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    BOOM! Studios Announces “The Down River People”

    By | October 10th, 2019
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    Adam Smith and Matt Fox are reuniting to collaborate on the original graphic novel “The Down River People,” the latest addition to BOOM!’s Archaia imprint. The novel follows Myers Carpenter, a Mississippi bootlegger who becomes embroiled in a web of crime and gothic intrigue after he inherits the family bar, The Flatbed.

    After Myers breaks ties with the bar’s main supplier, he falls into desperate circumstances as he looks to save a bar that he is not even sure he wants. In need of help, Myers goes back to meet his estranged mother, the manager of a fishing lodge that’s home to a slew of opulent cultists and a half-sister he didn’t even know he had.

    “This is the book we’ve wanted to make for a long time now. It’s been exciting to dip my toes in the horror and thriller genres, and I can’t wait to get it into readers’ hands,” said Matt Fox, whose prior works include “UFOlogy” and “Long Walk to Valhalla” alongside Adam Smith.

    “‘The Down River People’ is a book that’s hard to compartmentalize: it’s steeped in the horror and thriller genres while still being the most personal book I’ve written so far,” said Smith. “It’s a story about coming to terms with who you are and what you’re afraid you could be. I couldn’t have a better partner in tackling those themes and ideas than Matt Fox and I’m elated to see the book we’ve made together out in the wild.”

    According to editor Matthew Levine, the story is “a deeply moving and nuanced examination of the complicated relationships that bind us to family and how they define us and our choices… for better or worse.” “The Down River People” hits shelves in July 2020.

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