BOOM!’s Packed Horror Anthology ‘Hello Darkness’ Includes R.L. Stine, ‘Something Is Killing The Children’ And More

Hello Darkness #1 crop

BOOM! Studios is launching a wildly packed horror anthology titled Hello Darkness. And it’s kicking off with a brand new Something is Killing The Children Story, a story by R.L. Stine and Francesca Francavilla, and much, much more.

In fact, there’s so much more, to pull back the curtain a bit, the press release sent over to Comic Book Club by BOOM! was essentially a long list of top-tier creators, and then nothing but quotes about working on the book. I’ll copy some of that below, but in the interest of having some clarity here let’s discuss a little about what you’ll find in the book.

The first issue alone will include the first part of a brand new, six-part Something is Killing the Children story from James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera, as well as the first part of a seven-part horror story by Garth Ennis and Becky Cloonan. Plus every issue will have a main cover by Paolo Rivera, a variant cover by Jenny Frison, and a guest artist cover, with Peach Momoko stepping in for issue #1.

Anthologies seem to be the hot new thing this year, with the return of EC Comics over at Oni Press, and Image Comics delving into anthologies/horror for years now. Archie Comics has also been burgeoning its horror line with various one-shots and anthologies set in the darker parts of their universe.

Regardless, Hello Darkness seems to be a worthy addition to this trend, because I would read most of these folks anyway. Oh right, that full list:

R.L. Stine, Francesco Francavilla, Garth Ennis, Becky Cloonan, James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera, Brian Azzarello, Vanesa R. Del Rey, John Arcudi, Ryan Sook, Cullen Bunn, Sas Milledge, Sarah Gailey, Liana Kangas, Marguerite Bennett, Michael Conrad, Martín Morazzo, Andy Lanning, Trevor Hairsine, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Jude Ellison S. Doyle, Letizia Cadonici, and Sarah Andersen.

…and that’s just to start! Hello Darkness #1 hits shops on July 24, 2024. You can check out more quotes and the full covers for the first issues below.

Hello Darkness #1 Covers:

Hello Darkness #1 Creator Quotes:

“This brings me back to Tales from the Crypt and the other horror comics I devoured as a kid. I’m so excited to be part of this anthology series designed to make the world a scarier place!” said R.L. Stine

“I’ve been a fan of R.L. Stine and his work (Goosebumps, Fear Street, etc.) for some time and I’ve been a fan of all horror things my whole life. So I’m very excited to be joining creative forces with him for a brand new scary tale for BOOM!’s new anthology. Can’t wait for you all to embark on this spine-chilling journey with us!” said Francesco Francavilla.

“It’s always a pleasure having a story in an anthology title, seeing what the other creative teams have come up with, being just one part of a larger endeavor. This time out I have the added bonus of working with the always excellent Becky Cloonan, something I’ve wanted to do for some time–I’m looking forward to the readers seeing what we’ve come up with together. Brace yourself for The War.” said Garth Ennis.

“My whole career started writing comic shorts, so it’s very exciting to bring it all around full circle and tell a SIKTC story in that format. The story Werther and I are going to be telling here is one that’s been in the back of my mind for almost five years, and I’m thrilled we finally have the perfect platform to bring that story to readers.” said James Tynion IV.

“I love anthologies! So many talented writers and artists in a single book! It’s a truly amazing comics experience.” said Werther Dell’Edera

“Ryan Sook is a brilliant storyteller, so thank you Hello Darkness for giving us a chance to work together again!” said John Arcudi.

“25 years ago John Arcudi and I first collaborated in a horror anthology. Now we’ve returned from the grave with bleached pulp pages smeared and spattered black with ink and blood to share the endless nightmare that is Hello Darkness. Join us forever, won’t you?” said Ryan Sook.

“I’m excited to be part of this spooky team. Life is not fun without a good scare!” said Vanesa R. Del Rey.

“Getting to work with Liana Kangas again is like hopping into my favorite getaway car: everything feels just right and I know we’re about to burn rubber together. I am so excited to steer into horror for Hello Darkness alongside my truly evil co-creator.” said Sarah Gailey.

“Well, fans of BOOM! Studios and horror comics, Sarah Gailey and I are back back back again! If you thought Know Your Station was superb, chilling, or down right justifiably dreadful, I can’t wait for you to see what we’re cooking up next! See you all soon…” said Liana Kangas.

Hello Darkness has been an exquisite opportunity to tell the kind of story that every other publisher turned away for being too upsetting, too sexual, too angry. If you want horror without shame, look no further!” said Marguerite Bennett.

“After seeing the incredible talent I’ll be sharing credit with I’m completely sure Hello Darkness is going to be really special! And I cannot even begin to tell you what my story is about! Something very fun and twisted, exactly what I love!” said Martín Morrazzo.

“Let’s take a moment and rejoice! TRUE horror is back, and her name is Hello Darkness.” said Michael Conrad.

Hello Darkness was one hell of an offer–tell the horror short you’ve always wanted to tell…no! The one you couldn’t tell anywhere else! I self defenestrated at the chance–and the result is a strange short that’s part John Waters and part Nikolai Gogol, something never before put to the comics pages!” said Steve Orlando.

“Sometimes, the only way to meet horror is with horror. We’re living in frightening times, and in Hello Darkness I hope to stare back at some of the terrors staring at us.” said Genevieve Valentine.

“Working with BOOM! has always felt like being in a community of under-sung geniuses. I’m happy to be part of this anthology, but I’m even happier that I get to see what everyone else came up with.” said Jude Ellison S. Doyle.

“I’m having so much fun working on this book! Jude’s writing is always so brilliant and amazing. I’m so glad to be part of this project, this is gonna be a scary one.” said Letizia Cadonici.

“I’m a huge fan of horror stories and grew up reading classics like Eerie, Creepy, House of Mystery, and Tomb of Dracula. So when BOOM! gave me the opportunity to work on a new horror anthology along with my old mate, Trev Hairsine, I jumped at it. I’m really excited for people to see our story, especially Trev’s amazing artwork and I’m just as excited to read the other stories as well. Any fan of great horror stories would be!” said Andy Lanning.

Comic Book Club Live Info:

Want to watch Comic Book Club live? We stream every Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET to YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, and Twitter/X. Come hang out, and ask questions of our guests (and us!). And you could potentially win a $25 gift card to Midtown Comics, or Long John Silvers. You can check out a current list of upcoming guests and other live appearances on our Shows page.

Leave a Reply