Comic Crypt: Dark Horse Set to Deliver Haunted Winchester House Story in ‘HOUSE OF PENANCE’!

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Many of you might be familiar with the legendary Winchester mystery house in San Jose, California. This house was once owned by Sarah Winchester, widow of gun magnate William Winchester. The house is purportedly haunted by all the ghosts of people that were killed by Winchester rifles and guns. The house is somewhat of a mystery and large tourist attraction due to the fact that Sarah Winchester kept building on the mansion for some 38 years non-stop, around the clock to keep the ghosts at bay. Anyways, history lesson aside, Dark Horse Comics will be delivering a new horror comic based on the Winchester Mystery House entitled House of Penance. Look for the first of six issues to debut on April 13, 2016. Read on for all the details.

From The Press Release

This spring, Dark Horse Comics is set to publish a historical tale of horror from New York Times best-selling author Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin, Green Lantern) and artist Ian Bertram (Bowery Boys).

House of Penance is a horrific take on the true story of the Winchester haunted house and one woman’s mission to wash away the blood curse of the Winchester rifle that threatens to claim her own life and soul.

The Winchester house is famous for its original owner’s bizarre compulsion to incorporate in it a multitude of architectural curiosities. But as the bereaved Sarah Winchester’s workers toil on stairways to nothing and doors to nowhere, a mysterious stranger arrives . . . and he could make Sarah’s demons all too real.

“The journey that Sarah makes while building the house is intense and scary, and all the horrible things that put her there are going to be revealed during the course of the six issues along with the story of Peck, the gunfighter who goes looking for absolution under the strangest roof he could ever stumble upon,” said Peter Tomasi in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.

In this House of Leaves meets Blood Meridian tale of how fortune brings misfortune, a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years with a simple motto: “keep busy building or get busy dying.”

House of Penance #1 (of 6) is in stores April 13, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop!

Praise for Peter Tomasi’s House of Penance:

“Tomasi and Bertram have crafted something truly special with this book.”—Scott Snyder (Wytches)

“House of Penance is hypnotic, disturbing and mysterious in all the right ways.”—Jeff Lemire (Descender)

“House of Penance by Tomasi and Bertram is a terrifying delight. It’s like eating the world’s most delicious peach and finding a live tarantula inside. One of the best new books I’ve read in years.”—Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis)

“Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram make you want to sleep with the lights on after reading this tale of horror and dread that wraps you around the throat and doesn’t let go.”—Geoff Johns (Justice League)

“Tomasi and Bertram have built something compelling and unsettling in House of Penance—it’s a nasty piece of work that gets me excited.”—Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets)

“Tomasi and Bertram. I couldn’t put it down!”—Mark Waid (Kingdom Come)

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Written by Michael Juvinall

I am a Horror journalist, producer, ravenous Horror fiend, aficionado of the classic Universal Monsters, Hammer Horror, Werewolves, and all things Horror.

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