Friday, January 15, 2016

Dark Horse Extends Invitation to House of Penance


Spring doesn't really strike one as the most haunting of the seasons (unless you're scared of the Easter bunny). Dark Horse is adding a bit of horror to the season with their plan to release House of Penance--a historical tale of horror by Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram. The story focuses on Sarah Winchester of the house of the same name.

"The journey that Sarah makes while building the house is intense and scary, and all the horrible things that put her there are going to be revealed during the course of the six issues along with the story of Peck, the gunfighter who goes looking for absolution under the strangest roof he could ever stumble upon," said Peter Tomasi in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.

House of Penance is a horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle that threatens to claim her own life and soul. The Winchester house is famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate in it a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real. In this House of Leaves meets Blood Meridian tale of how fortune brings misfortune, a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years with a simple motto: “keep busy building or get busy dying.”

House of Penance #1 (of 6) is in stores April 13, 2016. Full press release below.

TOMASI & BERTRAM INVITE YOU TO THE 'HOUSE OF PENANCE'


A story about guilt, ghosts, and guns!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This spring, Dark Horse Comics is set to publish a historical tale of horror from New York Times best-selling author Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Green Lantern) and artist Ian Bertram (Bowery Boys).

House of Penance is a horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle that threatens to claim her own life and soul.
The Winchester house is famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate in it a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

"The journey that Sarah makes while building the house is intense and scary, and all the horrible things that put her there are going to be revealed during the course of the six issues along with the story of Peck, the gunfighter who goes looking for absolution under the strangest roof he could ever stumble upon," said Peter Tomasi in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.

In this House of Leaves meets Blood Meridian tale of how fortune brings misfortune, a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years with a simple motto: “keep busy building or get busy dying.”

House of Penance #1 (of 6) is in stores April 13, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop!

Praise for Peter Tomasi’s House of Penance:
“Tomasi and Bertram have crafted something truly special with this book.”—Scott Snyder (Wytches)

House of Penance is hypnotic, disturbing and mysterious in all the right ways.”—Jeff Lemire (Descender)

House of Penance by Tomasi and Bertram is a terrifying delight. It’s like eating the world’s most delicious peach and finding a live tarantula inside. One of the best new books I’ve read in years.”—Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis)

“Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram make you want to sleep with the lights on after reading this tale of horror and dread that wraps you around the throat and doesn’t let go.”—Geoff Johns (Justice League)

“Tomasi and Bertram have built something compelling and unsettling in House of Penance—it’s a nasty piece of work that gets me excited.”—Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets)

“Tomasi and Bertram. I couldn’t put it down!”—Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)

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About Peter Tomasi
Peter Tomasi, formerly a group editor at DC Comics helped usher in new eras for Batman with Grant Morrison and Green Lanternwith Geoff Johns, he also initiated incredibly successful special projects like Kingdom Come and JSA All-Stars with Michael Chabon.  Many of Tomasi’s books appeared on the New York Times best-seller lists, such as Nightwing, Black Adam, Emerald Warriors, The Outsiders, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and critically acclaimed creator-owned projects Light Brigade and The Mighty.

About Ian Bertram
A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York, artist Ian Bertram was chosen as the Best New Talent of 2011 by Comicbookjesus.com, and selected to the Society of Illustrators 2012 Student Scholarship Competition. His work has appeared in the anthology magazine INK, the Detective Comics #27 anniversary special, and Batman Eternal from DC Comics. He has been a featured artist at the Greenpoint Gallery and the 30 Rooms art gathering. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

About Dark Horse Comics
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

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