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New York Times Best-Selling Author, Joe Hill Exposes The Sinister Side of Stand-Up Comedy In IDW’s Dying Is Easy

“Comedy is hard. Dying is easy.” New York Times Best-selling author Joe Hill introduces the world to Syd “Sh*t-Talk” Homes – disgraced ex-cop, bitter stand-up comic, and wanted felon – this December with the launch of Dying is Easy, a new comic book miniseries from IDW Publishing.

Illustrated by Martin Simmonds, critically acclaimed artist of Punks Not Dead, this five-issue mystery draws readers into the dimly-lit venues and grimy back alleys of the comedy world, where every stand-up is looking out for themself, making enemies left and right.

When an upstart comedian with a particularly ugly past achieves stardom by stealing jokes, he quickly earns a target on his back. It’s not long before the laughter stops… and the gunplay begins.

“Both as a writer and as a reader, nothing turns me on like that jolt of discovery, of revelation, when the scattered parts of a narrative suddenly click together to make an unexpected picture.

That’s the thrill of a fair-play mystery, where all the clues are there if the reader is clever enough to spot them, and there’s a chance to match wits with the detective,” says Hill.

“Dying is Easy gave me a chance to try my hand at a genre I love… and also allowed me to pay tribute to the poets of pulp, guys like Larry Block and Walter Mosley and Elmore Leonard, who have been inspiring me and blowing my mind for decades.

And I get to do it alongside Martin Simmonds, whose exacting pencils and vivid colors bring to life a whole neon-blurred world of heart-broken chumps and leg-breaking creeps. To think I get paid to do this!”

“I’d been dying to work on a project that’d allow me to push my art in a darker direction. The chance to collaborate on Dying is Easy with Joe means I can do exactly that,” says Simmonds. “Dying is Easy has been a bloody riot to illustrate, and I hope readers will get that same level of excitement from sleuthing their way through the series!” 

“It’s a blast to see Joe get his hands dirty through the introduction of Syd ‘Sh*t-Talk’ Homes, especially when the grime many of the characters exude here is so gorgeously rendered by Martin Simmonds,” said IDW’s President/Chief Creative Officer and series editor Chris Ryall. “Readers should have fun engaging with this fair-play mystery, where all the clues to solve the crime are presented on the page. Until they, like Syd Homes, find out how truly unfair life can be.”

The first issue of Dying is Easy will be available with multiple cover editions – Cover A by series artist Martin Simmonds, Cover B by Hill’s Locke & Key collaborator Gabriel Rodríguez, and two special Retailer Incentive editions: a black-and-white Rodríguez variant and character design wraparound by Simmonds.

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Watch The In The Tall Grass Trailer Based On The Novella By Stephen King And His Son Joe Hill 

Netflix has released the trailer for In The Tall Grass based on the novella by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found.

 

Written and directed By Vincenzo Natali and starring Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, Avery Whitted, Will Buie Jr., Rachel Wilson and Patrick Wilson, In The Tall Grass will premiere on Netflix on October 4, 2019.

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Netflix Unveils In The Tall Grass First Look For Stephen King, Joe Hill Adaptation

Netflix has offered a first look at their upcoming feature In the Tall Grass, adapted from the novella by Stephen King and his son Joe Hill.

When siblings Becky and Cal hear the cries of a young boy lost within a field of tall grass, they venture in to rescue him, only to become ensnared themselves by a sinister force that quickly disorients and separates them. Cut off from the world and unable to escape the field’s tightening grip, they soon discover that the only thing worse than getting lost is being found.

Golden Globe nominee Patrick Wilson (Fargo, Aquaman), Laysla De Oliveria (Covert Affairs, Code 8), and Harrison Gilbertson (Need for Speed, Picnic at Hanging Rock) star in the film along with Rachel Wilson, Will Buie Jr., Avery Whitted, and Tiffany Helm.

In the Tall Grass is written and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Hannibal, Splice). Steven Hoban produces with Jon Levin and Jimmy Miller serving as executive producers.

The movie will premiere on Netflix on October 4.

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Subterranean Press Announces Signed Limited Edition of Joe Hill’s Full Throttle

Subterranean Press announces the signed limited edition of Joe Hill’s major new collection, Full Throttle, which will be designed and illustrated by Dave McKean. The edition will be printed and illustrated in two colors throughout on 80# Finch, with an 8×8 trim size, and housed in a foil-stamped slipcase.

About the Book:

The book you are holding is Joe Hill’s first short story collection since 2005’s 20thCentury Ghosts. It’s been a long time between volumes, but the wait is finally over. Full Throttle is quite simply a stunning collection, filled to overflowing with wonders, terrors, and pure narrative magic. It is the work of a profoundly gifted writer who has come fully—and memorably—into his own.

Full Throttle contains thirteen stories and novellas, along with extensive story notes and an illuminating introduction that explores the various influences that have shaped its authors life and work. The stories themselves encompass an impressive assortment of settings, ideas, and emotions. Each story, without exception, is a meticulously crafted gem. 

Many of these stories concern journeys—some of them brief, some more extensive—that lead to unexpected, frequently lethal destinations. In “Wolverton Station,” an American executive boards a British train and finds himself faced with impossible—but very real—horrors. “Faun” takes its privileged protagonists through a “little door” that connects our world to. . . somewhere else. “Late Returns,” a gently affecting story with just a touch of Jack Finney, offers a fictional meditation on time, mortality, and the enduring importance of books. “Throttle,” the first of two notable collaborations, tells of an imperiled outlaw biker gang and offers a brilliant riff on the Richard Matheson classic, “Duel.” A second collaboration, “In The Tall Grass,” follows a brother and sister off a lonely state highway and into the high weeds of an occult wilderness, where time and space have come apart, and only the mad can survive. In the closing story, “You Are Released,” a plane bound for Boston takes an abrupt detour through the geopolitical horrors of our age.

Taken both individually and together, these stories show us a writer in full, mature command of his considerable gifts. Full Throttle is, of course, a dark, unsettling book, but it is also a good deal more. Each story is filled with grace notes. Each is marked by compassion, empathy, and an underlying decency that lends an emotional weight to every page. These stories may have been a long time coming, but—like their author—they’re here to stay. Full Throttle is a gift to Joe Hill’s many readers, and a treasure trove of story worth returning to over and over again.

Table of Contents:

– Introduction: Who’s Your Daddy?
– Throttle (with Stephen King)
– Dark Carousel
– Wolverton Station
– By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain
– Faun
– Late Returns
– All I Care About is You
– Thumbprint
– The Devil on the Staircase
– Twittering from the Circus of the Dead
– Mums
– In the Tall Grass (with Stephen King)
– You Are Released
– Story Notes and Acknowledgments
– About the Author

The numbered edition will be fully-designed and illustrated by Dave McKean, and printed on a premium paper, bound in cloth, and housed in a custom slipcase. The book can be pre-ordered HERE for $175.

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Joe Hill Announces Full Throttle Book Tour

Joe Hill is touring to promote his new book, Full Throttle, a collection of short stories on sale October 1. 

In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including “In The Tall Grass,” one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix.

Joe will appear at the following locations to promote and sign the book:

Powell’s City of Books
Portland, OR
September 30

Copperfield’s
Petaluma, CA
October 1

Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
October 2

The Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
October 3

Boswell Book Company
Milwaukee, WI
October 4

Center For Fiction
Brooklyn, NY
October 7

Barnes & Noble
Nashua, NH
October 11

Books A Million
Bangor, ME
October 23

Word. Festival
Blue Hill, ME
October 26

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Suntup Editions Horns Art Portfolio Now Available For Pre-Order

Suntup Editions announces the Horns Art Portfolio featuring all of Magdalena Kaczan’s stunning artwork from the signed limited edition of Horns by Joe Hill.

Signed by artist Magdalena Kaczan on a beautiful letterpress printed signature sheet, this portfolio is a treasure to Joe Hill fans and art collectors alike. Featuring a total of fifteen art prints depicting scenes and characters from the novel along with a never-before-seen collection of line drawings by Magdalena Kaczan that were not used in the final production.

These prints measure 10″ x 15″ and are enclosed in a beautiful art folio box. Three gorgeous landscape illustrations, including the custom endsheet illustration and the full wrap-around dust jacket are also included.

The limitation sheet will be hand numbered, and owners of the Horns signed limited edition will have their numbers matched. Print run is based on pre-order demand but will not exceed 250 copies. This portfolio will not be reprinted so order early to guarantee your copy.

– Signed by artist Magdalena Kaczan on a beautiful letterpress printed signature sheet
– Fifteen art prints depicting scenes and characters from the novel
Never-before-seen collection of line drawings by Magdalena Kaczan that were not used in the final production.
– Prints measure 10″ x 15″ and are enclosed in a beautiful art folio box.
– Includes three gorgeous landscape illustrations, including the custom endsheet illustration and the full wrap-around dust jacket art.
– The Horns Art Portfolio is available for pre-order whether you own a Horns limited edition or not. The limitation sheet will be hand numbered or lettered, and for those who own either a Lettered of Limited edition of Horns, we will automatically match your portfolio to your registered number or letter.
– Print run is based on pre-order demand but will not exceed 250 copies.

Order HERE for $125.

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Locke & Key Dog Days One-Shot Comic Due In October

Two new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too.

The IDW one-shot comic will be in shops on October 16, 2019.

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NOS4A2 Renewed For Season 2 At AMC

AMC’s NOS4A2 has been renewed for a 10-episode second season ahead of its season one finale.

The Season 2 news was revealed by the supernatural horror series’ stars Zachary Quinto and Ashley Cummings and executive producers Joe Hill and Jami O’Brien during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday.

Based on Hill’s best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 centers on Vic McQueen (Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with Charlie Manx (Quinto), a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – an icy, twisted Christmas village of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

The series also stars Jahkara Smith, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull and Ebon Moss-Bachrach.

NOS4A2’s Season 1 finale airs Sunday, July 28 at 10/9c on AMC. The second season will go into production this fall and debut on AMC in 2020.

“This otherworldy series makes remarkable work of Joe Hill’s spine-tingling novel, deftly helmed by Jami O’Brien and with captivating performances by Zachary Quinto and Ashley Cummings and the rest of the talented cast,” said David Madden, president of programming for AMC, BBC America, IFC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. NOS4A2 has kept viewers on the edge of their seats since its debut and we are ready to jump right back in to this story for season two.”

“I am so excited for the opportunity to bring the rest of Joe Hill’s amazing novel to television. Joe’s imagination is unparalleled,” O’Brien added. “I love the characters and the world, and our colleagues at AMC have been wonderful partners. I’m grateful to be playing in the NOS4A2 sandbox.”

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Shudder Releases First Creepshow Trailer At San Diego Comic Con, Announces September 26 Series Debut

Shudder debuted the first trailer for its new horror anthology series Creepshow ahead of the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con today and announced the series will premiere on September 26.. The panel, moderated by Los Angeles Times’ film reporter Jen Yamato, will feature cast members Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer), Adrienne Barbeau (1982’s Creepshow, The Fog) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural), along with showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead) and bestselling horror author Joe Hill (NOS4A2). 

Earlier this week Shudder released the official Creepshow poster. Signed copies of the poster are available at the network’s Comic-Con Booth #4020 exclusively for current members and those who sign up for Shudder at the convention..  

In addition, Shudder announced the two Creepshow stories that will be featured in the show’s premiere episode: the Stephen King story “Gray Matter,” adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi (The Commuter) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero, which stars Barbeau, Esposito and Tobin Bell (Saw); and “House of the Head,” written by Josh Malerman (Bird Box) and directed by John Harrison (Book of Blood, Tales from the Crypt). Harrison was also the first assistant director for George Romero on the original Creepshow movie. 

The first season will also feature segments based on stories by award-winning and acclaimed writers including “By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain” by Joe Hill, “The Companion” by Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale and Keith Lansdale, “The Finger” by David J. Schow, “Lydia Layne’s Better Half” by John Harrison and Greg Nicotero, “Night of the Paw” by John Esposito, “Bad Wolf Down” by Rob Schrab, “All Hallows Eve” by Bruce Jones, “The Man in the Suitcase” by Christopher Buehlman, “Times is Tough in Musky Holler” by John Skipp and Dori Miller, and “Skincrawlers” Paul Dini and Stephen Langford.

Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, Creepshow stars David Arquette (Scream franchise), Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Bell (Saw), Big Boi (Scream: The TV Series), Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek, Re-Animator), Kid Cudi (Drunk Parents), Bruce Davison (Longtime Companion, X-Men), Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul), Dana Gould (The Simpsons, Stan Against Evil), Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Lucifer) and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle, Supernatural). 

Creepshow is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment: Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Greg Nicotero and Brian Witten are executive producers for Monster Agency Productions; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus Entertainment; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker Entertainment. Creepshow will premiere on Shudder later this year.

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It’s Christmas In July When NOS4A2 Makes Comic-Con Debut

Christmas comes early this year as AMC’s new supernatural horror series makes its debut at Comic-Con with a panel on Saturday, July 20 from 5:30pm-6:30pm in Room 6A.

Stars Zachary Quinto and Ashleigh Cummings will appear on the panel, plus showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien, and author and executive producer Joe Hill. The panel will be moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Clark Collis.

NOS4A2 introduces Vic McQueen (Cummings), a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx (Quinto). Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.

Based on Joe Hill’s 2013 best-selling novel of the same name, NOS4A2 stars Emmy-nominated actor and producer Zachary Quinto, Ashleigh Cummings, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Virginia Kull, Ebon Moss-Bachrach and Jahkara Smith.

Watch the latest episodes now. The Full Season 1 is available now for AMC Premiere subscribers on amc.com and the AMC App for mobile and devices

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