“What if Raymond Chandler wrote Lovecraft stories?”
The year is 1946. The place is the most cursed city on Earth—Arkham, Massachusetts (a.k.a. the heart of Lovecraft country). These are the stories of Hank Flynn, a down on his luck private eye whose fate is inextricably linked to the bizarre and arcane underworld that exists in Arkham’s shadows. Haunted by the memories of his time in the war, and plague with visions of an nightmare world that boils at the edges of our perception, Flynn must peel away the thin veil of reality and confront H.P. Lovecraft’s most enduring horrors…whether he likes it, or not.
Created by J. Ishiro Finny with famed Mythos artist Patrick McEvoy, CASEFILE: Arkham is an on-going series that pulls readers into the world of detective Hank Flynn, a gritty, crime noir re-imagining of H.P. Lovecraft’s Arkham city. Much like the pulp detective classics, each installment of can be read as a stand alone story, but builds upon a larger, interconnected tale.
CASEFILE: Arkham, vol. 1
“Nightmare on the Canvas”
A detective, a dame, and the dreams of a dead god. Hank Flynn, a down on his luck P.I. who is back from the war and now working the mean streets of the most cursed city on Earth: Arkham, Massachusetts. And things only get worse when a wealthy uptown socialite hires Flynn to track down an artist by the name of Pickman. What begins as a simple missing persons case leads Flynn down a dark path of flesh eating ghouls, vengeful witches, and the notorious Innsmouth mafia.
CASEFILE: Arkham, vol. 2
“Her Blood Runs Cold”
When a visit from an old friend sets the stage for murder, P.I. Hank Flynn is pulled into a sordid web of deceit, revenge, and black magick. Even worse, Flynn has both the cops and the mob threatening him, urging him to forget everything and leave town. But a promise to a grieving widow to uncover the truth about her husband s death forces Flynn to be at odds with not only the law and the criminal underworld, but the Elder Gods themselves. Taking place three months after the events in Casefile:ARKHAM Nightmare on the Canvas, this volume can be enjoyed as a follow-up or as a standalone story.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
“Josh Finney puts a wickedly entertaining noir mystery spin on Lovecraft’s cosmic horror with ARKHAM! Artist Patrick McEvoy s dark and twisted illustrates are a perfect gruesome balance. Two taloned thumbs up!”
–Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of KILL SWITCH & V-WARS
“…the dark, mesmerizing graphic novel that fandom has needed for a long time. A fresh new series of what promises to be a staple in the noir fan’s library behind a strong voice in both a literary and an artistic sense. The characters were beautifully created, vivid and plausible. I also loved the dialogue; as snappy, wry and acerbic as one could hope from the best hard-boiled detective story.”
–Amazing Stories Magazine
“Casefile: Arkham succeeds where so many genre mashups fail in that both genres being combined are executed with absolute integrity. Finney and McEvoy make sure their respective recipes for detective fiction and Lovecraftian horror taste as they should before throwing both into a burbling cauldron from which rise the engrossing (and gross) adventures of Hank Flynn, P.I. Let this book scratch your itch for cosmic horror and hardboiled noir, and you’ll leave with permanent scars.”
–Phil Hester (The Flash, Wonder Woman)
“Casefile: Arkham blends the best of old school noir with mind-bending horror. It’s the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup effect. Two great tastes that taste great together. If that doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will. ”
“This thing is packed with hard-boiled dialog, film noir imagery, and sanity-blasting horror.”
–Darrell Hardy, game designer (Elder Scrolls, Star Wars Galaxies)
“I can’t say enough good things about this book. The story is good, the characters are deep and realistic and the art is beautiful. Casefile: Arkham is a work of art and a good example of how art and great storytelling can be combined to make the perfect graphic novel.”
“The usage of Lovecratian monsters/ghouls is neither underplayed nor overplayed. They’re given fantastic build-up that when the big climax happens it’s extra effective. In a story like this, a careful balance between showing and not showing them is the goal, and it’s certainly achieved.”
“This is a really amazing book, with a lot of really cool references and hidden meanings. If you don’t know them, you’ve got a really good story. If you do know them, you’ve got a really amazing story. There are certainly more of them than I would have expected…but they did keep my eyes glued to the pages, looking for more. The plot itself is really interesting with supernatural ghouls and real magick (with a “k”) being explored. This is definitely up my creepy alley. It’s definitely worth the read, so give it a read as soon as you can….”