Happy Horror-Days from BOOM! Studios and STUFF OF NIGHTMARES

Horror Maestro R.L. Stine pens a new macabre tale at BOOM! Studios

Horror master R.L. Stine and Bram Stoker Award-nominated artist Pius Bak (Eat The Rich), along with colorist Francesco Segala (House of Slaughter), ring in the holiday season with a frightful story of holiday fear in STUFF OF NIGHTMARES: SLAY RIDE!

The Nightmare Keeper is back with a new terrifying tale…and this time he wants to get into the spirit of the season with a story of jolly old Saint Nick. But one who decks the halls with holiday horror!

As shopping malls across the country continue to die, a down-and-out former mall Santa, Heinrick Fiddler, turns to madness as his profession has become obsolete. And this year, he’s dead-set on making sure department store shopping isn’t the only thing that’s deceased!

“R.L. Stine has crafted a tale to haunt your nightmares this holiday season,” said editor Sophie Philips-Roberts. “Be sure to not skip Slay Ride on your holiday shopping list, or our demented Santa just might get you!”

“I’m very thrilled to be working together with R. L. Stine and to be bringing some horror for upcoming holiday season with this christmas one-shot of Stuff of Nightmares.” said Bak.

STUFF OF NIGHTMARES: SLAY RIDE #1 has a main cover by Francesco Francavilla (Night of the Ghoul), with variants by Jenny Frison (BRZRKR: Fallen Empire), Miguel Mercado (Go Go Power Rangers), Jae Lee & June Chung (The Dark Tower), and Zu Orzu (Grim).

About R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine is one of the best-selling children’s authors in history. Goosebumps, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, has more than 400 million books in print in 32 languages.

The Goosebumps series made R.L. Stine a worldwide publishing celebrity (and Jeopardy answer). His other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, (recently revived as a feature film trilogy), The Garbage Pail Kids, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School. Other titles include: It’s The First Day of School Forever, A Midsummer Night’s Scream, Young Scrooge, Stinetinglers, and three picture books, with Marc Brown—The Little Shop of Monsters, Mary McScary, and Why Did the Monster Cross the Road? (July 4, 2023).

The Goosebumps TV series was the number-one children’s show in America for three years. The episodes can still be seen on Netflix. More recently,Stine.’s anthology TV series, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, won the Emmy Award three years in a row as Best Children’s Show. His newest Disney+ TV series is Just Beyond, based on his graphic novels for BOOM! Studios. Two Goosebumps feature films starring Jack Black as R.L. Stine were released in 2015 and 2018. The first film became the #1 film in America. The Fear Street movies all reached #1 on Netflix. RL. Stine lives in New York City with his wife Jane, an editor and publisher. You can connect with him on Twitter @RL_Stine, as well as on Instagram and Facebook. For more information, visit

About Pius Bak

Pius Bak is a freelance illustrator and comic book artist from Lithuania. He’s worked on comic titles such as Eat the Rich and The Magicians for BOOM! Studios and co-created a comic series called Slightly Exaggerated. In between working on comic pages he also enjoys creating comic book and fiction book covers as well as music album covers.

STUFF OF NIGHTMARES: SLAY RIDE #1 is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Wynd by James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas; Grim by Stephanie Phillips and Flaviano; Briar by Christopher Cantwell and Germán García; Stuff of Nightmares by R.L. Stine and A.L. Kaplan; Damn Them All by Simon Spurrier and Charlie Adlard; Behold, Behemoth by Tate Brombal and Nick Robles; Once Upon a Time at the End of the World by Jason Aaron, Alexandre Tefenkgi, Leila del Duca, and Nick Dragotta; Know Your Station by Sarah Gailey and Liana Kangas; A Vicious Circle by Mattson Tomlin and Lee Bermejo; Mosely by Rob Guillory and Sam Lotfi; Harrower by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel; The Neighbors by Jude Ellison S. Doyle and Letizia Cadonici; The Seasons Have Teeth by Dan Watters and Sebastián Cabrol; Ghostlore by Cullen Bunn and Leomacs; Sirens of the City by Joanne Starer and Khary Randolph; and the upcoming Rare Flavours by Ram V and Filipe Andrade. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Harkonnen from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Michael Shelfer; Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice; Magic from Jed McKay, Rich Douek, and Ig Guara; and The Expanse: Dragon Tooth by Andy Diggle and Rubine.

STUFF OF NIGHTMARES: SLAY RIDE #1 will be available in comic shops December 6, 2023. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Kindle.

Be sure to catch up on the series and pick up the Stuff of Nightmares TPB, available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.