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Elvira Meets H.P. Lovecraft in February 2024

This February it isn’t quite love in the air, but a horror rendezvous for the ages when Elvira officially comes face to face with the legendary H.P. Lovecraft in Elvira Meets H.P. Lovecraft!

Maestro scribe of the Mistress of the Dark, David Avallone, continues his epic chronicles of the beloved horror hostess with the most-est. In her critically acclaimed and fan pleasing comic books from Dynamite, Elvira has crossed paths with the likes of Mary Shelley, Edgar Allen Poe, Bram Stoker, and even recently fellow horror screen icon Vincent Price. Now she finds herself haunted by the ghost of one of the most influential and infamous horror visionaries ever. It had to happen eventually, and H.P. Lovecraft is joining the Elvira-verse!

This unlikely duo are setting out on a comical quest for the last copy of the Necronomicon. Is Elvira going to be able to tolerate Lovecraft’s peculiarities long enough to save the world from the Great Old Ones? Or will this Whisperer in the Dark drive her straight past the Mountains of Madness?

Avallone and Elvira herself are joined for this eldritch tale of cosmic comedy and tentacled terror by artist Kewber Baal, with covers by Baal, original Dynamite Elvira artist Dave Acosta, as well as the heralded return of Robert Hack to the character. Plus, of course, no Elvira comic is complete without the option of a photo cover of the legend herself!

This series follows the riotous fun of Elvira in Horrorland and Elvira in Monsterland, which treated fans to the “Multiverse of Movies” and some incredible monster throwdowns. Now, both new readers and the Elvira-faithful can jump right into this story, and Lovecraft fans are welcome as well!

Preview: Elvira in Monsterland #5

Elvira in Monsterland #5

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Kewber Baal (C), Photo (D)
FC | 32 pages | Horror/Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

Vlad the Impaler has plundered the Multiverse of Movies to build his monster army, and now he’s ready to invade! Can the Mistress of the Dark stop him before he conquers reality itself? It’s the final issue, so this is Elvira’s last chance! Tune in for this pulse-pounding, senses-shattering, all-action ish, courtesy of writer DAVID AVALLONE (Elvira in Horrorland, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist KEWBER BAAL (Red Rising, Vampirella)!

Elvira in Monsterland #5

Preview: Bettie Page Unbound Vol. 2 Trade Paperback

Bettie Page Unbound Vol. 2 Trade Paperback

writer: David Avallone
artist: Julius Ohta
cover: David Williams
FC | 128 pages | Action/Adventure | $19.99 | Teen+

It’s almost 1953, and Americans are afraid.

There are flying saucers in the sky, a Commie spy under every bed, and something even more dangerous might be attacking America — from within! It’s up to Model Agent Bettie Page to find this mysterious, invisible enemy and stop it — before she falls victim to this mysterious Invasion of the Bettie Snatchers! Collects issues #6-10.

Bettie Page Unbound Vol. 2 Trade Paperback

Preview: Elvira in Monsterland #4

Elvira in Monsterland #4

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Kewber Baal (C), Photo (D)
FC | 32 pages | Horror Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

Vlad the Impaler’s rampage through the Multiverse of Movies has switched into high gear as he goes Cuckoo for Kaiju, recruiting the biggest and most dangerous of all cinematic creatures for his Monster Army. Can the Mistress of the Dark stop him in time — or will she have to go all Terror of Mecha-Elvira and Destroy All Monsters? Find out in this atomic fire-breathing, city-stomping issue from writer DAVID AVALLONE (Elvira in Horrorland, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist KEWBER BAAL (Vampirella, KISS)!

Elvira in Monsterland #4

Preview: Elvira in Monsterland #3

Elvira in Monsterland #3

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Kewber Baal (C), Photo (D)
FC | 32 pages | Horror Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

After first collecting an army of vampires, then Frankenstein and his monsters, who could Vlad the Impaler be after next? You know the answer: it’s Wolfmen, Jack! The Vampire King continues his plunder of the Multiverse of Movies, and only Elvira can stop him. Will the Mistress of the Dark get bit? Watch the fur fly in this hairy, scary horror tale from writer DAVID AVALLONE (Elvira in Horrorland, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist KEWBER BAAL (Vampirella).

Elvira in Monsterland #3

Preview: Elvira in Monsterland #2

Elvira in Monsterland #2

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Kewber Baal (C), Photo (D)
FC | 32 pages | Horror Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

Elvira’s arch-enemy, Vlad the Impaler – the original Count Dracula — is raiding the Multiverse of Movies to kidnap Famous Monsters, and now it’s Frankenstein’s turn! Can Elvira stop him before he makes off with Karloff? And what’s Vlad got planned with this Monster Army he’s building? Tune in for an adventure beyond Mary Shelley’s wildest dreams, courtesy of writer David Avallone (Elvira in Horrorland, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist Kewber Baal (Vampirella, KISS, Red Rising)! Featuring another bevy of beautiful covers by Dave Acosta, John Royle, Kewber Baal and a photo cover of the Mistress of the Macabre herself – Elvira!

Elvira in Monsterland #2

Exclusive: Get a look at Russ Braun’s art for Dead Detectives & Society

In the tradition of the great pulps of yesteryear, contemporary masters of the macabre Kevin J. Anderson, David Avallone, Nancy A. Collins, Nancy Holder and Alan Phillipson, John Jennings, Kasey Lansdale and Joe R. Lansdale, Rena Mason, Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Morton, Steve Niles, Jeff Strand, Tim Waggoner, and writer and editor James Aquilone are joining forces for Dead Detectives SocietyThis one-of-a-kind anthology from Monstrous Books features a cover by Hugo Award-winner John Jennings and interior art by Zac AtkinsonJ.K. Woodward and Jennings.

Dead Detectives Society is currently funding on Kickstarter. Everyone who backs at a physical level will receive a signed and numbered Dead Detectives Society membership card. Other tiers include signed books by Steve Niles, Rena Mason, Lisa Morton, and Tim Waggoner.

We have an exclusive look at  Russ Braun’s art for “Cal McDonald: Blood and Fur” by Steve Niles.

Russ Braun art

Dead Detectivs Society gathers the greatest weird detectives in pulpdom, including:

  • Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. (who has featured in nine novels and dozens of short stories  by New York Times bestseller Kevin J. Anderson), 
  • Cal McDonald (Steve Niles’s occult detective whose adventures have been published by Dark Horse Comics and IDW Publishing), 
  • Matt Richter (zombie detective who’s been featured in award-winning author Tim Waggoner’s Nekropolis series), 
  • Sonja Blue (punk vampire hunter who has starred in four novels as well as short stories and comics from the Bram Stoker Award-winning author Nancy A. Collins), 
  • and Dead Jack (the zombie detective who first appeared in Weird Tales magazine and has featured in three novels from Bram Stoker Award nominated editor and writer James Aquilone)

…and adds some new macabre investigators to their ranks, including: 

  • A reanimated Nick Carter by David Avallone, based on the character who appeared in the Nick Carter-Killmaster novels written by his father, Michael Avallone.
  • Saul When: Halloween Detective by John Jennings and Jin G. Fox, Death Investigator by Rena Mason, based on a character from her story in the award-winning anthology Black Cranes.

As part of the Kickstarter, Monstrous Books will also be launching Monstrous Magazine, a digest-size magazine — just like pulps of yesteryear — that will feature a mix of comics, prose stories, and articles. The debut issue will include:

  • A collectible cover by Colton Worley (Classic Monsters Unleashed, The Shadow
  • An essay by Elvira Mistress of the Dark writer David Avallone about the legacy of his father, pulp legend Michael Avallone
  • A reprint of pulp legend Michael Avallone’s first short story “The Man Who Walked on Air, ” originally published in Weird Tales in 1953,
  • The very first Dead Jack comic, “Dead Jack and Oswald Meet Frankenstein,” written by James Aquilone and illustrated by J.K. Woodward,
  • “Monster Rally,” a comic story by Nancy A. Collins with art by Zac Atksinson

“‘Monster Rally’ will be packed with all —and we mean all — of your favorite classic monsters,” said editor James Aquilione. 

Dead Detectivs Society will include:

“Mystery Meat: a Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J Anderson

Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. is back from the dead and back on the case. In the Unnatural Quarter, inhabited by all manner of unusual people, Dan has to solve his wormiest case yet, when Mama Fly’s children go missing…and secretive industrial magnate Gold Boris launches a brand new “mystery meat” product that is taking the unnaturals by storm.

“Dead Drop: A Johnny Fade Story” by Nancy Holder and Alan Philipson

Deceased, corrupt, circa-1940 Hollywood Homicide cop Johnny Fade gets a furlow from Deadtown (the last stop before the Worse Place) whenever singing, dancing, homicidal, living movie star Rachel Alcina gets herself in trouble. This time, the L.A. mob has forced her to act in a bio-pic about Oso the Maneater, a professional wrestler and in-the-ring murderer. Rachel knows it will end her career: her medium told her so.

“The Ghost Thieves” by John Jennings 

Saul When: Halloween Detective gets hired by a haunted house whose favorite ghosts have been stolen. Saul must use his Halloween tricks to get to the bottom of the ghost-napping and face whatever entity that has the power to actually steal a spirit from its spectral home.

“I was so honored to be asked to be a part of such a groundbreaking collection,” said John Jennings. “The premise is so unique and it’s filled with some of the greats in the genre! The anthology sports my original cover art and my story centers on a new character of mine called Saul When: Halloween Detective. The collection features Saul’s very first adventure called ‘The Ghost Thieves.’”

“Jin G. Fox, Death Investigator: Vixen Screams” by Rena Mason

Slain after receiving the dreaded fourth tail, the unrelenting vixen, Jin G. Fox is given another chance to earn her full powers back, as well as immortality, from the Queen Mother of the West by becoming a Death Investigator tasked with cleaning up 1900s San Francisco to make way for a “new” Chinatown.

“Being a part of the Dead Detectives Society means the world to me,” said three-time Bram Stoker Award winner Mason. “There’s nothing more exciting, fun, and humbling than creating a character who gets to play in the sandbox alongside legends.” – Rena Mason, three-time Bram Stoker Award winner.

“Half A Monster Is Better Than None” by Tim Waggoner

Zombie P.I. Matt Richter works the very mean streets of Nekropolis, an other-dimensional city full of monsters, ghosts, and witches. Matt’s latest client is a shifter with a unique problem. She’s a were-thylacine – an exceptionally rare breed – and someone has stolen her animal form, making it impossible for her to change shape. Even if Matt can figure out who stole her shifter form and why, how can he possibly reunite his client’s two halves and make her whole again? Good thing Matt’s already dead, or this case just might kill him.

“You can’t keep a good zombie P.I. down, and I’m thrilled that Matt Richter is going to join the Dead Detectives Society!” said four-time Bram Stoker Award winner Waggoner. “Get ready for more magic, monsters, mystery, and mayhem on the very dark streets of Nekropolis!” 

“Snippy” by Jeff Strand

Timothy Perkins incorrectly promotes himself as the greatest detective who ever lived. His most marketable skill is his ability to wander into dangerous situations, because every time he’s killed he comes back to life. This advantage is offset by his occasional glimpses into The Void, where he screams in uncontrollable terror because there is no existence beyond our current realm. Hopefully he can get his client’s dog back.

“The Case of the Ravenous Werewolf” by James Aquilone

Dead Jack has a dilemma on his hands when a creepy werewolf asks the zombie detective to kill him. The fairy-dust-addicted P.I. must decide to become an assassin or allow dozens of innocent fairies to get devoured. 

“This anthology gave me a chance to write a character my father rebooted in 1964,” says David Avallone, who has (literally) reanimated Nick Carter for a new adventure, “and bridge together two pieces of detective genre history that have been begging to be connected ever since…in a short story that should, if I’m successful, remind readers of the particular pulp fiction genius and madness of Michael Angelo Avallone”

DEAD DETECTIVES SOCIETY is my pulpy passion project,” says editor James Aquilone. “With this annual anthology series I hope to expand the weird detective subgenre and have a blast while doing it.” Aquilone’s first two anthologies — both of which were crowdfunded on Kickstarter — recently won Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards (Best Graphic Novel or Collection for KOLCHAK and Best Graphic Novel or Collection for CLASSIC MONSTERS UNLEASHED). Both books are also nominated for an Imadjinn Award this year, while KOLCHAK is up for the Best Graphic Novel Bram Stoker Award.

Preview: Elvira in Monsterland #1

Elvira in Monsterland #1

writer: David Avallone
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Kewber Baal (C), Elvira Photo (D)

FC | 32 pages | Horror Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

What’s scarier than Dracula? ALL THE DRACULAS! Vlad the Impaler is back, and he’s raiding the Multiverse of Movies to build a monster army and conquer the world. And only one woman can stop him! Vampirella! But she’s busy in her own books…so it’s up to Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark, and bane of Vlad’s existence, to stop his evil plan! It’s monster movie madness horror from writer David Avallone (Elvira in Horrorland, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist Kewber Bal (Vampirella, Red Rising, Red Sonja).

Elvira in Monsterland #1

Preview: Savage Tales Winter Special One Shot

Savage Tales Winter Special One Shot

Writers: Scott Bryan Wilson and David Avallone
Artists: Hamish Munroe-Cook, Eman Cassalos, Mariano Benitiz Chapo, and Max Fuchs
Covers: Arthur Suydam (A), Liam Sharp (B), Rafael Kayanan (C)
40 pages | Action Adventure | $4.99 | Teen+

Savage Tales is back with four tales of brutality, thrills and spills! This one-shot features art by two up-and-coming artists from the renowned Kubert School!
• “Devil Juice” by Scott Bryan Wilson and Max Fuchs: Draculina finds that to get revenge on an enemy demon, she’s first got to go through a wall of…body builders?
• “Crypt Junkies” by Scott Bryan Wilson and Kubert School Artist Mariano Benitez Chapo: Vampirella accompanies a reality TV crew to film the opening of a 1,000 year old sarcophagus…with unforeseen, bloody results!
• Captain Gullivar Jones in “His War Chapter II” by David Avallone and Kubert School artist Hamish Munro-Cook: More mystery from the journals of Gullivar Jones and his strange relationship with the savage world of Mars!
• John Carter and Dejah Thoris in “Honeymoon on Mars” by David Avallone and Eman Cassalos. It’s a tale of love and adventure featuring the Warlord of Mars and his beautiful mate, Dejah Thoris on the dying world of Barsoom!
The Kubert School offers students a high quality and challenging education in Cartooning and Graphic Art. They are committed to investing the time in preparing their students for the rewarding and exciting careers and opportunities ahead of them. The Kubert School is located in Dover, NJ.

Savage Tales Winter Special One Shot

Preview: Elvira in Horrorland #5

Elvira in Horrorland #5

Writer: David Avallone
Artist: Silvia Califano
Covers: Dave Acosta (A), John Royle (B), Silvia Califano (C), Photo (D)
32 pages | Horror / Humor | $3.99 | Teen+

The Mistress of the Dark’s odyssey through the Multiverse of Movies reaches its inevitable Cronenbergian conclusion, complete with telepods, Brundleflies, scanners, videodromes, talking cockroaches, and bug powder. Elvira’s lunch is naked, and we all hail the new flesh! Be afraid. Be somewhat afraid…but mostly amused, courtesy of writer David Avallone (Elvira Meets Vincent Price, Bettie Page: Unbound) and artist Silvia Califano (Star Trek, Judge Dredd.)All the fun, thrills, spills, and bad jokes come wrapped in a series of amazing covers by returning artists Dave Acosta, John Royle, series artist Califano, and an amazing Elvira photo cover!

Elvira in Horrorland #5
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