Star Wars goes to the literary dark side
Now, everyone knows I adore the Star Wars franchise in all shapes and forms. They also know that I’m a huge horror movie fan. Those two passions were combined before with the release of the two Star Wars horror novels ‘Death Troopers’ and ‘Red Harvest’ as well as the late 1990s series of books entitled ‘Galaxy Of Fear’. Both ‘Death Troopers’ and ‘Red Harvest’ just happened to be zombie stories that were set in the Star Wars universe and both were hugely enjoyable. But now, it seems that Disney-Lucasfilm has decided to continue with Star Wars horror vein by announcing a new horror anthology book entitled ‘Dark Legends‘. The book is being written by George Mann and illustrated by Grant Griffin who returns once more after his sterling work on the anthology book ‘Star Wars: Myths And Fables’ that was released last year. Here is the official description of this exciting concept:
‘Read on if you dare! This unique in-world collection hallows the spooky tales and ghost stories that would have kept young Luke and Leia up at night. Created by George Mann and Grant Griffin-the same team behind the stunning ‘Star Wars: Myths And Fables’-these six frightful fables have been carefully woven from the expansive fabric that is the Satr Wars galaxy (including the thrilling landscape from Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland and Disney World), and beautifully painted in a lush illustrative style that feels intergalactic yet innately archetypal and timeless’
Now, I don’t think the anthology will contain anything as remotely gory or nasty as ‘Death Troopers’ and ‘Red Harvest’ but the idea of Star Wars-themed horror stories sound like so much fun. It is a great sandbox in which to play in and will bring something more to the vast table of Star Wars. This addition to the new ‘Official’ Disney-Lucasfilm expanded universe will be hitting book stores from July 28th and I will certainly be grabbing a copy as soon as I can. With this in mind, I shall bring you my review as soon as I get through my ride through the Star Wars horror anthology and any further news on this exciting new direction for the Star Wars literary universe.
Star Wars: Dark Legends will be released on July 28th.
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Carl Roberts is a Senior Staff Writer and Books and Literature Correspondent for The Future of the Force. Aside from being our horror genre aficionado, he is also passionate about Star Wars, Marvel, DC, and the Indiana Jones movies. Follow him on Twitter @CarlRoberts2 where he uses the force frequently!