Celebrate National Comic Book Day with a Guest Post by Author Hunter Shea!

We’ve got a SPECIAL GUEST POST just in time for NATIONAL COMIC BOOK DAY!!  For comic lovers around the Globe, what better weekend than the premiere of The Avengers AND National Comic Book Day (Cmon, FREE comic books)!!!!

What will you pick up? Have you seen Avengers?

In the meantime, check out our guest post from Author Hunter Shea in honor of National Comic Book Day and share your comments below.

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All Hail Comic Book Day! 

By Hunter Shea, Author of Forest of Shadows and Evil Eternal, Samhain Publishing

It’s safe to say that my love of reading grew from my love of comic books, and both have greatly shaped my life as a writer.

As a very young kid just learning to read, I was thrilled whenever I got new issues of Casper, Sad Sack, and yes, Archie. By the time I was about six, I had moved up to Plop!, Mad, and the gamut of superheroes from Spider Man to The Hulk. I was hooked, big time. When I had a free moment between games of wiffle ball or freeze tag, my head was in a comic book.

My favorite day of the week growing up was Wednesday. I called it Comic Book Day. As a Catholic school student, we got a half day every Wednesday so the public school kids could come to our classes for religious education. I went to my grandparents’ house every week, and every week my grandfather would walk me around the block to the stationery store to buy a few comics, and if it was warm out, an ice cream cone. Decades later, nothing still compares to Comic Book Day.

I was around ten when I drew a line in the sand and pledged my allegiance to Marvel, though I did secretly buy Green Lantern & Green Arrow  and the occasional Flash issue from time to time. My parents encouraged my comic obsession because it got me to read…a lot! I always had subscriptions to 4 comics at a time. The two mainstays were Captain America (still my fave, and I have the shield tattoo to prove it) and Fantastic Four. I’d alternate between X-Men, Marvel Two-In-One, Iron Man and the ill-advised Shogun Warriors and Rom Space Knight. Getting those issues in the mail each month wrapped in brown paper was like winning Wonka’s golden ticket.

By the time college came around, my comic book obsession was replaced by novels and movies, but I’ve never stopped completely. I eventually moved more into graphic novels and have marveled at the superior craftsmanship that goes into them. And now as a horror writer, I reflect back on the stories and characters that thrilled me as a kid and have channeled that emotion into my own work.

As an example, without even knowing it, I had crafted a particular story of mine into, basically, the script for a graphic comic. When that didn’t pan out (because creating a comic book is NOT easy), I expanded on it and made it a full length novel called Evil Eternal (see info at bottom of post). It has all the pomp and circumstance of ultimate bad versus ultimate evil, and as I wrote, I pictured illustrated panels in my brain from start to finish.  It’s a little trick that I’ve used again and again to drive my stories.

In fact, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have this horror writing career if it wasn’t for comic books. They are a part of my DNA, and I’m not alone. Almost every writer I know cut their teeth on comics. It’s an interesting correlation that’s worthy of study by a gaggle of university eggheads, on the condition they report to Stan Lee.

So thank you Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Ghost Rider, Green Lantern, Dead Pool, Wolverine, Swamp Thing, Man Thing, The Thing, Batman, Daredevil, Peter Parker, Kazar, Conan, Vampirella, and yes, even the Shogun Warriors.

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About Hunter Shea, Author

Hunter Shea is the product of a childhood weened on The Night Stalker, The Twilight Zone and In Search Of. Luckily, I’ve managed to make a love of all things ghostly and beastly into a career. It’s nice not to have to write for free anymore.

I’ve published several books and a slew of horror short stories over the years in magazines like Dark Moon Digest, Morpheus Tales, The Harrow, Tabard Inn, Deadline & Ethereal Tales, just to name a few. My latest novel, Forest of Shadows, is available through Samhain Publishing and their new horror line. Evil Eternal, what’s been desribed as Gran Guignol at its best and bloodiest, will be available in May 2012.

I’m also proud to be be one half of the Monster Men podcast, where my partner in crime Jack Campisi and I talk about all things horror with our own, sarcastic twist. All horror and no humor makes Hunter and Jack dull boys.

Feel free to contact me any time at huntershea1@gmail.com. Writing is lonely work.

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About Evil Eternal, Just Out May 1!!

Hunter Shea had a visual in his mind while writing Evil Eternal of it being a graphic novel. It’s in regular book form now and published by Samhain Publishing’s Horror line, but imagine how action packed and full of visual details this book is! I haven’t read it yet, but sounds like a great novel!  And…..if anyone out there in comic book land who wants to still turn it into a graphic novel, you should drop him a line! 

What’s the book about?

Only one priest can battle the ultimate evil!

An evil as ancient as time itself has arisen and taken root in New York City. Father Michael, the mysterious undead defender of the Church, answers the call to action from the Vatican, while Cain, a malevolent wraith that feeds on fear and blood, has taken the life and form of the city’s mayor and readies a demonic army to ignite the apocalypse.

With an unlikely ally, Father Michael will prepare for the grim confrontation as he grapples with his sworn duty to God and the shreds of humanity left beating in his immortal heart. The time is ripe for Cain and the fulfillment of dark prophecies. Father Michael must battle Cain and his horde of demons in a final showdown that could very well herald the end of mankind.

E-book available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Samhain Publishing and wherever e-books are sold. Check it out today! One sale for limited time from Samhain Publishing link!

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20 responses to “Celebrate National Comic Book Day with a Guest Post by Author Hunter Shea!

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  3. Hunter, I can’t believe you mentioned Rom Space Knight – I actually read that! My fave then (and still now) is everyone’s friendly neighborhood Spider Man. And yes, I still stomp around my house, cursing that my web cartridges are jammed.

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  4. I think I’m going to see The Avengers tomorrow. I can’t wait!

    When I was a kid, I used to read the Archie comics and I loved horror comics. Yup, my love for horror started at an early age, even though I used to scare myself silly!

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  5. Here is a link to the post Hunter just put on his site with some original art included: http://huntershea.com/2012/05/04/the-art-behind-the-evil/

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  6. Joe, it’s nice to see I wasn’t the only dork reading Rom. It was just a big advertisement for action figures, but it had its moments. I forgot to mention all the horror themed comics I read like Creepy, Eerie, Haunted Houses (I think that was the name) and a slew of others.

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  7. By the way, even though she was the mean one, I was a Veronica guy.

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  8. I need to go see The Avengers, but I hate cram packed theaters. My son saw it last weekend and actually sat through the whole thing without a break. If you knew my son, you’d know how impressive that is. lol

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