DC Comics Announces New Horror Pop-Up Imprint

Hill House Comics will feature five limited monthly series.

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DC has announced a brand new "pop-up imprint" under its adult-reader Black Label line called Hill House Comics, spearheaded by horror author and comics veteran Joe Hill (Locke & Key, NOS4A2).

The pop-up imprint will kick off with the first of five announced stories: Basket Full Of Heads, created by Hill and artist Leomacs. It tells the story of a woman named June Branch on a mission to save her kidnapped boyfriend, wielding an "impossible 8th-century Viking ax" that can "pass through a neck in a single swipe, leaving the severed head conscious and capable of speech."

Basket Full Of Heads will be joined by four other monthly limited series and one ongoing back-up story featured in each Hill House Comics issue.

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The Low, Low Woods is created by Carmen Maria Machado and artist Dani. The synopsis reads, "a mysterious plague is afflicting the small mining town of Shudder to Think, Pennsylvania. It strikes seemingly at random, eating away at the memories of those suffering from it. From tales of rabbits with human eyes to deer women who come to the windows of hungry girls at night, this town is one of those places where strange things are always happening. But no one ever seems to question why." The Low Low Woods is "a gruesome coming-of-age body-horror mystery series about two teenage women trying to uncover the truth about the mysterious memory-devouring illness affecting them and the people of the small mining town they call home—and the more they discover, the more disturbing the truth becomes."

The Dollhouse Family by Mike Carey and Peter Gross tells the story of a young girl named Alice who is given a mysterious dollhouse by a late aunt that Alice can actually enter "to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children’s novel: the Dollhouse family. As the years pass, Alice finds herself visiting their world more frequently, slowly losing track of where reality ends and make-believe begins. What starts as play concludes in an eruption of madness and violence."

Daphne Bryne by Laura Marks and Kelley Jones will focus on a 14-year-old girl named Daphne in 19th-century New York City who must rescue her grief-stricken mother from a predatory group of occultists promising to contact her late father. But, "while fighting to disentangle her mother from these charlatans, Daphne begins to sense a strange, insidious presence in her own body…an entity with unspeakable appetites. And as she learns to wield this brutal, terrifying power, she wages a revenge-fueled crusade against the secret underworld that destroyed her life."

Finally, Pulge by Hill and an unannounced artist will uncover a nautical mystery focused on a ship from 1983 which "disappeared, wiped out in a storm on the edge of the Arctic circle—the world’s most advanced research vessel in the hunt for oil, lost in the aftermath of a tsunami."

But, "almost 40 years later, the Derleth begins to transmit its distress signal once again, calling into Alaska’s remote Attu Station from the most forlorn place on earth, a desolate ring island in the icy faraway. A US salvage team made up of experts, scientists, and mercenaries helicopter in just ahead of a storm—and the Russian competition—to find the abandoned wreck hung up on the island shores of the atoll. As a wintry blizzard clamps down, anomalies begin to surface: first the samples of an oil with unlikely properties, and then the sonar readings of a sunken prehistoric civilization just offshore. Still, nothing could prepare the salvage team for the reappearance of the Derleth’s crew from the island cave, no older than they were four decades ago, every one of them struck blind by an inexplicable infection…and yet capable of seeing in new ways, possessed of extraordinary powers and stripped of all but their last vestiges of humanity…"

Every issue will be accompanied by a chapter of Sea Dogs, by Hill and an unannounced artist which will tell the story of nautical werewolves set during the American revolution.

Hill House Comics kicks off with Basket Full Of Heads, hitting shelves on October 30.

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