‘Autumnal’ Is A New Rural Horror From The Writer Of ‘The Shape Of Water’ And Vault Comics

by Olly MacNamee

Best selling author Daniel Kraus, and writer of Trollhunter and the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, is partnering with Vault Comics for a new horror comic book series called Autumnal. It will be published this Fall through their Nightfall annual horror imprint. He’s partnered on this new series by artist Chris Shehan.

Kraus had a great deal to say about this new US rural-horror in a statement accompanying this news:

“In ten novels, I’d written about a lot of monsters, but most were humans, or lighthearted, or greatly sympathetic. I still had a hankering to create an original, frightening, supernatural thing that had a shot at being iconic. While discussing horror with friends, I stumbled upon the concept of fallen leaves being like stepping stones for some kind of forest monster — a pathway it could use to follow you home and so forth. It was such a visual idea to me that I thought it’d be the perfect story to be my comic debut. I’m a gigantic fan of EC Comics, but I wanted to go in the opposite direction here, and make something sophisticated and sad.”

So, a story both horrific and tinged with tragedy. A theme we have seen explored before by Kraus in such films The Shape of Water. As a fan of his films, I’ll lady give this one a shot.

We have a first look, plus an accompanying synopsis of this new series, coming September 2020 with two variant covers, both by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel..

“Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire. From NY Times best-selling author, Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters, The Living Dead), and rising star Chris Shehan, comes a haunting vision of America’s prettiest autumn”.

Olly MacNamee

A unashamed DC Comics fan and sometime teacher for over 20 years! I got lucky and found the escape hatch. Now, I just read and write about comics all day long. Co-host of the ICE-Cast podcast and one third of the brains behind Birmingham's street art and graffiti festival High Vis Fest.

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