carey and Peter Gross), and The Low, Low Woods (by Carmen Maria Machado with art by Dani).

The sampler also includes previews of two upcoming titles scheduled for 2020: January’s Daphne Byrne (no relation to legendary X-Men artist John Byrne, written by Laura Marks with art by horror-fan favorite Kelley Jones) and February’s Plunge, a six-issue limited series written by Hill and and an artist to be named later. read more

‘Locke & Key’ and Joe Hill Return to SDCC

Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, and Chris Ryall spoke at SDCC about their latest issue of the beloved comic “Locke & Key” and the upcoming show.

The show will be available on Netflix and contains 10 episodes that have already been completed filming. The release date was still not announce but Hill noted that the show could be added to you cue now. Fans were thrilled to see this series be reincarnated in another form to be available for viewing after multiple previous attempts to get the series off the ground. The original pilot was screened to SDCC fans in 2011, but despite positive feedback never aired beyond the convention. Hill also noted that while the new show is in the spirit of the comic, not everything will be exactly by the panel. “We pull the rug out from under you” and don’t always show what was in the comic to keep fans guessing. read more

First Trailer for Shudder’s ‘Creepshow’ Series Unveiled at SDCC 2019

The hits just keep on coming from SDCC 2019.  Shudder just unveiled the first trailer for their upcoming series Creepshow, based on the iconic 1982 film by Stephen King and George A. Romero.  This time, Hollywood heavyweights and horror staples such as Tobin Bell and David Arquette will guest star in the twelve new tales set to hit our screens on September 26th.  And by the looks of this trailer, it will certainly be CREEPY.

The Creepshow series was first announced back in July of 2018, and the buzz continued to build since that time with the confirmed involvement of Greg Nicotero (overseeing the entire series) and Joe Hill (NOS4A2), among others.  While we had to wait a full year for the trailer, it looks to be well worth it.  We at HNN are hoping Creepshow is a worthy successor to earlier successful series using the same themes and format such as Tales from the Darkside, Tales from the Crypt and the original Twilight Zone (which the “new” Zone was not able to pull off.) And of course, what Creepshow project would be complete without the incomparable Adrienne Barbeau! read more

DC Comics and Joe Hill Team Up for New Hill House Comics Imprint

This October, DC and best-selling author Joe Hill (NOS4A2Locke & Key) will be bringing some much needed horror to your local comic book shop in the form of Hill House Comics.  The first series in the new “pop-up” line of horror comic books (according to the official press release) will arrive on stands just in time for Halloween with Basketful of Heads, written by Joe Hill with art by Leomacs.

Hill is excited to get back to writing horror comics and stated that “Anyone who’s paying attention knows we’re in the middle of a new golden age of horror: films like Get Out, Hereditary, It Follows, and plain old It have raised the bar higher and higher.  Meanwhile, ongoing shows like AMC’s The Terror and Netflix’s Stranger Things have shattered preconceived notions about what’s possible in episodic terror TV. There’s great stuff happening in comics, of course—in a field of unbounded creativity and wacko visionaries, there’s always great stuff happening—but greedy me wants more.” read more