Box of Bones: Book One

When Black graduate student, Lyndsey, begins her dissertation work on a mysterious box that pops up during the most violent and troubled time in Africana history, she has no idea that her research will lead her on a phantasmagorical journey from West Philadelphia riots to Haitian slave uprisings. Wherever Lyndsey finds someone who has seen the Box, chaos ensues. Soon, even her own sanity falls into question. In the end, Lyndsey will have to decide if she really wants to see what’s inside the  Box of Bones 

Described as “Tales from the Crypt Meets Black History,” Box of Bones is a supernatural nightmare tour through some of the most violent and horrific episodes in the African Diaspora. Jama-Everett and Jennings have assembled a talented group of artists for this ten-issue project, including cover artist, Stacey Robinson (I Am Alfonso Jones), David Brame (MediSIN), Avy Jetter (APB: Artists against Police Brutality), and Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket). The first issue (penciled by Jennings) will appear digitally later this fall with the first five-issue trade paperback appearing in late summer 2018.


Publishers Weekly

Graphic Novel of the Year (2021) 

Honorable Mention

"This mesmerizing blend of Black American folk tradition and dark fantasy provides much food for thought, as well as edgy entertainment."

Library Journal (starred review)

“As a lifelong horror lover who savors stories where horror intersects with Black history and family lore, I devouredBox of Bonesand marveled at every page. Ayize Jama-Everett and John Jennings have created a revolutionary, unforgettable journey I was happy to risk the nightmares for.”

– Tananarive Due

“Centuries of oppression, of violence, of torture, but still we don’t let it loose. What might happen if we did? The price for revenge is too high, this is the thing we guard. The real helter skelter. This is the Box of Bones.

– Nalo Hopkinson

Box of Bones is a brilliantly disturbing nightmare. It manages to be both beautiful and disgusting with every turn of the page as it explores a gruesome horror that I’ve never seen in comics before.”

– David Walker

"Box of Bones is the type of book that invites readers to confront that which lurks in their own personal shadows, forcing them to decide whether or not to befriend what lives there."

– Shawn Taylor, East Bay Express

"This spirited project is part of the trend of ethno-gothic fiction in the comics market, and offers a landscape ripe to contemplate such spooky and strange fruit."

Publishers Weekly

Copyright © 2023  |  Rosarium Publishing  |  All Rights Reserved.