Horror fiction is big business with a 30% increase in sales last year, thanks in part to comics.
Horror comics are nothing new, with a history dating back about a century. In this article I’ve picked just half a dozen of the eeriest stories ever put in print.
Looking to expand your reading list? Check out these horror comics. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Let’s start with what’s possibly the most gruesome, disturbing comic series you’ll ever read: Garth Ennis’ “Crossed.”
Just how disturbing is the series? The first arc features everything from cannibalism to child murder to blatant (and frequent) zombie nudity.
It’s gross. Really, really gross. Think of it as “A Serbian Film” for comic fans.
But if you need a shock and can stomach some of the most grotesque art this side of a Cannibal Corpse album cover, you might find something of value in “Crossed.”
2. “Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash”
Here’s a fun fact for you, there was always supposed to be a sequel to the 2003 horror hit “Freddy vs. Jason.”
In fact, the slasher legends were going to go toe-to-toe with not only each other but the grooviest horror protagonist of all time, Ash from the “Evil Dead” franchise.
Sadly, it looks as though that sequel will never come to fruition. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that you can still experience the tale in all of its goofy and gory glory via this 2008 comic series.
3. “Marvel Zombies”
You’ve seen them save the world. You’ve seen them fall in love. But have you seen them decompose?
“Marvel Zombies” is Marvel Comics’ biggest foray into the world of horror yet, and it’s every bit as strange and surreal as it sounds. Who ever thought they’d see a sentient, undead Wolverine duke it out with a zombified Hulk?
As of now, the zombie saga spans about 13 different series and arcs so you’ve got plenty of reading material to get through.
4. “The Walking Dead”
Whether you love or hate the TV show, it’s impossible to ignore that “The Walking Dead” is a cultural phenomenon.
Long before the show and its numerous spin-offs, Robert Kirkman set out to tell a simple story. One of survival, (in)humanity, betrayal, and hope.
While the series recently came to an end, “The Walking Dead” will always hold a special place in my heart.
I’d argue that the comic series is significantly more well-written than the show, so whether you’re looking for a different take on events in the show or just want to see what all of the fuss is about, check it out.
5. “X-Files/30 Days of Night”
Steve Niles’ “30 Days of Night” never gets the credit it deserves, as far as I’m concerned. In an era of teen-friendly, sparkling vampires, Niles set out to make vampires scary again.
Though the original series spawned several sequels (including one in space), my recommendation involves a crossover with everyone’s favorite spooky detectives, Mulder and Scully.
The short series is a collaboration between “X-Files” fanatic and Tool guitarist Adam Jones and series creator Steve Niles, so you can rest assured it’s worth your time.
6. “Tales From The Crypt”
Rounding out the list is an old favorite. You might know “Tales From The Crypt” from the HBO series or the string of wonderfully bad B-movies.
But for my money, it’s hard to top the comic series that kicked off the horror craze.
Do yourself a favor and track down the original run of “Tales From The Crypt” whether you’ve seen the TV show or not.
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Gore, horror, and superheroes. Oh my! This list of horror comics has a little something for everyone, so be sure to check them out…if you dare.
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