Official Press Release
San Diego, CA (February 4, 2004) Following the launch of IDW's new Little Books of Horror line this March, Frankenstein by Steve Niles and Scott Morse, comes a re-imagining of H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. Joining writer Niles for this special project is artist Ted McKeever (Metropol), who will provide full page spreads and a painted cover to accompany Niles's prose story.
The Little Book of Horror series presents classic horror tales in a new light, as writer Steve Niles is paired with unique illustrators to re-tell stories that follow the text of the original tales. Up next will be Niles and artist Richard Sala's take on Bram Stoker's Dracula, but before that book appears, readers will be taken to War.
"This isn't The War of the Worlds you watched on TV, " said IDW Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, "and I guarantee you won't see Tom Cruise or Dakota Fanning on these pages. This book features all the horror that H.G. Wells brought to bear in his novel, with the bonus of seeing the story beautifully illustrated by the warped mind of Ted McKeever."
"The idea behind these books was to tell classic horror stories of books and films like you're explaining them to a friend. I call it campfire storytelling," says Niles. "Short, simple and to the point with fantastic artwork. I love the three we've assembled so far and I can't wait to watch the library grow."
Little Book of Horror: The War of the Worlds, a full-color, 48-page, 6" x 9" HC, will be available in July.
IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea + Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients including The Upper Deck Company, Electronic Arts, Ultima Online, WizKids, Cartoon Network, Sony Online Entertainment, Nickelodeon, and many more. IDW Publishing focuses on a small number of high-quality titles. Among them are CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith's 30 Days of Night and its sequels, Dark Days and Return to Barrow; Ashley Wood's Lore; CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations; Beau Smith's Wynonna Earp; and Steve Niles' Wake The Dead. Columbia Pictures has optioned the movie rights to 30 Days of Night, with Sam Raimi attached to produce. Konami is producing a video game based on CVO: Covert Vampiric Operations. Dimension Films has optioned the movie rights to Wake The Dead and Hyde. Paramount Pictures has optioned the movie rights to Aleister Arcane.