CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Something was missing in Danny Boyd's life.
Sure, he has had a long and fulfilling career as a media studies professor at West Virginia State University. He is a filmmaker with dozens of films to his credit.
He's even had some fun in the pro wrestling circuit.
But the 56-year-old Boyd is not one to stand still in life. And he's having a lot of fun with his newest adventure - a foray into the world of the graphic novel.
"It was an accident. It was a total dumb accident," Boyd said of last year's debut project, based on his 1988 horror film, "Chillers."
Boyd said he and his pro wrestling partner, Bill Bitner, had been working on a film project, "Death Falcon Zero vs. Zombie Sluglords."
Catchy title aside, Boyd said the film wasn't coming together.
"I had to come to the realization that it wasn't a good movie," he said. At a friend's suggestion, he decided to adapt the idea as a short illustrated graphic novel.
"During that time, I decided to start reading comic books again - and I fell in love with them," he said.
His next inspiration was turning to "Chillers" and creating a larger project, an anthology for which he would recruit various writers - including West Virginia State students - and artists to contribute.
Right out of the gate, Boyd had a hit. The first volume was nominated for Best of the Year by both Shel Dorf and Ghastly Awards - the Academy Awards of the graphic novel world - and was labeled Best Anthology of 2012 by the horror blogsite Decapitated Dan along with earning kudos in the graphic novel review world.
Even better, Boyd had a blast with the project and his publisher, Transfuzion, encouraged him to do more.
So now we have "Chillers Volume 2."
Again, Boyd tapped students and other writers for the anthology and used a variety of graphic artists from around the world to illustrate it.
He said producing a graphic novel isn't unlike scriptwriting.
"We filmmakers have learned to write tightly, and we're used to describing everything. Now we just break it into panels."