Where Black Stars Rise is an eldritch horror graphic novel that explores mental illness and diaspora, set in modern-day Brooklyn.
Dr. Amal Robardin, a Lebanese immigrant and a therapist in training, finds herself out of her depth when her first client, Yasmin, a schizophrenic, is visited by a nightly malevolent presence that seems all too real.
Yasmin becomes obsessed with Robert Chambers’ classic horror story collection The King in Yellow. Messages she finds in the book lead Yasmin to disappear, seeking answers she can’t find in therapy.
Amal attempts to retrace her patient’s last steps—and accidentally slips through dimensions, ending up in Carcosa, realm of the King in Yellow. Determined to find her way out, Amal enlists the help of a mysterious guide.
Can Amal save Yasmin? Or are they both trapped forever?
“Strange is the night where black stars rise, and strange moons circle through the skies. But stranger still is lost Carcosa…”
—The King in Yellow, Robert W. Chambers
NADIA SHAMMAS is a Palestinian-American writer from Brooklyn, NY. She’s best known for being the co-creator of Squire with Sara Alfageeh, as well as being the creator of CORPUS: Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments. Her work often focuses on identity, memory, and decolonizing genre tropes. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to perfect her cold brew recipe and win the love of her cats, Lilith and Dash.
MARIE ENGER is a St. Louis-based creator who spends a lot of time listening to loud music in the dark and creating weird stuff. While you wait for Where Black Stars Rise and all that secret stuff they can’t talk about yet, you can play their dark occult western TTRPG, Casket Land, read their bootleg-of-a-bootleg, Nosferatu!, or get in the eldritch zone with their super-sad comic, The Bones of This Place.
Praise for Where Black Stars Rise
“A visually arresting eldritch odyssey grounded in the intimate story of two women struggling to understand the darker facets of themselves. An affecting and melancholic delight to read.” —SLOANE LEONG, author of Graveneye and A Map to the Sun
“Simultaneously contemplative and frenetic, Where Black Stars Rise is a fantastic and spellbinding exploration of the necessity and perils of human connection.”—TYLER CROOK, co-creator of Harrow County
“Shammas and Enger have combined their talents masterfully in Where Black Stars Rise. Before losing yourself in its pages, crack the door open ever so slightly.”—JEFFREY ALAN LOVE, award-winning artist and author
“With Where Black Stars Rise, Shammas and Enger have taken the ruins of Carcosa and used them to craft something beautiful, scary, touching, and profoundly human. A must-read for any fan of horror, cosmic or otherwise.”—MATTHEW LYONS, author of A Black and Endless Sky
“Where Black Stars Rise is everything a cosmic horror story should be: a disorienting and compelling tale of unmasking and unreality. A triumphant performance of The King in Yellow. Encore!”—JONATHAN SIMS, author of Thirteen Storeys
“This beguiling, compassionate exploration of mental illness is a bold new interpretation of the eldritch demimonde. Shammas and Enger elevate the original text while testifying there’s still a lot more terrain left to explore in Carcosa.”—CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN, author of Ghost Eaters