Look Out For… In The Shadows Of Children by Alan Ryker and The Complete Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

alan ryker shadowsLook Out For… In The Shadows Of Children by Alan Ryker

“A skilful depiction of the past come back to haunt us.”

Aaron hasn’t been home since his younger brother mysteriously disappeared without a trace from his bedroom fifteen years earlier. He thought he’d moved on with his life.

But when his mother dies suddenly, he finds himself back in his childhood hometown to attend the funeral and see to the estate. Aaron soon finds his hopes of reliving fond childhood memories evaporating as he discovers something in his old closet that shakes not only his beliefs about what happened to his brother, but his grip on reality.

In the hungry darkness, a shadow as old as time itself has been waiting for his return for a long time. And its wait is nearly over…

Why We’re Excited About This Book: From IT to Doctor Who, stories of facing our deepest childhood fears as adults are some of the most fertile in the genre, and Alan Ryker’s new novella for Darkfuse is based around just such a premise. Aaron has returned to his childhood home in order to deal with his mother’s estate. His return brings back memories of his younger brother Bobby, who disappeared fifteen years before. Aaron has not gone back home since, but now sleeping in his old room he has to face up to old fears… and the fact that his brother might still be present in the house.

Alan Ryker has been on a roll recently (see last year’s fantastic Dreams Of The Serpent) and In The Shadows Of Children’s skilful depiction of the past come back to haunt us looks like another must read.

This Book Will Appeal To: readers who still have to tell themselves that it’s just the house settling before they can sleep at night…

In The Shadows Of Children is out 11 November 2014 from Darkfuse.


locke and keyLook Out For … The Complete Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez

“A brilliant, bonkers and beautifully illustrated set of books.”

Unlock the mysteries of Keyhouse! Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s extraordinary tale of the Locke family is collected in its entirety in this handsome slipcase set. Includes all six soft-cover volumes of the Locke & Key series.

Why We’re Excited About This Book: Joe Hill will no doubt be known to many This Is Horror readers for his masterful horror novels and short stories, but alongside illustrator Gabriel Rodriguez he’s also responsible for the Locke & Key graphic novels. Now available for the first time as a single set, these six volumes wear their horror influences proudly on their sleeve, featuring within their pages creepy houses, cursed families, strange monsters, murderers, ghosts… and then there’s the fact they’re set in the town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts. The first volume, Welcome To Lovecraft, introduces the central concept of an old house haunted by a hate filled creature, and full of doors that transform those who pass through them…

A brilliant, bonkers, beautifully illustrated set of books. You’ll want to read them all through, so you might as well buy this fantastic set.

This Book Will Appeal To: everyone from seasoned graphic novel fans to those wanting to take the plunge for the first time but unsure where to start.

The Complete Locke & Key is out on 11 November 2014 from IDW Publishing.


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