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    • CommentAuthorSolario
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2008
    I wasn't a bit fan of Black Hole, the story didn't really interest me, but the mood was brilliant.

    Hack/Slash, while certainly in the realm of the Slasher (as implied by the name) flick, still manages to be really entertaining.

    Some of the Silent Hill comics have been good.

    Scars by our esteemed leader? Global Frequency had a couple of really great ones. The Big Wheel, Big Sky and #9 (which I can't remember the name of. The Surgery one.)
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    @ Mathias Bällsten -- Thanks for picking up FALL OF CTHULHU and to all the others for recommending it (I'm the writer). I hope you enjoy it.

    I would also recommend Gaiman's Sandman if you haven't or aren't already reading it. It might not be the kind of horror you're looking for (and it's probably considered dark fantasy more than horror anyway), but it's a seminal piece of literature in the medium.
  2.  (1949.43)
    I recommend Proof, which is a book about a socialized Bigfoot who works undercover for a group that corrals wild cryptids. The art is gruesome, the monster (a chupacabra who wears the skins of her victims) is horrifying, and the tone is darkly hopeful. The trade paperback of the first arc is out in just a couple of weeks, and it's only ten bucks.
    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2008
    Okay, so I've read and enjoyed some FALL OF CTHULHU (nice work, roquesdoodle!) and from helloMuller's recommendation, I've picked up some Kazuo Umezu (SCARY BOOK) and so far, I think it's good. Thanks a lot, guys! Working my way through the list, slowly but surely...
    Just a thought: Does anyone remember an 80's Italian comic called DYLAN DOG? The title character was some kind of Occult detective and, for some reason, Groucho Marx was his assistant. Now, I haven't read it in a long time, but when I was a kid, it used to scare the life out of me. A nice balance, as I recall it, between detective stories and the gorier stuff. Hm, guess I'll have to go through my boxes in the basement soon... Anyone else read it, more recently perhaps?
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    I'm a big 30 Days of Night fan, and Silent Hill: Dying Inside is probly the best horror comic I've ever read.

    Also, one of the best single issues of any comic I've ever read is an old issue of What If...? from the 90's, back when they were trying to give it a horror spin. It had Sabertooth escaping and going on a killing spree in the X-mansion, and the only person left to stop him is Jubilee. Great horrorific art work, and the writing was both creepy and heartbreaking at the same time. The ending panels haunt (and inspire) me to this day...
    One of the best comics from the '90s...

    Ah, memories...

    Oh, and... I wrote one!

    This is just a five-page preview of my short story, Kaylee. The full 9-page story will be published (just got accepted, actually) in Pit Bros Productions' Horror From The Pit anthology. Very exciting.

    (I don't usually do the rampant self-pitching thing, but this seemed like an appropriate thread to mention it.)
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    That What If... cover is NICE.
    • CommentAuthorThalia
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited
    That What If...? issue reminds me of Uncanny X-Men #143, 1981.

    Uncanny X-Men #143

    I used to love The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves when I was a kid. It was pretty campy and probably wasn't Horror with a capital H (I'll have to dig them out) but I recall it being "fog and mystery".
    • CommentAuthorjohnplatt
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    Some other horror comics worth tracking down...

    Mr. Monster by Michael T. Gilbert (some are parody/humor, but the "Origins" collection is much darker and more serious)
    The Taboo books edited by Steve Bissette
    Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
    Freak Show by Bernie Wrightson and Bruce Jones
    Anything by Ted McKeever
    Alan Moore's Yuggoth Cultures

    I could go on and on, but I haven't had enough caffeine yet today.
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008 edited
    I also grew up on Werewolf by Night and Dracula... but haven't dipped into the modern Horror scene. I've browsed Fall of Cthuhlu, and it looks really cool. I will def. check it out in trades. I also like the look of 30 days of night.. but have never picked it up. Must... keep... pull...list...under...control...

    To Jon Wake, Trotsky, and Orwelleyes...
    A word on Lovecraft. Inspired by all the Cthuhlu references seen here and other web haunts, I've recently (in the last 6 weeks) read the bulk of his published works.(I have a lot of train/reading time). I agree that his work is not only from another time and culture but his themes of the horror of the unknown (to me at least) still resonate. He did a masterful job of combining a newly discovered scientific universe (Einstienian theorys regarding the nature of time and space[re:"Dreams of the Witch House", "Shadow out of Time"]) with the spooky unexplained past of witches and goblins and squirming things that live in the dark unexplored crevices of the world. To me, I was constanty impressed by his respect for both the worlds of "magic" and science and his combination of both worlds was thrilling.
    I agree with modern critics that his prose was at times redundant, ponderous, and sometimes "trying too hard" but the themes still come shining through. Think about that... 70 odd years later I still got chills when Cthuhlu or the Haunter in the Dark showed their terrible face upon the waking earth.
    One last thing. Isn't most of his stuff Apocalyptic oriented? Just like most sci-fi/horror of the atom bomb era? We'ren't the men in "At the Mountains of Madness" worried about the terrible Shoggoth's rampaging across the face of the planet to wipe out all humanity? Like-wise the creatures from "The Whisperer in the Dark" and "Call of Cthuhlu" itself? The fear was always that these sleeping horrors would awaken and remake our world into something not fit for humand existance? Sounds like missles in the silos to me... of course the exception being that we stupid trifiling humans MADE the missles, and HPL's horrors were usually here all the time lurking beneath the surface...just my 2 cents.
    Crap... more than I expected to write... worse yet, I may have strayed too far from the thread topic.
    • CommentAuthorMidweeker
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2008
    That's the wonderful Frank Teran, who did a few jobs for Marvel, DC & Dark Horse, but then jumped over to the RPG & computer games markets, although he did a piece in one of the 24/7 anthologies.
    I'd thoroughly recommend his 3 Punisher issues, #94-95 & 102.
    Punisher #102
    And now, back to your scheduled thread...
    • CommentAuthorjohn-paul
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2008
    Please allow me to introduce myself...

    London Horror Comic
    • CommentTimeMay 25th 2008
    There was a two part story in, the now exhausted, Eternal Warrior published by Valiant Comics. The art was handled by Mr. Windsor-Smith but I'm not sure who wrote it (perhaps Mr. WS?). I think it was issues 6 and 7 and dealt with Master Darque and re-animating corpses in clown suits or some such nonsense. I do remember that it seriously creeped me out.
      CommentAuthorIan Mayor
    • CommentTimeMay 26th 2008
    Another vote for Charles Burns Black Hole here, everything about that book is unsettling.

    STD metaphor mutation in a convincing teenage setting, unsettling imagery, infrequent use of organic page layouts and laser sharp, lino-cut esque rendering of Chronenberg-ish body horror.

    It's a beautiful hardback too, and of sufficent weight to stun a burglar.