[Review] ‘Rise of the Harvester Book 3 – Homecoming.’

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‘Rise of the Harvester Book 3 – Homecoming.’

“Steve McGinnis’s artwork and storytelling is graphic & frightening!”

Now is a wonderful time to be a horror fan! There was a time when horror wasn’t as easily obtainable as it is now. With the internet growing into a monster of its own, horror is just a click away. Whether it be a digital download, streaming product, or ordering a package to the house, horror has never looked so delicious. Speaking of delicious and a good example of why being a horror fan is very fantastic is Freelance Illustrator Steve Mcginnis. Available NOW is McGinnis’s Graphic Novel Rise of the Harvester Book 3 – Homecoming. Personally I have never been a fan of Graphic Novels or Comic Books, reading this ninety-page book has changed my perception forever and I am now a fan! 

Samuel Troyer has spent too much time away from his land and he had been doing well, by planting human heads into the soil. Humans are building their homes on the rich and fertile grounds. This puts the brakes on a doorway that could open wide enough to consume the planet, the next evolution is coming. Samuel is commanded by a demon to stop them all. This dark illustration follows Samuel’s deadly wrath, with law enforcement just a heartbeat behind, will they stop The Harvester, Samuel Troyer in time?

McGinnis’s illustrations keep the story flowing smoothly from page to page and there was the perfect amount of dialogue throughout. I personally enjoyed the pages without text, as they allowed me to reflect on the story and just sit and wilt in my own anticipation and dread. McGinnis has a ghostly way with his illustrations and dialogue was not necessary, the photos told the story.

Well, there you have it folks, The Harvester! I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of him. McGinnis hinted that there more than likely would be more. “I have about three more book stories in my head I’d like to run with on him. There’s a lot of story left to tell about him.”

The third book is available NOW. You can purchase your copy by clicking here.

I had the pleasure of catching up with Steve briefly to ask a few questions regarding his fandom in the world of horror and of course his newest venture, The Harvester.

iHorror: Steve, can you tell me how / when you became a horror fanatic?

Steve McGinnis: I became a horror fanatic at a very young age. I was born in the early ’70s and I spent a lot of time at my Grandmum’s house. My aunt would watch the Alfred Hitchcock show, Twilight Zone and the Trilogy of Terror. That one with the voodoo doll scared the living hell out of me. I liked being scared. Soon I was sneaking downstairs to watch horror movies playing late at night. Then staying up the rest of the night afraid to go to sleep. My mom worked in retail, she brought home a laserdisc player. Those big ones before Beta and VHS. it was Jaws. My folks had no idea about movies or how scary they could be. I remember watching Jaws and it scared me to my core, it stays with me to this day. I think it’s the perfect horror film.

iH: Where did the idea for The Harvester originate from? Did you have complete creative control over this concept and the publication of your trilogy?

SM: The idea of The Harvester started around 2013 at a comic/Horror Con. I was a vendor there and people were walking by with real machetes and axes for one of the Jason actors to sign. My wife and I started talking about, what if a person snapped and started attacking people at the convention. Would fans realize its real? Would they think it’s cosplay? I’m sure most would pull out their phone and film it instead of running for their lives. I thought that would make a cool story to have a slasher character dropped in the middle of a busy horror convention. Now that I had that Idea I needed to come up with a slasher type character. I was playing with the urban legend Harvester Idea for a while and wrote and illustrated the first book with his back story. The second book brought him to the Horror con. The Third is the fall out after the chaos at the con. I came up with the Harvester and the stories on my own and have complete creative control, so it’s nice. I can direct him in the direction I think suits the slasher style. Currently, Horror Equity Fund is in the process of summing up the financing for the Harvester film.

iH: Do you have any other graphic novels in the works?

SM: I just finished up book 3, its 90 pages, so I’m taking a little break to do a bunch of horror conventions. I have about 3 more book stories in my head I’d like to run with on him. There’s a lot of story left to tell about him.

Thank you, Steve, for sharing your talent with us all, we look forward to what you have in store for us.


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Ryan T. Cusick has been a diehard horror fan ever since he watched the original 'The Amityville Horror' at the tender age of three. Ryan travels to horror cons, enjoys open conversations about horror, and attends many Hollywood premieres with filmmakers: Follow him on Twitter at @Nytmare112