When it comes to comic books with Hollywood star power, it’s hard to top BOOM! Studios’ BRZRKR, co-created by Keanu Reeves himself. But the publisher might just rival that book with its latest announcement, a new monthly horror comic written by none other than Goosebumps creator RL Stine.
The series in question is Stuff of Nightmares, Stine’s first original horror comic book series. This four-issue limited series sees Stine lending his own take on various iconic monsters from folklore and pop culture, with the first issue featuring a new spin on the tragedy of Frankenstein. The creative team also includes artist AL Kaplan and colorist Roman Titov.
Check out the slideshow gallery below for a look at the covers and several pages of interior art for Stuff of Nightmares #1:
RL Stine’s Stuff of Nightmares #1: Exclusive Preview
Tonally, Stuff of Nightmares is anything but kid-friendly, with BOOM! describing the series as more akin to Stine’s Fear Street novels than his Goosebumps series. Here’s the official description for the series:
In the premiere of Stine’s reanimated reimagining, the monster you encounter isn’t the one you thought it’d be—you might be familiar with the classic tale of a mad scientist hell-bent on creating life, but what these two demented brothers have created is something else entirely! Get ready for a darker, more gruesome, and even more terrifying series for horror fans who are ready to face their fears in … STUFF OF NIGHTMARES!
“AT LAST I’m free to let my most horrific fantasies out! Hey, kids– stay away from STUFF OF NIGHTMARES,” said Stine in Boom’s press release. “It’s my first horror comic book work for grownups. Ghastly, gory, and I hope, good stomach-churning fun!”
“As a lifelong fan of horror, and especially RL Stine, it’s been an exciting experience to work with him on this dark and twisted series about the monsters that fuel our nightmares,” said Kaplan. “It was thrilling to get a chance to bring the truly macabre and creepy elements of the characters that Stine created onto the page so I hope readers get just as many chills down their spine as I did when they read this series for the very first time!”
Stuff of Nightmares #1 is set for release in September 2022.
Stine’s Fear Street books recently spawned a trilogy of horror movies on Netflix. Check out IGN’s full breakdown of the Fear Street Trilogy ending and learn more about director Leigh Janiak’s plans to build an MCU-style shared universe.
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