A frightfully fun folkloric adventure from Zack Keller and Gabriele Bagnoli!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 20, 2024)— From the team behind original graphic novel Hotel REM comes a new all-ages tale full of magic, mischief, and the supernatural in Small Town Spirits. Written by Zack Keller (Hotel REM, Cuphead Volumes 1-3) with art by Gabriele Bagnoli (Hotel REM), colors by Valerio Alloro, and letters by Frank Cvetkovic, Small Town Spirits explores the origin of Halloween just in time for the holiday.


There’s a town in Ireland where people still do Halloween the old-fashioned way: an annual sporting competition to honor the Spirits. Every year, the prestigious O’Dell family makes an absolute mockery of the lovable but laughable Flanagan family at The Spirit Games, dashing their dreams of winning. But this year, teenage troublemaker Pad Flanagan plans to change everything. He tricks the Spirit of an ancient Celtic hero into training his family for the big event and accidentally opens a supernatural floodgate of mischief, magic, and monsters that threatens to destroy his town.


On Small Town Spirits, Keller said, “When I found out that Halloween came from Ireland — just like my family, the Fitzgeralds — I jumped at the opportunity to get reacquainted with my roots by writing this book full of charm, cheer and maximum spooky chaos.”


“Ireland is one of the places I love the most,” added Bagnoli. “With this script, Zack made me discover Irish traditions that I knew nothing about. I also got to draw lots of spirits, monsters and mythological creatures — great fun!”


Small Town Spirits is perfect for fans of Jill Thompson’s Scary Godmother and A Super Scary Narwhalloween.


Small Town Spirits (88 pages, 6.625” x 10.1875”, paperback) will be available in bookstores on October 29, 2024 and comic shops on October 30, 2024. It is now available to pre-order for $19.99 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and your local comic shop or bookstore.

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