Itâ€™s never too early to prepare yourself for the most mischievous holiday on our calendar: Halloween. In early October, Asylum Press will be publishing a new series titled Undead Evil #1, which centers on the aftermath of the horrible Hurricane Katrina and the workings of an undead voodoo priest. If the cover art by Ben Olson is to stand for what is within, then without a doubt this is a must read. The voodoo priest looks mean, disgusting and fixated on making the main characterâ€™s life a living hell. The slime green tones also are reminiscent of rotting, diseased flesh falling from the bone, which is exactly what Nenad Gucunjaâ€™s zombies look like. Perhaps the reason why this comic is in black and white is that itâ€™s too dangerous to render it in colorâ€”the readers might vomit.
Asylum Press lists this summary: â€œIn the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a centuries old family curse is reignited by an undead voodoo priest. When paranormal researcher Alfred Carter is summoned by the ghost of his ancestor, he must travel to The Big Easy to cleanse his bloodline. What he finds are untold family secrets and a descent into madness. This disturbing tale can be described as H.P. Lovecraft meets Angel Heart.â€ Zombies and voodoo in New Orleans? Letâ€™s go for it, because if anyone can pull it off, Frank Forte can. Forte has written some pretty impressive stories like Vampire Verses and Asylum of Horrors, so Iâ€™m pretty sure Forte has gotten the horror genre down pat.
â€œItâ€™s a twisted Lovcraftian, zombie voodoo thriller,â€ Forte explains, â€œâ€˜Iâ€™ve always been a Lovecraft fan, and his influence has always creeped into my stories. I wanted to do a tale that had a Lovcraftian tone without redoing whatâ€™s been done before. So the influence is there, but Iâ€™m adding many other scenarios that come from my years of reading and creating horror tales. I did quite a bit of research on Voodoo. I think this is going to be very dark.â€™â€
Undead Evil #1 will be released October 5, 2011. It will retail for $2.99 in black and white.