Mar 29 2012 3:30pm

Read an Exclusive Graphic Novel Prequel to New Horror Series Hemlock Grove

Brian McGreevy

Enjoy this exclusive graphic novel prequel to Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy, a new supernatural horror mystery book out this week from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. (Warning! It’s NSFW.)

When the body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, the question of what caused her death crosses a hazy line between the cruelty of adolescents and rumors of weird experiments on the edge of town, werewolves, and more.

Hemlock Grove will debut as a Netflix TV series in early 2013, produced and directed by high profile horror filmmaker Eli Roth.


In his words:

About a year ago my producing partner Eric Newman brought me a manuscript called Hemlock Grove. He just said “It’s really dark, really smart, and really fun. You’ll love it.” And from the first page, I did. I met with Hemlock’s young author Brian McGreevy, and we instantly clicked, sharing the same sick sense of humor and love of classic horror storytelling. What I loved about Brian was that, like his book, he’s incredibly intelligent, highly literate, and very respectful of other works in the genre.

This began a yearlong process of us all putting together the team for Hemlock Grove, which we’re now going to begin shooting this summer. The book hit the shelves this week, and the series will premiere on Netflix next January.

Two days ago Brian handed me a graphic novel and said “Oh, here’s the graphic novel I wrote, it’s all the prequel stuff leading up to the first page of the book.”

“Excuse me?”

“I wrote a graphic novel and worked with a really cool artist.  We’re gonna put it online so people have some backstory before they see the show. Here you go.”

And that was it. I had no idea he was even doing it. And that’s Brian. He just doesn’t stop, one idea after another. So here you are, a little taste of what’s to come from the mind of Brian McGreevy. Hemlock Grove, the online prequel graphic novel he just told me about two days ago.


1. Winston
Thank you for the opportunity to enjoy the graphic novel by Brian McGreevy and Matt Buck! Having just an hour ago caught on to the existence of this work, my first impression is that it is quite good and has loads to offer fans of the horror genre. The tension in the story and how it unfolds is definitely palpable, and I dig a certain melancholy in Matt Buck's pencils, particularly the lament painted on the Norman Godfrey's face everytime, and it's just plain good storytelling. Not that I'm in any way better than the average bear but I do stand by the belief that there can be some "sad" sort of stories that when told proper-like can be a source of happiness for smart folk (a tip-of-the-hat to Mr. McGreevy). Of course, it helps that the writing has solid footing and the sequential art is done by a professional on the same creative wavelength as the writer. I myself am pursuing my pipedream of working in the comic book field as a penciller and inker but also am juggling a career as an RN working full-time in the hospital setting. I'm about to purchase Mr. McGreevy's Hemlock Grove as an audiobook on iTunes and plan on listening to it as I sit at my drafting table to struggle with my work to show for this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Wishing you all prosperity and good health, and happy thoughts to Hemlock Grove's trailblazing the bookshelves and tv screens everywhere!
2. Troy Schoeller
This is awesome, love everything about it! It's just unfortunate that you can't read the graphic novel on an andriod phone.
3. Box
This is pretty cool. Get some more publicity out there, not enough people know about this!
4. melanie oquendo
Love it!!!Thank you!!!!!Been waiting for a good the netflix series also!!Can not wait for season two!
Kim Lidholm
5. Quim
For some reason I can't read the novel on my android device, when I click next page its still just the same as page 1 without any story except for the introduction.
8. Areli V.
I'm a few years late to the party... But thank you nonetheless for posting this! It was great reading the book as well as watching on Netflix, and now getting this glimps into JR's view of their world was a truly amazing gift.
Very talented people here- super kudos! =D

-A huge fan :)

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