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Friday, December 9, 2022

CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT Featuring THE PLOT by @MichaelMoreci, @TimDanielComics, & @joshixson @thevaultcomics

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! 

WINTER is the second scariest time of year. And it’s not just because of the terror of last-minute gift buying, frightening crowds, and haunting memories of holiday gatherings past. Specters cast dark shadows in snow, frost covers every inch of your sanctuary, and a variety of monsters from world legend and lore stalk your dreams from the child-eating Icelandic Yule Cat, to Northern Europe’s icy wielder of justice Frau Hölle and her Wild Hunt, to Germany’s devilish anti-Santa, Krampus, the Kallikantzaros evil goblins from Greece, and the Alpine witch Frau Perchta and her Kraumpus-like minions, the Perchten. 

VAULT Comics knows this terror, feels your pain, and wants to share the horror… 

Enter VAULT’s bone-chilling list of most popular horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles, with the best talent in SFFH comics with a CHILLING HOLIDAY, Holiday Special!  This Winter, slay/sleigh those demons of indecision with the best in creator-owned Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror!

Here’s a list of all of the titles & authors participating in the tour! Check out each individual blog/Instagram/or booktok (schedule below) for more details on each book!

THE AUTUMNAL: The Complete Series by Daniel Kraus & Chris Shehan

RESONANT-NOW IN SERIES DEVELOPMENT FOR BET+ - with Gerard McMurray as executive producer, director, and writer!

RESONANT Vol. 1 by David DB Andry & Ale Aragon (Illustrator Vol. 1)

RESONANT Vol. 2: Spiraling by David DB Andry & Skylar Patridge (Illustrator Vol. 2)

THE RUSH by Si Spurrier & Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrations)

BARBARIC Vol. 1: Murderable Offenses by Michael Moreci & Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator)  


THE PLOT Vol. 1 by Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, & Joshua Hixson (Illustrator)

THE PLOT Vol. 2 by Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, & Joshua Hixson (Illustrator) 

SPREE by Michael Moreci, Gary Dauberman, & Zak Hartong (Illustrator) 


SHADOW SERVICE Vol. 1: Dark Arts by Cavan Scott & Corin Howell

SHADOW SERVICE Vol. 2: Mission Infernal by Cavan Scott & Corin Howell

HUMAN REMAINS by Peter Milligan & Sally Cantirino (Illustrations)

I WALK WITH MONSTERS by Paul Cornell & Sally Cantirino (Illustrator)


VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE Vol. 1: Winter’s Teeth by Tim Seeley & Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator)

VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE Vol. 2: Winter’s Teeth: The Mortician’s Army by Tim Seeley & Nathan C. Gooden (Illustrator)

BLEED THEM DRY by Created by: Hiroshi Koizumi. Written by Eliot Rahal, Dike Ruhan (Illustrator)

HEATHEN: The Complete Series Omnibus Edition by Natasha Alterici & Ashley A. Woods (Illustrations)

ROCKSTARS: The Complete Series by Joe Harris & Megan Hutchison-Cates (Illustrator)


Today I am thrilled to be featuring THE PLOT! Check out the books info and some excerpts!

About The Books:

Title: THE PLOT Vol. 1

Authors: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, & Joshua Hixson (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: March 10, 2020

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 136

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/THE-PLOT-Vol-1

Chase Blaine tried to run from his family. But his estranged brother's death draws him back. Now guardian to his niece and nephew, he returns to his ancestral home, built on a vast, ancient bog where secrets just won't stay drowned.


When Chase Blaine's estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to MacKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta -- which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.

Collects issues #1 to #4 of the eight issue series.

Title: THE PLOT Vol. 2

Authors: Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, & Joshua Hixson (Illustrator)

Pub. Date: May 11, 2021

Publisher: Vault Comics

Formats:  Paperback, eBook

Pages: 136

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/THE-PLOT-Vol-2  

For generations, the Blaine family has been plagued by an evil that is tied to their history and their home. Chase Blaine sees only one hope: tear it all down. But the past isn't ready to be left behind.


An ancient evil has stalked the Blaine family for generations, darkening the doorstep of their ancestral home in Cape Augusta. For surviving patriarch Chase Blaine, there's only one option left: hold his niece and nephew, MacKenzie and Zach, close and tear it all to the ground. But the past has no interest in being left behind. A coastal storm rages, and the dark waters of their family history comes lapping.

Collects issues #5 to #8 of the eight issue series.


Post from Tim Daniel:

TIM DANIEL- THE PLOT – writer, END AFTER END – writer, NIGHTFALL: Double Feature – writer (+ he’s an amazing designer and artist!)

1.      What Winter holidays do you celebrate in December and January … and how do you celebrate them?

Christmas! We have two daughters and we’ve always wanted this to be a special time for them, so we start on Thanksgiving weekend by putting up the lights and preparing to turn that last calendar page as the leftovers dwindle.

2.      What traditions are old family traditions?

We’ve reinvented our holidays in search of our own joy and establishing new traditions. We do have decorations that go back two generations that we put upevery year and recipes for the cakes and Italian pizzelle cookies my grandmother used to make. We try to bring our extended family into the holidays in that way—throughout the house and at the table when we gather for dinners.

3.      What traditions are ones that YOU’VE started?

It’ not one thing. It’s comprehensive and all-encompassing in our household. It starts with the decorations, the tree (every year we add new ornaments picked by each member of the family) and extends to my wife’s homemade hot cocoa (like

sweet molten lava with fresh whipped cream) and homemade cookies. Top that off with our annual night sledding, snowman building, and walking around the surrounding neighborhood to see all the houses lit up brightly. It’s less a series of traditions and more the creation of a feeling. It’s a pursuit of the mythic Rockwellian Christmas.

4.      What sort of activities during the holidays are your favorites?

Baking and decorating cookies with my wife and daughters is always a perfect summation of the season. A collision of joy and calamity. The burned batch, the spilled confection sugar…and yet, knowing it won’t all go according to plan, we go allin on sugar cookies, butter cookies, M&Ms, and chocolate chips. You name it, we back it. This year we’re hoping to add-in my grandmother’s Pizzelles.

5.      What activities do you like the least?

I don’t know about you, but at some point, in every season, there’s that give-up moment where you just have to let it all go and know you did the best you could to get everything done--every gift wrapped, every package sent, every card mailed. There’s no one thing not to like, there’s a confluence of demands on your time and energy that can exhaust you, so by the time Santa has come and gone there’s nothing left but to enjoy the look on my daughters’ faces on Christmas morning.

6.      What are your favorite holiday memories from childhood?

My grandparents’ house in Philadelphia, PA. Oh, the smells of my Nan’s baking and the big family dinner table loaded with it all! Bowls and baskets of food. Plates of cookies and cakes, and those godawful rumballs…which the six- year-old me was incredibly unprepared for. I can still feel the warmth and love of that house. The mingled aromas of all that food and the decorations, some of which are displayed in our house every year. And my grandfather had a trainset that he assembled every Christmas and to me it was spellbinding.

7.      What are your favorite holiday memories from adulthood?

It’s the same every year--once Santa is done. I sit with my wife on the couch in front of the tree with all its lights, years of ornaments we’ve accumulated, and all the wrapped presents and we give thanks for our good fortune and each other.

The very thought of it chokes me up.


The most memorable and emotional will likely always be witnessing my daughter perform her solo during a run in the local theater’s Christmas Carol. Her tiny voice filling this 300+ seat auditorium…so pure and fragile, yet so strong and brave. I was on the tech crew for those shows and every single night I stood behind the flyout, and she brought me to tears with “A Place Called Home.” And here I am again, welling up…I still listen to the recording of the show

8.      What are your favorite holiday foods?

We do Thanksgiving three times! Twice on Thanksgiving, with two smaller birds which means roughly 4 days of turkey. One year we decided that we love it so much, why not do it for Christmas Eve dinner. Combine that with my grandmother’s cream sherry cake for dessert and it’s my favorite dinner of the year. And the cookies, did I mention those? No, you ate them all...

9.      What makes these Winter holidays so special for you?

My family. My wife and daughters. The time we get to spend together--schedule free, worry free, and feeling the anticipation building towards the day and being very grateful to have the time off afterwards to really savor it. There is simply nothing more rewarding than making a fire and getting down on the living room floor to play and share in the experience with them.

10.  Anything else you’d like to talk about that is holiday-related?

I really hope that everyone has an opportunity to create some time and space to enjoy something special for themselves and their loved ones this holiday season. I am very grateful for this career and for this company, Vault Comics, and in this moment, I’d like to share that gratitude with all of you.

The Winter Holidays and … your characters in THE PLOT!

1. How do your book’s characters celebrate the holidays?

The Blaine family certainly celebrates the holidays. Given the trauma they experienced depicted in THE PLOT I would think they’re very grateful to have survived and thus they savor these very special times of the year. They deeply appreciate one another, and their shared experience has forged a profound bond amongst Chase, Reese, Mackenzie and Zach. Even Tage the German Sheppard is there, though moving a little slower now and barking at malevolent looking shadows far less these days


a. Do they celebrate with family & friends?

Yes, everyone is welcome, and I’d like to think that means the family has grown as time has passed. Mackenzie was pregnant as the book ended and Zach had just embarked for college. The Blaine’s are finally free of their terrible and terrifying family legacy as much as they’ll ever be and they’re thriving.

b. What do they eat?

A big ‘ol traditional feast, but they are a mixed-race family, with Mackenzie and Zach being Chinese-American (did you catch that in the book?) and they have certainly explored what that means for them. I’d imagine the table is filled with Chinese dishes that their mother Wendy might have introduced them both to in childhood.

c. What do you think they’d like to do?

Anything and everything that does not entail being pursued by a bog monster…which is the most relaxing and indulgent of holiday activities--eat, go to the movies, play games, build fires, read a good book and sleep.

2. If your book’s characters visited during the holidays, how would you celebrate with them?

Maybe the best thing our family could do is show them warmth. Make them feel at home and welcome. Give them a sense of stability and normalcy. Be open and relatable to each one of them and never dig into the subject of their horrific experience in Cape Augusta unless they broached the topic.

The Winter Holidays and … your characters in your upcoming Vault releases: END AFTER END and NIGHTFALL Double Feature!

1. How do your book’s characters celebrate the holidays?

There are no holidays in END AFTER END, at least not this version, but there may well be other versions of the END where others get to experience nothing but an eternity of holidays! The END is infinite.

NIGHTFALL: DOUBLE FEATURE is a whole other story. The family of DENIZEN is about to merge itself together via the marriage of Helene & Richard and are in fact on their way to grandmother’s house in California to celebrate Christmas with a wedding ceremony when theyget waylaid in the Arizona desert…so Denizen is horror’s equivalent to DIE HARD. Action movie or Christmas movie? Horror comic or Christmas comic? Let the debate begin.

About Michael Moreci:

Michael Moreci is a bestselling comics author and novelist. His debut novel, Black Star Renegades--a space adventure in the spirit of Star Wars—was released in 2018 and dubbed one of the best sci-fi novels of the year by the Chicago Review of Books and The Verge. It will be followed by a sequel, We Are Mayhem, in April 2019.

In comics, Moreci is the creator of numerous original series and has written and collaborated on multiple established properties. His sci-fi trilogy, Roche Limit (Image Comics), was called the “sci-fi comic you need to read” by Nerdist and io9, and Paste Magazine called it one of the “50 best sci-fi comics of all time." He's currently writing the acclaimed sci-fi series, Wasted Space, for Vault Comics.

Moreci's other original comics series include Burning Fields, Curse, Hoax Hunters, and ReincarNATE. He's also written for multiple established properties, including Star Wars, Archie, Batman, Nightwing, Superman, Conan the Barbarian, and Hack/Slash.

He lives outside Chicago with his wife, children, and their dog.

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


About Tim Daniel:

Tim Daniel is a writer of comic books. Published works include ATOLL, BURNING FIELDS, CURSE, END AFTER END, ENORMOUS, FISSURE, NIGHTFALL: DOUBLE FEATURE, SKINNED, SPIRITUS, and THE PLOT. He is also the current EVP of Branding & Design for Vault Comics and is responsible for the design of countless titles spanning over 15 yrs for almost every major comics publisher including A Wave Blue World, Dark Horse, Dauntless, DC Comics, Icon-Marvel, Image, Skybound, Valiant and Vault. Tim resides in Missoula, MT with his wife and two daughters.

Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads


About Joshua Hixson:

Josh Hixson resides on Long Island as a freelance cartoonist and illustrator and is currently the artist and co-creator of SHANGHAI RED from Image Comics, as well as the artist on The Black Woods; a horror comic written by Joe Ciano. He is also an illustrator for Kannibalen Records. 

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will win finished copies of every book featured in the CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT tour, US Only.

1 winner will win eBooks of every book featured in the CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT tour from iBooks, International.

Ends January 17th, midnight EST.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Mythical Books



Sadie's Spotlight



Lady Hawkeye



Author Z. Knight



Two Chicks on Books

Feature THE PLOT/IG Post

Week Two:


Book Sniffers Anonymous



A Dream Within A Dream



The Momma Spot

Feature THE RUSH


Jazzy Book Reviews



#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog


Week Three:






Review/IG Post


the book near me

Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post


Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

Week Four:


Never Hollowed By The Stare

Feature- Heathen



IG Review


See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post



IG Review


A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

Week Five:


The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post


The Book Countess



Lifestyle of Me




Review/IG Post



Review/IG Post

Week Six:


Books and Zebras

Review/IG Post


The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post



IG Review





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