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Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: Image Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jock
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.