Wytches

’ King scary

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

Pub­lisher: Im­age Writer: Scott Sny­der Artist: Jock

Scott Sny­der’s

love of sto­ry­telling started when a sum­mer camp coun­sel­lor read him Stephen King’s Eyes Of The Dragon. Sny­der’s de­but short story col­lec­tion, Voodoo Heart, was praised by King – with the au­thor se­lect­ing two tales for a best Amer­i­can short sto­ries an­thol­ogy. In 2010, Sny­der’s first cre­ator- owned comic, Amer­i­can Vam­pire, was pub­lished. It was a joint ven­ture with King.

Now, we have Wytches, a comic that’s the most King- es­que cre­ation of Sny­der’s ca­reer. That isn’t a crit­i­cism – plot- wise, it’s com­pletely orig­i­nal. But in terms of tone and ter­ror, we haven’t wanted to hide a hor­ror story in the fridge this many times since The Shin­ing.

It fol­lows the Rooks, Char­lie ( dad), Lucy ( mum) and main lead Sailor ( daugh­ter) as they move to a new town to es­cape tragedy. But when Sailor is plagued by vi­sions, it’s clear ev­ery ac­tion has con­se­quences. Some­thing from the fam­ily’s past is com­ing back, and it’s not happy.

Part of the fun of Wytches ( though maybe fun isn’t the right word…) is watch­ing aw­ful events un­fold­ing be­fore your eyes. Is­sue one alone con­tains two of the most dis­turb­ing se­quences in comics. Sig­nif­i­cant in­ten­sity comes from Jock’s art, which mixes ex­treme sur­real im­agery with re­al­is­tic de­pic­tions of hor­ri­ble things. But this is Sny­der’s show. In­spired by his ex­pe­ri­ences of par­ent­hood, it’s a deeply per­sonal story that Stephen King would be proud of. Sam Ashurst Brad Pitt’s com­pany Plan B has picked up the movie rights to Wytches; Sny­der and Jock are on- board as ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

He’s just read his own comic.

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