Veteran horror writer Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and artist Stephen Molnar (Star Trek) today announced Imaginary Fiends, a new 6-issue sci-fi/horror miniseries from DC's Vertigo imprint.
Imaginary Fiends (no relation to the Memorial miniseries of the same name) brings Seeley back to horror and is another notch in the belt Vertigo, which was rumored to be all but dead a few years ago but which launched a number of new series in 2016 and 2017, including Joshua Williamson's Frostbite and a return to the world of The American Way with original series creators John Ridley and Georges Jeanty on board.
"Imaginary Fiends is a return to horror for me…a chance to tell a story about a broken person and her monster friend,” said Seeley in a statement. “But Fiends is darker, scarier and more fanatical than anything I've ever done. Stephen Molnar is providing some amazing artwork, and his Polly Peachpit is one of the creepiest monsters I've ever seen. I'm proud to bring this book to Vertigo and work with my friend and editor Molly Mahan — who is, fortunately, as far as I know, not imaginary."
Here's the premise, according to the publisher: Years ago, a young girl named Brinke Calle was found covered in blood near the woods in the small rural town of Cannon Falls, MN, when her best friend Melba attempted to murder her. When investigators tried to understand why, Melba revealed that a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to. Years later, Melba is turning 18 and will begin her real sentence in federal prison. That is, until a new unit in the FBI recruits her, with an explanation for what happened so many years ago.
Another world exists beyond ours. One that is terrifying, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds of the weak and impressionable. And these parasites have leeched onto humanity for too long. But in order to understand them, Melba must first unleash her own monster.
"It's always exciting to have the opportunity to create a new book," Molnar said. "Being able to work with Tim, Molly and the rest of the people at Vertigo makes it that much better. I hope our audience has as much fun reading our story as I do drawing it."
Imaginary Fiends #1 will hit stores on November 15. You can see the cover to the first issue, and some character designs, in the attached image gallery.