Writer Tim Seeley and artist Corin Howell are doing a classic vampire story in modern middle America with AfterShock Comics' Dark Red. It's red states meets red blood, with a convenience store worker named Chip who happens to be a vampire.
“The story features a rural vampire named Chip, who works full time at an all-night convenience store. He has to make sure his shift is over before the sun comes up," said Seeley. "It’s a pretty miserable existence, because a he doesn't have access to any of the flourishes and community urban vampires do. And that pisses him off, because he also knows what those fancy bloodsucking fops think of people like him. Then of course, a stranger comes to town, the bodies start piling up, and Chip is forced to confront everything he thinks he knows about himself, vampires, his home, and America itself."
"It’s a story influenced by current events, but told with a down-on-his-luck vampire and a cast of some of the best characters I’ve ever managed to make up," the writter added. "And there’s a lot of my own life in here too. I love to write some good old fashioned honesty next to some decapitations and eviscerations.”
The book is scheduled to debut in March. Here is the first issue's solicitations; look for AfterShock's full March 2019 solicitations later this month on Newsarama.
Dark Red #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 03.20.19
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Corin Howell
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Aaron Campbell
Incentive 1:10 Cover: Larry Stroman
Charles “Chip” Ipswich isn’t one of those coastal elites with a liberal arts degree and a job at a social media start-up who knows where all the best brunch places are…
No, Chip is one of the “forgotten men.” He lives in a rural area in the middle of the country where Jesus still has a place at the dinner table and where factories ship jobs to Calcutta.
Chip is also a vampire.
Stuck working the last shift at a gas station, Chip is lonely and bored…and then his dull, bleak life is turned upside down when SHE comes to town.
Tim Seeley (BRLLIANT TRASH) and Corin Howell bring you a contemporary and horrifying tale of vampirism in the heart of America — one that’ll make you jump right out of your boots.