Vault Comics are a publishing company with great ideas for getting people to talk about their comics. Their Vault Vintage programme, that has seen reprints and now first prints sporting covers homaging classic covers of the past, have really caught the comic book community’s interest. Well, now they have announced a new initiative that will see them celebrating Halloween in style with new horror titles under the umbrella title of Nightfall. And they’ll be doing this on an annual basis, with all new horror series each and every Fall.
It’s the first real push into the horror genre, although titles like These Savage Shores certainly reads like a gothic tale, but through the lens of a Merchant Ivory film. Here’s Vault Editor-in-Chief, Adrian Wassel take on this new direction:
For a little over two years, Vault’s mission has been to bring you the best in science fiction and fantasy. But there’s no denying our affection for the macabre has wormed its way into many of our series. Nightfall—even more than an annual event—is a badge. It tells readers and retailers which of our stories will be truly terrifying. Sure, they might contain some sci-fi or fantasy, but if you crack open a Nightfall cover, your skin will crawl.
First off the block is The Plot, co-written by Tim Daniel (Fissure, Enormous) & Michael Moreci (Wasted Space, Mall) and drawn by Joshua Hixson (Shangai Red). And here’s the rundown:
In order to receive…first you must give. When Chase Blaine’s estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to McKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta—which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.
For co-author Moreci it sounds like a career high, as he explains:
This is the most emotional book I’ve ever written. It’s everything I love dearly about horror, where the scares come from the characters and their intense personal journeys. This is horror you feel chilling your bones. It’s horror that lingers when you try to sleep at night.
Artist Joshua Hixson added:
The best kind of horror confronts us with our buried secrets and darkest thoughts—all that we try to keep dormant. The Plotdrags those to the surface and forces us to look. It’s everything I love about horror, and everything I love about drawing it.
The Plot will be haunting comic book store shelves this September.