Horror Comics

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best Anthology

Horror News Network’s Award for Best Horror Anthology of 2018 goes to Image Comics Ice Cream Man.

The series (written by W. Maxwell Prince with art by Martín Morazzo and Chris O’Halloran) has been a critical darling since the very first issue was released in January and the title has continued to pick up momentum throughout 2018.  The anthology swaps out a crypt keeper or witch for the unassuming presence of the Ice Cream Man, who is always lurking in the background during the misfortunes that befall the victim of the month.  A morality play in the style of classic EC Comics, the stories range from the anxiety behind an addict’s last fix, the trials and tribulations of a one-hit wonder, the ballad of a falling man, a young girl’s quest with her dead best friend, to a litany of domestic tragedies. read more

Horror News Network’s 2018 Comic Awards: Johnny Craig Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

No company has had a greater influence on horror comics than EC Comics.  William Gaines’ controversial publishing line will forever be remembered as the home of Tales from the Crypt, The Haunt of Fear, The Crypt of Terror, along with Sci-fi titles such as Weird Science, and a slew of urban crime titles.

One member of EC’s stable of artists, Johnny Craig (April 25, 1926 – September 13, 2001), distinguished himself early on in the company’s  history, becoming a reliable fan-favorite of those that preferred their comics a little more macabre than most.  Craig’s work graced the majority of EC’s horror comics and he was one of the few creators of his day that handled both writing and art chores on a story.  He would become most famous for his work on The Vault of Horror and Crime Suspense Stories, both penning and illustrating the lead-story for both bi-monthly series.     read more

Dark Horse Comics Delivers Ghosts, Witches, and Samurai In ‘Isabellae’ Volume One

Dark Horse Comics has a long tradition of bringing European favorites to North American audiences, and the latest in this line is the critically acclaimed Isabellae from author Raule (Jazz Maynard, Arthus Trivium) and artist Gabor (Greenworld, Les Patriciens), which will be collected in English for the first time in August of 2019. 

Isabellae (according to the official press release) takes place in feudal Japan where “…Isabellae Ashiwara, the young daughter of an Irish witch and a samurai master, roams the countryside with her father’s ghost at her side, earning her living as a highly-skilled bounty hunter while searching for her long-lost sister, Siuko. After seven years of searching, the time has come for Isabellae to take charge of her destiny once and for all and face her haunting past.”   

The genre bending title will collect the first three French volumes in one hardcover English language edition.  The collection goes on sale on August 7, 2019 at finer bookstores and comic book shops everywhere.  read more

Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones Join Jackson Robert Scott on ‘Locke & Key’

According to Deadline both Connor Jessup and Emilia Jones have been added to the upcoming Netflix series Locke & Key. Jessup will play Tyler while Jones landed the role of his sister Kinsey Locke. The duo will join Jackson Robert Scott (IT) who plays their brother Bode Locke. Back in July we passed along the news that Netflix ordered a 10-episodes of the Lovecraftian series.

Published by IDW Publishing in February 2008, Locke & Key introduces readers to Keyhouse, a mansion located in Massachusetts with many different mysterious doors that only open with special keys. The House only shows the keys to children who have not reached adulthood. Keyhouse is also home to a malicious presence that will stop at nothing in its quest for the Omega Key and the unspeakable prize it unlocks. read more

First Trailer for ‘Hellboy’ Released by Lionsgate

Hellboy fans got a Christmas present a little early this year, as the first trailer for April’s Hellboy (formerly titled Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen) was released today.

The trailer includes a lot of what fans of the original Guillermo Del Toro films enjoyed in terms of the humor and monster-smashing action, and also some surprises for those fans familiar with the source material (Mike Mignola’s long-running comic book series from Dark Horse).  Observant fans are sure to pick out vampire luchador action, as well as a quick image of Baba Yaga’s walking hut, among other nods to the original comic series.  It also appears that the B.P.R.D.’s offices have moved from Fairfield, Connecticut to a location in England. read more

‘The Whispering Dark’ Writer Christofer Emgard: The Horror News Network Interview

For those who love horror comics and war comics in equal parts, Christofer Emgard and Tomas Aira’s The Whispering Dark is a potent mixture of both genres, beguiling the senses with stark images of modern warfare, as well as a foreboding supernatural presence lurking just outside of the conflicts of men. Writer Christofer Emgard took some time away from his work on the series to discuss his impressive new series, as well as how to balance both horror and war elements to tell a story that satisfies fans of both genres. read more

Ian Ziering Cast as Blue Devil in ‘Swamp Thing’ Streaming Series

Ian Ziering announced today via twitter that he will be joining the cast of DC Universe’s streaming series Swamp Thing as the lovable Blue Devil.

The actor, known for his roles on Beverly Hills 90210 and Syfy’s Sharknado series, will step into the blue and yellow pirate boots of one of DC’s prominent supernatural characters.  The character first debuted in 1984 (ala a special preview insert in Firestorm #24) and was created by Dan Mishkin, Gary Cohn, and Paris Cullins. His solo series ran for nearly three years and he would later appear as a member of the Justice League and Shadowpact.  The stunt man turned supernatural hero was also rumored to be a part of the long gestating and maligned Justice League Dark film.  At this time it appears that JLD is DOA, but having two competing versions of the same character on the small screen and the silver screen has never stopped DC before, so don’t be surprised if fans get two versions to further confuse them. read more

‘Hellboy Winter Special 2018’: The Horror News Network Review

There are two thing that you can count on during the holiday season: there will always be left-over fruitcake and the arrival of a jolly, red faced, barrel-chested icon.  I am of course talking about Hellboy and his annual Winter Special.

This year’s 2018 collection contains three seasonal tales featuring a classic Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck collaboration about a New Year’s Eve seance gone wrong, Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s return to B.P.R.D.: Vampire with a new story entitled “Lost Ones”, and “The Empty Chair” starring Lobster Johnson by Tonci Zonjic. read more

Tom DeLonge’s ‘Strange Times’ in Development at TBS

Things are about to get strange as Tom DeLonge’s graphic novel Strange Times is being made into a series for TBS. Variety reports that Aaron Karo is set to write the series which follows five teenage skateboarders who also happen to be paranormal researchers.  The show will center around the group being chased by government agents.

“My love for all things paranormal and skateboarding are sometimes only superseded by my love for offensive humor,” says DeLonge. “This series combines them all into one.” read more

‘BrightBurn’ Trailer Brings Terror to Superman Mythology

What if a baby from another world, despite the best efforts of his adopted parents, turned out to be a little twisted?  This is the premise of BrightBurn, a horror film produced by James Gunn and written by Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Frequent James Gunn collaborator David Yarovesky (The Hive) will direct the film which stars Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Gregory Allen Williams, Matt Jones, Meredith Hagner, and Steve Agee.

The former director of Guardians of the Galaxy, Gunn actually started his career in the horror genre with 2006’s Slither.  He also explored odd super heroes in 2010’s Super, so Gunn is no stranger to either genre, and his role as producer is sure to rub off on his brother (Brian) and cousin (Mark), as well as Yarovesky. read more