Emmett Nahil and George Williams will revisit the “satanic panic” of the late 1970s in Let Me Out, a graphic novel coming from Oni Press in October.
The story is set in 1979 New Jersey, where a group of “queer and trans misfits” accused of murder decide that the devil might not be so bad.
“Let Me Out turns classic horror tropes on their head, while showcasing how marginalized people are sacrificed on the altars of power,” said Nahil, who makes his graphic novel debut with Let Me Out. “This is a story about what happens when a group of queer and trans friends are given the supernatural means to fight back. It is also about found family and the joy one finds in one’s friends, even amidst seemingly inescapable darkness.”
Here’s how Oni Press describes the graphic novel:
Let Me Out is a tribute to queer cinema and vintage revenge-exploitation films. When a corpse is discovered in the woods, a group of queer and trans misfits are falsely accused by the local police of devil worship and murder. With few options and no one to turn to, they decide that the best way to get revenge might just be to embrace the devil after all.
“Mitch Sahadi and his friends are bunch a queer misfits stuck within the gates of small town life,” said Williams, a trans comic artist and colorist from the North West of England. “Let Me Out was such a blast to work on, and I hope new readers love Mitch and the gang and all the freaky chaos that ensues.”
Look for it in stores on Oct. 3.