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De Campi and Henderson follow the success of their reimagining of vampire mythology, Dracula, Motherf**ker!, with a stylish psychosexual thriller examining the dynamic between celebrities and their fans. When the long-running science-fiction television series in which he starred comes to an end, Luke Indiana finds himself out of work and scrambling to make ends meet. With an expensive divorce looming and few other options, Luke accepts an offer to attend a pop-culture convention in Texas. There he meets a particularly obsessed fan named Lily who seems harmless enough--until the next morning, when he wakes up tied to a chair in her kitchen. De Campi's fast-paced script takes increasingly exciting twists while posing provocative questions about what celebrities owe to those who place them on a pedestal. Henderson varies her line quality and color palette from one scene to the next to evoke layers of subtext and depth of character as the story builds to its intense climax. VERDICT A provocative and harrowing thriller with a distinct and passionately expressed perspective on the modern world.
Publishers Weekly Review
De Campi and Henderson follow up Dracula, Motherfucker with a tragicomic psychological thriller about the perils of D-list fame. Luke Indiana, an arrogant struggling actor best known for playing an android in the later seasons of a cult sci-fi show, is on his way home from a convention appearance in San Antonio when his car crashes. He's rescued--or kidnapped--by Lily, an obsessive author of Luke Indiana fan fiction. No one familiar with Misery will be shocked by the turns the plot takes as Luke tries to charm and manipulate his way out of Lily's clutches, but De Campi and Henderson's fluency in contemporary fan culture seeds the narrative with creepy humor and plausibility. The self-referential story splices in social media posts, commentary from opinionated fanboys, a running soundtrack, and other pop-culture detritus. Henderson switches up art styles and color schemes to visualize the characters' wildly shifting perspectives; when Lily is momentarily dazzled by Luke, for example, the panel suddenly changes to manga-style fan art. The result is a tense and wickedly funny dark ride through the horrors of toxic fandom. (Oct.)
In the middle of the pandemic, a fading genre-TV actor, fresh from his long-running series' cancellation, collides with an obsessive fan at a Texas convention. When she lures him to her home, he'll have to put on the greatest performance of his life simply to survive until morning. Unless, of course, he's the real monster... Bestselling, critically-acclaimed duo Alex de Campi and Erica Henderson (DRACULA, MOTHERF**KER!) reunite for another stylish horror reinterpretation, this time the psychosexual thriller.
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