Plague has defiled a seaside dominion, and carts filled with the dead rattle through the cobbled streets. With supply lines dwindling, a tyrannical Count's desperation mounts. Worries of plague and provender suddenly give way to new horrors, when loved ones thought lost return - as something else.
We spoke with writer/artist, James Heffron, about the book.
The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of It Tolls for Thee?
James Heffron: Sure! The story centers around a Plague that has ravaged the seaside dominion of Kryenia, Cyprus in 1208. Carts filled with the dead rattle through the streets but no Monty Python here! A tyrannical Count's desperation mounts as supply lines dwindle and to make things worse loved ones thought lost start returning...as something else. A something else that your readers are quite accustomed to!
The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?
A farmer's daughter, a Templar Knight, an eastern ambassador, a nun, and an executioner all play the role of hero, most not by choice. The aforementioned Count, his lieutenants and a cast of a hundred flesh-gnawing corpses play the role of villain.
The Big Bad Wolf: How did these zombies return to life?
I'd love to say but that’s why we're hoping you’ll give this book a try! It's definitely something unexpected and we’re confident that when you read it, you’ll definitely dig the twist.
The Big Bad Wolf: What can we expect from this book in terms of blood and gore?
Enough that we ran out of different sound effect words for screams and decapitated heads!
The Big Bad Wolf: Did any other movies or comics influence the making of this book?
Probably Raimi’s Evil Deads were the big inspiration, but I’m just preaching to the choir when I say that. The goal was really to keep the essence of classic and modern horror, but give readers something they haven’t seen. Hopefully we have accomplished that.
The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?
The book is solicited in the current April Previews (we are featured as a Staff Pick) and will be in stores the second week of June. (APR090941, STK393774, DCD393774, ISBN: 0976412527). It's also available from the fine folks at DCBS, Westfield’s, and Haven Distribution.
The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book?
It's $9.95 for 144 color pages. We're trying something different with the format so it'll be "widescreen" as opposed to the usual "tall" comic format.
The Big Bad Wolf: Who's the rest of the creative team on the book?
The brilliant Manuel Martin (Kabur) and I are doing the art.
Jason Millet (Teen Titans, Fear Agent, Rex Mundi) handles painted colors.
J. Matthew Crawley (Fear Agent, The Long Count) handles letters and effects.
Molly McBride (Athena Voltaire) edited her pretty little heart out because my scripts always need ample help(!) and in addition to story and breakdown art, I’m handling the design (Territory 51, Radical Comics’ Feast of Fools)
The cover is by myself, Mario Guevara (Solomon Kane) & Jeremy Roberts (Dragonlance)
The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about It Tolls for Thee?
Just check out www.lawdogcomics.net. There's a 12 page preview as well as a feedback button if they'd like to shoot me an email.
The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about It Tolls for
Well, as horror fans can easily sniff out what’s a "seen this 800+ times before" idea and what isn't, we hope you give us a shot! We definitely aim to put out a quality product (high-end production values, etc.) with a unique story at a good price.
For anyone who read Territory 51 or knows about my upcoming book from Radical (vampires taking over a prison) Feast of Fools, my books never have a shortage of the words "body count", so bring your 10 bucks and let’s have some blood letting!:)
The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time,
James! Good luck with It Tolls for Thee.
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