Where Black Stars Rise: A Graphic Novel

A horror graphic novel about two women who find themselves pulled into a terrifying world by a cosmic entity beyond their understanding.

Dr. Amal Robardin, a newly-licensed therapist who recently immigrated to Brooklyn from Beirut, is treating her first patient: Yasmin, who is schizophrenic. The two get off to a rocky start, and as Yasmin’s night terrors increase and the looming figure at the foot of her bed creeps closer every night, Amal begins to worry that she’s out of her depth.

Convinced that what she is experiencing is not a delusion, Yasmin becomes obsessed with Robert Chambers’ The King in Yellow. Messages she finds in the book lead Yasmin to flee her home, seeking answers she can’t find in therapy.

Distraught over Yasmin’s sudden disappearance, Amal attempts to retrace her patient’s last steps―and accidentally slips through dimensions, ending up in Carcosa, the King in Yellow’s realm. Trapped and determined to find her way out, Amal enlists the help of a mysterious guide, but is he a friend… or her tormentor?


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.


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