Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts to become an animated horror anthology

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Hungry Ghosts

A couple years ago, the late Anthony Bourdain – chef, author, and TV host – teamed with novelist Joel Rose to craft a horror anthology comic book called Hungry Ghosts, which was published by Dark Horse's Berger Books imprint and had the following set-up: 

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian Oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles–where each storyteller tells a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings–and prays to survive the challenge. 

Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.

The book featured artwork by the likes of Sebastian Cabrol, Vanesa Del Rey, Francesco Francavilla, Irene Koh, Leo Manco, Alberto Ponticelli, Paul Pope, and Mateus Santolouco, with color by Jose Villarrubia and a cover by Paul Pope.

If you'd like to pick up a copy of Hungry Ghosts, you can do so at THIS LINK.

Sony Pictures Animation has now announced that they are working on bringing the stories of Hungry Ghosts to the screen as an animated television series. The Hungry Ghosts TV show will be 

an anthology of frightening, hilarious, twisted, and culinary-inspired ghost stories. Each episode will range in tone and will look completely different from the last, taking advantage of various forms of animation to best fit each story.

It's interesting that they're taking an animation approach to this series, as animated horror anthologies don't come around that often. I look forward to hearing where this series is going to end up – on a TV network, or a streaming service?

Source: Deadline

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