Horror Comics

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best Writer

Horror News Network is proud to announce that Cullen Bunn is the 2018 Horror Comic Award’s writer of the year.

Bunn is a two-time award winner in this category (he last won in 2016) and almost every article about the writer on the Horror News Network website mentions one word in association with him: prolific.  Bunn kept to his incredibly busy schedule this year, turning out the most horror comics of any other current writer in the medium.  Bunn’s body of work for 2018 included finishing his beloved Harrow County (which won HNN’s Best Series Award in 2015) for Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics ghostly mini-series Cold Spots and the terrifying past-lives on-going series Regression, Dynamite’s Pumpkinhead and Vampirella vs. Reanimator, Boom Studio’s Empty Man and Bone Parish, AfterShock’s  Dark Ark and Brothers Dracul, Oni’s Shadow Roads and Damned, and in his spare time, Asgardians of the Galaxy, Venomized, X-Men Blue, Deadpool Assassin, and Vault of Spiders for Marvel. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best Artist

Horror News Network’s Award for Artist of the Year of 2018 goes to Andrea Sorrentino for his amazing artwork on Gideon Falls.

Published by Image Comics, Gideon Falls follows a man named Norton who becomes obsessed with what he believes is a conspiracy that is being hidden within the towns garbage. Concurrently, a Catholic priest, Father Fred arrives in Gideon Falls and also finds the town is full of dark secrets. The two characters become intertwined around the mysterious legend of The Black Barn, an otherworldly building that is alleged to have appeared in both the city and the small town, throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best Mini-Series

Horror News Network’s top mini-series (non-monthly title) for 2018 is Image Comics’ Infidel. 

Infidel (written by Pornsak Pichetshote with art by Aaron Campbell and colored by Jose Villarrubia) garnered immediate praise from the comic press and as described in our review of issue one last March, the series turned out to be “…one that appeal(ed) to fans of atmospheric horror stories as well as those who enjoy smart, socially conscious writing about the real fears that are created through prejudice and ignorance.” read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best One-Shot

Horror News Network’s Award for 2018 One-Shot of the Year goes to Image Comics’ Wytches: Bad Egg Halloween Special. Released on Halloween, the book tells the tale of Seb and Jackson, two teenagers that are on the opposite end of an eternal struggle between Wytch hunters and Wytches. Their friendship is quickly tested and put to test once again as it will take a remarkable bond to survive the age-old blood feud.

Bad Egg collects the entire IMAGE+ magazine run and, for the first time, the 13-page, pulse-pounding conclusion plus extra materials. The issue reunites series writer Scott Snyder with artist Jock. The two long-time industry veterans craft yet another incredible chapter in the acclaimed horror series. Joining Snyder and Jock are Matt Hollingsworth on colors and Clem Robins handling the letters. read more

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2018: Best Cover

Horror News Network’s Award for 2018 Cover of the Year goes to Archie Publications’ Jughead The Hunger #4A. Artist Adam Gorham delivered an absolutely amazing cover which featured an enraged Jughead in full lycanthrope form.

Jughead the Hunger follows the beloved Jughead Jones as his insatiable appetite can only be quenched by human flesh. When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light in this horrifying collection of tales. The ongoing series is written by Frank Tieri (Wolverine, Deadpool, Batman: Gotham Underground) and features interior art by Pat & Tim Kennedy and Joe Eisma. read more

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