Over the last few years, I’ve found myself tracking threatening local weather formations relentlessly via social media.
Maybe it’s because of my five-year-old boy and three-year-old girl that I do this – a calculated attempt at trying to ensure I’ve got the multiple flashlights in place, that the refrigerator and freezer are properly stocked, that the backyard lawn furniture and mess of toys on the carpet has put away, just in case the wind whips up and the power goes out or we get snowed in for days. (Also, the multitude of citizen photos showcasing storm fronts and cloud shelfs are beautifully and hauntingly compelling!)
Sure, there are more storm-prone places to live in, but living here in Toronto, I’m following #OntStorm all day long, waiting for a big one, praying it won’t come – and kind of hoping that when it does, I’ll be proven prepared. Who doesn’t love a good weather-related apocalypse?
Just when you think you’ve seen or read all end-of-day horror scenarios, dark clouds open up and show us a new kind of terror.
Originally released as a novella by award-winning author Joe Hill, Rain is now making the move to the visual medium of comic books.
Published by Image Comics and written/adapted for the comic book medium by writer David M. Booher (Canto, Killer Queens, Firefly) and movingly illustrated by Zoe Thorogood (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott), the five-issue miniseries Rain tells the speculative horror story of nature gone awry in a way you’ve never experienced. The once troubled Honeysuckle Speck (I adore that name!) is finding her footing in life: she’s finally moving in with her girlfriend Yolanda, the love of her life and the sun couldn’t be shining more brightly. But dark clouds roll in, raining down terror in the form of crystal shards that pierce skin and shred the flesh of anyone who doesn’t take cover.
As the ominous storm engulfs the world, nature coldly and cruelly washes away the lives of millions along with what Honeysuckle and Yolanda have built and hold most dear. And that’s just the beginning of the horror.
With my young family and home to tend, I know I’ll never look at the skies the same way again.
Follow the storm on social, carry a steadfast umbrella and make the run to your local comic book shop to pick up Rain #1 today!
You can catch author David M. Booher’s love for the source material and his short sales pitch on why you, too, should be reading Rain right here: