The cover to Disciples, featuring text reading, "David Birke & Nicholas McCarthy. Benjamin Marra's Disciples." An illustration features a young woman, three hands holding a knife in a stabbing motion, a locked wooden box or shed, and a van following a car, both with headlights on, on a wet street. The illustrations are surrounded by gritty red textures.
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On sale date: June 28, 2022

Marin County, 1978. In this graphic novel, teens Clara and Wendy get high one night alone at home. Before the night ends, they've disappeared — until five months later, when Clara is found, disheveled, but alive, in Death Valley National Park.

From Clara's mysterious reappearance in Death Valley, Disciples cuts to the present day, where stories of "The California Cult" and its enigmatic — and never-caught — leader, Billy Joe, are as much a part of the popular culture as the Manson Family. Clara, the lone survivor of the cult, has adopted a new identity to protect her and her daughter, Wren. And she mostly does, until one night when the past and present horrifically collide.

Disciples is a seamless collaboration between cartoonist Ben Marra and filmmakers David Birke and Nicholas McCarthy. Birke and McCarthy's script celebrates and reinvents a cult film ethos. It combines the best of 1970s era eerie-thriller-terror movies in a fresh and revelatory way, similar to how Marra has continued/reinvented the work of Abel Ferrara and George Cosmatos in graphic novels like Night Business.

The first 150 orders of Disciples include an exclusive bookplate signed by the author! Pre-order now to claim yours.


"[Disciples will] pack some laughs and leers from devotees of B-horror and splatter films." — Publishers Weekly


7.5" × 10.9"