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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    I grew up reading a lot of horror themed comics, like Wein/Wrightson's SWAMP THING, CHILL, WEREWOLF BY NIGHT, DRACULA etc, and I really dig the style and atmosphere of those books. You know, fog and mystery rather than, like, cannibal gang-rapes. I've been looking for new books in a similar vein, but the closest I've come was stuff like Ito Junji's UZUMAKI (which I liked).
    Since everyone here is so hip and well-read and sexy, maybe you can help me out? Western stuff or manga, whatever's good. Appreciate it /Mathias
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    The only comic that has successfully instilled in my a true sense of dread was the original 30 Days of Night.
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    The recent Marvel Max Dead of Night series has been pretty good, nothing new, but nicely done.
    IDW do horror pretty well, the aforementioned 30 Days of Night is a good place to start, but they've also done good adaptations of I Am Legend (the book rather than the film), The Keep (the excellent and mysteriously unavailable Michael Mann film) and Great & Secret Show, plus umpteen Steve Niles books, the pick of which would be The Lurkers, Wake The Dead and Aleister Arcane (which I've just discovered are being collected into a single volume in October, so maybe wait for that). His Criminal Macabre books are pretty good too.
    Manga-wise, check out Ito's other books, Gyo & Museum of Terror, especially the first volume of Museum, which has his story Tomie. On top of that, Drifting Classroom is very unsettling, despite being 30 years old.
  1.  (1949.4)
    What Midweeker says (manga wise) and also check out Kazuo Umezu:Reptilia (IDW), Orochi: Blood (can find it on Amazon),... I haven't really found something as equally disturbing in Western comics recently.
  2.  (1949.5)
    Maybe a bit off topic, but Raulo Caceres (Crecy) has a style that really reminds me of some of the EERIE/CREEPY artists from way back when.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    I think the only horror I read with regularity is Fall of Cthulu. I've been hooked since issue zero. While it's got its share of "cannibal gang-rape" stuff in it, I think the overarching feel of dread knowing that sometime, eventually, Ol' Tentacle Face will show up make for a particularly terrific atmosphere.

    I mean, it's Cthulu, after all. Why vote for the lesser of two evils?
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    I would always go with Junji Ito myself.
    Tomie is excellent, as is the rest of his short form stuff.
    Back in "my day" ComicsOne put out two volumes called "flesh colored horror," plus two volumes of Tomie,
    but Dark Horse has put out all of that content plus some more out in three volumes.

    Bride of Deimos is also a favorite, though it more of a 70's light horror, more bad-twist-ending-theater kind of thing.

    and you can't really go wrong with Hideshi Hino, Though I suppose that it's less "fog and mystery" and more "cannibal gang-rapes."
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    Junji Ito and Hideshi Hino are favourites.

    I haven't been able to find a decent new horror comic in ages. Nothing tops Eerie/Creepy, the old Skywald titles and Moore/Totleben Swamp Thing...
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    Kirkman takes pains in the introduction to claim The Walking Dead is not a Horror book, but I figure if it's printed on the spine of the trades, TWD is fair game for this thread, and God Dammit do I love that book all of a sudden. The first 6 issues are truly great. and then around issue 20 it gets a little shaky, and issues 37-42(ish) made me want to never buy a Kirkman book ever again, but the last 3 or 4 (46-49ish) issues have been unbelievably great.

    If nothing else, I at least recommend the first volume, which Tony Moore draws brilliantly. One of my favorite artists. (And I know you're on here somewhere Tony, so I hope you see this and feel good about yourself. I love your work!)
  3.  (1949.10)
    global frequency #2 is my all time favorite single issue of anything, mainly due to the impending doom, and the punch in the gut feeling i got from it. so good. i told warren that i would kill myself if i ever write anything that good, because that would be the pinnacle of my life. i have since dediced that i WOULDNT do that, but whatever.
  4.  (1949.11)
    Speaking of single issues, I'm going to chime in with Demo #6, by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan. I've alway felt that, by and large, horror comics are nearly impossible to pull off. They can give you a sense of dread, possibly, but it's hard for someone to frighten you in so few pages as contained in a single issue. Demo #6 changed my mind on that. Creeped me out solid, for some reason. Because of that, it's my favorite horror comic.
  5.  (1949.12)
    I loved this GN adaption of a very creepy REH story when it came out many years ago, and am intrigued by the upcoming Dark Horse series (adapted by Lansdale) based on the same story. But if you spot the Eclipse-published version somewhere it's well worth picking up.

  6.  (1949.13)
    @ jared

    fuck yes on all counts. that book owns. plus, its the only comic book i know of that has SPAZZ and CHARLES BRONSON listed in the recommended listening!!
  7.  (1949.14)
    Batman: The Killing Joke
    Take the costumes off (which neither of them ever can, which is part of the horror) and it's the story of a lunatic killing and maiming to make a grotesque point. It's horror, pure and simple. I read it when I was in high school, at a time when I had a terrible case of up-my-own-ass when it came to comics that weren't "indie" and it chilled my blood.

    Hellboy gets riffed as comedy or action, but Mignola does things with shadows and timing that make it very effective horror. The Goon as well. Why Eric Powell isn't worshiped as some kind of pagan diety for what he does with that book baffles the shit out of me.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008 edited
    The new Pigeons From Hell is out, and it's pretty good.

    Hellboy has a horror atmosphere to it, but it's mixed with pulp detective and HP Lovecraft, so not all the stories are really not horror, while others are incredibly awesome horror.

    Wolves of St. August is good, I think it's in Vol. 3, Chained Coffin and Others.
  8.  (1949.16)
    yknow, i just dont get the goon. its well done, powell is a great story teller on the writing and art sides but something, just, i dont know. i cant get into that book at all.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    The Goon is one of my favorites, probably top 2 to Hellboy, but I wouldn't suggest it to someone who wanted horror. It's got horror elements, and some genuinely creepy moments, but it's more comedy and noir than it is horror. Like those things with a dash of Lovecraft and Romero to make it interesting.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    The best horror writer working right now doesn't have a single beastie in his stories. David Lapham has some of the most disturbing short stories, and even though they may technically be called crime fiction, they're the only comics I've ever read that stayed with me when the lights are out.

    Niles writes great monster stories, and those are 'horror', but he really writes action with vampires. Kirkman's Walking Dead has great horror moments (anyone whose read the latest issue should still be 'omg'-ing). Guys like Hideshi Hino and Lapham know how to get under your skin. Junji Ito is probably a better composer than Hino, but I challenge you to read "The Red Snake" and not feel a little uncomfortable.

    As for Lovecrafting Dread, I'm becoming more and more convinced it's apocryphal; the only person I've ever read pulling it off is Thomas Ligotti and he's a goddamn master. Lovecraft is one of those authors that is greater the further from him you are. Not to denigrate his contribution, but striving towards him as an ideal is a Sisyphean task.

    That was a sleep deprived mess. Carry on.
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008 edited
    Just a thought in reading this, Lovecraft wrote his works over 70 years ago. They're seminal, vital stuff, whose language is alive and appeals to the fevered brain very nicely....but it's not exactly current.

    I'm not big on the genre, but isn't the fact multiple people here are citing someone who died before WWII saying something about the state of the genre?

    Niles writes great monster stories,

    Never gotten into his work all the much. His prose just leaves me flat. 30 Days of Night SINGS because Templesmith draws straight-up nightmares.
      CommentAuthorJon Wake
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2008
    Absolutely. The strange hard-on people have for Lovecraft just bemuses me to no end. Yes, he was interesting, yes, he was good, but so was Kafka and horror heads don't get all squishy over him. They should, though.
    I've always felt that the key conceit of Lovecraft, that is that unknowable forces want to destroy you, is only really scary in a pre-atom bomb society. Since the bomb, the world has lived with the real threat of annihilation by strange, unknowable forces for fifty years. We're inured to it.