Over two decades ago, five-time Eisner Award nominee, Dan Brereton brought us Nocturnals, a series of graphic novels and stories with a pulp-style blend of Crime, Gothic Horror, and adventure with just a twist of Halloween. The books followed the adventures of Evening and her father, Doc Horror. Evening — a youngster who is gifted with paranormal abilities —is also known as Halloween Girl, while her father is an occult adventurer and scourge of the criminal underworld. The pair of them, along with a crew of night creatures as allies are the only force standing between the sleepy town of Pacific City and the predatory forces lurking within its shadows.
Well, in 2015 we will all get to see a new original Nocturnals Graphic novel, entitled The Sinister Path, a 64-page story that promises to be the scariest, hard-boiled tale yet told in their saga. As part of this Kickstarter, he will be offering three editions — the soft cover which will also be available through comic stores; a limited-to-300-copies sketch-cover edition which will have the same contents as the soft cover edition with a blank cover (suitable for sketching by Dan or any of your favorite artists); as well as an expanded wrap-around hard cover Kickstarter edition which will feature a minimum of eight additional pages of content.
The story this time out revolves around Evening’s ability to attract and communicate with spirits that has been part of her abilities as long as she can remember. Now Eve has begun to attract an element of the spirit world with which she’s totally unprepared to deal with as alien phantasms from the nether realm begin terrorizing her while she sleeps. As she attempts to make sense of these unwanted new abilities, Eve comes into possession of “Jammybottoms” — a doll that is unlike any in her collection of possessed poppets. This leads to Eve discovering the unsettling connection between her night terrors and the new doll. Meanwhile Doc Horror investigates the bowels of a haunted Victorian estate, making an awful discovery which could very well spell their collective doom.
The Nocturnals debuted in 1994 as a six-issue comic book that was essentially a serialized graphic novel entitled Black Planet that was published by Malibu Comics’ Bravura line, which is soon to be made available once again in a new edition from Big Wow Art. To be sure, the Nocturnals have returned in other graphic novels, including Nocturnals: The Dark Forever; Gunwitch: The Outskirts of Doom; Nocturnals: The Witching Hour; Nocturnals: The Troll Bridge; and Nocturnals: Carnival of Beasts. Brereton is now seeking assistance to continue the Nocturnals’ saga with his new graphic novel, The Sinister Path, which is projected to be a 64-page graphic novel to be published in the Fall of 2015.
The graphic novel has not yet been completed which is why this Kickstarter project has been launched; in order to raise funds to allow Brereton to forego other work in order to focus on completing this graphic novel. To date, he has completed 12 pages from the book. More pages will follow as updates through the life of this Kickstarter project and, thereafter, to supporters of the funded project.
This project will be funded on Saturday, January 31, 2015.