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Exclusive: Cullen Bunn again turns to horror with digital Night Trap

Posted: 11/10/2013 - 20:05 COMMENT


Halloween may be over and Thanksgiving around the corner, but not all the horror has left the calendar, nor is all the murder in the farm yards of Turkeyville.

A few weeks ago, Lion Forge Comics launched digital titles based on such 1980s TV dramas as Air Wolf and Knight Rider. Now, feeding the hunger of horror lovers who are also comic book lovers, the publisher is releasing this month the digital Night Trap.

To get the 411 on the book, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer caught up exclusively with writer Cullen Bunn in a back alley somewhere outside the CBN offices. Bunn immediately came clean. This is his story.

Cosmic Book News: What is it about the horror genre that seems to bring out a side of writers you seldom see in straight superhero books or other genres?

Cullen Bunn: Horror stories—especially this kind of horror story—is about fear and dread and hopelessness. It’s something that you don’t often get to play around with in books where characters can run faster than the speed of light or punch planets out of orbit.

CBN: Did you pitch this to Lion Forge Comics or is it something that was assigned? How excited are you about the project?


Cullen Bunn: Lion Forge brought this project to me. I had been talking to their editorial team for a while about a variety of projects. I’ll admit, though, I was surprised when they called me and asked if I had ever heard of the Night Trap video game.

CBN: How is the comic different from the video game? Is yours an original tale?

Cullen Bunn: This is an original tale with inspiration drawn from the video game. The game itself doesn’t necessarily lend itself to a solid narrative. So I came up with a new story, featuring characters inspired by those who appeared in the game. There are other elements, such as the Augers and the house full of trap doors, that I’ve shaped into something new.

CBN: So tell us about the book.

Cullen Bunn: Night Trap is an 8-part series. It follows a group of co-eds who head to a lake house for a weekend of fun and relaxation. What they find, though, is that they’ve attracted the attention of a serial killer who has rigged the house with dozens of deadly traps. What follows is a violent slaughterfest, and the body count starts to add up very quickly.

CBN: Who is the big bad in the comic? What can you tell us about him without spoilers?


Cullen Bunn: The killer in this book is Jimmy Auger, but he’s known by another name, too—the Trapper. He’s watched a few too many slasher pictures, and now he wants to make one of his own.

CBN: What are some of your favorite horror works in movies or literature?

Cullen Bunn: It’s a pretty long list, because my heart has always belonged to horror. Movie-wise, some of my favorites include Alien, The Thing, Halloween, Evil Dead, and Session 9. I’m sure the list goes on and on. Fiction-wise, I love the work of Lovecraft and Stephen King and Richard Laymon and Clive Barker.

CBN: Your inspiration for Night Trap comes from … where?

Cullen Bunn: This book is definitely a bit of a love letter to those guilty pleasure slasher movies I watched so many of while growing up—the kind of flick I noticed for the first time while browsing VHS tapes at some cramped video store wedged between the Piggly Wiggly and Kerr Drugs.

CBN: What does J.B. Bastos bring to the work? Was this artist’s interpretation of your material simpatico with your own?


Cullen Bunn: I put J.B. through the blood-soaked, horrific paces with this book, and he embraced the madness. He presented quite a conundrum, though, because I loved his designs for the characters so much, I couldn’t stand the thought of killing them off!

CBN: Can you compare Night Trap and your successful Sixth Gun at all, since both are of the horror variety?

Cullen Bunn: I can’t say there’s much comparison between the two, actually. The Sixth Gun is an epic dark fantasy set in the Old West. Night Trap is the story of a rampaging slasher—a brutal splatterfest tribute to the horror movies and games of the late 80s/early 90s.

CBN: Cullen, any present or future projects you would like to discuss?

Cullen Bunn: I have a few creator-owned projects that should be announced soon! They include horror yarns and all-ages stories, ongoings and mini-series. I’m also working on some new superheroic stories that should be announced shortly!

Cosmic Book News would like to thank Cullen Bunn for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our nosy M.E.

“Night Trap” makes its debut this month on iVerse Media’s Comics Plus app.