Horror fans tend to catch up with slashers, monsters and other sorts of killers when the time for bloodshed is upon us. We hardly have time to consider what Michael Myers is up to between Halloween movies, or what the Xenomorphs are up to when humans aren't around for them to slaughter. But it's a damn good question and one that the upcoming comic book miniseries Where Monsters Lie intends to address.
The upcoming comic hails from Dark Horse, from the minds of writer Kyle Starks, of I Hate This Place fame, and artist Piotr Kowalski. Vladimir Popov, meanwhile, is handling colors. In short, the idea is that famed killers have a gated community that they all call home when they're not on a spree. Curious about what that looks like? Fortunately, the publisher recently released a trailer to help give us some idea. Let's have a look-see.
As we can see, deadly criminals with names like Puzzleman and Packrat are housed within this seemingly idyllic community. Very evidently, some of these killers are inspired by other pop culture killers, such as Hannibal Lecter and Jason Voorhees, circa Friday the 13th Part 2. The idea here is that a special agent is very determined to take down this haven for the bloodthirsty. For a bit more context, the synopsis for the series reads as follows:
"Haven't you always wondered what slasher monsters--the masked home invasion family, the mindless unkillable monster, the serial killer trapped in a doll--what they do for those couple of years in-between their murder sprees? They're at Wilmhurst--a gated community in the middle of nowhere where they relax--or try to--until they get the call to go out and kill again. Connor Hayes survived his first slasher in summer camp. A handful of years later he barely escaped a psychopath who built torture puzzles for his victims. Since then he's been training and planning for running into these creatures again. He's a respected special agent, and now he knows where the monsters lie and he's planning for war."
Very much sounds like things could get bloody, with entertaining results. The book is scheduled to run for four issues, which suggests this should be a nice, tight, well-paced tale - much like a good, 90-minute slasher flick. If the book lives up to its promise, one can only hope that someone scoops up the rights to turn it into a movie. But that may be a bit premature. First and foremost, we've got some comic book goodness to look forward to very soon.
Where Monsters Lie #1 hits shelves on February 21. For those who would prefer to wait for the collected paperback, that is due to arrive on September 5.