Awesome Horror Comics
Horror Comics are an interesting sub-category of comic book fandom. There’s good ones, there’s bad ones, there’s horrific ones, there’s soul destroying ones. And when I say there’s bad ones, I mean it. There are some absolutely truly shocking Horror Comics out there from the Indie Comic circuit as much as from Marvel and DC Comics.
To celebrate Horror Comics, we’ve put together this list that best represents what we consider to be horror comics which gifts you the most variety. Yes there’s plenty of Horror Comics out there on the internet and while all of them might not be on our list – these ones are certainly our favourites.
1. Descent Into Dread – Horror Anthology
The creation of two horror comics writers and nearly a dozen artists, Descent into Dread is a horror anthology filled with a variety of stories by modern creators. Everything from the worst entry level job ever, to cosmic beasts, and monsters everywhere from big cities to remote jungle settings. It’s a creator owned book, published through Caliber Comics.
Of all the horror comics on this list, Descent Into Dread has the most variety!
2. John Carpenter’s Night Terrors: Graveyard Moon
John Carpenter’s Night Terrors: Graveyard Moon is Written by Steve Niles, Pencilling by Steve Scott, Inks by Rodney Ramos, Coloring by Lovern Kindzierski and Lettering by Janice Chiang. With Editing and by Publisher, Sandy King.
Published by John Carpenter and Sandy King, Graveyard Moon has all the vibes of an 80’s horror/sci-fi thriller to get you in the mood for Halloween, while simultaneously giving you a healthy dose of nostalgia.
Of all the horror comics on this list, Night Terrors has the biggest Halloween vibe!
3. Daphne Byrne – Graphic Novel
Daphne Byrne is written by Laura Marks, with art by Kelley Jones, colors by Michelle Madsen and letters by Rob Leigh. It is published by DC Black Label and is part of Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics Imprint.
Turn-of-the-century New York is a growing metropolis for many, but not for Daphne Byrne. After her father’s death, her mother is drawn to a spiritualistic group that claims to speak to the dead. Daphne sees through their act right away, but something from the other side sees her too. Or someone? Daphne finds herself in new company, Brother. He offers support and encourages Daphne to stand up for herself…and to use the powers he has too.
Of all the horror comics on this list, Daphne Byrne is the most family focused!
4. Sweet Heart #1
Sweet Heart #1 was written by Dillon Gilbertson. The artwork is done by Francesco Iaquinta and Marco Pagnotta. The lettering is by Saida Temofonte. Sweet Heart is edited by Nicole D’Andria and published by Action Lab Comics.
The world of Sweet Heart is one filled with horrific monsters. These creatures feast on the sugar-filled blood of humans. Once a monster locks on to you, they will not stop until they get what they want. The only protection is a tonic that has temporary repellent like effects. Where do these monsters come from, and how can humans remain safe from their grasp?
Of all the horror comics on this list, Sweet Heart is the most horrific!
5. Ash & Thorn Issues #1-5
Ash & Thorne is a Mini Series that flips the Scooby Gang archetype of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on its head and mixes in the Golden Years sensibility of The Golden Girls. Let’s face it. If your Grandmother fought monsters instead of playing Bingo at the Local Club then Ash & Thorne is what you’d get.
It is written by Mariah McCourt, illustrated by Soo Lee and with Cover Art by Jill Thompson. It is published by Ahoy Comics.
Of all the horror comics on this list, Ash & Thorne is the most thought out.
6. The Dollhouse Family – Graphic Novel
The Dollhouse Family is written by M.R. Carey, pencilled by Peter Gross and Vince Locke, with colours by Cris Peter. The Dollhouse Family is part of Joe Hill’s Hill House which is Published by DC Black Label.
When Alice is six, she is given a beautiful antique dollhouse. When things in her life get scary, Alice turns to her dolls and dollhouse for comfort. One day, they invite her to come play inside with them. As Alice’s life is turned upside down in the “big” world, she is always welcomed home to the little world inside the dollhouse; the house will even grant her a wish if she agrees to live with them! Follow Alice through the door of the dollhouse and into the demon’s den!
Of all the horror comics on this list, The Dollhouse Family is the most eerie!
7. Halloween Man #25
Halloween Man is a Horror schlock Indie Comic where anything Weird goes. It is written by Drew Edwards and in this case of this Issue features a revolving door of Artistic Talent including John Sowder, Jason Wilson, Paulo Hernandez, Evan Quiring, Max Young, John Gholson, Andrea Montano, Joey Muerto, and Sergio Calvet. With a special introduction by Comic Book journalist Matt Morrison and an absolutely stunning cover by Nicola Scott (Birds of Prey, Black Magick).
Halloween Man is unapologetically Indie and celebrates B-grade Horror. If you’re someone who misses early issues of Heavy Metal or gravitates towards Lloyd Kaufman’s Troma Entertainment then Halloween is the frightful series you’ve been missing out on. Issue #25 presents a perfect opportunity to jump on board with Drew Edwards’ maniacal mutants.
Of all the horror comics on this list, Halloween Man gives you longing for the day of The Toxic Avenger.
8. The Low Low Woods – Graphic Novel
The Low, Low Woods is written by Carmen Maria Machado, pencilled by Dani Strips and Dan McDaid, colored by Tamra Bonvillain and John Kalisz and with lettering by Steve Wands. It is published by DC Black Label and is part of Joe Hill’s Hill House Comics.
When your memories are stolen, what would you give to remember? Follow El and Vee as they search for answers to the questions everyone else forgot. Shudder-to-Think, Pennsylvania, is plagued by a mysterious illness that eats away at the memories of those affected by it. El and Octavia are two best friends who find themselves the newest victims of this disease after waking up in a movie theater with no memory of the past few hours.
As El and Vee dive deeper into the mystery behind their lost memories, they realize the stories of their town hold more dark truth than they could’ve imagined. It’s up to El and Vee to keep their town from falling apart…to keep the world safe from Shudder-to-Think’s monsters.
Of all the horror comics on this list, The Low, Low Woods gives you the most bang for your buck!
9. Basketful of Heads – Graphic Novel
Basketful of Heads is a dive into 80s horror nostalgia, with plenty of gore, badass girl power, intrigue, and viking weaponry. If you missed out on the single issues, or your a trade waiter, then your time is finally coming to catch up on one of Joe Hill’s best comics. Of all the horror comics on this list, Basketful of Heads is the most nostalgic!
10. Dead Beats – Horror Anthology
A hefty anthology of short horror comics with the common theme of music: how it transforms us, obsesses us, drives us, ruins us and, ultimately, changes us. There are all sorts of ways to tell horror stories, and Dead Beats doesn’t skimp on variety – there’s something for everyone. Vampires, ghosts, ancient creatures, possessions, demons, visitations, hauntings and more.
Dead Beats is a good intro to comics horror, with more than a few engaging and interesting shorts by a wide swatch of folks in the industry – both newcomers and vets alike. Of all the horror comics on this list, Dead Beats has the most variety.
11. And It Snowed – One Shot
And It Snowed is written by Nick Bryan, drawn and inked by Robert Ahmad and with lettering by DC Hopkins. It follows a brother and sister duo of street rats and their quest to bring a snow globe to their client on their end of town. Unbeknownst to them the snow globe has a gigantic guardian pursuing them who looks like if Swamp Thing cosplayed as Frosty the Snow Man.
And It Snowed is a charming 36 page tale of struggle and sacrifice from the lower class. It’s narrative of the brother and sister duo looking for the big score to improve their situation is so relevant to today. It has lots to say about classism and the evils that men do regardless of the cause and effect. Of all the horror comics on this list, And It Snowed is the most meaningful.
12. Vampironica #1
Vampironica is created by Greg and Megan Smallwood. The lettering was done by Jack Morelli. The series premiered on March 14th of 2018. The cover for Vampironica issue #1 was drawn by Greg Smallwood. There are also variant covers available by Francesco Francavilla, Audrey Mok, Djibril Morrissette-Phan, and Marguerite Sauvage.
Vampironica is part of the Archie Horror initiative alongside other books such as Afterlife With Archie, Jughead: The Hunger, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Of all the horror comics on this list, Vampironica is the most fun!
13. Damned, Cursed Children #1
Damned Cursed Children #1 is a horror comic book cut from the same cloth as its 1950s cult horror contemporaries. It is written by Howard Wong and Josh Stafford. With art by Robin Simon Ng.
Inspired by cult horror comics of the 1950s, Damned Cursed Children is a 5 issue mini series, from the maniacal minds of horror aficionados Howard Wong and Josh Stafford.
Paying a clear homage to comic books of a bygone age, Damned Cursed Children looks and feels like The Crypt of Terror (later, Tales from the Crypt), Chamber of Chills and The Haunt of Fear. Of all the horror comics on this list, Damned Curesed Children is easily the most brutal.
14. Frank At Home On The Farm
Written by Jordan Thomas, Frank At Home On The Farm is an intriguing premise that is doing well at building a story in it’s own time. Thomas allows the tension to build, not giving anything away too quickly, allowing the reader time to think. His dialogue is nice and easy to read, with characters talking to each other instead of just spouting exposition.
Clark Bint has a quirky art style that fits the tone of Frank At Home on the Farm. Although, there are moments where it looks slightly stilted, some faces look odd , perhaps rushed, there are other panels where you can see through his meticulous line work, that he has enjoyed drawing those pieces. Of all the horror comics on this list – this is a methodically slow burn with a massive pay-off at the end.
Frank At Home On The Farm is being distributed by Scout Comics later in 2021.
15. Miskatonic High #1
Miskatonic High #1 plays a neat little introduction to the creepy and bizarre world horror comics. While the familiar trope of teenage mystery solvers is inherent throughout the issue – the comfortably Lovecraftian mood injects fresh blood into this supernatural mystery. Its a fun read and easy to power through. You’d swear it was published by Archie Comics.
16. Piecemeal (One Shot)
Piecemeal is a stand alone one-shot horror comic about cannibalism and haunted houses as much as it is about coming of age and friendship. It is written by Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men, The Sixth Gun) with art by Szymon Kudranski (The Punisher, Spawn).
Szymon Kudranski and Cullen Bunn have created the type of horror comics story that is untouchable. Although, on one hand Piecemeal is a one shot that will make your inner nerd cry. On the other hand you’ll be thankful the constraints of this 48 Page One Shot gives the kind of finality limiting any further additions the ability to ruin a horror masterpiece.
The result here is a visceral horror story that rivals its horror film contemporaries. Piecemeal tears into the fabric of your soul, discards any preconceived expectations of story and leaves a horror comic as perfect as the genre its written for. If you think you know what truly frightens you – think again!
Piecemeal is the first in a line of stand-alone Graphic Novels by Aftershock Comics.
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