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Vault Comics took a big leap into the horror genre with its yearly Nightfall imprint featuring comics like The Plot and Black Stars Above. It's getting ready to do it all again next year with The Autumnal from writer Daniel Kraus, artist Chris Shehan, colorist Jason Wordie, and letterer Jim Campbell. The series follows Kat Somerville after the death of her estranged mother. Together with her daughter Sybil, Kat flees a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint – and possibly pernicious – town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire.

"In ten novels, I'd written about a lot of monsters, but most were humans, or lighthearted, or greatly sympathetic," said Daniel Kraus. "I still had a hankering to create an original, frightening, supernatural thing that had a shot at being iconic. While discussing horror with friends, I stumbled upon the concept of fallen leaves being like stepping stones for some kind of forest monster -- a pathway it could use to follow you home and so forth. It was such a visual idea to me that I thought it'd be the perfect story to be my comic debut. I'm a gigantic fan of EC Comics, but I wanted to go in the opposite direction here, and make something sophisticated and sad."

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"I've been a devotee of folk horror since I saw The Wicker Man on late-night TV as a little kid," continued Kraus, "and coming from a rural area, I've always been especially keyed into the isolating dread of small towns. You whiz by them on interstates in a flash, but you never really know what's going on inside all those little houses, do you?"

"When you write novels without pictures, you have to be good at giving the reader strong visuals through your words, and Daniel is very good at that," added Chris Shehan. "For this comic, I’m drawing the visuals (along with outstanding colorist Jason Wordie), but before I drew a single line, I could see this entire story in my head beautifully and that’s thanks to a great writer like Daniel. My goal with this book is to move you, scare you, make you laugh, and make you cry with my art. This story has haunted me in the best way and I’m excited and grateful to be able to pass that on to you."

While The Autumnal isn't coming out until next year, Vault has assured us that more 2020 titles will be announced soon.

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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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