Acclaimed comic book writer Steve Niles – best known as the creator of vampire epic 30 Days of Night and now the acclaimed “Cal McDonald” occult detective series – has often shared free downloads of his comics and short stories with fans. This year is no exception, and Niles is offering a pretty impressive gift this Halloween: his 2004 graphic novel Wake the Dead is available in its entirety as a free download via Niles' official site.
Wake the Dead is Niles' own grisly spin on Frankenstein, featuring artwork by Chee (Cthulhu Tales). A film adaptation of the comic has been buzzed about for several years, and it's been one of several options on the table for Slasher Films – the production outfit created by guitar legend Slash (who recently released their debut feature Nothing Left to Fear.)
In related but much less pleasant news, we recently learned that Niles' home in Austin, Texas was flooded during a storm over the weekend, causing major property damage. Thankfully no one was harmed – including Niles' pet turtle Gil, whom he managed to rescue in the nick of time. Niles provides more details at his Tumblr page.
Now would be a good time to return some of the generosity Niles has shown his fans and favorite charities over the years: according to a Facebook post from Mike Mignola, Niles does not have flood insurance, so his friends have set up a recovery fund to repair the damages. Donations can be made via PayPal to HelpSteveNiles@gmail.com (via Belinda Hernandez).