Is Brian Keene Teasing 8 DC Specials From Horror Authors For Halloween?

Award winning horror novelist Brian Keene defaces a library book with obscene graffiti.

Last month, Bleeding Cool told you about an announcement from award winning horror novelist and occasional comic book writer Brian Keene about an upcoming project at either Marvel or DC.

Besides revealing that the project wouldn't tell us how to vote or how to feel, Keene also let slip that the project would be "a one-shot thing," and also that Rich Johnston sucks and Jude Terror is the best:

And then just yesterday, Keene said he will begin teasing the project with eight mysterious tweets over the next few days:

Today, those tweets began. Four in a row, in fact. Each tweet features a horror novel paired with a comic book reference, beginning with:

Keene's signature zombie book, The Rising, paired with an image of the Justice League's satellite? About The Rising from Amazon:

THE RISING is the story of Jim Thurmond, a determined father battling his way across a post-apocalyptic zombie landscape, to find his young son. Accompanied by Martin, a preacher still holding to his faith, and Frankie, a recovering heroin addict with an indomitable will to survive, Jim travels from state to state and town to town, facing an endless onslaught of undead hordes, and the evils perpetrated by his fellow man.

The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni, the first female horror novelist to ever be invited to speak inside CIA headquarters. That book's description, from Amazon:

Something alien is stalking residents of Lakehaven, New Jersey. It can't see them, hear them, or touch them, but it knows them — their fears, their insecurities, and their secrets. It knows how to destroy them from the inside out. And it won't stop until each of them is dead. Dave Kohlar has never felt like he was good for anything. But when his sanity, his life, and the safety of his only family and friends is in danger, he has to look inside himself for a strength that his otherwordly enemy can't touch — strength that can hopefully save them all.

Nick Cutter's The Troop, alongside the bat symbol shining above Gotham. From Amazon:

Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip—a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. But when an unexpected intruder stumbles upon their campsite—shockingly thin, disturbingly pale, and voraciously hungry—Tim and the boys are exposed to something far more frightening than any tale of terror. The human carrier of a bioengineered nightmare. A horror that spreads faster than fear. A harrowing struggle for survival with no escape from the elements, the infected…or one another.

Part Lord of the Flies, part 28 Days Later—and all-consuming—this tightly written, edge-of-your-seat thriller takes you deep into the heart of darkness, where fear feeds on sanity…and terror hungers for more.

And finally, Skinzz by kickboxing champion turned horror author Wrath James White, with Harvey Dent's coin? Skinzz' Amazon description:

The mosh-pits have become a warzone…

The hardcore punk scene in 1980s Philadelphia was legendary, and Mack and Jason were at the center of it all – going to shows and fighting Nazi skinheads. In the streets there is a new gang – the Unrest. They started as a shitty hardcore band but became the center of those filled with hate and rage. The Unrest are here to clean the city of the queers and lesser races…

Fighting is no longer enough for Mack and Jason. Their enemy is becoming too strong and too eager to inflict the worst kinds of pain and death. To get the streets back, they must be willing to go further than ever before-now they must be willing to kill…

From the modern master of hardcore horror, Wrath James White, comes a novel of street-level violence, hardcore punk, and the passion of friendship.

So what does it all mean? Keene isn't telling, but he says we're welcome to guess.

Eight teasers. Four of them so far featuring a horror novel and a DC comics reference. One-shots, and due out in "next month's" Previews. If we're talking about the issue of Previews that ships in July, and not the one labeled July that ships in June, then it would put these books in October, which would seem like an appropriate time to release some horror specials. And also, Keene says they're not part of Dark Matter:

Our guess is in the headline above, though the next four teasers tomorrow could throw us a curveball. Let us know what you guess in the comments or on social media.




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