MALLET PRODUCTIONS BRINGS YOU A NEW TALE OF TERROR WITH THE 13TH STONE!
The reformed bastion of British horror has acquired the folk horror inspired The 13th Stone for digital release
United Kingdom, 2019: Following on from the success of the resurrected Mansion Of Madness, Mallet Productions returns to the field of digital comics with a brand new, expanded and coloured version of the English folk horror tale The 13th Stone.
The story sees archaeologist Joy Lambton taking a job in the small English village of Argleton, and soon finds herself intrigued by the ancient stones that stand on the outskirts – particularly why the few sources she can find about them claim there are only eleven stones, when there are clearly twelve.
But when she learns of a thirteenth stone, Joy begins to uncover the dark and terrifying connection they have to the village and its inhabitants…
Coloured by artist Bryan Coyle, this new version of The 13th Stone brings a whole new dimension to the creeping sense of dread contained within its pages, guaranteed to give you sleepless nights.
The comic is available via Comixology now, priced £1.99.
In the interests of full disclosure, this strip has been available before- I talked about it here.
I also lettered it.
About Mallet Productions:
Founded in 1935 by Jonathan Williams, Mallet Productions (later known as Mallet Studios) was a small British film company based in London that became home to some of the most critically acclaimed films to ever come out of the United Kingdom.
Initially concentrating on challenging social dramas, such as The Glass (1937), the story of pub landlord who’s determined to give his daughter a better start in life than he ever had, and The Factory (1936), a gritty tale of class war in a munitions factory in the Midlands, Mallet branched out into war films, detective mysteries and even comedy (1939’s All Aboard! was one of the most successful British films of that year).
However, it was the release of The Girl In The Room (1941) that Mallet finally tapped into a rich vein of unsettling, psychological horror that would come to define their output over the next several years. Building on the critical and financial success of such outstanding movies as 23 Holborn Terrace (1951), Mallet eventually began to turn their attention to more mainstream horror and, before long, science fiction. With classics such as The Horror Of Ward 13 (1953) and The Silent Planet (1955), Mallet’s position in the cinematic landscape of the UK became assured.
In the 1970’s Mallet branched into TV, with their acclaimed anthology series Mansion of Madness. While the series only ran for five of its six episodes (ITV received a record number of complaints following the airing of the still disturbing The Devil’s Run and, as such, decided not to air the final episode of the series), Mallet used its success to branch into publishing with their comic series of the same name.
While the Mansion Of Madness comic only lasted a few issues, it burned so very, very brightly, leaving an indelible mark on the British comics landscape, and inspiring a whole generation of creators – and it’s that same anthology that Mallet’s new owners, George Fairlamb and Lee Robson plan to use to re-establish the Mallet brand.
“We’re beyond excited to be able to bring Mallet back to forefront of the cultural discussion,” Fairlamb said. “As fans of the films, this is a dream come true. We’re going to make sure we remain true to the ethos of the original brand we grew up with.”
Mansion of Madness will be the first release under the new digital imprint, with The 13th Stone by Lee Robson and Bryan Coyle to follow. More titles will be announced later.