Good morning, evening and night everybody! Yes, for the first time in a long time I am actually going to write an article that is more of a list than anything else, we all need a little creepy in our lives, and since Halloween isn’t even close to now, I’m going to release a really random list: 5 Creepy Comic Books you should probably read! These books are in no particular order and are ones that I feel deserve some recognition, if they haven’t already!
Story: Doug Wagner
Art: Daniel Hillyard, Laura Martin
Synopsis: Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?
Why you should read it: Man kills people with plastic and is obsessed with a sex doll….who may or may not have been alive at some point. Plus, the series is only 2 issues, with disturbing imagery and dialogue, there is no reason not to pick up such a romantic story about man and his..plastic..doll thing.
Story: Paul Tobin
Art: Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: Dark Horse
Synopsis: Declan Thomas’s body temperature is dropping. He never gets sick, never feels pain. An ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person’s madness and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, because when his temperature reaches zero . . . it’s over.
Why you should read it: First off, the synopsis of this series does not even describe the insanity of this book, Juan Ferreyra art is twisted and gruesome art that sometimes it can be hard to think about what you’re looking at, the story is weird and makes you wonder if insane people are sane! The series has wrapped up with three trade paperbacks for your shelf!
Publisher: The Simon Corporation
Synopsis: When Abigail dreams, she goes to a terrible place. A world of blight and ruin, inhabited by a dark entity that pursues her relentlessly. Once passed off as disturbed childhood dreams, she soon finds figments of her nightmares bleeding into the waking world.
Why you should read it: Okay, I cheated just a little bit…yes this book I just found out about at Motor City Comic Con and yes I did an interview with the creator. But Nowhere’s simple painted art style makes for a weird feeling like someone is watching you with your back turned, the psychological development taking place with Abigail’s dreams bleeding into reality, makes for a real weird trip. You can buy all six issues at The Simon Corporation
Story: Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, Brian Azzarello, and many more!
Synopsis: John Constantine is an unconcerned, somewhat amoral occultist with a British working-class background. He’s a hero, of sorts, who manages to come out on top through a combination of luck, trickery, and genuine magical skill. The Original Sins collection is a loosely connected series of tales of John’s early years where Constantine was at his best and at his worst, all at the same time.
Why you should read it: First off, yes I love Hellblazer, and yes I’m putting the Original Sins on here for the sheer fact that it is a classic read, issues 1-9 of John Constantine in his early years has a lot of classic horror tropes imbedded right into the pages, the sheer power Constantine has gained over the years brings readers in, and what way to get into our alcoholic, chain smoking, British mage than with a little bit of classic horror. Pick up the Original Trades or the ongoing Rebirth title now!
Story: Kim W. Andersson
Art: Kim W. Andersson
Publisher: Dark Horse
Synopsis: Alena’s life is a living hell. Since she arrived at a snobbish boarding school, she’s been harassed every day by Philippa and the girls on the lacrosse team. But Alena’s best friend Josephine is not going to accept that anymore. Not from the counselor or the principal, not from Philippa, and not from anyone else at that horrid school. If Alena does not fight back, then Josephine will take matters into her own hands. There’s just one problem . . . Josephine has been dead for a year.
Why you should read it: One that really flies under the radar when it comes to a creepy horror story is “Alena,” as psychological thriller that has a “uncomfortable teenage life and revenge story” feel to it, the story has a very adrenaline filled build up and a satisfying ending after all the blood and drama has been settled, I’d recommend this book if you really like the movie Carrie. The trade paper back can be picked up in your local comic shops!
Alright everyone, if you enjoyed this list please let me know! Yes..I am aware of Nailbiter, Crossed and the other horror comics out there…but I tried to recognize some that I personally enjoy and want people to know about. So, yeah…enjoy!