Avatar Press proudly announced the latest addition to its expanding line of horror fiction with the ongoing monthly FERALS series, written by David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Crossed 3D). Featuring Gabriel Andrade (Lady Death) on art, FERALS is the carnage-filled tale of an idyllic town besieged by a new breed of werewolves. The debut #1 issue is solicited through Diamond Comic Distributor’s November Previews catalog for release at comic retail shops in early January 2012.
FERALS #1 introduces Officer Dale Chesnutt, a lawman with a big, bloody problem. Slaughtered civilians are turning up in the sleepy town of Cypress, and the burden falls on him to end the slaughter. But no sooner does he begin his investigation, then he finds himself violently drawn to a sexy, mysterious woman… and a vicious creature strikes again, this time at Dale’s own family
With its noir feel and small town domestic setting, FERALS brings writer David Lapham to his roots as the creator of the critically acclaimed Stray Bullets series. “It starts with small town people with their own little Peyton Place dynamic and a small town cop named Dale Chesnutt, who is a charmer, a womanizer, a screw-up,” says Lapham. “He suddenly is hit by the ‘stray bullets’ and finds himself in a whole new world that’s plenty dark and twisted.”
FERALS will bring the legendary werewolf mythos into a modern context, but with a radical new slant. According to Lapham, “This isn’t a take on the mystical werewolf, full moon and all that. The classic werewolf is about a monster, a monster story. FERALS is a drama and a noir where being feral is a very real thing. This is about a different kind of person. A person who is feral could be your neighbor and you wouldn’t know it; he doesn’t change when he’s pissed or when the moon is full. Ferals are real and have their own culture, their own thoughts, history, and plans.”
For the past two years, Avatar Press has been the home to David Lapham’s horror tales. Am I the only one who keeps hoping that Lapham will carve out a little time to get back to Stray Bullets?