As a kid, I often went fishing at the creek with my old man. He had a nice fishing boat, lots of expensive rods and reels, and he often took the family out on ocean fishing excursions. But he still liked taking old fashioned cane poles out to the creek to fish for catfish. I went with him frequently. (One of his favorite fishing spots was near a country club, and we often squeezed through a break in the fence and snuck across the golf course to get there.) For some reason, I always took a big stack of horror comics with me to read on the muddy bank. House of Mystery, Ghosts, House of Secrets, Creepy, Eerie, Haunted Library, you name it. I never brought superhero books. Only horror tales seemed right while sitting in the eerie, early morning light. I loved those anthologies so much. They absolutely played a big role in the writer I would become.
Over the past couple of decades, I’ve written many short horror stories. Many of those stories were collected in the book A PASSAGE IN BLACK from Omaha Bound. That
book, if you haven’t read it yet, has some of my earliest work in it, but I wanted to showcase everything so readers could see who I am and where I came from.
And now—right here!—I’m announcing that my love of horror comic anthologies and my love of horror short fiction is coming together like peanut butter and jelly! In just a couple
of weeks, I will be launching a Kickstarter for CULLEN BUNN PRESENTS: A PASSAGE IN BLACK! This book will feature comic book adaptations of some of my short horror stories from the prose collection. I have brought together an amazing group of writers and artists to bring these stories to life. Just check out the list!
Cindy Bunn and Baldemar Rivas – “Why Sing the Sirens”
Kevin Watkins and Adam McLaughlin – “School for the Dead”
Anton Kromoff and Bob Freeman – “Dance, Dance, Upon the Night of the Ball”
Heath Amodio and Daniele Sera – “Last Night of the Fair”
Josh Roberts and David Moscati – “Feast of Crows”
JimmyZ Johnston and Isaac Crawford – “Piasa Dreams”
Jeff Lawler and Fran Strukan – “Still Waters”
AE Steuve and Arjuna Susini – “For Her Love”
Sonica Ellis and Rowan MacColl – “Someday Dolls”
Tim Mayer – “A Passage in Black”
And yours truly working with Marcos Marz on something new!
With special appearances by Blacky Shepherd!
A logo designed by the Kucharek Brothers!
And a cover by Kyle Strahm!
Omaha Bound is once again helping with the design and printing of the project, so I’m confident it is going to be a fantastic book!
I want this book to represent amazing talent that readers might not be familiar with, and I think these folks have accomplished something amazing. They took these prose stories and ran with them. They made them their own and did something special with them.
And here’s some more exciting news. Assuming the Kickstarter, which launches around the first of October, is successful, I plan on making this an annual project. The next volume, though, will feature all new stories by the various collaborators (and myself). This will be a way for me to contribute to the legacy of horror anthology comics in my own way. CULLEN BUNN PRESENTS A PASSAGE IN BLACK is my Creepy, my Eerie.
I really think we’re on the verge of something exciting here. All the stories are written. All the art should be complete by the end of September. I hope you will all join me on this journey! Stay tuned for the official launch-day announcement!