The first Hill House series to debut in October will be Basketful of Heads, written by Hill and drawn by Leomacs. The series opens with a young couple house-sitting a rural New England home full of Viking artifacts, only for a storm to bring with it a group of mysterious invaders.
Hill will also write a second series called Plunge, with the artist yet to be revealed. Hill is billing the series as an homage to John Carpenter’s The Thing. When a missing Arctic research vessel suddenly reappears after 40 years, a team of investigators discover strange and horrifying sights on board.
The other three Hill House titles will feature a mixture of DC newcomers and veteran Vertigo and horror comic creators. These books include The Dollhouse Family, written by Mike Carey and drawn by Peter Gross, The Low, Low Woods, written by Carmen Maria Machado and drawn by Dani, and Daphne Byrne, written by Laura Marks and drawn by Kelley Jones. Hill will also write a serialized story called Sea Dogs to be published as two-page backup features across all five books.
“I’ve always been a comic book writer first,” Hill told EW. “When I started writing comics, I felt almost instantly that I had discovered my element. It was the version of writing I liked best. I felt, when I worked in comics, that my strengths were amplified, and the stuff I struggled with as a writer almost completely vanished. Working on Locke & Key was one of the most satisfying creative experiences of my life. But it’s tremendously exciting to get back into it: scripting again, working with artists, working with other writers. Working in comics is the closest you can get as a storyteller to feeling like what it must be like to be in the Rolling Stones.”
Basketful of Heads #1 is scheduled for release on October 30, with the other four Hill House Comics series to follow in the months after.
It appears Hill will be keeping very busy in 2019. Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez recently tweeted a teaser image hinting at a big announcement to come at SDCC. Netflix is also making progress on its adaptation of Locke & Key. Here’s everything we know about that upcoming horror series. And then check out our review of the series premiere of NOS4A2, which premieres on AMC this summer.
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