October 26, 2021
I played a lot of Oregon Trail as a kid and it honestly gave me a great amount of respect for what the people then were attempting to do. To see your party one after another lose their life to broken limbs, drowning, fever, diseases and being driven to madness after finding giant spider tracks in the snow. Or worst yet being brutally murdered by a mysterious stranger. I may have played a different game them you or maybe I just read the new series “This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills” or “The Rush.”
Writer, Si Spurrier, has set his new Vault Comic series in “1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last great Gold Rush.” Making the journey out west is Si are creators Nathan Gooden, Addison Duke, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and Tim Daniel. Among the greed and the gold rush a mother searches for her child but also “something whispers in the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night.”
To learn more about this new series, the gold rush and maybe giant spiders, we spoke to creator Si Spurrier. Si discusses what makes horror and westerns work in comics, working in real world horror into fiction, research and more.
A big thanks to Si for taking the time to answer our questions and coming up with one of the best acronyms in comic titles ever. You can hit the trail with “The Rush” this week, October 27th, in your local shop and online.