Haunting Comics & Graphic Novels

If you’re looking to give yourself the creeps this month, these comics & graphic novels will keep you eagerly turning the pages while dreading what comes next… 

The Sandman – Neil Gaiman
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
Neil Gaiman’s magnum opus crosses over into so many genres and styles– myth, fantasy, historical drama–  it feels reductive to pigeonhole it as “horror.” But make no mistake: this epic series will, above all else, haunt your dreams with some of the most terrifying ideas and images imaginable. 

From Hell – Alan Moore
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
If the facts behind the story of Jack the Ripper weren’t horrifying enough, comics wizard Alan Moore adds extra layers of sinister occult conspiracies to the legend for this graphic novel. Eddie Campbell’s black-and-white artwork enhances the Victorian-era dread.

Through the Woods – Emily Carroll
print edition available through Livingston Library
This anthology follows in the centuries-old traditions of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tales and the fearsome folklore of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark… yet Emily Carroll’s diabolical twists and bold, menacing artwork are of a style all her own.

The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
If you’ve watched any of the Walking Dead cable series, but haven’t read the original comics, be prepared for an even darker journey in these pulpy pages. And just as in From Hell, the tone is extra-bleak thanks to the black-and-white artwork. 

Infidel – Pornsak Pichetshote
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
Fear– specifically, xenophobia– reaches a whole new level in this graphic novel about an American Muslim woman who moves into an apartment building haunted by hatred-fueled demons.

Batman: Arkham Asylum – Grant Morrison
print edition available through Livingston Library / BCCLS; eBook available through Hoopla
Gotham City has always been a dark and dangerous place, but the nightmarish Arkham Asylum is as blood-chilling as it gets in the Caped Crusader’s canon. (I read this for the first and only time about twenty years ago, and to this day I’m still kind of afraid to revisit it.)

Abbott – Saladin Ahmed
print edition available through Livingston Library / BCCLS; eBook available through Hoopla
From Hugo-nominated author Saladin Ahmed, Abbott tells the story of a hard-nosed journalist who must confront corruption, police brutality, and occult forces while investigating a series of grisly murders in 1970s Detroit.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters – Emil Ferris
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
In another historical mash-up of fictional and factual horrors, the monsters of Old Hollywood and those from Nazi Germany converge in this painstakingly-detailed faux-diary / murder mystery set amid the turbulence of late-1960s Chicago.

Tales from the Crypt: The EC Archives
eBook available through Hoopla
Creepy meets campy in these early-1950s comics which inspired the classic HBO series. While the corny wordplay and soap opera dialogue will keep you smirking throughout, the wicked irony of these stories will have you shuddering in the end.

 

Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts
print edition available through Livingston Library; eBook available through Hoopla
Most people remember the late Anthony Bourdain for his love of food, travel, and conversation, but of course he was also an uncannily gifted storyteller with an often-twisted sensibility. In Hungry Ghosts, he mixed an appreciation of Japanese cuisine and folklore into anthology that’s both mouth-watering and spine-tingling.

– Joe, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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