January 1st, 2018 was such an exciting time for horror fans! Big projects were being announced, everyone was fired up about the upcoming Halloween movie, and conventions were beginning to announce some incredible guests. Just like The Legendary Criswell, I made a few predictions on that day about what we can expect in the world of horror in 2018, and I promised to revisit my premonitions in December. Well, here we are… so let’s see how I did!
Horror News Network’s Award for 2018 Series of the Year goes to Image Comics’ Evolution. The series is a roller coaster ride of paranoia and horror with the end result being a mix of Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets John Carpenter’s The Thing.
The series is the brain child of a quartet of talented writers which include James Asmus, Joseph Keatinge, Christopher Sebela, and Joshua Williamson. Rounding out the team is talented artist Joe Infurnari, colorist Jordan Boyd, and letterer Pat Brosseau. read more
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 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 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 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 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 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
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
As a Christmas present for horror fans list this year, Jordan Peele delivered the official trailer for his upcoming film Us.
The trailer shows, the Wilsons, an ordinary family headed to the beach for a relaxing vacation, while the 1995 Luniz classic I Got 5 On It plays in the car (and in the background throughout the trailer). Upon arrival to their destination the family unwinds in the sand and sun as a mysterious figure arrives on the beach. We get a glimpse of the beach where Jason, the youngest member of the family notably decked out in a classic Jaws t-shirt, decides to check out the area and causes a sir with his absence. Later that evening the Wilsons notice a family of strangers in their driveway, who later reveal themselves to not be strangers at all, but other versions of themselves. read more