Independent entertainment distributor Plastichead has announced the launch of a new graphic novel company – Werewolf Press – and will launch its first title in its four book Realm of the Damned series in early 2016.
Realm of the Damned – written and illustrated by comic book up and comers writer Alec Worley and artist Pye Parr, who have already created quite a stir with their work for 2000AD – is set in a dystopian world run by vampires and, to make things worse, the most brutal vampire ever is brought back to life.
There’s no one left to protect us from what lurks in the dark. There are no heroes, no supernatural adventurers coming to save us. The monsters have won. Our world now belongs to them…
The Vatican’s last line of paranormal defence – The Congregation – has finally been overrun by the supernatural forces of darkness. Our heroes are all dead, only the damned remain. Among them is Alberic Van Helsing – addict, murderer, survivor – and the creatures that were once his prey now hunt him across America. But when an apocalyptic evil is resurrected in the forests of Norway, it falls to Van Helsing to become the hunter once again if mankind and monster alike are to see the dawn.
Van Helsing’s quest for salvation and survival takes him through the ruins of a neo-gothic Europe, where he must face the vampire queen of the Vatican, a man-made monster with the heart of a storm, the lycanthropic lord of the forest, the mummified ruler of the slums of Cairo, and the crazed vampire demi-god who threatens to devour them all.
This is Realm of the Damned: Tenebris Deos, a graphic novel of pure Black Metal horror that unleashes classic gothic monsters on a modern rampage of redemption and damnation. Raw, fast-paced and bristling with atmosphere, this is “a bloody and blasphemous epic” say the publishers, featuring appearances from BEHEMOTH!, Emperor official and The True Mayhem.
With Parr and Worley’s extensive career working on 2000AD, they have been able to write and illustrate a graphic novel that ticks all the boxes for fans of horror and the supernatural.
“Werewolf Press is a new British graphic novel publishing house concentrating on horror and sci fi, “ founder Steve Beatty revealed this week.
Plastichead, founded by Steve, is one of the biggest audio and merchandise distributors in the UK and the Oxfordshire based company will be using this expertise to make an impact in the comics market.
Beatty applies the same logic to Werewolf Press as he has done with Plastichead, he reveals.
“It has the backing of a major independent music company and it’s also run by myself. I shall publish things like that I like, while making sure that the quality is there in the material. We are interested in offering readers something a little different and hopefully we’ll be able to do that with Realm of The Damned and any other future titles we put out. We want to connect with the market and we feel that using creators of the quality of Worley and Parr is the way to go.”
• The company’s website is live now, www.werewolfpress.co.uk as is the company’s Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/werewolfpress Werewolf Press will release the first instalment of four Realm Of The Damned books, Tenebris Deos, on Friday 13th May 2016. The series has its own dedicated web space at www.realmofthedamned.co.uk