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In all the interviews I've done for Funny Book Splatter, you'd be surprised by how many horror creators were influenced at an early age by the work of R.L. Stine. Goosebumps made an entire generation fall in love with horror and now a bunch of them are making their own creepy comics. This is why I'm so excited to hear that BOOM! Studios will be publishing Just Beyond, a new graphic novel series penned by R.L. Stine beginning next year.

The first book in the series is The Scare School, featuring artwork by Kelly & Nichole Matthews and a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco. Just Beyond is a middle grade supernatural horror series and it's currently planned for four volumes.

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In Just Beyond: The Scare School, the first original graphic novel in the series, three 12-year-olds in strangely old fashioned clothing have appeared in modern times, creeping through the empty halls of Scare Middle School, trying to escape a cyborg creature called a Drogg before they are dragged back to somewhere Just Beyond. Now, three modern day students, Josh, Jess, and Marco, are drawn into this terrifying mystery about why their school doesn’t just feel like the worst place ever—it might literally be the worst place imaginable in this world…or any other!

“Kids spend a lot of time in school. So it's the perfect place for scares. What if everything you thought you knew about your school was wrong?” said writer R.L. Stine. “What if your school held a secret so terrifying it could threaten your life? That's where the idea for The Scare School began. Where the story ended surprised even me!”

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“R.L Stine's books were something we grew up with (there was always one or a dozen around the house), so when we were approached with the chance to work with him on The Scare School , we jumped on it,” said artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews. “Getting to design a cast of characters and creatures from the ground up is always fun, and getting to go a little wild on how scary they are is even better. This book will leave you in stitches as many times as it will leave you screaming! We hope fans will enjoy all the jumps and frights as they enroll for a spooky good time in Scare School.”

Just Beyond will be published under BOOM! Studios KaBOOM! imprint, focused on comics for middle grade and younger readers.

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“Our goal at KaBOOM! is to push the boundaries what middle grade graphic fiction can be and Just Beyond: The Scare School is unlike any comic you’ve ever read,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “R.L. Stine brings the thrills, chills, and excitement that have made him one of the most influential authors of our time. Paired with the lush, and beautiful artwork of Kelly & Nichole Matthews, these creators have made a world that will suck you in from the first page. Hold on tight, because this story is taking you to somewhere that you’ve only feared was real…a place where our heroes have to figure out how to save themselves, let alone the rest of the world!”

Look for Just Beyond: The Scare School in September 2019.

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James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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