Cullen Bunn's Crooked Hills

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This fall, fan favorite horror writer, Cullen Bunn, and Evileye Books bring to life the otherworldly legends and ghost stories of the fictional Ozark town of Crooked Hills in a multi-book supernatural series for the kid in everyone.

For Charlie and his brother Alex, an unexpected trip to visit their Aunt Mary in the haunted town of Crooked Hills turns into a life-changing adventure, forcing them to confront local bullies, hell hounds, dead witches, and girls with slingshots! A throwback to classic adventures like that of the Hardy Boys, mixed with the creepiness of GOOSEBUMPS and CIRQUE DU FREAK, Cullen Bunn's CROOKED HILLS blends mystery and adventure to weave a fun an unforgettable story of will, friendship and family bonds.

"Crooked Hills, Missouri, is a combination of many of the small towns in which I grew up," said Mr. Bunn, "from Newton Grove, North Carolina, to Thayer, Missouri. (Thayer in particular helped to form a template for Crooked Hills.) Those towns were rich with interesting people and even more interesting urban legends and ghost stories. With CROOKED HILLS, I imagined sitting in the heart of a dark forest around a campfire, telling kids those kinds of spine-tingling ghost stories. So it seemed to me that having a witch come back to life to kidnap kids and be eaten by a hell hound would scare the living daylights out of almost anybody. But in that nightmare, I also saw a chance to explore what happens when kids face their fears; to overcome them can be incredibly liberating and empowering."

Book one of the prose series is scheduled for release in various editions beginning this fall, in time for Halloween, and continuing through 2011. In addition to the novels, a web comic and graphic novel editions are in development. According to the terms of the agreement, one new book in the series will be published annually.

For Evileye Books, CROOKED HILLS is the first of a number of new prose and comic book series to be announced that are aimed at kids and young adults. The move into books for younger readers follows the launch of the imprint late last year by Pulp+Pixel Entertainment Co. to publish series-oriented prose and graphic novels in various genres. Its first release, THE PACK: WINTER KILL, by Bram Stoker AwardWinning Author Mike Oliveri, was published in December 2009.

"The wonderful thing about supernatural stories is they can be told to different audiences in different pitches and still come off creepy and haunting, no matter what the age. With CROOKED HILLS, we saw the opportunity to capture the spirit of the classic campfire story," said A.N. Ommus, Editorial Director of Evileye Books.

For Mr. Bunn, this is the second series collaboration with Evileye Books. The first, a dark fantasy titled, RAZE, (co-created and written with Shawn Lee) is aimed at adult prose and comic book readers, and will debut in various formats later this year.

CROOKED HILLS Series Profile

Series Title: Crooked Hills
Creator: Cullen Bunn
Target Readers: Upper Middle Grade and Young Adults with a core age range of 10-14+
Book One Publication Date: Edition rollout October 2010 to late 2011
Formats: eBook, trade paperback, limited hardcover, library edition, comic book
Special Content: Illustration Bookplates, Audio (ebook editions), Study Guide
Pricing: To be announced

About Cullen Bunn

Cullen Bunn is the critically acclaimed writer and co-creator of the horror noir series, THE DAMNED, and the supernatural western, THE SIXTH GUN. He is the author of  numerous works of horror fiction, most recently, LIKE A CHINESE TATOO. More about Mr. Bunn can be found at his website, cullenbunn.com.

About Evileye Books

Evileye Books, an imprint of Pulp+Pixel Entertainment Co., publishes crime, horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and other speculative genres in the spaces of prose and graphic novels. For the latest news on Evileye Books, visit the news blog at http://evileyebooks.blogspot.com. For book series information visit evileyebooks.com.

Promo Illustration Credit: Brian Hurtt

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