Eric Powell recruits Becky Cloonan, Mike Mignola, James Harren for a spooky Christmas anthology

‘Four Gathered on Christmas Eve’ continues the Victorian tradition of telling spooky stories on Christmas Eve.

The Goon creator Eric Powell is a fan of both Christmas and horror, so it’s only natural he’d put together a crew of elves to help deliver Four Gathered on Christmas Eve, an anthology of Victorian-style Christmas Eve ghost stories coming from Dark Horse this winter.

“As someone who unapologetically loves Christmas and spooky stories, I’ve always been intrigued that telling ghost stories used to be a regular part of the tradition,” said Powell. “I’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a Victorian Christmas Ghost book for a while and was thrilled when three of my favorite comic creators agreed to join me.”

Powell has recruited Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Ultramega‘s James Harren and Wonder Woman writer Becky Cloonan for the anthology. Powell will draw Harren’s story in addition to his own, while Cloonan and Mignola will each draw their own. Which is an awesome gift in its own right. Powell and Dave Stewart will be coloring the anthology, with letters by Richard Starkings.

According to the press release, “the creators themselves” will become part of the story, per Victorian tradition. You can read more about where the tradition came from on the History Channel website.

The deluxe hardcover designed by Phil Balsman will begin arriving in stores on Dec. 12, giving you plenty of time to prepare for a spooky Christmas Eve.

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