Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire, the satirical gothic short story by Neil Gaiman that was included in his collection Fragile Things, is getting a graphic novel adaptation from Dark Horse Comics.
The 48-page hardcover graphic novel, which is now available for pre-order, was adapted artist by Shane Oakley, who previously illustrated the Poe tale The Fall of the House of Usher.
Check out the cover image here below.
Forbidden Brides will be released on January 25, 2017. Below are the details about the upcoming release from Dark Horse, including input from Gaiman, who is best known in the comic book world for his DC/Vertigo series Sandman.
This haunting example of satirical gothic literature tells the story of a writer struggling to compose nonfiction on a dark, stormy night. Wishing to create serious stories about frail women in white nightgowns, mysterious bumps in the night, and the undead rising to collect old debts, the author is unsuccessful because of his tendency to insert comedy into his dark tales. Talking ravens, family disagreements, and interruptions from his creepy butler further hinder his literary efforts.
Writer Neil Gaiman explained the overarching theme of Forbidden Brides and the aspects of this story that influenced Sandman: “It’s about what fantasy is, and why we write it, and what it would mean to write fantasy if you lived in a Gothic universe. Some of it prefigured things I’d do in Sandman four years later.”
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