HANK FLYNN RETURNS IN CASEFILE: ARKHAM – HER BLOOD RUNS COLD! In a city where every shadow hides a dark secret, it’s hard to know who your friends are. Harder still, to know who to trust. This March private eye, Hank Flynn is back on the streets of H.P. Lovecraft’s most haunted city and this time there’s a dangerous femme whose eyes are to die for—literally. The acclaimed occult noir series CASEFILE: Arkham returns this March with the release of “Her Blood Runs Cold.” Described as a pitch-perfect blend of the gritty detective fiction of Raymond Chandler and the eldritch horror H.P. Lovecraft, readers once again will follow P.I. Hank Flynn as he comes face-to-face with hungry gods, unholy pacts, and mobsters who may not be entirely human. Along for the ride is the lovely Glynda, a curvaceous bookworm of a dame with a talent for the esoteric arts.
According to author Josh Finney, “Like the first CASEFILE: Arkham, this volume draws inspiration directly from one of Lovecraft’s stories. This time around ‘The Thing On the Doorstep’ is the tale we tapped for that initial spark, which in itself was fun due to story’s infamy.” Often cited as one of Lovecraft’s most controversial works, Finney and artist Patrick McEvoy took the basic premise of the story and re-imagined it as classic noir, re-casting the character of Asenath Waite as a femme fatal in the tradition of Barbara Stanwyck’s performance in Double Indemnity. “I think we’ve hit just the right notes of both horror and noir,” add McEvoy, who has returned to illustrate this second instalment of the CASEFILE: Arkham series. “Horror and noir go together perfectly, and I think with this volume we’ve gotten just the right blend. As Josh and I proved with the first volume, if you put a battle-tested hard-boiled private eye with a .45 automatic up against the existential horrors of H.P. Lovecraft, you’re going to get something interesting.” In terms of art, “Her Blood Runs Cold” shows a further refinement of CASEFILE: Arkham’s unique vision and style, which falls somewhere between the vintage EC comics and the cinematography expressionism of 1940s-era crime films. According to McEvoy, (who draws inspiration from industry greats such as Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, and Joe Orlando) he’s been working to put his own stamp on the classic comics-noir style with Arkham. “I’m most proud of the 1940s atmosphere I felt I was able to breathe into this volume. The vintage nightclubs, seedy streets, gothic mansions, big cars, and all the fashion that makes the era so distinctive,” and in Finney’s mind, it’s this approach to the post-war era that sets CASEFILE: Arkham apart.
Mentioning the explosion of occult detectives and wizard private-eyes in both comics and prose these days, Finney explains, “Unlike stories about Harry Dresden or John Constantine, CASEFILE: Arkham really is a 1940s crime noir at heart. It just so happens to be in a world where dead Cthulhu lies dreaming at the bottom of the ocean. In the writing, I took lengths to make the read as if it could have been an old Lovecraft story that Raymond Chandler took a clever to, filling it with deadly dames, two-bit hoods, and mobsters who have ‘an understanding’ with a certain Levantine god that has an appetite for human flesh.” Casefile: ARKHAM – Her Blood Runs Cold will be available on Amazon Kindle on February 13th, and in paperback wherever fine books are sold on March 5th. ABOUT THE CREATORS JOSH I. FINNEY — Author and occasional artist, Josh Finney is the mind behind the awarding winning graphic novels Titanium Rain, Utopiates, and World War Kaiju. He is best known for penning stories that are heavy on action, yet always delve into heady subjects such science, politics, and philosophy. In another life, he was an illustrator for DC’s Batman/Catwoman, has done concept design for Star Trek: Enterprise, and created cover art for countless 90′s era industrial & techno bands. PATRICK McEVOY — Patrick McEvoy is one of your favourite artists. Seriously. You just didn’t know it. You may not recognize his name, but you know his art. McEvoy has spent the better part of a decade illustrating some of the most loved and memorable art to come out of the H.P. Lovecraft mythos. Card games, novels, posters, t-shirts—you’ve seen and probably own at least one piece of McEvoy’s art. He’s best known for his work on Arkham Horror, Call of Cthulhu, and oh yeah…a little-known title called Game of Thrones.
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Paperback released March 5th 2018.