‘BLACK SUNDAY’ Will Reinvent Horror This Fall
If you are a history buff, or just a fan of some big events in history with a dark twist, then BLACK SUNDAY is be the right comic for you. Beginning this fall, writer Matt Dreiling will debut his four part mini-series, and from what has been announced for the story already, it’s going to intrigue the masses.
BLACK SUNDAY focuses on the hardship that farmers faced during the Great Depression, when the Dust Bowl came through and destroyed their hard work. The story introduces the Leikham family, who are in the forefront of a very difficult situation. Their family, like many others during the Depression, are faced with the three worst things to happen during the Dust Bowl: dust storms, drought, and the locals in the town believing that these storms are an act from a higher power that is to blame for everything going wrong.
When the oldest son of the Leikham family, Charlie, visits an abandoned farm to get water from a well, he awakens some sort of presence that begins to affect everything they do. Because of that, it’s only a matter of time before tragedy hits the town and the families who live in it.
Dreiling won the 2017 Silver Scream Film & Comic Festival with this story and it will be the American Gothic Press that will publish the new horrific tale. In an interview with AGP, Dreiling stated that BLACK SUNDAY is based on stories his grandparents use to tell him about the Dust Bowl as a child. He also mentions that Ken Burn’s documentary about the subject also inspired him to create this piece.
“My grandparents were young farmers in western Kansas, and they experienced the Dust Bowl first hand,” says Dreiling in his interview with American Gothic Press. “I remember my grandfather describing it to me in pretty scary almost apocalyptic terms, but I was too young to appreciate it. Years later, I became obsessed with Ken Burns’ documentary on the Dust Bowl, so that was a major resource. But I would give anything to have my grandparents’ complete stories about the whole experience.”
American Gothic Press Editor-in-Chief Holly Interlandi says that this mini-series combines many different horror elements that it will make you rethink what exactly horror is and how horror stories can be told. “The Dust Bowl imagery combined with desperate people and a demonic presence recalls films like The Witch, shows like Carnivale, and highly visual media like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dar, says Interlandi.
Polychrome, the artist of BLACK SUNDAY, gives the story a more realistic and eerie image with all the beautifully drawn pictures. It feels like the reader is standing right inside the story.
BLACK SUNDAY will be available digitally in the fall. To read the full interviews from both Dreiling and Polychrome, click on their names to find out more about their creative backgrounds and what their next set of goals are once the mini-series is officially out.