Head Games, the second volume in Joe Hill’s Locke & Key graphic novel series, focuses on the Locke siblings as they cope with life after their father’s death and unwittingly fall more under the influence of the escaped demon Dodge.
My book While the Black Stars Burn won a Bram Stoker Award last month, and I also interviewed Joe Hill and will be a panelist at the Origins convention in Columbus. My column this month is a discussion of Lovecraft’s classic tale “The Call of Cthulhu”.
First, personal news: my Stoker-nominated first novel Spellbent is on sale for just 99 cents at Amazon, B&N, and iTunes. If you’ve been wanting to try my fiction, here’s your chance!
And now, here’s my column on Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Alabaster: Wolves. It is the first volume in her graphic novel series about teenaged albino monster hunter Dancy Flammarion, who is a recurring character in Kiernan’s short stories and novels. Dancy is haunted by a terrifying figure she believes to be an angel and who directs her to kill the monsters she encounters in her travels through the Deep South. In this narrative, Dancy encounters a werewolf named Maisie in an abandoned South Carolina town. After Dancy kills Maisie, the angel abandons her, forcing Dancy to face the Lovecraftian horrors in the town all by herself.
Welcome to Lovecraft, the first volume in Joe Hill’s Locke & Key graphic novel series, focuses on siblings Bode, Tyler, and Kinsey Locke relocating from California to the Keyhouse on the fictional island of Lovecraft, Massachusetts after Tyler’s classmate Sam Lesser murders their father. There’s a lot of really interesting stuff going on in this first collected volume of the series.