Steve Niles returns to "Criminal Macabre" this December for a new four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse

Steve Niles returns to "Criminal Macabre" this December for a new four-issue miniseries from Dark Horse

Detective stories are great. The hard-boiled dialogue, seedy locales, and gripping mysteries help to make them one of the most enduring genres in all of fiction.

Add some vampires to that? Boy, now we’re talking.

That’s precisely what Steve Niles has with his character Cal McDonald: a supernatural detective. Niles returns to McDonald’s world in the four-issue miniseries Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out. Joined by artist Gyula Németh and letterer Nate Piekos, Niles pulls McDonald out of retirement to resume his career as a monster hunter. After running into a femme fatale who is also a vampire, though, McDonald will wish that he’d stayed out of the game… because he may not make it out of this one alive.

Check out the details below.

Per Dark Horse:

A Noir Tale of Mysteries, Vampires, Love, and Betrayal

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (September 6, 2019) – Criminal Macabre is back and bloodier than ever! Series creator Steve Niles (City of Others, 30 Days of Night), newcomer artist Gyula Németh, and letterer Nate Piekos are teaming up to bring you the next chapter in the Cal McDonald saga: Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out


Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out starts when supernatural detective Cal McDonald, found wandering the streets as a disheveled vagrant, is ripped from his self-imposed retirement to resume his monster-killing career.

But Cal is reluctant to return to the fray. What has the hard-bitten investigator so shaken? It’s a long story that begins with a beautiful woman who happens to be a vampire...and ends with a bang.

"I’ve been writing Cal McDonald since I was in my 20’s and to this day he is the most fun to write. I couldn’t be happier to see him come back with Gyula Nemeth doing the art. I think fans of Cal will be pleasantly surprised and hopefully a little horrified.”—Steve Niles

Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #1 will hit comic shops and digital retailers on December 11.

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