Horror Comics

Horror News Network’s Comic Awards 2019: Best Anthology

Horror News Network’s Best Anthology of 2019 is Warwick Johnson-Callwell’s Our Encounters With Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and His Assistant Mr. Knox from Dark Horse Comics.

The sequel to Johnson-Callwell’s and Mike Mignola’s original Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home is a fun, unique take on classic gothic storytelling featuring the return of the witty professor and his stalwart assistant (along with Madam Mary Van Sloan, who provides a more forceful presence when it comes to dealing with monsters).  Unlike the original, Our Encounters With Evil is broken up into a series of  stand-alone short tales which highlight the quirky team and their inevitable encounters with vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. read more

Horror News Network’s 2019 Comic Awards: James Warren Named Horror Comic Honoree of the Year

When speaking of horror comics, you’d be remiss by not mentioning those wonderful oversized black and white magazines produced by Warren Publishing. The man behind Warren Publishing was James Warren. The company’s first titles were the wildly popular Famous Monsters of Filmland and Monster World, both of which were edited by Forest J Ackerman.

In the mid-1960s, Warren expanded heavily into the world of horror comics by publishing Creepy, Eerie and Vampirella. Each of these magazine-sized comic books would play an integral part in horror comic history while introducing the reader to horror icons such as Vampirella, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie. read more

Bernie Wrightson’s ‘Frankenstein’ Illustration Sells For $1.2 Million at Profiles in History Auction

Bernie Wrightson’s famed wrap-around cover for Marvel Comics 1983 edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein sold for a whopping $1.2 million at yesterday’s Profiles in History auction in Los Angeles. The world-famous illustration (named after the chilling promise the monster makes to Victor that “I shall be with you on your wedding night”) was auctioned off as as part of a private collection of original comic book art featuring work by fellow artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Wally Wood, and Barry Windsor-Smith among others. read more

‘The Early Days of McFarlane Toys’: The Horror News Network Review

If you grew up in the 90s, you couldn’t make it through your childhood without having at least one encounter with one of the many products of McFarlane Toys. Whether it be their Ultra Action Figures of popular Spawn characters, their variety of Kiss and other music lines, or their movie and professional sports lines, there was a McFarlane toy out there for everyone. If you were a big Spawn fan, though, you lived and breathed McFarlane Toys. During those years, barely a month would go by without a new comic book release or a new line of figures hitting the shelves to get everybody talking, and “mint in box” was the name of the game. Some Spawn fans have moved on from collecting since those golden years, but Todd McFarlane Productions is still as relevant as ever given the recent milestone release of Spawn #301 and the anticipation of an upcoming Blumhouse major motion picture directed by McFarlane himself and starring Jamie Foxx as Al Simmons. read more

2000 AD’s ‘Defoe the Divisor’ Writer Pat Mills and Artist Stewart Moore: The Horror News Network Interview

Fans who grew up reading comic books in the 1980s are sure to recognize such 2000 AD staples such as the ABC Warriors, Strontium Dog, Slaine the Horned God, and the biggest export from the English weekly comic, Judge Dredd.   If you haven’t been keeping up with the work being done in 2000 AD over the past years, you may have missed writer Pat Mills and and artist Leigh Gallagher’s Titus Defoe, another take-no-prisoners hero, cut from the same cloth as many of previously mentioned legends. read more

‘Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out’ Writer Steve Niles and Artist Gyula Németh: The Horror News Network Interview

Steve Niles hard-boiled detective Cal McDonald has stalked the four color world of comics (and novels) since 1990, solving cases, killing monsters, and upsetting both human and non-human characters alike.

For his latest misadventure, Niles has teamed up with artist Gyula Németh for a tale involving a beautiful vampire and a very premature retirement called Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out.  Niles and Németh sat down with Horror News Network to discuss the new Dark Horse mini-series as well as what has kept Cal going all of these years. read more

‘Locke & Key’ Receives Premiere Date From Netflix

Fans of the ever-popular author Joe Hill, who has multiple projects in varying stages of development, won’t need to wait long for their next fix.  According to Deadline, the supernatural mystery series Locke & Key, based on a comic book series written by Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez for IDW Publishing, will premiere on February 7th, 2020 on Netflix.   The streaming service made the announcement on Wednesday, and was confirmed by Hill’s official Twitter account shortly afterwards (see below.) read more

‘Swimming In Darkness’ Artist/Writer Lucas Harari: The Horror News Network Interview

Lucas Harari’s debut graphic novel Swimming In Darkness (translated by David Homel) has generated a lot of buzz in the independent comics circles and received a prestigious seal of approval from Warren Ellis, who described Harari’s work as “…noirish modern of mysterious architectures, strange geometries and people drowning in obsession is eerily unsettling and completely mesmerizing.”

In this exclusive interview with HNN, Harari details the origins of his unique story and distinct art style for what may prove to be an auspicious start for the young artist. read more

‘Our Encounters With Evil’ Writer/Artist Warwick Johnson-Callwell: The Horror News Network Interview

Warwick Johnson-Callwell’s and Mike Mignola’s original Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home entertained many classic monster and horror comic fans with its combination of humor and chills, punctuated by Johnson-Callwell’s unique art style.

Johnson-Callwell returns to his intrepid explorers this November with a three story anthology entitled Our Encounters with Evil and we asked him a series of questions about the new book and his love of all things that go bump in the night. read more

‘The Dollhouse Family’s’ Mike Carey and Peter Gross: The Horror News Network Interview

The Dollhouse Family (the second title in Joe Hill’s new Hill House Comics line from DC Comics) continues the reemergence of the horror comic in the form of a complex dive into three seeming disparate horror sub-genres including Cthulu-like ancient gods, frightening, abusive relationships, and a ghostly, supernatural dollhouse.

Writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross were happy to answer HNN’s questions about The Dollhouse Family and gave readers a glimpse into the complex world of the new series. read more