DC Comics Scares Up Two Horror Anthologies For Halloween

DC Comics will branch out from its usual super-heroic tales of derring-do this October and delve into the macabre and mysterious with two new horror anthologies–just in time for Halloween.

The world’s second-largest comic book publisher usually rolls out one horror anthology every Halloween season, but the group will unveil two this year, with one spotlighting everybody’s favorite Guardian of the Green–Swamp Thing–as reported by Comics Now.

Legend of the Swamp Thing Halloween Spectacular No. 1–priced at $5.99 and available Oct. 6–is a 48-page collection of six all-new tales that, according to DC, “reveal past lives and the unforgettable horrors that befall those who cross (Swamp Thing’s) path. From Ancient Rome to present day, Swamp Thing stalks these ghostly and ghastly tales.”

Writers Tom King (Swamp Thing: Roots of Terror), James Tynion IV (Batman), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (The Last God: The Fellspyre Chronicles), Ram V (Justice League Dark) and Vita Ayala contribute chilling scripts, and artists Domo Stanton (House of Whispers), Mike Perkins (Lois Lane), Emma Rios and Christian Ward illustrate the tales of terror.

The second title–The Doomed and the Damned No. 1–is a true anthology that DC says contains “tales of the macabre, the murderous and the morbid.” This 80-page one-shot–priced at $9.99–arrives in comic book shops Oct. 13.

This prestige format book boasts horrifying stories that feature The Batman encountering a true urban legend, Madame Xanadu teaming up with Man-Bat and Green Lantern (of all people) joining forces with the demon Etrigan. All that plus seven more eerie tales to make Halloween spookier than ever.

The writers in this volume include Marv Wolfman (of Tomb of Dracula fame), Carmen Maria Machado, Ken Porter, John Arcudi, Saladin Ahmed, Alyssa Wong and Travis Moore. Artists bringing the stories to life include Riley Rossmo, Mike Perkins, Leonardo Manco, Travis Moore and Tom Mandrake.

Keep reading Horror News Network to learn about any other Halloween goodies coming your way from DC Comics (or any other comic book publisher).

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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