As we inch ever closer to the Halloween season, news is beginning to trickle down about all the cool horror-related books, comics and Blu-rays that will be coming our way. I’m already stoked about the Blu-ray of Hammer’s Dracula: Prince of Darkness that’s coming our way in September, and I’m looking forward to the 35th (!) Anniversary edition of my favorite horror film of all time, John Carpenter’s Halloween. Oh, and don’t forget Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, because I sure as hell haven’t.
The next tidbit that’s caught my eye is the news that Dark Horse Comics will be picking up where Gemstone left off in reprinting the classic EC Comics series Tales from the Crypt and Vault of Horror. This cements Dark Horse as the official curator of classic horror comics, as they add these important titles to a library that already includes hardcover collections of Creepy and Eerie. Russ Cochran will be coming over from Gemstone to oversee the Dark Horse editions (which begin with volume 4 of Tales and volume 3 of Vault). The reprints will be digitally re-colored with original colorist Marie Severin’s colors on hand to guide them.
Tales from the Crypt volume 4 hits shelves the day before Halloween, while Vault of Horror volume 3 will bow in January 2014. This is great news, and even though my bank account is already beginning to grumble in protest, I’m betting there’s more dark goodness to come in the weeks and months ahead.