The mysterious and dangerous world of Something Is Killing The Children is expanding. A new spinoff story, titled House of Slaughter, is planned to be released this October. The upcoming series will explore the history of the Order of St. George.
Announced as an exclusive by Comicbook.com, House of Slaughter will be the book for fans to enjoy stories outside of Erica Slaughterhouse’s journey in the main Something Is Killing The Children series. The latest project involves co-creator James Tynion IV (The Department of Truth), co-writer Tate Brombal (Barbalien), illustrator and co-creator Werther Dell’Edera (Razorblades), and artist Chris Shehan (The Autumnal).
“Ever since our first glimpse of the House of Slaughter in Something is Killing the Children #5, I knew that there was an entire world of monsters and monster hunters outside of Erica Slaughter’s story. And once the book grew into the juggernaut of a series it’s become, thanks to all of our incredible fans, I knew I wanted to start telling those stories,” shared Tynion IV. “I’m so honored to have the incredible Tate Brombal and the phenomenal Chis Shehan joining us to tell this exciting new story introducing everyone to the hunters Erica grew up alongside, and the other Houses within the Order of St. George, while Werther and I start plotting out Erica’s next adventure!”
Going through Tynion’s most recent Newsletter (which I’m subscribed to. You should be, too), I’m quite excited about what the creative team has planned to offer through House of Slaughter. At first, there was a discussion to do little one-shots in the main title. However, a decision was made to keep SIKTC solely Erica’s story with House of Slaughter serving as a support title to allow readers to better understand the creepy fictional world Tynion and his team has created.
What’s interesting is that while Tynion and Dell’Edera will continue being on SIKTC, the spinoff House of Slaughter will have “other rad creators” (working with Tynion and Dell’Edera) to share a range of strange stories. Currently, we have Brombal and Shehan working on the book. But I wouldn’t be surprised if more creatives come aboard the series down the line, even if it’s for a mini-story or two.
The first big story arc will feature Aaron Slaughter. People who have read SIKTC know that Aaron was killed by monsters. But it looks like his character still has a lot to do even if the narrative will need to jump into the past. According to Tynion, Aaron “died with secrets that he never got to tell Erica, and those secrets may come to haunt Erica in the present day later on.”
There will be two key story threads in the first arc of House of Slaughter. The “Present Day” story will occur directly before the events of the first 15 issue story cycle of SIKTC. It will detail Aaron Slaughter’s last case before he sent Erica to Archer’s Peak.
The story in the past will detail a key period in Aaron’s teenage years. It will be picking up shortly after the events that transpired in SIKTC #16-20. This particular storyline will be the first to introduce another “House” in the Order of St. George as well as a member of that house.
As someone who reads and reviews Something Is Killing The Children, I’m glad about being given a new spinoff title to enjoy even if we already know about Aaron’s fate. SIKTC is definitely one of the best comic books currently available. You should consider getting into it if you haven’t already.
Also, a live-action adaptation of Something Is Killing The Children is being worked on by Trevor Macy (Doctor Sleep, The Haunting of Hill House) and Mike Flanagan (The Haunting of Hill House, Gerald’s Game) for Netflix. Fingers crossed it gets made soon and is able to do the source material justice.
Are you excited? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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