Wayforward director wants to make an illustrated storybook that introduces kids to horror
Adam Tierney, game director for Wayforward, definitely knows a thing or two about horror. He was involved in projects ranging from the mobile indie game Til Morning’s Light to the Silent Hill spin-off game Book of Memories, two of the studios famous and recent ventures into our beloved genre, and now he has a brilliant idea for a new venture: “horror for kids!”
No, not in the same way Five Nights at Freddy’s, but actual horror directed at an all-ages audience. I can definitely see the value in this idea as somebody that grew up to like horror thanks to writers like Paul van Loon aiming scary stories at kids as well, but aside from the revival of the Goosebumps series, I don’t see similar products around as often as I used to. Adam’s idea is to team up with Swedish artist Matthieu Cousin, whose work can be admired on the Inside Matthieu blog, to produce a hardcover book that features 26 poems about various phobias.
In the video below you can get a preview of the first of the alphabetically-themed phobias, which discusses the fear of spiders. It’s a really fun story actually and it clearly shows that the team is talented enough to handle this.
There is a next generation of horror fans that need to be raised and, while I had yet to produce one myself, if I had a little tyke running about I wouldn’t mind reading him this as a bedtime story.