Click the image to read the story, and further below you can read about how this whole thing came together.
It took about a year to finish Halloween: Masks. I pitched the idea to my friend, Devon Heffer, telling him I wanted to write a story that would fit in with the expanded universe of John Carpenter’s Halloween.
Those short stories and comic books usually feature minor characters from the films and keep Michael Myers in the background until it’s time for him to, you know, do his thing.
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So, I came up with the idea of a boy living in a town near Haddonfield about five years after the events of the original Halloween.
The boy, Bradley, would have an older sister – mirroring the Michael and Judith Myers characters from the film.
As the story progressed, Bradley would become a suspect in a series of crimes that were actually committed by Michael Myers. The adults in Bradley’s town would overreact, thinking the boy was infected by the same “evil gene” as Myers.
In the end, Bradley would be committed to the same sanitarium as Myers, where he’d realize the boogeyman was never out to get him – he just wanted him out of the way so he could get to his sister.
Devon took the idea to another level, adding a personal connection for Myers, linking Bradley’s family to a character from the first film. This gave Myers a motivation that we’ve seen before – his need to target people for Halloween pranks and not let go.
The adults in the story were never going to believe Myers was the killer, so Devon gave Bradley unsympathetic qualities that could make him a suspect.
“I didn’t want Bradley to be a victim. I wanted Bradley to maybe… just maybe… be a killer,” Devon said.
He also introduced the reader to Bradley’s father and expanded the characters of Bradley’s crush, Misty, and her boyfriend, Justin.
Visually, we wanted the story to look like it could fit right in with other Halloween short stories, so we used similar title fonts and reached out to another friend, artist and publisher PJ Perez, for help on the cover.
PJ came through with a dynamite cover that shows Bradley staring at a wall of Halloween masks, like he does at one point in the story.
Among them you can see Michael Myers’ mask, along with the skull, pumpkin and witch masks made by Silver Shamrock (Halloween 3!!). PJ also threw in some characters popular for the era in which the story takes place.
A lot of work went into this short story, we hope you enjoy it. And we’re not done. Devon and I are already talking about a new story for Halloween 2014, we’ll see what happens.