Archie Comics on Thursday expanded its horror line yet again, announcing a new title, to debut in March, in which Veronica is a vampire.

"Vampironica" will be co-written by Greg and Megan Smallwood and drawn by Greg Smallwood. It joins a line of Archie Horror titles that includes "Afterlife with Archie," "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" and, most recently, "Jughead: The Hunger."

"Fans can rest assured that we'll be staying faithful to the core of these characters," co-writer Greg Smallwood said in comments supplied by Archie. "It was very important to Megan and I that Vampironica be the same Veronica that we all know and love, only now with fangs."

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"Greg and I were both very interested in exploring the concept of a vampire Veronica without getting rid of what makes Veronica such a special character," said co-writer Megan Smallwood. "Ironically, Vampironica humanizes Veronica in a way that only horror can. Becoming a vampire is a humbling experience for her, and she's forced to open up and expose a little vulnerability."

According to the publisher, the new series will explore how Veronica adapts to her new place as one of Riverdale's freshest members of the undead while drawing influence from classic horror films.

"I'd say that our biggest influences are 'American Werewolf in London' and 'Fright Night.' Both films can be quite horrific, but there's also a lot of strong characterization and humor to them," said Greg. "I think horror works best with a small dose of comedy for levity, so we've used the same formula on Vampironica."

"Veronica Lodge is not the kind of girl to join any ranks, let alone vampire ranks. True to form, Veronica instead relies on her own gut instincts," said Megan. They haven't let her down in life, and they won't let her down as she navigates the surreal world of the undead."

"Vampironica" #1 launches March 14 and features variant covers by Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Djibril Morrissette-Phan and Marguerite Sauvage.

— Dan Grote

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