Charlie Manx burned a man to death in his black 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith, but that’s not the worst of it. Rumour has it that he kidnapped dozens of children, taking them to a place he calls “Christmasland.” The only child ever to escape was a very lucky girl named Victoria McQueen.
Vic has a gift – she can ride her bike through the Shorter Way bridge and she’ll come out the other side wherever she needs to be, even if it’s hundreds of miles away. Vic doesn’t tell anyone about her ability; no one would understand.
When Charlie Manx finally dies after years in prison, his body disappears…after the autopsy. The police and media think someone stole it, but Vic knows the truth: Charlie Manx is on the road again…and he has her Joe Hill is the premier horror and supernatural writer of his generation with a slew of awards for his books and short fiction. His previous two novels won him international acclaim and his hugely successful comic series Locke and Key has been a smash hit. His novel ‘Horns’ has been turned into a movie with ‘Woman in Black’ and Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe in the lead.
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Horror and Suspense authors from New England – and all around the Northeast U.S. – will be selling and signing books throughout the event, and participating in panel discussions in the theater about New England Horror Tradition, what makes something scary, new fears, and childhood terrors. The event will conclude with a quintet of authors doing a live reading of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
Authors signing and speaking that day include:
Toni L.P. Kelner
Jack M. Haringa
John M. McIlveen
Holly Newstein Hautala
Errick Danger Nunnally
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Ben Blacker and special guest Joe Hill appear at Brookline Booksmith for a live recording of the Nerdist Writers Panel podcast on
Monday, August 31, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Please note this event has been postponed till Saturday, November 14th! Tickets purchased for 8/31 will be honored.
The Nerdist Writers Panel series is an informal chat moderated by Ben Blacker (co-creator of the Thrilling Adventure Hour; writer for Puss in Boots, Supernatural) with professional writers about the process and business of writing. This live taping will feature Joe Hill, the acclaimed author of novels, short stories and comics, including Horns and NOS4A2.
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In a brand-new limited series that will serve as a prequel to his New York Times bestselling novel, NOS4A2, Joe Hill will be taking readers on a dark plunge into the dizzying world of Christmasland. The first comic that Hill has written since the stunning conclusion of his award-winning masterpiece Locke & Key, Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland is equal parts mystery and horror.
According to Hill, “The world of NOS4A2 is very, very big, and I only had a chance to explore a part of it in the course of the novel. I told the story I wanted to tell, but I also feel there’s a lot more to discover. In NOS4A2, we learn about Charles Talent Manx the iii, who has kept himself alive for over a century by draining an essential life force out of children, warping them into giddy monsters. When he’s done with them—when Charlie has what he wants—he takes them to Christmasland, where they live forever and ever in an eternal Christmas Day. They live for fun and are good at having it, whether they’re playing a game of tag… or a bloody game of scissors for the drifter. In Wraith, we’re going back to Christmasland at an earlier time, to find out what happens when some unlucky grown-ups find themselves on Gumdrop Lane, and Charlie’s children decide to have some fun with them. It’s very much a standalone story, and it’s my intention to craft something that can be loved by people who have never cracked the cover of NOS4A2, while hopefully giving those who liked the book a new Charlie Manx tale to enjoy.”
In Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, Hill is joined by illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III (Stuff of Legend), who provides interior art and creepy Christmasland-themed covers, as well as by his Locke & Key partner Gabriel Rodriguez, who is providing covers for each issue. Issue 1 (re)introduces the reader to Charlie Manx, his world, and his car, a vintage 1938 Rolls Royce Wraith that runs on human souls instead of gasoline. When a luckless child falls into Charlie’s grasp, her new best friend soothes her with a story: his story. From there, the series introduces a new cast of characters to Christmasland, and fully delves into its wonderfully devilish delights, as the sound of sleigh-bells ring in the background…
“NOS4A2 was Joe Hill’s most accomplished novel to date, and its memorable villain Charlie Manx deserves the additional focus this series will bring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “Joe and CP Wilson III have some nightmarishly clever things planned for this series, from an advent calendar-style cover to some bloody good fun on the interiors as well. The readers are really gonna get taken for a ride in this one.”
Joe Hill has made a name for himself as both a successful novelist and comic book author. Frequently publishing short stories and appearing in anthologies, Hill has rapidly become a literary force. His first novel Heart-Shaped Box won the Bram Stoker award for “Best First Novel.” His critically acclaimed comic series from IDW, Locke & Key, was recently optioned for a film by Universal Pictures, and won Hill an Eisner award for “Best Writer.”