While it may not seem like it, September is quickly approaching, and that means the best time of the year for horror fans. All the comic publisher release loads of horror books to get you in gear for the Halloween season. Arcana has a special treat for you this September with Erik Hendix and Daniel Thollin’s original graphic novel, The Evil Tree. The graphic novel follows a young couple as they retreat from city life into a new home. Unfortunately for the couple and their friends, everything goes awry when they unlock the secrets of the original occupants of the house. It’s a true classic ghost story that’s bound to give you the chills. Solicits for the book don’t go up until July, but we’ve got a sneak preview that you can check out after the jump.
WRITTEN BY: Erik Hendrix
ART BY: Daniel Thollin
PRICE: $14.95 (on Amazon)
DIAMOND: JULY PREVIEWS / ISBN: 978-1-926914-52-7
In a colonial village outside of NYC, Misha and her fiance, Daren, seek an escape from the fast pace of the city. As they settle in, Misha becomes withdrawn, suffering from bad dreams and depression. When Daren brings his friends to the house to “shake out the cobwebs,” little does he know he is setting into motion events started hundreds of years ago with the original occupants of the house, the Willam Family. Not only did the ill-fated Willam family die in the house one cold winter, but the house has developed a history of female occupants committing suicide. The friends must solve the mystery of the house before the Willam Family ghosts pick them off one by one.
“The story is classic horror movie in graphic novel form, the way it should be done. Really creepy, moody and occasionally gut-wrenching horrific it does remind you of all the good stuff in Evil Dead movies – indeed the book could be a companion piece to the Evil Dead series. But there are somber moments too and chills that creep under you skin… Surprisingly the more tender moments, and the character interactions aren’t an afterthought. Relations and emotions are handled with equal aplomb and makes this book a must read and already a personal favorite of mine.” — Peter Bergting (The Portent, Crysis, Dark Sun, Strange Girl)
“A ghost story that will make your blood run cold.” — ComicMonsters.com
“Hendrix and Thollin sold me. Their tale of a young couple inadvertently awakening Something Very Evil may not be innovative, but I have a soft spot for classic tropes done well, and Mr. Hendrix rang enough changes on the formula that I was never bored. As a haunted house story, The Evil Tree is genuinely haunting… even scary… I was especially impressed with Mr. Thollin’s ability to craft and stage comics layouts that were actually frightening and surprising… In a way it’s almost more immersive– the jagged, simple style of the art helps put across the emotional part of the story. And when the art is that well-suited to the story, that’s my definition of good.” — Greg Hatcher, Comic Book Resources.com