Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more fantastical than Vertigo expanding the dreamscape of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman into four new Sandman Universe comics, more of the writer’s infinite imagination will be visible to the rest of us with the upcoming Dark Horse comic adaptation of Likely Stories.
Mark Buckingham, who previously joined forces with Gaiman on Miraclemen and Fables, is going to bring the short stories Looking for the Girl, Foreign Parts, Closing Time, and Feeders and Eaters to life, as The Hollywood Reporter’s geek-centric Heat Vision arm just found out. Not all of them originated in prose form. If Feeders and Eaters sounds even vaguely familiar in the comic realm, it was born as a comic strip created by Buckingham and Gaiman in the early ‘90s.
“When Neil revisited it as a prose story a few years later, he added a lot of depth and richness, which opened up new narrative possibilities," Buckingham told Heat Vision. “Ever since then I have been eager to take another shot at it myself.”
You may remember Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories as a Shudder exclusive TV series from 2016 (it was originally adapted by Sky TV). There are no fairy tales or humanoid falling stars here. Think bizarre obsessions, bloody cravings, missing body parts, murder, ghosts, and STDs that shouldn’t exist. These nightmare visions that first materialized in other compilations of Gaiman’s short fiction such as Trigger Warning have a “Did I really just see that?” feel. In the comic version, they will also be connected by some mysterious force — fans of Stephen King’s multiverse or mind-bending series like Black Mirror should be totally into this.
Buckingham will be working directly from Gaiman’s prose as it is on the page, so expect this hardcover anthology to be something you’ve never seen before.
“This will be quite a different experience to people’s previous encounters with these tales,” he revealed. “I knew I wanted this to read as a cohesive whole, rather than a set of short stories, so I have woven them together into a single narrative, linking them all to the Diogenes late-night drinking club that plays such an important role in the Closing Time story.”
Does he really have to say that whatever it is about that club that brings everything together is almost definitely not natural?
Likely Stories will be appearing out of nowhere in comic book stores on August 29 and bookstores September 11.
(via Heat Vision)