Basketful of Heads, Hill House Comics Start Halloween Early!
Oct 30, 2019
This Halloween, you can keep your ghosts, goblins, candy corn, and red balloon carrying clown costumes, because DC and Joe Hill are taking care of all your boogeyman needs now and the coming months as the Hill House Comics imprint debuts today with Basketful of Heads, written by Joe Hill, with art by Leomacs and cover by Reiko Murakami.
Basketful of Heads (AUG190432) is the story of June Branch, a young woman from the small town of Brody Island. Four cunning criminals have kidnapped her boyfriends for their own deranged reasons and June is trapped with them with no defense except an 8th-century Viking axe that can lop off a man’s head in one stroke. But there’s a catch – the severed heads remain conscious and are still capable of speech. Each disembodied head has its own malevolent story to tell and before long June finds herself in an even more desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations, racing to save the man she loves before it’s too late.
But that’s just the beginning! In the coming months, the fear will continue to ratchet up with new titles hitting comic book stores in November and December:
The Dollhouse Family (SEP190439) – Written by Mike Carey, with art by Peter Gross and Vince Locke, with covers by Jessica Dalva (featuring dollhouses Dalva has built by hand), debuts on November 13. On Alice’s sixth birthday, her dying great-aunt sends her the birthday gift she didn’t know she always wanted: a big, beautiful 19th-century dollhouse, complete with a family of antique dolls. In hardly any time at all, the dollhouse isn’t just Alice’s favorite toy...it’s her whole world.
Soon young Alice learns she can enter the house, to visit a new group of friends, straight out of a heartwarming children’s novel: The Dollhouse family. As the years pass, Alice finds herself visiting their world more frequently, slowly losing track of where reality ends and make-believe begins. What starts as play concludes in an eruption of madness and violence. The house can offer her a shelter from all her sorrows...but only if she gives it what it wants, and god help her if she tries to walk away again...
The Low, Low Woods (OCT190469) – On December 18, bestselling author Carmen Maria Machado and artist Dani bring you this spooky series, featuring covers by Sam Wolfe Connelly and J.A.W. Cooper.
When you live in a Pennsylvania coal mining town called Shudder-To-Think, there’s bound to be stories to tell, especially when the coal mines underneath it have literally been on fire for years. Two local teens, El and Octavia, wake up in a movie theater with no memory of the last hours of their lives, they begin a surreal and terrifying journey to discover the strange truth about their hometown, encountering human-eyed rabbits, a deer woman with a taste for humans, and swaths of skinless men along the way.
These three titles, as well as the rest of the Hill House lineup will also include a chapter of a backup feature, Sea Dogs, written by Hill with art by Dan McDaid. It’s 1779, and the American Revolution is screwed. With untold firepower, the British Navy is wreaking havoc on the fledgling republic and of course the only answer to turn the tide of battle are werewolves.
Makes sense, right?
Check out these trailers for more information on other Hill House Comics titles coming in 2020, including Daphne Byrne and Plunge. If you can read these books with the lights out, good for you, but remember:
It’s ok if you need to scream…
Basketful of Heads
This is the story of June Branch, a young woman trapped with four cunning criminals who have snatched her boyfriend for deranged reasons of their own. Now she must fight for her life with the help of an impossible 8th-century Viking axe that can pass through a man's neck in a single swipe-and leave the severed head still conscious and capable of supernatural speech.
Each disembodied head has a malevolent story of its own to tell, and it isn't long before June finds herself in a desperate struggle to hack through their lies and manipulations... racing to save the man she loves before time runs out.
Plus, in the premiere chapter of the backup story "Sea Dogs," which sails across all the Hill House Comics titles!
Fears escalate and a full moon rises over the HMS Havoc in chapter three of the "Sea Dogs" backup tale, written by Joe Hill!
The Dollhouse Family
Longtime collaborators Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Lucifer, The Unwritten) are joined by Vince Locke (The Sandman), to bring their most horrifying vision yet to Hill House Comics-a story that echoes into centuries past, into Alice's tormented future, and into the beating heart of the madness that makes up our world...literally.
Plus, in chapter two of the "Sea Dogs" backup story written by Joe Hill, spymaster Benjamin Tallmadge's monstrous scheme is underway as his coerced crew of bloodthirsty colonial lycanthropes prepare to gut the Royal Navy from within!
The Low, Low Woods
DC and Hill House Comics present the comics debut of award-winning, bestselling horror writer Carmen Maria Machado (Her Body and Other Parties, In the Dream House). THE LOW, LOW WOODS explores body horror down paths yet unexplored in comics. It will leave readers searching for their way back home and terrified of what they find changed upon their return.