"I have my stories. Stories to chill the bone and stir the soul. Stories of nightmares past and terrors yet to come." - Vaneé
Every person in the universe, from the lowliest scrumrat to the mightiest Jedi Master, has fears. Though the specific fears differ, most come back to one central idea: the unknown. Whether we question what lurks unseen in the dark or what poorly understood forces grant some their unnatural abilities or just what keeps making the eery screeching sound in the night, it all comes back to the unknown. As Star Wars is set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, it's no shock that it is absolutely teeming with the unknown. From viruses that raise the dead to crazed, spider-legged Sith Lords roaming for prey, there is no shortage of terrifying stories.
In our own galaxy, whether looking to celebrate Halloween or just to enjoy the macabre, there's no reason we can't celebrate with Star Wars. This collection puts together some of the scariest, strangest, most chilling stories that the Star Wars Expanded Universe has to offer!
Just remember, if you do hear that eery screeching sound in the night while reading these stories, it's...probably nothing.
In Death Troopers, readers follow the story of two young brothers dealing with the daily horrors of being captive aboard a prison barge. However, even worse horrors await them once everyone on the ship begins to inexplicably fall sick and die…and then come back to life. The brothers must band together with whoever they can find if they want to escape from the prison and its new flesh-eating passengers.
Joe Schreiber managed to tell a Star Wars story unlike any other with Death Troopers. He delivers the perfect mix of horror and science fiction for any Star Wars fan who’s really in the Halloween spirit. Readers beware: this one has plenty of blood and guts.
All Sith are enamored with the idea of immortality, and Darth Scabrous is no different. However, when he attempts to use the powers of the Murakami orchid for his own dastardly purposes, he unknowingly unleashes a virus powerful enough to raise the dead from their eternal slumber. Trapped with the growing horde of undead Sith students in the Odacer-Faustin Sith Academy, kidnapped Padawan Hestizo Trace and the Whiphid bounty hunter Tukh must find a way to stop Darth Scabrous, eliminate the virus, and somehow manage to escape with their own lives.
Tales from Vader's Castle follows the story of Rebel commander Lina Graf and the rest of the crew of her ship, the Auric, as they crash land on Mustafar. With no way to communicate with the rest of the Rebellion and no way off of the lava planet, they are forced to venture towards the only sign of civilization they can find—a dark, eerie castle off in the distance. As the small rebel band travels ever further into the bowels of the castle, they relate stories to one another about some of the horrors of the galaxy, including haunted ships, strange monsters, and cursed planets, all starring some of the most well-known heroes of the Rebellion. However, as the owner of the dark castle becomes aware that he has intruders, Lina and her crew realize that their very own horror story may be unfolding before them...
Keeper of Vader's castle, Vaneé, has captured some of the rebel trespassers in his master's fortress, but rather than deal with them swiftly, he prefers to instill fear into their very hearts with some of the most frightening tales in his recollection. The first, entitled the Horned Devil, follows a band of new recruits aboard Captain Spikewheel's ship, the Salvage-1, as they are tasked with proving their worth by traveling to the planet Lotho Minor and surviving a night in its haunted underground labyrinth. However, they are not the only inhabitants of the labyrinth, and soon enough a devilish being appears who promises to make their one-night stay all the more difficult to complete, let alone survive...
In this crossover event between the Star Wars mainline comic and the Doctor Aphra series, Luke Skywalker teams up with Doctor Aphra on a mission to the Citadel of Ktath'atn (also known as the Screaming Citadel) to visit the Queen and unlock the secrets of the Eternal Rur, an ancient Force user trapped in a strange green crystal. However, they are met with more questions than answers when the Queen launches a plan to control Luke and his comrades with a horde of Abersyn symbiotes—a larva-type species with the ability to control the mind of its prey with a single bite. Luke, Doctor Aphra, and the rest of the Rebels who mount a rescue mission must all work together to defeat the Queen and her minions if they are going to survive...
Eaten Alive kicks off the entire Galaxy of Fear young readers series by introducing the main characters of Tash and Zak Arranda, their Shi'ido uncle Mammon Hoole, and their droid DV-9 as they travel to the planet D'vouran, a seemingly normal, peaceful world. However, shortly after their arrival, they discover that there has been a string of unsolved disappearances. Before anyone else can vanish, the team has to figure out exactly what is going on and exactly how they can stop it once and for all.
Yoda, Grand Master of the Jedi Order, carries the weight of the Clone Wars on his shoulders. When his former Padawan and leader of the Separatist movement, Count Dooku, reaches out and asks to meet for a truce, that burden becomes heavier still. Knowing that Dooku is likely laying a trap, Yoda places the needs of the galaxy before his own and ventures forth to the mysterious world of Vjun to face his old apprentice for perhaps the final time.
Author Sean Stewart clearly loves Christopher Lee’s background in monster movies and writes Dooku as a sympathetic villain reminiscent of the golden age of Hammer Films. He both heightens Dooku as a villain and humanizes him as a sympathetic character through his exploration of the novel's central question: is Count Dooku redeemable?
This Boba Fett story features everything a good Fett story needs: hunting an ancient artifact from a spooky abandoned ship, a competition against other Bounty Hunters, and Boba Fett’s ruthless fight to survive. . . no matter the cost.