HIGH MOON Vol. 1: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks


High Moon Blue cover

 

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis
HIGH MOON Vol. 1: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks
(Papercutz, October 2017)

The Harvey-Award-Winning Werewolf Western returns in an over-sized print edition to be followed by all new material.

Bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in the dusty Texas town of Blest where drought has brought famine and hardship to most of the town and surrounding ranches. Unfortunately, that’s the least of the town’s worries! While the summer heat pushes the mercury toward further unbearable degrees during the day, the nights are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures roaming the darkness. Macgregor, a former Pinkerton agent, seeks to uncover the towns dark secrets and tries desperately to keep his own past steeped in witchcraft and the supernatural hidden.

 

Praise for High Moon

“The Wild West has always been the setting to examine what happens when humanity abandons its rules. And the werewolf is an ideal path to explore the mind of a person who loses all self-control. The natural connection between those two elements is only the starting point for this engaging, intricately crafted western horror series. . . . Gallaher adeptly layers elements from many mythologies to create a rich melting pot of mysticism matching the diversity of settlers in the towns where the stories take place. Ellis’s strong artwork captures the mysterious, lawless atmosphere, rising to the occasion whenever the tale calls for the reader to be frightened or awed.”
Publishers Weekly

“Reads like a cross between a Sergio Leone western and a gore-laced monster movie…. Ellis’ gorgeous red-and-blue-hued panels are a delight to behold.”
Booklist

“There’s a bad moon on the rise, and the west will never be quite as wild again.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“There are a couple of things that the world can always use more of. Westerns and werewolves. Papercutz is doing their part in helping to get us both by bringing back a cult favorite comic High Moon.”
The Terror Time

“An utterly engaging work that ripples with a great palette heavy on Western wood and leather tones.”
The Washington Post

“In High Moon, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis do to werewolves what Hideyuki Kikuchi and Yoshitaka Amano once did to vampires. Through an act of wholly eerie transmogrification, the beloved Western is twisted into an occult multi-genre story, where Victorian horror is combined with a Fistful of Dollars and a dash of Warren Ellis’s Planetary to create something entirely its own. Ellis’s art is gorgeous and his monsters are the stuff of nightmares, and yet the general mood throughout is triumphant; mainly because although High Moon  is chock full of action, it is above all chock full of heart.”
—Samuel Sattin, author of The Silent End

“The creative team of David Gallaher and Steve Ellis have composed an ode to Gary Cooper and Lon Chaney Jr that will satisfy your craving for some Weird West action.”
The Pullbox

“Blends spaghetti westerns, hard-boiled detective fiction, werewolf B-flicks and Weird Menace pulps. You can almost taste the dust and smell the blood. Pass the popcorn, please.”
—Kevin Burton Smith, Thrilling Detective Magazine

“With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis, High Moon will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.”
—Molly Crabapple

“One of the TOP 100 GREATEST WEBCOMICS OF ALL TIME!”
ComixTalk

“Every character is so fantastically realized from concept to design to execution, that it’s hard not to get lost in the pages.”
Broken Frontier

“Where most comics sprint for the finish, High Moon is building up to a much bigger finish than most webcomics aim for.”
Art Patient

“Fantastic art, amazing werewolves, and an interesting, well-paced story make High Moon well worth checking out.”
Werewolf News

“Gallaher has a Mignola-esque feel to his storytelling, the sort of…old pulp storytelling brought into modern times… Ellis provides a perfect balance to Gallaher’s tales, emphasizing frenetic action well and gruesome scenes with sometimes intricate detail.”
Comic Overload

“The highest compliment I can pay this comic is that by the end I found myself needing and wanting more.”
WeeklyComicBookReview.Com

“Gallaher’s Stephen King vs. Sergio Leone mash-up looks like a solid entry into the weird western genre, well suited to Ellis’ jagged illustration and pueblo pallet.”
Rue Morgue

“Highly original… combines a fast paced storyline with moody art that nails the head for this horror western.”
About.com

“Full of werewolves, gunslinging, and Old West mysteries. . . . At its heart, “High Moon” is an epic of werewolves in the Old West, with the mysterious Conroy Macgregor operating on both sides of the law and often fighting creatures even more dangerous than himself.”
Comic Book Resources

“Ellis’ artwork provides the perfect atmosphere and tone for Gallaher’s well-crafted story of the supernatural in the Old West. If you want to read another amazing title by this team, pick up The Only Living Boy, the survival story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who finds himself in an unknown, dangerous world where nothing is as it seems.”
—Monster Librarian

“There’s never a dull moment for the people of High Moon, nor is there one for the reader.”
—Alex Yarde, The Good Men Project

“Fresh, kinetic, and tons of fun to read.”
—Den of Geek

“Mixing elements of high action westerns and bone-chilling horror, their high-concept genre bending yarn follows a bounty hunter who has a monstrous secret he attempts to keep at bay.”
—Freak Sugar

“There’s something so awesome about a gun-slinging monster. “
—Horror Talk 

“Perfect Halloween reading.”
—Comics Beat

“Compelling plot twists deliver an unexpected poignancy about postslavery America and race relations that strengthens the already rousing classic psychological Western adventure…combines Weird Western excitement with steampunk flourishes to create a work full of expected six-gun excitement and dime-novel thrills.”
Library Journal (starred review)

“If you’re looking for visceral action laid out in a classic Western tale with a twist of horror, look no farther than High Moon.”
The Pullbox

 

Listen to National Endowment for the Arts‘s interview with David Gallaher and Steve Ellis
Read the Library Journal review of HIGH MOON
Read the Hollywood Reporter exclusive on the rerelease of HIGH MOON
Read David Gallaher’s choices for 5 Best Werewolf Songs on Horror Talk 
Watch Mojo put High Moon on their Top 10 Astonishing Fantasy Webcomics to Check Out
David Gallaher picks “13 Must-Read Horror Comics Creators” for 13th Dimension
Listen to David Gallaher on Nerdist’s Comic Book Club
Read David Gallaher’s choices for “6 Horror Graphic Novels You Must Read for Halloween” on Horror Talk
David Gallaher recommends 13 werewolf comics on 13th Dimension
Watch the Previews World interview with Steve Ellis
Read the Impulse Gamer interview with David Gallaher
Read the Comic Bastards story on HIGH MOON
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David Gallaher recommends shape-shifters 13 comics on 13th Dimension
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Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics. David was an early pioneer of digital comics developing projects for Marvel as well as BOX 13 – the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone – for comiXology. He has served as a consultant for Random House, The NYPD, and McGraw-Hill.

Steve Ellis has worn many hats as illustrator, author, art director and concept designer. He has created artwork and conceived projects for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Random House, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, AMC, Scholastic, Rogue Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment and more. Recently he has developed the award winning comic series High Moon for DC Comics as well as acted as the lead designer, storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead games.