‘Tis the season for all things spooky…fa la la la la la la la la. This is the time of the year when we all gather around, watch classic horror films like Dracula, Frankenstein, Friday the 13th and of course, the horror masterpiece Mariah Carey’s Glitter
Beyond the spooky movies, every Halloween season, I like to go on the hunt…or haunt for spooky comic books that I have yet to read. Yeah, I read a lot of damn comic books, but believe it or not, there are some comics that I have not read. Somewhere out there in the ether of online auctions, comic book store back issue bins and some mystical yard sale there awaits some spooky comics that I’m waiting to read. Here are the top three acclaimed spooky comics that have not crossed my path yet.
3. Alan Moore’s Neonomicon:
What happens when the comic book legend that created Watchmen and revitalized the Swamp Thing gets his creepy ringed hands on H.P. Lovecraft’s mythology? The product is Neonomicon. This has been recommended to me for a while now by a lot of comic connoisseurs. It’s a book that I am scouring the nerd world for. I liked most of Moore’s stuff through Avatar Press, this features the work of the talented Mr. Jacen Burrows, so I’m sure it’s a great read, like most of their collaborations have been.
This is another one by Avatar Press, who are no strangers to creepy, bloody comic books. Ferals is a new take on the werewolf folklore by writer David Lapham and artist Gabriel Andrade. I’ve been a huge fan of David Lapham since his early days as a very talented artist with Valiant comics. It wasn’t until I started reading Lapham’s self published Stray Bullets that I realized what a great writer he was. I’m not familiar with Gabriel Andrade, but I’ve seen some of the art from the book and it looks pretty good, in a gruesome, disturbing way.
1. Locke and Key:
Out of the three comic books I wrote about this is by far the one I know the least about, which makes me want to read it even more. Written by novelist Joe Hill with art by Gabriel Rodriguez and published by IDW, Locke and Key is the story of a gothic mansion in New England that contains powerful, supernatural keys that can change the people who possess them. The story also weaves in H.P. Lovecraft mythology with classic gothic noir. For me, the draw is Joe Hill who as a novelist has proven that he can tell one hell of a creepy, atmospheric story with realistic characters that you’ll be drawn to.
Well, that’s it for now Boils and Ghouls, next installment will feature my favorite creepy comics…