Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day? ‘NOS4A2’ Unveils A Twisted Vista at WonderCon

Zachary Quinto at Wondercon, March 2019.

NOS4A2 Premieres at WonderCon


By Pauline Perenack


One of only a handful of shows premiering at WonderCon this year is AMC horror series NOS4A2 — which is pronounced ‘Nosferatu’ for those wondering.

NOS4A2 is based on the 2013 Joe Hill book of the same name, and focuses on Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings) a young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things.

Ultimately, she finds herself in the crosshairs of Charlie Manx, played by Star Trek and Heroes’ Zachary Quinto, an immortal who stays that way by feeding on the souls of children, then deposits what remains of them in a place called Christmasland – a twisted place of Manx’s imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law.

Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims – without losing her mind or falling victim to him herself.  

After the premiere screening, the cast of NOS4A2 attended a panel where they answered questions about the show. We have included all the pertinent points in bullet form in addition to avoiding any series premiere spoilers. If you were in the audience at WonderCon, make sure to let us know what you thought of the premiere!

  1. Author Joe Hill is the son of Stephen King, so is well versed in the horror world.
  2. Zachary Quinto felt there was a good energy around the show, and wanted to do TV again, so felt this was a good way to come back.
  3. Hill says the best way to create horror is to find something that everyone is comfortable with, and rip the rug out from under it.
  4. The show is pretty faithful to the book, but does make some changes including rearranging the central character.
  5. Showrunner and EP Jami O’Brien really wanted to stick to the book, but needed to change some things for TV, which includes having the main character Vic McQueen be a teenager in the series, rather than starting out as a young child as she was in the book.
  6. Olafur Darri Olafsson, who plays Bing, loves the journey his character takes, even though it’s not exactly positive.
  7. Jahkara Smith, who plays Maggie, has her first professional acting gig in this show.
  8. Star Ashleigh Cummings said Smith took to acting like “a duck to water.”
  9. Quinto was interested in doing something that allowed him to disappear into a character, which he was able to do in this show due to the makeup he wore.
  10. The first season of the show covers about a third of the book, and it would take a couple of more seasons to finish the book.
  11. The favorite part of the set for Hill was seeing the covered bridge, which was something he created from childhood memories.
  12. Darby Camp seems to have a theme of Christmas in her latest projects (you know her from The Christmas Chronicles).

Overall? While I’m not a fan of horror, and tend to shy away from it, I really enjoyed this first episode of the series, and will definitely be adding it to my DVR list.

Newcomer Cummings really commanded the screen to the point that you’re immediately invested in her character.

Quinto is always good in what he does, and definitely brings a good creep factor to his character, Manx.

NOS4A2 will premiere on AMC on June 2, with a 10 episode run.