BOOM! Studios and R.L. Stine take you "Just Beyond" to "The Horror at Happy Landings" in May 2020

BOOM! Studios and R.L. Stine take you "Just Beyond" to "The Horror at Happy Landings" in May 2020

I’ve mentioned before that I’ll always have a soft spot for the spooky machinations and creations of R.L. Stine. His books were just such a big part of growing up in the Nineties, what with their easy readability and gloriously campy titles. Thankfully, Stine is still at it with his Just Beyond graphic novel series for BOOM! Studios, with the next installment due next spring.

The Horror at Happy Landings is just the kind of title I’d expect from Stine, taking a fairly innocuous sounding location and just ramping up the creep factor. Sure, these stories are for young readers and don’t get too scary, but part of the fun is the camp and low-risk frights.

With the first Just Beyond book due out later this year, it’s never too early to get excited about the next installment, so check out the details below.

Per BOOM!:

Lose Your Mind in R.L. Stine’s JUST BEYOND: THE HORROR AT HAPPY LANDINGS at BOOM! Studios
Discover An All-New Scary Story From The Legendary Creator of “Goosebumps” and “Fear Street” in May 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 18, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced JUST BEYOND: THE HORROR AT HAPPY LANDINGS, a brand new graphic novel in the highly anticipated middle grade horror series from R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling author of Goosebumps and Fear Street, artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews (Pandora’s Legacy) and featuring a cover by Julian Totino Tedesco (Life of Captain Marvel), in stores May 2020. This new original graphic novel takes readers to the supposedly serene camping grounds of the forest preserve at Happy Landings where things take a decidedly terrifying turn when the Walden family encounters a pair of body-snatching aliens.

ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO HAPPY LANDINGS!

Family camping trips are supposed to be fun, but for the Walden family, they’re an absolute nightmare! After a creepy, unidentified bird attacks their mom in the forest, Parker and Annie find themselves face to face with two strange creatures that suddenly enter the kids’ brains and take control of their bodies. Can Parker and Annie break loose of this horrific control and convince their family of what’s happening, or will the creatures take over their lives for good?

JUST BEYOND will be published through the company’s award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, marking the first time R.L. Stine has originated new concepts in the comic book medium as part of his multi-book agreement with the publisher. With the release of his debut novel Blind Date in 1981, R.L. Stine established himself as one of the most important voices in horror for a new generation. This was followed up with the release of Fear Street in 1989, which remains the best-selling YA series in history with more than 100 books published thus far, and Goosebumps in 1992, which transformed Stine into a worldwide celebrity. The series was soon adapted as a hit TV series and recently returned as a blockbuster film starring Jack Black in 2015 from Sony/Columbia Pictures, with a sequel hitting theaters October 12, 2018. Stine has continued to create exciting new horror concepts for younger audiences each year, in turn becoming one of the most successful American novelists of all time.

“I'm not an outdoors person. When I'm in the woods or out in the country, I think of all the creatures who live there, and I instantly begin to think of horrifying encounters.” said writer R.L. Stine. “This story goes
JUST BEYOND my normal imagining: What if you were camping out--and you were invaded by creatures from another planet?”

Kelly and Nichole Matthews are twin sisters from Seattle who work as freelance comic book artists and illustrators. They were the artists on Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal: Power of the Dark Crystal, Toil and Trouble, and Pandora’s Legacy from BOOM! Studios. They currently have an original webcomic, Maskless, available on Hiveworks.

“"It's exciting to return to the world of Just Beyond with a new, out-of-this-world experience.” said artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews. “We hope you enjoy the Horror at Happy Landings!”

BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint is home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rugrats, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Dodo by Felipe Nunes, Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

“R.L. Stine brings all of his celebrated humor and horror to his newest graphic novel,
JUST BEYOND: THE HORROR AT HAPPY LANDINGS.” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. “Old fans and new readers alike will discover brand new thrills and chills from the master of middle-grade scares himself as we run into strange creatures, body-snatching aliens, and much more. Artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews are immensely talented and bring this world to life with stunning art. This is a creative collaboration that we can’t get enough of.”

Just Beyond: The Horror at Happy Landings will be available May 2020.

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