HYPE ALERT!!! Over the summer one of the projects taking valuable time away from The Beat was work on a second volume of THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY, Vol. 2, a spine-tingling, mind-warping anthology of work by offbeat horror master Thomas Ligotti. I am happy and proud to say that the book is coming out NEXT WEEK and you all need to run out and buy a copy. A couple of previews have gone up this week — including a huge preview of “Gas Station Carnivals” by Joe Harris and the award-winning Vasilis Lolos. Ain’t It Cool News is also running a contest/preview. But as the editor of the book, I am proud to run the first ever preview of pages from ALL FOUR STORIES. As I always say, putting together an anthology is like casting — finding the right people for the job at hand is always a challenge but when it clicks the way it did here, the result is thrilling. I think that for NIGHTMARE FACTORY 2, we found four incredible artists, and working with them was a treat. Above is the cover by Jon Foster.
Above: “The Clown Puppet” by Joe Harris and Bill Sienkiewicz. Yes, THAT Bill Sienkiewicz. After 25 years of friendship, we finally got to work together, and the result was thrilling.
FINALLY, “Sect of the Idiot” by Stuart Moore and Nick Stakal, another brilliant young artist that we’ll be hearing a lot more from in the coming years.
I’ll have more previews and news of many events and signings in the next few days. Suffice to say I am INCREDIBLY proud of this book and the very hard work everyone did on it. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed by the results.
Below the cut, official PR from our publisher, HarperCollins:
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The second volume in horror master Thomas Ligotti’s chilling series, THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY: Volume 2 (Fox Atomic Comics / Harper; Trade Paperback Original; On sale: September 2, 20008; $17.99) is a striking collection of terrifying stories, adapted and illustrated by some of the biggest and best creators in the graphic novel industry. The result is a visually captivating collection of graphic tales that are made alive by the artwork and palpable sense of fright contained in its pages.
The mind-bending universe of Ligotti awaits in THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY: Volume 2. Enter a sphere where bizarre gas station carnivals serve as the first stop on the road to oblivion, a malevolent puppet steals people’s identities, a deranged chemist engages in horrific experiments, and nameless beings skulk about in a stone tower, waiting to envelop the unsuspecting into the nebulous reaches of unreality. Ligotti masterfully probes the human psyche, locating the subtle fears that exist in us all. Blurring the differences between perception and reality, Ligotti’s stories will illuminate fears you never knew you had. While ghostly carnivals, mad scientists, clown puppets and nightmarish towns drive the plot for these stories, it is Ligotti’s understanding of the human condition, and how to create doubt and uncertainty which make these stories so authentically terrifying.
Both the trade and mainstream press heaped praise on the first volume in THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY series. Rue Morgue magazine said, “Fox Atomic Comics accomplished what many thought impossible: successfully translating the author’s work into a graphic novel,” Mania.com gushed, “If Fox Atomic Comics continue to put out fantastic titles like “The Nightmare Factory” they will be a force to be reckoned with,” the Boston Globe called the book a “bitterly entertaining treat,” and Entertainment Weekly called it “deliciously bleak.” This year’s installment promises to build upon this early success, and cement the series as a yearly Halloween favorite.
Thomas Ligotti began his writing career in the early 1980s, gaining instant renown among aficionados of horror fiction. Since that time, numerous collections of his work have been published. These include: Songs of a Dead Dreamer (1989), Grimscribe (1991), Noctuary (1994), The Agonising Resurrection of Victor Frankenstein & Other Gothic Tales (1994), The Nightmare Factory (1996), My Work is Not Yet Done (2002), and Teatro Grottesco (2006). The Washington Post calls him “the best kept secret in contemporary horror fiction.
Stuart Moore is a writer of both comic books and novels. His first published comic book was Para, which was written exclusively for the San Diego Comic-Con International 2003. His graphic novel work includes collaboration with Michael Chabon as well as writing Justice League Adventures. Stuart was also a founding editor of DC Comics’ acclaimed Vertigo imprint where he won the Eisner Award for best editor in 1996. He has written two novels: American Meat and Reality Bites: In the Jungle No-one Can Hear You Scream. Joe Harris made his big screen debut in 2003 with his screenplay for the Sony Pictures release Darkness Falls. The movie, conceived and co-written by Joe, was based on Tooth Fairy, his short film which presented a horrific twist on the children’s bedtime myth. The Tripper, the politically themed slasher film Harris co-wrote with actor David Arquette, was released in 2007. Harris has written for the X-Men and Spiderman franchises and Wizard magazine has described him as writing “great teen angst.” Despite feeling as though he’s in Los Angeles all the time, Harris actually resides in New York City, where he was born and raised.
Toby Cypress is an artist based in Los Angeles, where he is working on his latest project, the graphic novel Rodd Racer. His previous work includes The Tourist, Killing Girl, Batman/Nightwing: Bloodborne and Predator: Home World. He also works as a storyboard artist/conceptual designer for clients including Nike and Tokyopop.
Vasilis Lolos was born in Athens, Greece in 1981. He spent his early years in space, where he honed his comic craft in zero gravity. Since his return to Earth, he has published several books, including Last Call—recently optioned for film by Universal Pictures— for Oni Press, The Pirates of Coney Island, with Rick Spears for Image comics, and a few short stories for Marvel.
Bill Sienkiewicz is a highly acclaimed visual artist best known for his unique and recognizable work on various comic books, notably Marvel’s Elektra: Assassin, written by Frank Miller. His other comics include notable work on Moon Knight, New Mutants, Big Numbers, and 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow.
Nick Stakal’s love of old black-and-white horror and noir movies serves as inspiration when he puts brush to Bristol. Some of Nick’s recent and notable art contributions can be seen in Image Comics’ Strange Girl and his work as the ongoing artist for Dark Horse’s Criminal Macabre, written by Steve Niles.
THE NIGHTMARE FACTORY: Volume 2
By Thomas Ligotti
Fox Atomic Comics / Harper; Trade Paperback Original
On sale: September 2, 20008