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"The idea was that each character would represent a genre of horror. We both grew up on a blood-soaked diet of ‘80s horror films. Almost everyone knows the story of The Exorcist, Nightmare On Elm Street, Friday The 13th, Fright Night and so on. In their own way they have become our generation's fairy tales or mythology. We draw a lot on that mythology in Survivors’ Club – but subvert it in interesting and unexpected ways." -- Dale Haverson

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"We want to twist horror tropes you’ve seen before in weird and interesting ways. We’re both huge horror fans (as an aside, best horror comics we’d recommend: anything by Junji Ito, Locke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips’ Fatale and Through The Woods by Emily Carroll). We think a lot about what makes things scary and if we manage to freak each other out, we know we’re on the right track. It’s about feeling something for the characters. We’re playing with all the horror genres in one comic. Over the course of the series we’ll touch on body horror, slasher (although neither of us find torture porn particularly scary – so we’ve found other ways to ramp this up), J-horror, haunted houses, demonic video games, possession, sex, insects, evil twins, scary dolls. Our guiding principle is that we want to pull the rug out from under your feet – and when you look down you realize the rug is made from human hair and skin… and those aren’t your feet." -- Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen

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It was Jimmy Carter who went on record as having seen a UFO, but I like to think that FDR would have shown the right spirit in the face of the strange. He had a blend of vision and conservatism that would have made sure that he trod very gently in the presence of the unknown. -- Paul Cornell

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I don’t believe that governments known much more about aliens and UFOs than we do. And I don’t think they actually care very much. Their intelligence services, on the other hand, I think do have a lot to do with UFO mythology, in all sorts of ways. I believe there’s a reality behind this incredibly varied and layered mythology, but I don’t think anyone knows what it is. I’m sympathetic to those who’ve observed and experienced impossible things. I actually think any government that achieved genuine alien contact would shout about the fact from the rooftops. -- Paul Cornell

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Media representation of these things as serious and real and scary may have gone away, but out there in popular culture they're still abducting people. The mythology has rolled on; in fact, it's gained a huge number of dimensions since the end of The X-Files. The Lizard Men have arrived and started infesting our royal families, things like that. The Grays have now become this inflatable cartoon figure. We've got this word: "probing." We have a funny word for anal rape! This is because we're terrified. We're scared that this might be true. And that fear has led us to take this bogeyman and make this court jester out of it. It's fascinating. -- Paul Cornell

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We're not a series about definitive aliens with ships and names and guns and plans. We're a series about encountering the numinous, about the grey areas of mythology. I always say we're a political thriller about the romance of the UFO. -- Paul Cornell

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I spent my university years wondering if I had "missing time"! So this title is sort of the story of my life. I always used to read scary, true-life UFO books. It's something I've been researching, as it were, since I was about eight. This wonderful, original American mythology -- like jazz is an original American nform. -- Paul Cornell

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The key thing is that it’s politicians, not the military or some sort of special team, that become involved with UFO mythology, so this isn’t about firefights and a standard “alien invasion.” It’s much more about [UFO] mythology itself, and how that myth has been shaped by, and actually done its part in shaping, America. -- Paul Cornell

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"We all know someone like Lou: the one who strives so hard to be organized, to be ambitious, to participate in the anodyne rat race around her like a good little consumer ... but just can't do it. She's got too much chaos in her. The tragedy of Lou, and a billion people like her, is that nobody's ever told her it's okay to be chaotic." -- Si Spurrier

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"The werewolves of London are chihuahuas compared with the hardier breeds we have out here in the regions. With Cry Havoc Si Spurrier, Ryan Kelly and their ingenious colour and design cohorts unveil an electrifying account of black ops, black dogs and weaponised folklore that is unlike anything you've ever seen. Best in show." -- Alan Moore

"The supernatural spec-ops comic for grown-ups. Literary, human, complicated, bloody, horrible, compulsive." -- Kieron Gillen

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"I think The Howling is great, I really respond to the notion of something secret crawling out into the open. The stuff at the end in particular is quite cogent to what goes on Cry Havoc, but for me it has got to be An American Werewolf in London. Its use of werewolves as a lens through which to see a new take on the characters and to the way it introduces comedy to the story – I’m thinking specifically of that amazing scene in the cinema with all the rotting corpses. I like the idea that you can use these supposedly quite conventional, supposedly ‘rule-abiding’ monsters, in a way that isn’t really about the monsters at all. It’s about the character, the culture, or whatever it may be. Also, Jenny Agutter, which is all I really need to say about that, so all other arguments are invalid."

- Simon Spurrier


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