Reading horror books has been my thing since I was around 11 years old. I was first introduced to Stephen King and fell madly in love. I felt there was something wrong with me for liking books where people were maimed and eviscerated, I remember smelling blood on the pages of each book that had a death scene. It gave me goosebumps along with warm and fuzzy feelings. Now that I’m older I don’t read horror books too much, but I am addicted to comic horror books. Below you’ll find the horror comic books that freak me out, make me throw the book down and give me nightmares. These are in NO particular order.
Image Comics – Nailbiter – Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson
Nailbiter makes me SICK! Legit sick to my stomach, the first few pages caused me to gag, put the book down for a few hours, wash and repeat. When I first saw the cover in my local book store, I didn’t know much about it, but I knew I had to get procure this fantastic artwork. The story could have been about anything, but the Mike Henderson’s cover drew me in. A man eating fingernails with blood just casually splattered on his face and he’s giving 0 f*cks. YEP! I’m in! The panel below is what made me put down the book several times when I first started to read this masterpiece.
“Where do serial killers come from?” and why has Buckaroo, Oregon given birth to sixteen of the most vile serial killers in the world? NSA Agent Nicholas Finch needs to solve that mystery in order to save his friend, and he’ll have to team up with the infamous Edward “Nailbiter” Warren to do it. Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson deliver a mystery that mixes Twin Peaks with the horror of Se7en!
Nailbiter is on book #6 with book #7 coming out next Wednesday. There’s a trade paperback that’s available for $7.66 on amazon, which collects issues 1-5. Definitely a must have. Pick up Nailbiter volume 1: There Will Be Blood here.
Vertigo Comics – American Vampire – Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque
This was my first introduction to Scott Snyder and I only heard about American Vampire through a tweet from Comixology saying they had a few issues for $.99. Me being a sucker for deals as well as vampires, I figured it couldn’t hurt. I picked up 3 issues and decided that if it was worth it I’ll pick up more issues. Instead of me buying these books digitally, I picked up the American Vampire trades on Amazon, the same day. I was hooked. Imagine my surprise when I found out that Stephen King dipped his big toe into this project. It was a no-brainer, take my money Scott…PLEASE! The next day the trades started to pour in courtesy of Amazon Prime. I could not put the book down. I was in love. I wanted to be Pearl Jones (below), an actress turned into an American vampire courtesy of American vampire, Skinner Sweet. Skinner Sweet is one summabitch that you should NEVER cross, like EVER.
Scott Snyder’s American Vampires don’t twinkle in the sun, nor do they only come out at night. This is a new breed of vampire and old school vampires, they’re not pleased with this breed. American Vampire has been out since 2011, there are 7 American Vampire volumes and we are currently on American Vampire Second Cycle #5 with issue 6 dropping on the 19th of next month. I have yet started the Second Cycle, but I am collecting it and will begin reading as soon as I am done with American Vampire volume 7. Ever since reading this series I have been a Scott Snyder fan. You’ll be seeing his name again in this list.
Image/Skybound Comics – Outcast – Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta
Demon possession anyone? This is what Robert Kirkman’s Outcast is about, demonic possession with some finger munching. This book creeps me the hell out, Azaceta does a wonderful job of scaring the heck out of me. I believe I’m possessed already, I have to start reading this series with a vial of holy water and a cross around my chest. Although, I don’t think that’s going to help me.
Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his life and now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way could bring about the end of life on Earth as we know it!
What weirds me out is that I believe in demonic possession and I can absolutely see this happening. This story isn’t too far-fetched. Creepy plus the possibility of it being true is all I need to add this fantastic series in my collection.
Robert Kirkman’s Outcast is currently on book #4, with issue 5 out in stores on November 12th, it’s an early series that you can catch up on before the next issue drops. Here are the links to pick up the books below.
Image/Sybound Comics – The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman
This Robert Kirkman book I’m sure you all are familiar with, The Walking Dead. Until two years ago I never heard of this book. Now don’t judge me with my next sentence, mmkay? I have been an avid fan of the television show, BUT, I didn’t realize it was based on this comic book series. I said “Don’t Judge!” Two years ago I was gifted The Walking Dead Compendium and I thought to myself what have I been doing with my life. Here I am this huge fan of The Walking Dead and I never picked up the book to read it. No exaggeration it took me less than 4 days to finish the first compendium which contains over 1,000 pages. The television show doesn’t even hold a candle to the comic book series, no offense to Kirkman of course.
Just as the television show makes me itch, the book does the same. There are so many different ranges of emotion from reading this series. I have thrown the compendiums clear across the room because I was either upset or bugged the fcuk out. I’m all caught up with The Walking Dead which is currently on issue 133. Great books to collect and totally worth purchasing.
Dark Horse Comics – Colder: The Bad Seed – Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
A few weeks ago I reviewed Colder and I still have nightmares about Mr. Swivel aka FingerFace. I first saw this amazing cover from Josh Williamson’s (Nailbiter) tweet and just knew that this book would be added to my collection. This was another, I could care less what the story is about….do you NOT see the FingerFace man on the cover? Anywho, I received an email from Dark Horse Comics to review this book and I jumped at the opportunity. Colder The Bad Seed is crazy! Colder TBS has issues, what in the hell is on Paul Tobin’s mind. I can’t wait to interview him ‘cuz boy do EYE have questions. I have never been afraid of milk before and I haven’t stuck up my middle finger since reading this book.
I picked up Colder: TBS from my local comic book store, yesterday and me holding the book and reading it versus online freaked me out even more. I can’t handle this book, I thought FingerFace was going to take my fingers and add it to his teeth every time I turned the page. My heart started to jump double dutch, I hyperventilated a little and got grossed out. I was scared shitless! And that is just the way I enjoy my horror comic books! I will spare you the details of my nightmares as I don’t wish to relive them. Colder: The Bad Seed is only on issue 1, debuting just last week.
Life goes on for Declan Thomas after his deadly encounter with the psychotic Nimble Jack, but Declan’s strange powers continue to develop, offering him a profound connection with the nature of insanity. Little does he know that the malevolent Swivel wishes to pick up where Nimble Jack left off!
Oh, did I forget to mention that Colder: The Bad Seed is a sequel book? Whoops…well guess what else is on my list?
Dark Horse Comics – Colder – Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Before there was Mr. Swivel aka FingerFaceMan aka the MilkMan, there was Jack, Nimble Jack.
I didn’t know Nimble Jack existed until I met Paul Tobin at NYCC and he exploded my brain, he casually flipped the pages in front of me and I heaved a little inside of my mouth. I knew it would be perfect for me. I haven’t finished the trade paper back for Colder, because it’s messing with my emotions. I’m on chapter 3 and I’m terrified of Nimble Jack. I have to read this book a few pages at a time. I can NOT handle Nimble Jack.
Declan Thomas is an ex-inmate of an insane asylum that was destroyed in a fire, he has the strange ability to step inside a person’s madness—and sometimes cure it. He hopes to one day cure his own, but time is running out, as a demonic predator pursues him. Collects the five-issue miniseries.
Do you need to read Colder before Colder: The Bad Seed? I didn’t, but I would recommend reading Colder to fully understand what is so special about Declan.
Image Comics – Wytches – Scott Snyder and Jock
Last but not least on my horror comic book list is Wytches. When I first opened up Scott Snyder’s Wytches and got to the first page, I politely closed the book, and slid it as far away from me as possible. I remember tweeting “OH HELL NAH!” I didn’t pick up that book til a few days later. I tried again, caught a chill up my spine, closed the book AGAIN and put it on my bookshelf. NOAP! I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t read this book. I thought that Snyder must be the devil himself and Jock’s wonder art sure as hell didn’t help the situation.
The following week I grew some balls and decided that “I ain’t ‘fraid of no tree”. Yes, you read that correctly, I was afraid of a TREE. Scott Snyder has me TERRIFIED of TREES. After getting past the tree page, which I totally just flipped the page to get through it, the real story began. In Wytches 1 we get bits and pieces about a young girl named Sail, who I found out has her own issues with trees and rightfully so. Wytches has turned me into a bytch. This book made me scream out “Oh SH!T!” and had me putting on Bubble Guppies to get mind right. I love it! Even though there’s only one book out now, I’m
scared, hooked and glad this book is in my collection. Snyder has another hit on his hands.
Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived.
Those are my 7 comic book horror books that I am currently reading and while I have to wear Depends to read them, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m in awe of their talent and I wonder what other creepy sh*t is in their minds waiting to ooze out of their ears.
Do you read any of these books? Have a favorite that I didn’t mention, let me know in the comments! The books listed are available for purchase, just click on the image or the link of the comic book name.
Happy Halloween everyone!!!