Dark Horse Comics has announced a graphic novel adaption of Neil Gaiman's satirical horror short story, "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire." Drawn by Shane Oakley, adaptation goes on sale January 25, 2017.
"Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" is a short story originally published in Gaiman's 2006 collection "Fragile Things: Short Fiction and Wonders." "Forbidden Brides" is about a nonfiction writer who struggles to compose a horror story. As the author's writing the troubled work, he's interrupted by genuinely scary distractions, like a talking raven, a creepy butler, and a real life murder.
Dark Horse has published other adaptations of Gaiman's short stories, such as his most recent graphic novel, "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," which debuted at number three on the New York Times bestseller list.
In the announcement, Gaiman explained how the story "Forbidden Brides" influenced his seminal series, "Sandman": "It's about what fantasy is, and why we write it, and what it would mean to write fantasy if you lived in a Gothic universe. Some of it prefigured things I'd do in Sandman four years later."
"Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" is currently available for preorder from Penguin Random House and Amazon.