Last September, we brought you news of R.L. Stine tackling stories in a new medium — comic books. BOOM! Studios gave us our first look at R.L. Stine's comic series Stuff Of Nightmares. The four-issue limited series offered up a new take on iconic creatures. More good news today, as R.L. Stine is back with more Stuff Of Nightmares. This time around the horror master is joined by Bram Stoker Award-nominated artist Pius Bak (Eat The Rich), along with colorist Francesco Segala (House of Slaughter), to ring in the holiday season with a frightful story of holiday fear in Stuff Of Nightmares: Slay Ride.
The Nightmare Keeper acts as our Stuff Of Nightmares ghoulish host. He returns with a story of jolly old Saint Nick decking the halls with holiday horror. “R.L. Stine has crafted a tale to haunt your nightmares this holiday season,” said editor Sophie Philips-Roberts. “Be sure to not skip Slay Ride on your holiday shopping list, or our demented Santa just might get you!” Let's have a look at the official synopsis.
As shopping malls across the country continue to die, a down-and-out former mall Santa, Heinrick Fiddler, turns to madness as his profession has become obsolete. And this year, he’s dead-set on making sure department store shopping isn’t the only thing that’s deceased!
“I'm very thrilled to be working together with R. L. Stine and to be bringing some horror for upcoming holiday season with this christmas one-shot of Stuff of Nightmares.” said Bak.
Stuff Of Nightmares: Slay Ride #1 has a main cover by Francesco Francavilla (Night of the Ghoul), with variants by Jenny Frison (BRZRKR: Fallen Empire), Miguel Mercado (Go Go Power Rangers), Jae Lee & June Chung (The Dark Tower), and Zu Orzu (Grim). We have an exclusive look at Francesco Francavilla's cover art, as well as three variant covers. Feast your festive eyes on the goodies below!
Chainsaw Santa is coming to a mall (and comic shop) near you. Stuff Of Nightmares: Slay Ride #1 will be available in comic shops December 6, 2023. Pre-order at your local comic shop and be sure to catch up on the series and pick up the Stuff of Nightmares TPB, available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.