Stalking a Serial Killer in NAILBITER

September 4, 2014

October graphic novel sheds light on a small town’s darkness

From the outside, Buckaroo, Oregon seems like a typical small town, but there’s something that makes it extraordinary. The setting of NAILBITER by Joshua Williamson (GHOSTED) and Mike Henderson (MASKS AND MOBSTERS), a new graphic novel coming in October from Image Comics, is the hometown of sixteen of the world’s most heinous serial killers. Random chance? FBI profiler Eliot Carroll didn’t think so, and his investigations led him deep into Buckaroo’s secrets… where he disappeared without a trace.

Now, Carroll’s best friend, army intelligence officer Nicholas Finch, has come to Buckaroo in search of him. The most obvious suspect is Edward “The Nailbiter” Warren — a psychopath acquitted of forty-five counts of first degree murder. Warren may be the key to finding Carroll — as well as the latest killer who has begun to menace Buckaroo.

“I’ve always wondered ‘why, and how?’ What happens in a person’s life that turns them into that kind of monster?” said writer Williamson of his interest in serial killers in an interview at Multiversity Comics. “Is it an event or are they born that way? It’s part of what we explore in the overall Nailbiter story.”

“[Nailbiter] really wended its way in directions we hadn’t predicted once sketches and designs started being kicked back and forth,” said artist Henderson of the creative process. “We both saw a twisting mystery though, rooted under the town of Buckaroo and affecting everyone in it in different (often horrible) ways.”

A mystery with the psychological horror of Hannibal and the surreal small-town claustrophobia of Twin Peaks, NAILBITER VOLUME 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD will be in comic book stores on October 1 and in bookstores on October 14. It is specially priced at only $9.99.

NAILBITER VOLUME 1: THERE WILL BE BLOOD by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-160-5
  • Diamond Comic order code AUG140593
  • 128 pages, paperback
  • $9.99
  • In comic book stores October 1, bookstores October 14
  • Rated Mature
  • Collects NAILBITER #1-5
  • Retailers, librarians, and reviewers may request a PDF galley from Jennifer de Guzman, Director of Trade Book Sales,

Praise for NAILBITER:

“If Josh died I wish he’d leave Nailbiter to me in his will so I could say it was my idea.” –Scott Snyder (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire)

Nailbiter has a great concept that is executed extremely well thanks to a dedicated creative team in Williamson, Henderson and Guzowski. With a sense of dread that never lets up, Nailbiter is a sure-fire hit that hits hard with a captivating mystery that continues to keep us coming back for more. The deeper we get into this frightening town, the more I want to know, even if it means we might end up like Carroll–which is part of the thrill.” –Matt LeMaire, The MacGuffin

Nailbiter stands on a premise so instantly enticing that you can almost see the movie trailer.” –Robert Tutton, PASTE Magazine