Night of the Ghoul (Paperback)

Night of the Ghoul By Scott Snyder, Francesco Francavilla (Illustrator) Cover Image

Night of the Ghoul (Paperback)


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A dazzling work of horror, intercutting between the present day and the story of a lost film.

Horror masters Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Wytches) and Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie) collaborate for the first time!

This graphic novel is a bold and bloody reimagining of horror monsters that celebrates classic creature features, while creating an unsettling and contemporary new kind of horror story.

Horror film obsessive Forest Inman stumbles across a seemingly forgotten canister of old footage.  Thinking he has found the legendary unreleased would-be classic 1936 film “Night of the Ghoul,” he sets off on a dark odyssey to the California desert, where he’s warned that the film’s ghoul is far more than a work of fiction: it’s a very real monster who plans to kill him.

It was said to be the greatest horror movie in cinematic history. Shot in 1936, “Night of the Ghoul” by writer/director T.F. Merritt was meant to sit beside “Frankenstein” and “Dracula” as an instant classic…But the legendary film never made it to the silver screen. Just before editing was finished, a mysterious studio fire destroyed the footage and killed the cast and crew celebrating at wrap-party.

Rumors of the doomed film’s greatness persist to this day, but no footage from it was ever recovered…until now. Forest Inman is a horror film obsessive who digitizes old films for the famed Aurora movie studio. When Forest stumbles across a seemingly forgotten canister of footage, he just might have discovered the remnants of the lost classic “Night of the Ghoul.”

This discovery sends Forest on a dark odyssey to the California desert, where he’s warned by a mysterious old man that the film’s ghoul is far more than a work of fiction: it’s a very real monster who plans to kill him.

Collects Night of the Ghoul #1–#3 (originally published by Comixology and republished as single issues by Dark Horse).
Scott Snyder is a New York Times bestselling author and one of comics’ bestselling writers. He is the recipient of two Eisner Awards, a Harvey Award, an Eagle Award, three Stan Lee Awards, and an Inkpot Award. Snyder made his comic book writing debut in 2009, with Marvel Comics. In 2011, Vertigo and DC Comics published American Vampire, his creator-owned debut, with artist and co-creator Rafael Albuquerque. The first story was co-authored by Stephen King and received international acclaim.

Snyder is best known for writing Batman including seminal runs on Detective Comics (with artist Jock) and Batman (with frequent collaborator Greg Capullo). Snyder has co-created some of the most successful creator-owned comics, including Wytches (with Jock and in development at Amazon Studios for animation), The Wake (with Sean Murphy), A.D. (with Jeff Lemire) and Undiscovered Country (with Charles Soule, Guiseppe Camuncoli, and Daniele Orlandi).

In 2020, Snyder unveiled his Best Jackett Press label. He lives on Long Island with his wife and three sons. He is an avid and non-ironic fan of Elvis Presley.
Product Details ISBN: 9781506728353
ISBN-10: 1506728359
Publisher: Dark Horse Books
Publication Date: July 4th, 2023
Pages: 192
Language: English
“At the core of Night of the Ghoul #1 is a fascinating mythology that puts a new twist on classic monster mythology, and also sets up something terrifying for future issues. Snyder and Francavilla build the tension masterfully, with a tone that fuses modern horror with something that evokes classic EC Comics. It’s also something that needs to be experienced on its own. We’re in for something special here.”—GeekDad 10/10
“A little flurry of 1930s horror style mixed in with some modern flair.”—Fangoria