For a long time, Boyd said, he wondered whether he had imagined the "mythos" that "Chillers" had created, this strong bond fans felt for the film.
"I think it really existed. Youngsters and teenagers at the time really dug it, and now those are the people in power, running the studios and reviews sites and they're the publishers -- they all remember it and have quite fond memories."
That said, despite the movie's success as a kind of widely traveled cult film -- Boyd estimated that, in sum total, it generated more than $1 million in revenue -- not much of that money found its way home.
"It's not sour grapes -- it's the nature of the business," said Boyd. "It goes through distributors and sub-distributors and changes hands. I was in the room when they sold it to South Korea in the Beverly Hilton hotel. South Korea paid X amount of money and they can do anything they want with it -- they bought it, they have all rights. So, you just never know how much is made, totally."
On the other hand, his first big movie project out of the box was a kind of unexpected home run.
"There were some bad experiences, but I'm very grateful -- it started my career. I'm not one of those guys that whines about the screw jobs in the business, because that's the business."
The graphic novel form of "Chillers" is a new direction for Boyd, who has a new anthology graphic novel series called "Carbon" underway and set for release next year. The Brazilian shop illustrating that book, Rascunho Studio, drew two of the 11 stories in "Chillers," with artists from around the world doing other chapters.
Don't expect the shiny, many-colored inks of contemporary comic books from the "Chillers" graphic novels. They trade in the same gray-scale, black-and-white imagery of the popular graphic novel "The Walking Dead," the series that resulted in the popular cable channel spin-off.
That look, said Boyd, "is not only acceptable, it is desired in the true world of horror comics."
Boyd will host the release of the novel at the following locations:
Wednesday, May 16, 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Lost Legion Games and Comics, The Rifleman, 600 D St., South Charleston. Call 304-205-7919.
Thursday, May 17, 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Lost Legion Games and Comics, The Keep, 706 Thorn St., Princeton. Call 304-431-0021.
Friday, May 18, 5:30 to 8 p.m.: Lost Legion Games and Comics, The Castle, 406 2nd St., Beckley. Call 304-253-1974.
Saturday, May 19, 2 to 6 p.m.: Lost Legion Games and Comics, The Vault, 3206 Dudley Ave., Parkersburg. Call 304-873-6044.
Reach Douglas Imbrogno at doug...@cnpapers.com or 304-348-3017.