Release Date for Hellraiser Anthology – Volume 2 Announced

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Seraphim Comics, the comic publishing branch of Clive Barker’s Seraphim Inc., has just announced the release date for the Hellraiser Anthology – Volume 2. The announcement comes via Clive’s Facebook page, and features a press-release on the details of this second volume:

Hellraiser: Anthology Volume Two will be released in September, debuting at Son of Monsterpalooza in Burbank, CA and available a week after via www.realclivebarker.com, both as a hardcover graphic novel and a digital download.

The anthology will feature stories written by returning Hellraiser comic scribes Ben Meares, Christian Francis, Mark Alan Miller, David Ian McKendry & Rebekah McKendry and Matt. Murray, as well as newcomers to the series Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler (The Dregs) and Ken Winkler. Artists include returning Hellraiser alumni Daniele Serra (who provides the cover along with a six-page story), Riley Schmitz, Jim Terry Art and Nick Percival, along with newcomers to the series Mark Torres (Zombies Vs. Robots: Undercity, Judge Dredd), Hector Casanova (The Lurkers, Screamland), Christian DiBari (Hoax Hunters, Magdalena), Simon Gough (GI Joe: Snake Eyes), Devmalya Pramanik (Nightbreed) and Nino Cammarata illustrator (The Black Cat).

Additionally, the graphic novel will feature a prose story detailing the origin of the fan-favorite Cenobite the Chatterer, written by the Chatterer himself, Nicholas Burman-Vince. The tale will feature pen and ink illustrations by Clive Barker.”

This story will probably be in a similar aesthetic fashion as with Mark Alan Miller’s prose tale in Volume One, which featured black-and-white ink sketches by Mr. Barker accompanied alongside the text. Nicholas Vince commented on his story’s inclusion in Volume 2 on his Facebook page, writing:

“I wept a little when I first saw this. I’m deeply honoured my short prose story, ‘Prayers of Desire’ will be part of Hellraiser: Anthology – Volume 2, published in September 2017 by Seraphim Inc. I was blown away by Volume 1, as it truly is uncensored and contains wonderful Hellraiser mythos stories,”. 

In the press release issued by Barker’s Facebook, Burman-Vince continues, “I’m beyond excited to finally share a story I drafted in December 2012,” Vince said in regards to his contribution to the anthology, titled Prayers of Desire. “It’s worth the wait, as it’s found it’s spiritual home beside wonderful illustrations by Clive and amongst superb storytellers.”

The release also notes that Ben Meares will once again be editing and compiling Volume 2, with lettering and design being done by Christian Francis. The release closes with comments by both Meares and Miller, writing:

“I think, with the first anthology, we managed to put out a book that reminded people why Hellraiser works so well in comics,” Ben Meares, Editor-in-Chief of Seraphim Comics said. “It’s a wildly versatile mythos, and with this second volume we get to explore with even more variety the possibilities within the world that Clive has so graciously allowed us to play in. Volume Two will feature more stories, more pages and more creators than Volume One. I’ve been absolutely floored with the kinds of original, fresh and brilliant stories everyone involved has contributed.”

“I’m so thankful to everyone who helped make the first volume such a smashing success despite us trying our hardest to offend everyone,“ said Mark Alan Miller, Vice President of Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc. and contributing writer. “It’s so much fun to have the opportunity to do it all over again.”

Several pages from Volume 2 have also been released (shown below). Additionally, Ben Meares will be joining Nicholas Burman-Vince this Sunday, June 25th, for the latest episode of Chattering with Nicholas Vince (which can be watched here), where they will be discussing this project live, and as well will be open to any questions and comments you might have. So don’t miss out on that!

For your first chance to purchase the Hellraiser Anthology – Volume 2, be sure to attend Son of Monsterpalooza – Burbank – 2017, in Pasadena, CA  on September 15-17, or purchase it on the web-store, www.realclivebarker.com, on September 24, 2017 for both the Hardcover and Digital Download versions.

The Hellraiser Anthology – Volume 1 is currently sold out in its hardcover format, but is still available for digital download here. A paperback version should be released soon.

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