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AfterShock Comics has announced Dark Red, a new series from writer Tim Seeley and artist Corin Howell set to begin in March. It's described as a contemporary and horrifying tale of vampirism in the heart of America and that's something I can definitely get behind. Here's the write-up from the publisher:

Charles “Chip” Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are…No, Chip is one of the “forgotten men.” He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories ship jobs to Calcutta.

Chip is also a vampire.

Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored…and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when SHE comes to town.

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“The story features a rural vampire named Chip, who works full time at an all-night convenience store. He has to make sure his shift is over before the sun comes up.  It’s a pretty miserable existence, because a he doesn't have access to any of the flourishes and community urban vampires do,” says writer Tim Seeley. “And that pisses him off, because he also knows what those fancy bloodsucking fops think of people like him. Then of course, a stranger comes to town, the bodies start piling up, and Chip is forced to confront everything he thinks he knows about himself, vampires, his home, and America itself.”

Much of this story is pulled from Seeley's personal experience watching the politics and lifestyles of rural people and urban people become vastly different from each other. It's created a mutual resentment and Dark Red looks into that, using a vampire as a metaphor.

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Tim Seeley is certainly no stranger to horror / crime comics. Look no further on his stellar work on Revival for evidence of that. Needless to say, I'm definitely looking forward to Dark Red. The first issue is due out on March 20th, 2019. It will feature lettering by Marshall Dillon, a standard cover by Aaron Campbell and an incentive cover by Larry Stroman.

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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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