Hellboy creator Mike Mignola is taking up writing duties again to create a graphic novel in a Gothic vein, teaming up with British comic creator Warwick Johnson-Cadwell (Helena Crash) for Mr. Higgins Comes Home.
In this new story, a festival of the undead is underway at Castle Golga and a pair of “fearless vampire killers” question a man hiding out in a monastery on the Baltic Sea. The “mysterious” Mr. Higgins wants to “avoid the scene of his wife’s death, and the truth about what happened to him in that castle”. The vampire killers are adamant, however, and persuade Mr. Higgins to end his own suffering by helping them.
Mignola explains how this came about:
This one started when a mutual friend pointed out Warwick Johnson-Cadwell’s affection for sad werewolves. Then Warwick and I exchanges a few words about vampires and that was it. Mr. Higgins Comes Home is my very obvious nod to any number of old Hammer Dracula films and my all-time favorite vampire film, Roman Polanski’s The Fearless Vampire Killers.
Cadwell-Johnson gives his reaction to the project:
Working on a project with Mike Mignola is an amazing thing to be able to do. His art and storytelling is a massive influence and inspiration for me and chatting with him about werewolves, vampires and the like was very exciting. When Mr. Higgins Comes Home turned up in my email I was in awe. It’s a rollicking vampire romp right in the Hammer vein and it’s a pleasure to be slapping that crimson goop they used for blood all over it.
The new OGN will be set outside the Mignolaverse, and will go on sale in comic book stores on October 25th, and in bookstores on October 31st, 2017.