Long Buried Secrets Rise Up In The Down River People

by James Ferguson

A man tried to survive the complicated and dangerous web of his family’s criminal ties with his soul intact in The Down River People, a new original graphic novel coming in July 2020 from Boom! Studios. Written by Adam Smith and illustrated by Matt Fox, the comic follows Myers Carpenter, a bootlegger who just inherited his family’s bar, The Flatbed. He doesn’t know if he wants to keep the famous speakeasy, but he’s forced to find a new booze supplier when he burns some bridges at his long-time source in Mississippi. The only place he can turn to is his estranged mother, someone he hasn’t seen since he was a kid, who is now running a fishing lodge for rich folks and a half sister he knows nothing about. Myers learns of the secrets of the lodge and the dark cult thriving just under the surface of the wealth and opulence.

Writer Adam Smith says:

The Down River People is a book that’s hard to compartmentalize: it’s steeped in the horror and thriller genres while still being the most personal book I’ve written so far. It’s a story about coming to terms with who you are and what you’re afraid you could be. I couldn’t have a better partner in tackling those themes and ideas than Matt Fox and I’m elated to see the book we’ve made together out in the wild.

The Down River People will be published under Boom! Studios’ Archaia imprint.

Aritst Matt Fox added:

This is the book we’ve wanted to make for a long time now. It’s been exciting to dip my toes in the horror and thriller genres, and I can’t wait to get it into readers hands.

The Down River People sounds like a great southern crime story. I’m thinking a more rural Justified mixed with True Blood, but without the supernatural creatures. I’m here for it.

Matthew Levine, Editor, Boom! Studios says:

Adam and Matthew’s new original graphic novel, The Down River People, taps the southern gothic genre for a deeply moving and nuanced examination of the complicated relationships that bind us to family and how they define us and our choices…for better or worse.

The Down River People is set for release in July 2020.

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