These are disturbing times during the Covid-19 pandemic, frightening and uncertain. While some of us want comfort, some find comfort in the uncomfortable. Perhaps the shocking and gut-churning elements of the horror genre are just what we need to take us away from the reality of things. There are plenty of comics with a slightly grizzly edge however we're interested in the strange and the terrifying. So let's take a look.
A Trail Of Blood / Blood On The Tracks
Prepare to be terrified. Forget Covid, this really will make you check behind the door. One man and his mentally ill mother provide the backdrop for some seriously upsetting and nerve bending drama. Dare you read this alone? Will you want to call for your mother after reading this? See what you think.
Scott Snyder's Severed
Scott Snyder made a name for himself through his work on Batman yet real fans know him for his original and intelligent horror fiction. Severed is an exploration of human darkness through the guise of family settings in everyday but awkward life. While travelling the rails as a hobo, the star searches for his missing father. It seems all is lost when he finds someone who claims to know him. Alas, this stranger bearing gifts is a cannibal who has other plans for the character.
Bela Lugosi's Tales From The Grave
This spooky comic book story narrator gets knee deep in the sinister and obscure with this selection of horror tales. Prepare to be scared witless as we meet ghosts and ghouls that come back from the afterlife to haunt unfortunate souls.
Vincent Price Presents
So, Vincent Price is a narrator/character who introduces the reader to an anthology of horror and gruesome stories. The indie publishing house responsible kept a trick up their sleeve which we can let you in on, Vincent Price is none other than Lucifer himself in a dapper human form.
Monster hunting at its most brutal. The story stars Cassie Hack who takes out her aggression on reborn spirits of people who died filled with hate. These monsters, called slashers, are the source of misery for people all over the land and Cassie Hack is tasked with obliterating them. Why Cassie? You might ask. She's the daughter of an infamous dinner lady who put all the bullies into the next day's stew.
The Wrath Of The Spectre
This side-plot character from many DC stories and a once-upon-a-time hero in the epic “bronze age of comics” returns for a fully fledged and modern(ish) adventure. The claws are resharpened and the child-friendly baddie element has been replaced with his original brutal personality. Check it out.
So we've heard of Hellboy but Girl? What's this then? Getting in touch with a demonic entity through a website that only appears at midnight, that's what. Who contacts this demon? Innocents, people who are being abused and tormented by evil individuals. They are given the opportunity to put things to right through this dark and mysterious power.
MonsterMen (And Other Stories)
Created by Dark Horse Comics, this entertaining and inventive selection of horrible tales makes use of macabre imagery and fun plot-lines to create a Scooby-Doo spookiness that keeps readers guessing.
Sandman: 24 Hours
This well-known series has a particularly dark tale hiding in its cannon. The 24 Hours edition sees Dream lose all of his special belongings, including his Ruby. This magical item falls into the hands of a classic DC villain called Doctor Destiny. He takes the weapon to a 24 hour diner where he proceeds to send all the visitors insane.
All American and all horror, this combination of culture and style clashes in the genre of the gruesome. Relive disturbing and horrific tales that send chills and shivers through your spine. Each issue looks at various horror tinged ideas then makes them as traumatic as possible. Lovely.
Lovecraftian crime drama set in period dress? Yes please! Here we get to see battles between classical good and evil in which the lines are rarely blurred... or are they? A woman with magical powers of seduction travels the land while being hunted down by an odd and terrifying cult.
Afterlife With Archie
So you want flesh eating zombies? You've got them. Horror fans probably already know of the Riverdale Gang, and their beloved Archie leads them on an undead slaying adventure filled to the brim with terror, blood, and narrow escapes that don't always work.
Locke And Key
Locke And Key wants to take everything from the horror spectrum and mix it up to make one bright light. Reversing the rainbow and focussing the scare into one complete adventure through everything that makes our skin creep, this horror seems to have it all. You've got slasher stories from the present day with costumes and devilry mixed with atmospheric hauntings.
Take a trip to Dixie town where we get to sample some truly macabre and sinister southern happenings with a religious twist. They love their church in the Cajun states and the cloth is shown to be much more than hymns and communion in Preacher.
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