June 22, 2011 at 04:26 PM EDT

Joe Hill’s comic series Locke & Key isn’t about zombies, but its pilot is has become the living dead in the months since Fox passed on the show.

After Fox declined the project, Locke was shopped to other networks, including Syfy and The CW, which likewise passed. Now the stylish and ambitious project will screen at Comic-Con next month alongside a panel for the comic book upon which it’s based. The team behind the pilot, including writer Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), likely hopes the screening will generate renewed interest in the show (expect a camera to capture the crowd’s reaction when the lights come up), or at least bolster sales for the comic series (its publisher IDW is holding the event).

Locke is about a family who move into a Massachusetts mansion that has a tangle of supernatural mysteries. One review of the pilot called it creepy and spooky, but with “a little too much weirdness” for a mainstream TV show and better suited to a miniseries. On his Web site, Hill praised the pilot as “scary, and lean, and emotionally authentic, and has a similar feel to Super 8; it very much has a kind of early ’80s scary-Spielberg vibe.”

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