Back in 1987 Jim Henson, most famous as the creator of the Muppets, created and executive produced a television series called Jim Henson’s The Storyteller. The main show ran over the course of a year and featured both human and puppet characters acting out various European folk tales. As the name implies, it was hosted by the Storyteller character, who was played by John Hurt.
In 2011, BOOM! Studios started publishing new Storyteller stories, taking on tales from even more sources such as Japan, Hawai‘i, and China under its Archaia imprint. Today, a new 4-issue mini-series is due to start haunting comic shelves in March 2020: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Ghosts. The first story will be by cartoonist Márk László and letterer Jim Campbell:
In Scandinavian folklore, there exists a vengeful ghost known as the Myling. A man traveling at night comes across a haunting cry from within the forest. He enters it to find a spirit who demands to be carried to its proper burial site. The man agrees, but as he travels forth, the spirit’s grip tightens… it grows in size…and the man moves slower and slower. Can he unburden himself of this terrifying weight before it brings him down for good?
BOOM! Studios editor Matthew Levine says of the mini-series:
Storyteller: Ghosts aims higher than just what goes bump in the night. This diverse collection of supernatural folklore will present plenty of scares, but you might be surprised by how touching these tales can be.
Perhaps someday we’ll see that Storyteller reimagining by Neil Gaiman…