Oni Press, the multiple Eisner and Harvey award-winning publisher of comic books and graphic novels, recently announced Let Me Out, the debut queer horror graphic novel from Emmett Nahil (Leatherwood) and British illustrator George Williams (Croc and Roll) - and we've got an exclusive sneak peek of it for you today!
Described as "a tribute to queer cinema and vintage revenge-exploitation films", Let Me Out is set in the suburbs of New Jersey in 1979 and deals with the early onset of "satanic panic" as religious fervor and conservatism sweeps their community and the nation. Scary enough, right? That's not all:
When a corpse is discovered in the woods, a group of queer and trans misfits are falsely accused by the local police of devil worship and murder. With few options and no one to turn to, they decide that the best way to get revenge might just be to embrace the devil after all.
Describing himself as a "literary jack of all trades", Nahil finds his interest and inspiration in intersectional analysis, diverse representation for other queer Middle Easterners, and bringing more nuanced work to genre fiction. In a statement, the Massachusetts-based writer spoke about how Let Me Out is a love letter to horror's queer community:
“Let Me Out turns classic horror tropes on their head, while showcasing how marginalized people are sacrificed on the altars of power [...] This is a story about what happens when a group of queer and trans friends are given the supernatural means to fight back. It is also about found family and the joy one finds in one’s friends, even amidst seemingly inescapable darkness.”
Let Me Out will be available in paperback, at both digital and physical retailers everywhere on October 3, and you can pre-order the graphic novel here. Now, here's your exclusive sneak peek of the (frankly, GORGEOUS looking) Let Me Out!: