AfterShock puts out some of my favorite creepy/horror series. From recently concluded titles like Dark Ark and Bad Reception to current series like Maniac of New York and Scouts Honor. I was thoroughly excited to learn about the brand new project announced today in God of Tremors!
God of Tremors (AfterShock)
In a press release, AfterShock offers the following summary of this One-Shot's storyline:
"A 19th Century gothic horror of exorcism, demonic worship and epilepsy.
When Aubrey has his first seizure, he’s pulled out of school and hidden away in the family’s remote country estate. His father — a high-ranking English priest — tries to chase the “devil” out of Aubrey — but maybe the devil lurks in the grotesque pagan effigy that dwells on the grounds. And maybe the devil will turn out to be Aubrey’s only ally…
I really think this is an amazing premise for a story. I love how several recent series have taken their turn at playing with stigmas associated with forms of physical or mental illness man may not understand. This gives a degree of visibility or begins some conversation about how society still looks at these ailments, because while we are not living in a 19th century gothic tale...when discussing physical and mental illnesses, we haven't progressed much. When asked what inspired the tale, Milligan notes:
“Two main influences, one literary and one personal. I’ve always liked the story by the great short story writer Saki, called ‘Sredni Vashtar.’ It’s about a sickly child who invents a religion around a pet pole cat. It has trademark Saki mix of Edwardian decency and horror. ‘God of Tremors’ is very different but I liked the idea of a boy whose life has suddenly been changed by his epilepsy finding a strange and brutal deity who might take the place of his father’s god. The personal comes from the epilepsy. I’m epileptic and for a few years it’s been well-controlled by drugs and I’ve been free of any major seizures. Last year my neurologist tweaked my medication – for reasons I won’t go into here – which resulted in two quick-fire and nasty seizures, one of which put in me in hospital. It was during this time, with that strange proximity to seizures, that ‘God of Tremors,’ for so long lying incomplete in my subconscious, came fully into focus.” "
Finally, in arguing why fans should check the book out, Milligan also notes:
“This book works on a few levels. Yes, it’s a character-driven story about a young guy trying to make sense of a world after the shock of becoming epileptic—but it’s also a dark and brooding talk dripping with Gothic menace, a story that I think will really appeal to a lot of people. I haven’t mentioned the artwork, and I should. Piotr Kowalski brings an unnerving, paranoid intensity to the story, perfectly capturing the stultifying world and a young man’s attempts to escape from it. There is horror lying out in the woods: but perhaps the real horror lurks at home, and the twisted morality of Aubrey’s father and his world.”
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