Chillers Reaches Darkness Again

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Chillers, the graphic novel horror anthology based on the critically acclaimed movie from Troma Films, has a second volume of all new spine tingling tales set for national release April 17. The graphic novel series is edited by the film’s writer and director, Daniel Boyd, who also contributes some of the stories in the stand alone volumes released by Transfuzion Publishing.

The first volume of Chillers released last year was nominated for Best of the Year in both the Shel Dorf and Ghastly Awards and tabbed as the Best Anthology of 2012  by noted horror blogsite, Decapitated Dan. The debut book in the series also gained considerable praise with Ted Brown, reviewer for Comics Forge labeling it as “easily this is my favorite horror comic release of the year so far and will be very hard to dethrone maybe even impossible...”

The graphic novel continued in the tradition of the 1988 cult classic film Chillers from Troma Films,  written and directed by Boyd, an assistant professor of media studies at West Virginia State University.  “Our formula is simple: frighten and enlighten. Like Rod Serling taught us, beginning 53 years ago with The Twilight Zone, the best stories of the fantastic are those that say something,” he said. And after making more than 30 films in his career, telling stories in the graphic novel medium has been an exciting new experience for Boyd who describes the Chillers anthologies as a cross between the classic EC Comics and the powerful elements conveyed by  Serling in his Twilight Zone tales.

“With the graphic novels of Chillers,  there is more of an immediate impact that has much more control,” Boyd said. “It allows all of the creators involved to frighten and entertain with unique stories linked by a common narrator.”   In addition to Boyd, the second installment of Chillers features several other accomplished horror writers, along with some of the bests artists from around the world.

Gary Reed, publisher of Transfuzion, said this second volume is not just a follow up to the first book, but rather just the next in the series.  “Each Chillers volume stands on its own, that’s one of the appealing aspects of anthologies,” he said.  “I think with the momentum of Troma re-releasing the Chillers film and the tribute album from the Buddy Black Band, Chillers is primed to continue its dark and twisted tales.”

In addition to Boyd, writers for the anthology include Robert Tinnell, Gary Reed, William Bitner, and more with art contributions from Andrew Dimmitt, Juan Romero, Ger Curti, Wayne Reid, S.R. Ayers,  and others.  Chillers Book 2 is available through the publisher, Tranfuzion (http://transfuzion.biz/), Amazon.com, and other national and regional outlets. ISBN: 978-0-9857493-6-, 146 pages (black and white), retail price of $12.99.  A complete PDF is available for review.

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