This past Hallo-weekend, HWP’s upcoming film ‘TAR’ hit Stan Lee’s Comic Con in partnership with Action Lab Comics. In the spirit of this delightfully frightful news, here is a list of some of our top picks for horrific and dark graphic novels. From historical to otherworldly to downright gory, these stories will transport you to a world that you’ll be glad you don’t live in.
Locke & Key:
Gabriel Rodriguez, Joe Hill
Locke & Key is a graphic novel series you will lose yourself in. It has magic, mystery, and a mansion with doors that change those who walk through them. Created by Gabriel Rodriguez and Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son, this story is a must-read for those who love sound structure, great storytelling, mystery and horrific darkness.
Eddie Campbell, Alan Moore
Eddie Campbell Comics Top Shelf Productions
If you have a hankering for serial killers and stories with depth, ‘From Hell’ is the graphic novel for you. Set in dark Victorian England, Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell tell the story of Jack the Ripper, relying heavily on extensive research. The story is beautifully told from the perspectives of the victims, authorities, and the killer himself. While no one knows exactly who Jack the Ripper is, this fun and gruesome theory will have you flying through the pages. Gore, sex, murder, scandal, and an age-old mystery; don’t miss out on this Halloween season.
Batman Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
Grant Morrison, Dave McKean
If you are a fan of digging into the twisted and scarred psychology of heroes and villains then this is a must for you. Batman enters Arkham Asylum on April Fool’s day when the Joker delivers a hostage ultimatum. Batman’s journey down the insane halls reveals more about the damaged patients and our hero himself. Through the unconventional story panels we enter a world of dark, twisted madness in which Batman faces his deepest fears, regrets, and inner darkness. If you loved playing Rocksteady’s awarding winning game Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) then you’ll love reading the story that started it all.
Kitchen Sink Press, Fantagraphics
Mix The Twilight Zone with the 70’s, teen angst, Seattle, and STD’s and you get Black Hole. A bug is going around that mutates the body in grotesque ways. The story centers around a group of teens who are forced to face the terrors of this new sexually transmitted disease. The world Charles Burns has created is dark and sexually-charged, and readers will not want to put it down. If twisted horror and the 70’s are your vibe this indie is a must-read for you.
Stephen King, Scott Snyder, and Rafael Albuquerque
From the minds of Stephen King, Scott Snyder, and Rafael Albuquerque comes a world of ferocious terrifying vampires. This series tells the origins of the American Vampires and the struggle between the Old European and new vampire societies. Jumping from the wild west, to the roaring 20’s, to World War II and so on, we follow a cast of characters you can’t wait to see kill or die. These aren’t your typical Transylvania immortals nor are they sexy sparkly Cullen vampires. This story is a strong, gritty classic.
Shawn Gabborin, Michela Da, and Yann Perrelet
Action Lab Comics
Last on our list is the retro, 80’s-inspired throwback, Puppet Master. Created by Shawn Gabborin, Michela Da, and Yann Perrelet, this horror favorite is based off of the cult classic movies. A group of teens stay in an abandoned hotel, where legend has it that dolls left behind will fulfill their wishes. These comics go straight for the killing puppet creepiness right away and don’t hold back. For those who love Puppet Master, gore and horny teens, this is a great series by Action Lab Comics to pick up.
Honorable Mention: Zombie Tramp
Action Lab Comics
If you thought you needed more zombies, revenge, rage, and sexiness in your library then look no further: Zombie Tramp has that for you. Created by Dan Mendoza, this Action Lab comic is a fun gory one. The story centers around Janey, a Hollywood call girl who turns zombie after a bad deal. Angry at the world and her lack of luck in life, Janey goes on a killing spree seeking revenge and satisfaction.