Archie Comics is wishing everyone a very scary holiday season with an all-new one-shot comic, Happy Horrordays, hitting store shelves (and stockings) in December! The horror anthology features a return to the world of the hit Archie Horror series Jughead: The Hunger by creators Frank Tieri and Joe Eisma, along with two more tales of yuletide terror bound to keep you up at night hoping that sound on the roof is who you think it is.
Setting up his offering, Tieri said, “In ‘‘Twas the Night Before the Hunger,’ X-Mas turns into an X-Massacre when Jughead finds himself up against none other than a pissed off Krampus one fine Christmas morn. It’s a nice little tale of ho-ho-horror where we may see more than just Christmas cookies and hamburgers getting eaten.” In Tieri’s Jughead: The Hunger series, Jughead is a werewolf, and we were treated to another trip back to that fan-favorite universe in Chilling Adventures Presents… Weirder Mysteries, a sci-fi horror one-shot released in September.
In the second story, inspired by Icelandic folklore by writer Joanne Starer and artist Butch Mapa, a terrifying cryptid teams up with Sheila Wu, a character introduced in the now-classic “New Kids Off the Wall” storyline by Alex Simmons and Dan Parent in 2010.
Rounding out the special holiday issue is a terrifying twist on a staple Archie Christmas character, Sugar Plum, Santa’s fairy helper, by writer Joe Corallo and artist Patrick Piazzalunga.
Happy Horrordays, with colors by Matt Herms and lettering by Jack Morelli, releases December 14 in comic shops nationwide and is available for pre-order now. It will feature a cover by Adam Gorham and an open-to-order variant cover by Archie Horror legend Robert Hack.