LR Professor serves as Editor-in-Chief for debut launch of digital media publishing company


Dr. Amy H. Sturgis, Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University is serving as Editor-In-Chief for Hocus Pocus Comics, an innovative digital media publishing company based in Lakeland, Florida. Their dynamic debut comic, The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe, is scheduled for release in digital media format through Amazon’s ComiXology on January 1, 2017. The publishing company’s website,, will also premiere on the same day.

“I’m delighted to be joining the visionary writers and artists of Hocus Pocus Comics,” said Dr. Sturgis. “They have brilliant stories to share, and I’m excited about bringing them to readers.”

Hocus Pocus Comics is led by Founder, President and Publisher, Dwight L. MacPherson. In addition to Sturgis, the team includes Creative Director, Bruce Brown; Production Manager, J.M. Bryan; and Vice President of Administration, Rebecca MacPherson. Hocus Pocus Comics’ motto is Imaginatio est Magicae (Imagination is Magic). Their goal is to create the future’s myths and legends, one comic at a time.

The release of The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe begins the first wave of properties to be sold on ComiXology, with the publishers releasing four additional titles throughout 2017. The comic is a rebranding of the Harvey and Eagle Award-nominated Surreal Adventures of Edgar Allan Poo created by MacPherson. The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe offers a twisted glimpse into the dream-life of America’s greatest fantasist, Edgar Allan Poe, in the darkest time of his life. Book 1 will be reprinted as Book 1, Issues 1-4 (with an exclusive cover by David Hartman (Rob Zombie album cover artist and producer of Phantasm: Ravager). Book 2 will feature an updated script and all-new art by Luis Czerniawski (Transformers: Evolutions, Kolchak the Nightstalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe) and Book 3 is a brand-new story that will complete MacPherson’s magnum opus.

Hocus Pocus Comics’ second title, Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits, is described by MacPherson as “Harry Potter meets Gravity Falls.” The first issue will be released this spring, and it will feature a cover by David Hartman and interior art by Mathieu Benoit (Jim Reaper: Week One, Lil’ Hellions: A Day at the Zoo).

Dr. Sturgis holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Vanderbilt University.  She specializes in Science Fiction/Fantasy and Native American Studies. The author of four books and over fifty essays and editor of six books, she has won awards for her scholarship (The Imperishable Flame Award for J.R.R. Tolkien Scholarship), journalism (Best Magazine Review/Criticism/Column Award from the Los Angeles Press Club), and podcasting (The Sofanaut Award from listeners of the Hugo Award-winning StarShipSofa).

For more information on Hocus Pocus Comics, email a representative at or visit on January 1.

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PHOTO 1: Amy Sturgis, Ph.D.

PHOTO 2: Cover Image: The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe – Book One

PHOTO 3: Cover Image: The Imaginary Voyages of Edgar Allan Poe – Book Two

PHOTO 4: Cover Image: Houdini’s Silver Dollar Misfits


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