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Cover art released for Penguin Horror series curated by Guillermo del Toro -- EXCLUSIVE

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Filmmaker and horror aficionado Guillermo del Toro has produced a new scary series — of books. The mind behind Pan’s LabyrinthHellboy and this year’s Pacific Rim partnered with Penguin Classics to curate the Penguin Horror hardcover series, featuring his favorite horror, sci-fi, fantasy and paranormal stories.

“To learn what we fear is to learn who we are,” del Toro wrote in his series introduction, an essay titled “Haunted Castles, Dark Mirrors: On the Penguin Horror Series.”

EW obtained the exclusive cover art for each of the six books. Designed and illustrated by Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the neon ink covers highlight significant imagery from each.

The series includes: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, The Thing on the Doorstep and Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, Haunted Castles by Ray Russell (a Penguin Classics debut), Frankenstein by Mary Shelley and American Supernatural Tales with stories by Stephen King, Shirley Jackson and more.

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'Pacific Rim: Tales of Year Zero' graphic novel has an anchor in kaiju waters

Unleashing the Kraken would surely satisfy any appetite for cinematic destruction, right? Think again because Clash of the Titans screenwriter Travis Beacham went looking for bigger fish to fry (or, uh,  more substantial sea monsters to sauté?) and the result is the Guillermo del Toro-helmed Pacific Rim, one of the most-anticipated genre films of 2013 and one of the very few that is not a sequel or a prequel, a remake or an adaptation, or (as in the case of Star Trek Into Darkness) some meta-hybrid of the above. Beacham has taken the story one step further and turned the origins of Pacific Rim into a companion comic, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero.

The story is set in a near-future where coastal cities are ravaged by giant beasties who enter our world through a mysterious inter-dimensional portal down in briny depths. Out this week, Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero (112-page hardcover, $24.99 from Legendary) was written by Beacham and illustrated by Sean Chen, Yvel Guichet, Pericles Junior, Chris Batista, and Geoff Shaw. The Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures movie stars Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman and opens July 12 in 3-D and IMAX 3-D.

EW spoke with Beacham about the challenges of fitting the huge scale of the movie into a companion comic.
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New York Comic Con: Guillermo del Toro to produce 'Pacific Rim' prequel graphic novel

Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming sci-fi spectacular Pacific Rim will tell the tale of ginormous robots called Jaegers that protect the world from equally ginormous monsters known as Kaiju. It will also be much bigger than a movie: The Oscar-nominated director of Pan’s Labyrinth tells EW that there will also be a Pacific Rim graphic novel – a prequel story, to be published by the upstart comic book division of the film’s studio, Legendary Pictures. A formal announcement of the project is expected today at New York City Comic-Con.

Del Toro says that he will serve as creative director of the project, and that Travis Beacham, who wrote the Pacific Rim screenplay and created the world of the movie, will script the graphic novel. READ FULL STORY

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