Steve Niles brings 'Freaks of the Heartland' to Dark Horse

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The creator of the acclaimed 30 Days of Night bring horror fans an all- new fright-Freaks of the Heartland!

Steve Niles is the writer of the hit comic 30 Days Of Night and his Cal McDonald horror/noir novels Savage Mebrane and Guns, Drugs and Monsters. Niles is also the writer of the monthly comic books Criminal Macabre, Fused, and the Love Me Tenderloin one-shot for Dark Horse Comics and Dark Days for IDW Publishing. Steve got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited, and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson, and Harlan Ellison. He has also worked as a writer for TMP and Image comics creating the series Fused and contributing to titles such as Spawn: The Dark Ages, Hellspawn, and most recently 9-11: Artists Respond. Steve now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Nikki and their three black cats.

Steve was kind enough to chat with Dark Horse about some of his upcoming projects and other things that go bump in the night.

What is it that appeals to you about writing horror fiction/comics?

First and foremost, I like monsters, and I have a genuine effection for the macabre, so it comes naturally to me. The other reason is because, like science fiction, there are no limits. You can twist and bend reality to suit you and scare the pants off folks.

What is the biggest challenge writing in this genre?

Playing with familiar themes and keeping them fresh. Readers learn your tricks quickly, so you have to keep ducking and weaving and keeping it fresh.

Is Freaks of the Heartland in the same vein as your other horror comics?

I think it is, but others seem to think it's a big departure. I suppose at the heart of it, it has a little more heart than a lot of what I write, but the same could be said for 30 Days of Night. The core of that bloodbath was a love story. Like 30 Days, Freaks is about normal emotions trying to stay alive in an insane and monstrous situation.

Tell me about the Cal Mcdonald one-shot Love Me Tenderloin; is this a love story for Cal?

Well, it's about as close as Cal gets to a love story. Tenderloin is about a fatal love triangle murder which Cal becomes involved in while he's dipping his toe in the relationship pool for the first time in years. Cal has a hard time dating because he's always a target, so dates usually wind up dead, or worse. This is going to be one of the oddest Cal stories and one that requires more than his normal amout of detective work. Plus, it involves raw meat. How can you resist a horror story about meat?

Fused has come to Dark Horse, is it going to be a continuation of its previous run?

Yup! After a long, long, hiatus we are finally re-launching Fused and I couldn't be happier. The story picks up right where the Image series left off with Mark aka Cy-Bot reunited with his wife and trying to figure out what to do next. We have a new team and I'm thrill to be working with them all...Josh Medors on pencils, Peter Repovski doing inks and Madame Shawna Ervin-Gore editing. We also have a great cover by that goon Eric Powell. I hope this four-issue stint gets an audience because I'd love to do more Fused!

What scares you?

Real life, the news, and pigeons.

Best horror film of all time?

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Cal vs. Jason vs. Freddy. Who walks away in one piece?

Cal would use Freddy's gloves and stick them through that stripped shirted freaks eyes and put Jason on the short bus to Hell.

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