Rural Eldritch Horror Emerges in Canadian Wilderness with BLACK STARS ABOVE

Black Stars Above
Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)
Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)
Credit: Nathan C. Gooden after Frank Miller (Vault Comics)

The Revenant meets Silent Hill (with a splash of At the Mountains of Madness) in the newly-announced Vault Comics title Black Stars Above. Writer Lonnie Nadler is working with artist Jenna Cha, colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on a "terrifying, rural eldritch horror story" set in the Canadian wilderness during the late 1800s.

"The year is 1887 and a storm brews. Eulalie Duboi has spent her entire life tending to her family's trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness," reads Vault's description of Black Stars Above. "Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she carries."

Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)
Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)

Black Stars Above is part of Vault's autumnal horror imprint, Nightfall.

"While the horror in this story is deeply personal in its exploration of family, Black Stars Above, as the title implies, is above all else, a cosmic horror story," Nadler said in a statement. "I’ve always found this subgenre appealing because it deals with sublime threats that are by definition undefinable. These stories are terrifying because in exploring that which we cannot know, we come to learn more about ourselves and our place in the cosmos."

Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)
Credit: Jenna Cha/Brad Simpson (Vault Comics)

"How can we continue to survive in the face of the unknown?" the writer continues. "This project is very much an attempt to tell a story that fits in line with Lovecraft and his contemporaries, while also coming to terms with the author’s unfortunate xenophobia and hopefully telling a story that addresses those issues by seeing these 'horrors' through the lens of a character who cannot help but be impacted by them."

Black Stars Above #1 is scheduled to come out November 6. Vault has not specified if this is a one-shot, limited series, or ongoing.

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