R.L. Stine Returns With A Murderous Comic Creator In STUFF OF NIGHTMARES: RED MURDER

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By Angel Melanson · @HorrorGirlProbs · June 21, 2023, 6:00 AM PDT
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R.L. Stine is back with more Nightmares for Boom Studios. Last September, Boom released Stine's four-issue limited comic series Stuff Of Nightmares: The Monster Makers, presenting a twist on the classic tale of a mad scientist. Stuff Of Nightmares: Red Murder is hitting comic shops this September, and this time Stine is taking us to a horror convention. Let's take a look at the official synopsis.

Comic creator Alex Oxaca has been out of the spotlight for decades, and he’ll wish he’d remained in obscurity soon enough. A real ax murderer, cosplaying as the titular hatchet-wielding killer in his early 2000’s smash hit series, Red Murder, starts chopping down equally real victims at a horror convention!

Artist Adam Gorham (The Blue Flame) joins Stine for this new, self-contained story. Stine of course rose to spooky fame with his best-selling Goosebumps children's books, we also know and love him for his Fear Street series (revived by Netflix for a Chainsaw Award-winning trilogy). Stine recently dove into the world of graphic horror for adults, a dream come true for the author, which he discussed with us when Stuff of Nightmares was initially released.

“The works of R.L. Stine and illustrations of Goosebumps cover artist Tim Jacobus formed pillars of my pop culture DNA while growing up in 1990’s Canada. Their novels were staples of any school book fair or library and coveted by many fifth graders, myself especially,” said Adam Gorham. “The Goosebumps television show (filmed in Canada) was appointment viewing for me, and I have fond memories of drawing any spooky thing I could imagine while watching that program. If you told me then that nearly 30 years later, I would be working with the legendary author on a comic book of our own… actually, that is exactly the kind of opportunity I’d have hoped for as a kid, which makes this project all the more exciting.”


Stuff Of Nightmares: Red Murder #1 features a main cover by Francesco Francavilla (Night of the Ghoul), with variants by Adam Gorham (The Blue Flame), Miguel Mercado (Go Go Power Rangers), A.L. Kaplan (Maw), Becca Carey (Radiant Black), and Reiko Murakami (Basketful of Heads). “Stuff of Nightmares is something R.L. Stine and I love to come back to,” said editor Sophie Philips-Roberts. “It is such a vast sandbox to tell stories in, and with Red Murder we found the perfect collaborator in Adam.”


Stuff Of Nightmares: Red Murder #1 will be available in comic shops September 27, 2023. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.


You can also catch up on the series and pick up the Stuff of Nightmares TPB, available wherever books are sold. Follow R.L. Stine on Twitter and official website.