Comic publisher IDW just announced it's coming out with a new four-issue miniseries called H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror in time for Halloween this year. It'll be written by horror author Joe R. Lansdale, who among other things has won the Bram Stoker Award a staggering 7 times (and he's been nominated 9 other times!). Here's the scoop:
In anticipation of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011, IDW Publishing today announced H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE DUNWICH HORROR, a comic series with a modern take on Lovecraft’s timeless short story of terror The Dunwich Horror. Starting in October, author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Peter Bergting bring to the 21st century audience classic horrors that influenced many prominent authors, most notably Stephen King, who cites Lovecraft as the largest influence on his own writing.
"It’s flattering to be working on a Lovecraft project, one of the most influential horror writers of all time," said Lansdale, a seven-time Bram Stoker Award winner.
Originally published in the April 1929 issue ofWeird Tales, and set in Dunwich, Massachusets, The Dunwich Horror depicts an eerie story of Wilbur Whateley, a sorcerer's grandson and his search for the Necronomicon, a magical textbook said to hold the powers to open the way for the return of the "Old Ones" to Earth.
"Like many before me, H.P. Lovecraft's stories have had a great impact on my notion of what fiction can be," said editor Denton J. Tipton. "Helping to bring Lovecraft’s work to a new generation of readers is a great honor, as is working with Joe and Peter. The legacy couldn’t be in better hands."
Each of the four issues in the H.P. LOVECRAFT'S THE DUNWICH HORROR miniseries will also offer an adaptation of Lovecraft's short story The Hound, by noted Lovecraft historian Robert Weinberg and artist menton3. First published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales, The Hound tells the cryptic tale of two grave robbers, who take their private collection too far when they dig up the grave of one of their own.
"Lovecraft's story 'The Hound' is horror at its most intense," said Weinberg. "The climax of the story is one you won't forget!"