Today a little bit of news us hybrid film-to-comic fanatics will truly appreciate: A new series of Fright Night comics are coming our way!

Fright Night became an instant horror hit upon its release in 1985, with its premise surrounding the trouble that plagues protagonist (and fellow horror fanboy) Charley Brewster when he comes to find out that his new, charismatic neighbor is actually vampire. With an impeccable script, flawless visual effects, perfectly executed humor, and noteworthy cast including William Ragsdale (The Reaping), Amanda Bearse (Married with Children), Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride), and Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), the film was received tremendously by audiences, marking it as a legend of the genre.

In 1988, NOW Comics published 22 issues and 5 bonus issues of a Fright Night comic series featuring the return of Charley Brewster, Peter Vincent, Jerry Dandrige, Amy Peterson, and Evil Ed. Through some ongoing internal issues, the series was released and was received extremely well by fans of the horror classic. Unfortunately, NOW fell under bankruptcy and production came to an end. Intending to capitalize on the series’ success, four annual 3D issues were released by NOW in 1992. Three were 3D reprints and the fourth tells a new story. In 2003, NOW, relaunched as Now Comics 3.0, a graphic novel penned by writer Tony Caputo and artist Neil Vokes was announced, but that didn’t even reach production as the company finally hung its hat in 2005.


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A sequel to the film, Fright Night Part 2, directed by Tommy Lee Wallace (It) was released in 1988 with Ragsdale and McDowall reprising their iconic roles, however the critical acclaim and overall audience review stood no chance against that of the first film.

These later attempts were too little too late and the coffin was nailed shut on the Fright Night universe until Craig Gillespie’s (I, Tonya) remake featuring the late Anton Yelchin (Thoroughbreds), Colin Farrell (The Killing of a Sacred Deer) and David Tennant (Doctor Who) back in 2011.

Tom Holland, writer and director of the original Fright Night, recently revealed some exciting plans he had regarding the release of a new novel, titled ‘Fright Night 3′, delving back into the world of vampires, Charley, Amy, and all things that go bump in the night. Holland took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to announce an additional piece of news about his return to the world of the undead:

 

“If you dug the ‘Fright Night’ comic book series back in the day, I have good news. I’m bringing it back! New stories and illustrations are under way. Stay tuned for more tales from Peter Vincent!”

 

The issues will follow Charley and Amy on new frightening vampy adventures with new artwork. If you’ve ever set your eyes on the NOW issues, you’ll know that these new illustrations have some serious shoes to fill. No date has been set for the comics’ release, anticipation will continue to build.

With the recent success of film remakes, the horror genre, comic books, and adaptations alike, this new series is sure to be something worth sinking our teeth into!