Author Stephen Graham Jones is prolific, penning a slew of incredible horror novels that give the genre the Indigenous representation is so desperately needs. Not only that, his novels reinvent the slasher with Jones taking the subgenre’s tropes and melding them into something new and exciting. But Jones is branching out from the novel—he’s also taking on the world of comics. First, it was Earth Divers. Now it’s True Believers, which he wrote with Joshua Viola.
In True Believers:
The first issue introduces a new bone-chilling slasher character, Killr™, who offers a sinister and unforgettable take on fandom. In the world of meta-horror, Killr™ emerges as the embodiment of evil within the slasher genre, born from a cult-favorite short film that inspires a trilogy. Amid the franchise’s rising popularity, devoted fans fervently embrace Killr™, celebrating the character with enthusiastic cosplay.
At the Colorado Festival of Horror, fanatics Rip and Kit—proudly labeling themselves as “true believers”—embark on a profound journey of self-discovery under Kit’s guidance. However, the boundaries between reality and fiction blur, prompting them to question the ramifications of idolizing such malevolence. This gripping meta-horror tale delves into the intricate interplay of identity, horror, and obsession, challenging the very essence of their connection with the enigmatic entity they revere.
Dread Central spoke with Jones about his new comic, why he loves slashers so much, and more.
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Support ‘True Believers’ now on Kickstarter. Get an exclusive preview of the comic this weekend at the Colorado Festival of Horror, running from September 15 to 17, 2023!
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