Richard Matheson, author of I am Legend, A Stir of Echoes, The Shrinking Man and lots of other books that were turned into films, wrote a horror story in 1971. It was filmed in 1973 and adapted by IDW in 2004. This is the first part.
It has a really creepy vibe to it typical of the horror fiction of the 1970’s – the era of The Shining and The Omen. The story is intelligently delivered with a good framing device which instigates the characters entry into the proceedings.
The art is black and white ink that, through good lighting techniques, really captures the shadowy fears of exploring an old house. The characters have strong and expressive faces and there is a robust sense of movement on the page. Good use is made of the lettering which is very expressive, but not without the odd typo.
The story is collected into four parts, each of which is 48 pages long, which seems an odd choice. We do get a lot crammed into this first volume with intelligent pacing and page turning excitement. Unfortunately the history of the house is delivered in a couple of pages of talking heads which is a let-down.
A strong start and a well-deserved Thumbs Up!