Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Options Red 5 Comics’ Haunted

In the story of “Haunted,” the barrier between our world and the spiritual realm was mysteriously torn apart allowing the Earth to be overrun by ghosts, demons and poltergeists. Creatures once thought to be mythological terrorized mankind and society collapsed. Thirteen years later, Sarah McCallister manages to survive by being tough, smart, and looking out only for herself. But when a chance to set the world back to normal arises, she finds herself in the compromising position of putting her faith in strangers for the first time.

“Haunted” is a four-part horror action-adventure written by Scott Chitwood (“Drone,” “Afterburn,” “Dead or Alive”), illustrated by newcomer Danny Luckert, and colored by Ivan Plascencia (“Neozoic: Trader’s Gambit”). It is also featured in Red 5’s 2014 Free Comic Book Day issue.

“The problem with most ghost stories is that if the characters simply leave the haunted house, all of their problems are over,” said Chitwood. “But if the entire world is the haunted house, there’s nowhere to run or hide. Imagine the end of ‘Ghostbusters,’ but with the heroes failing and Gozer taking over the world.”

“Haunted’s” lead character is as broken as the world that shaped her. “Sarah survived a traumatic and dangerous childhood, constantly on the run from all manner of horrors,” added Chitwood. “But if she is to have any hope of saving the world, she must go against every instinct that has kept her alive so far.”

Regarding Bad Hat Harry Productions’ interest in turning the comic into a feature, Chitwood said: “As a long-time fan of ‘The Usual Suspects’ and Singer’s ‘X-Men’ films, it was very gratifying to find Bat Hat so enthusiastic about the story and premise of ‘Haunted.’ They have been incredibly supportive and great to work with.”

As Red 5 is an independent publisher, the best way to ensure your copy of “Haunted” this spring is to pre-order it before February 28 from your comic shop using order code FEB141420. “Haunted #1” of the four-issue series is set for release on April 30, 2014.

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