Unlock a terrifying AR experience with John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4
When it comes to classic slasher horror films, the name John Carpenter is almost always the first that comes to mind. Ever since he introduced the world to Michael Myers in his 1978 terror classic, Halloween, very few people have been able to sleep soundly after hearing a faint crack coming from their closet.
With extensive resume boasting some of horror’s greatest films, the legendary director is often considered the master of cinematic horror. The man is so talented, in fact, that he’s managed to terrify audiences using only two slowly repeating notes on a synthesizer, creating a unique sound that can only be described as “unsettling.”
Carpenter’s most recent ambitions has him exploring the world of graphic novels with a series of shorts stories entitled ‘Tales for a HalloweeNight,’ available through Storm King Comics. Volume 4 of the series was just recently released and if you happen to own a copy of the 2018 New York Comic Con exclusive, then you have the ability to unlock a special augmented reality (AR) experience, built by the folks over at the ARFirm, that will have you thinking twice before gazing out the window the next rainy night.
In an exclusive interview with VRScout, Sandy King, President of Storm King Productions and wife of John Carpenter – who has worked with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Michael Mann, John Hughes, and has produced horror films such as They Live, Village of the Damned, Ghosts of Mars, and Vampires: Los Muertos – talked about the role AR plays in their 2018 NYCC exclusive comic book.
“I didn’t want to overdo variants and milk the fans or even retail on doing too many covers, so we only did one variant cover for the 2018 NYCC exclusive, which was created by artist Cat Staggs.” King continues, “That’s where the collectors are, and I wanted to do something special for them. So instead of 10 covers, we used AR to give collectors more.”
Tales for a HalloweenNight Vol 4 in AR
Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 is an anthology of short stories featuring a cover by Cat Staggs that is a short story within itself, which is why King felt that augmented reality would be very successful for this book.
With the success of Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 1 – 3, King was excited to get this collection of anxiety-inducing stories together and into the hands of the fans. As a bonus, it was also an opportunity for her to collaborate with others to bring an AR experience to a book produced by Storm King Comics.
“I worked with Jorge Norgaard, he’s this great art director and artist at the ARFirm. I showed him Cats artwork for the cover, and he then with Cat directly about the story she had in her head. Jorge would then send me roughs, and I’d work with him on direction,” King then adds, “and then John’s music is scored into the AR experience as well. He’s watching the cover come to life and then creating music as he hears it in his head, so we made it this whole collaborative adventure.”
You need a copy of 2018 NYCC to unlock the AR experience
To unlock the augmented reality experience, you will need to get your hands on a copy of the 2018 NYCC Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 exclusive, which will soon be available in very limited numbers via the Storm King Productions website. You will also need to download the Storm King Productions app, which can be found on the iOS and Android store, in order to launch the AR experience. But be warned, you may be unlocking a terrifying nightmare that could haunt you forever.
Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 4 includes stories from Elena Carrillo, John Carpenter, David J. Schow, Duane Swierczynski, Joe Harris, Amanda Deibert, Dennis Calero, Renae Deliz, Frank Tieri, and Sandy King, along with artwork from Jaime Carrillo, Cat Staggs, Nick Percival, Greg Scott, Megan Hutchison, Dennis Calero, Ray Dillon, and Jason Felix; including an introduction from 30 Days of Nights writer, Steve Niles.
The latest installment of John Carpenter’s, Halloween series will be in theaters on October 19th and stars Jamie Lee Curtis returning as Laurie Strode, the sister of Michael Myers, along with Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney, and Nick Castle. The film is directed by David Gordon Green.
Image Credit: Storm King Comics
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