You know Disney and WB have comic book companies, and Fox and Paramount have dabbled with their own comics in the past, but what about Universal? They’re putting out at least one comics-y type thing, even if it’s coming out from their Universal Studios branch as part of Halloween hoopla. Vampyre: Castle of the Undead (Blood Secrets of the Iron Guard), is not only the longest title ever but also the first graphic novella to be based on a Halloween theme park maze, we’re told. Patrick Ian Moore is listed as artist.
“Vampyre: Castle of the Undead (Blood Secrets of the Iron Guard)” tells a modern tale of the vampires of Wallachia, Romania, the medieval realm of Vlad the Impaler, who inspired the 19th century Dracula legend. With drawings and design by Moore, the book was based on a maze developed by “Halloween Horror Nights” Creative Director John Murdy with a story by Max Nichts.
The comic is being serialized on the Halloween Horror Nights website, although we couldn’t find it there. Printed editions will be given away as prizes to park guests who go to get their chills at the Halloween attraction.
Halloween Horror Nights runs until Halloween and includes attractions based on NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and other chilling stuff.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.