Those of you who have been around, know that we absolutely love the horror genre. Whether we’re watching movies, or reading comic books, horror is one of our favorite things to consume So…..when we hear about a cool project, we always want to put the word out. A Haunted Girl, out of Image Comics, is one of those projects! This book promises to touch on important topics like mental health, but with a horror twist!
Co-writers and father-daughter team Ethan Sacks (Star Wars: Bounty Hunters) and Naomi Sacks join forces with fan-favorite artist Marco Lorenzana (Incredible Hulk) for a YA graphic novel that explores real-world mental health struggles through a fantastical lens in the upcoming, A Haunted Girl. It will hit shelves this May from Image Comics.
The graphic novel will also contain an AFSP guide to suicide prevention resources, as well as a guide from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on free therapy access options. Both organizations contributed sensitivity reading to ensure the depictions of mental health were authentic.
This thought-provoking graphic novel has garnered early buzz for its hard-hitting themes and in-depth exploration of anxiety and trauma and was featured on the American Foundation (AFSP) of Suicide Prevention blog, CBS Morning News, Montreal CBC news radio, Mashable, and more.
In A Haunted Girl, readers meet Cleo, a 16-year-old adopted Japanese-American whose anxiety and depression drives her to suicidal thoughts, is fresh out of the hospital and trying unsuccessfully to reintegrate back into her old life. What she doesn’t know is that her real struggles are just beginning as she finds herself encountering an increasingly terrifying succession of ghosts. Is she losing her grip on reality… or is the explanation much, much worse? A Haunted Girl channels terrors—both otherworldly and real-life—that come with anxiety and depression.
A Haunted Girl will be in 6×9 paperback format and available at local comic book shops on Wednesday, May 22 and independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo on Tuesday, May 21. A Haunted Girl will also be available across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.
“I’ve been thinking about A Haunted Girl for days now. Ethan Sachs, Naomi Sachs and Marco Lorenzana create something chilling and real that lurks in so many of us. You’ll see. It’ll haunt you too.” — Brad Meltzer, bestselling author of The Lightning Rod and Identity Crisis
“A Haunted Girl is haunting for all the right reasons. Sometimes the monster is your mind.” —Charles Soule, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Oracle Year, The Endless Vessel, and writer of Star Wars and Eight Billion Genies
“A Haunted Girl is a beautiful story that tackles hard subjects with a deft touch. Ethan, Naomi and Marco blend real-world issues with a perfect amount of fantasy and horror.” —Chip Zdarsky, writer of Daredevil, Batman, Public Domain
Credit: Juan Muro, & Alicia Muro