Mike Mignola recently wrapped up Hellboy’s main comic book saga, but the character still has plenty of stories left to tell.
Writer Christopher Golden has assembled a murderer’s row of horror and fantasy authors for a new collection of Hellboy prose stories, Hellboy: An Assortment of Horror. The list of contributors include Chelsea Cain, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Richard Kadrey, Chris Roberson, Paul Tremblay, Delilah Dawson, Laird Barron, Angela Slatter, Chris Priestley, Michael Rowe, Rio Youers, Kealan Patrick Burke, E. Lily Yu, Weston Ochse. Many of these artists are familiar with comics (Cain wrote this year’s delightful Mockingbird solo series for Marvel, and Roberson is currently writing the Hellboy universe series Witchfinder: City of the Dead), but they are are all contributing their first Hellboy prose story to An Assortment of Horror. The collection itself follows in the steps of Golden’s previous collection, Hellboy: Odd Jobs, and will feature illustrations from Mignola and Priestley.
“I’ve been working with Mike Mignola on Hellboy prose fiction projects — both as a novelist and an editor — for 20 years, and the enthusiasm among authors for the character never wanes,” Golden told EW in a statement. “Writers love Hellboy and his world because it’s full of magic and folklore, adventure and apocalypse, but it’s more than that. For a massive, wisecracking demon with sawed-off horns, Hellboy is profoundly human. He’s full of love and pain and he’s often surrounded by weird friends who understand that about him. Who wouldn’t want to write such characters, in such a world?”
Hellboy: An Assortment of Horror is set to hit stores August 2017. In the meantime, check out where Hellboy ranked on EW’s Most Powerful Superheroes list.