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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 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 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