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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Horror/Supernatural

On this spotlight on upcoming horror comics we've got a cursed DVD machine, the giant sized release of Something Is Killing The Children, some WWII and social media horror, a little Cthulhu action, a new Locke & Key hardcover, and some Victorian ghost stories to top it all off!



(W) Mark Russell (A/CA) Ben Tiesma

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.


Why this caught my eye:

Russell has a good track record of telling odd and interesting stories, and just the concept of a cursed DVD machine is at least worth checking this out to see what he's up to.



(W) James TynionIV (A/CA) Werther Dell'Edera

Children in a sleepy Wisconsin town begin to go missing with most never returning, and those that do have disturbing stories of horrific creatures that live in the shadows. There is one person that believes the children and claims to be the only who sees what they can see. Her name is Erica Slaughter. She kills monsters. This is all she does, and she bears the cost because it must be done.

Experience the critically acclaimed series by GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Department of Truth, Batman) and artist Werther Dell'Edera (Razorblades) like never before.

Collects Something is Killing the Children #1-15 in a single deluxe edition hardcover for the first time.


Why this caught my eye:

Boom does a nice job with their oversized hardcovers, so this should be a pretty great way to upgrade your collection.



(W) Phillip Sevy (A/CA) Drew Zucker

During the Battle of the Bulge, a squadron of US soldiers is caught in a blizzard while patrolling through the woods. Seeking refuge from the impending white out, they stumble across an abandoned manor, seeking shelter and safety. Once inside, however, the doors disappear, rooms begin to morph, exits become entrances, and they quickly realize there is no safety to be found! As their eyes deceive them, their minds descend into madness, panic, and paranoia. Is this real? Or is there more to this labyrinth than what resides within the walls? Secrets are revealed, history is retold, and death is the only mercy.


Why this caught my eye:

I'm a sucker for WWII horror stories (Light Brigade is one of my favorites), so I'm curious to see what this haunted house tale has to bring to to the table.



(W) Zack Keller (A/CA) Doug Wheatley

A new internet challenge called "creeping" is sweeping across social media.

"Creeping" is a dangerous online trend that dares participants to spend the night at a frightening location-from crumbling cemeteries to derelict morgues. As more people join in, the competition increases-who can outdo the latest scary destination? One group of thrillseekers determines to find the most terrifying place in the world-an abandoned medieval fortress turned insane asylum fills the bill, but they soon realize they are in for more than they bargained for.

Written by Zack Keller (Death Head, Meet Me at The Falls) with original story by Mike Richardson (Echoes, Living with the Dead), and art by Doug Wheatley (AVP: Thicker than Blood, Star Wars: Dark Times), this graphic novel takes you on a horrifying journey where fun and mischief take a shocking turn into the ultimate fight for survival.


Why this caught my eye:

Honestly I'm kinda meh on the concept because I don't care for social media horror as a sub-genre, but I do really like Doug Wheatley and I like to keep up with what he's working on.



(W) H. P. Lovecraft (A) Gary Gianni

Written in 1928, H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu defined the ancient gods as dark creatures who came from the stars and ruled the world before mankind. When these ancient ones awaken, humanity is plagued by a nightmare of terrors etched upon an epic backdrop. The author's concept deeply redefined the horror story with this thrilling, dense mystery that spawned a virtual genre. The artist Gary Gianni and designer Marcelo Anciano both felt that Lovecraft's short story presented an opportunity to visually expand the Cthulhu Mythos and push the boundaries of illustrated books.

The Call of Cthulhu, as illustrated by Gary Gianni, is a fusion of cinematic design, the graphic novel and illustrated books. Over a hundred finished pencil drawings with color pieces enhance and bring to life the work of two visionaries in an extraordinary feat of storytelling and art.


Why this caught my eye:

I don't know how many times I've read this story because it gets adapted so often, but I just love Gianni's artwork and it fits perfectly. I am getting to the point where I can probably build the foundation to a small house with all of these adaptations though.....



(W) Joe Hill (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez

Unlock moments from Keyhouse's long history, expanding the saga of the Locke family in this collection of stories, which includes the epic crossover with DC's The Sandman Universe!

For two hundred years, the Locke family has watched over Keyhouse, a New England mansion where reality has come unhinged and shadows are known to walk on their own. Here they have guarded a collection of impossible keys, instruments capable of unlocking both unparalleled wonder and unimaginable evil.

Take a glimpse into the lives of Chamberlin Locke and his family in the early 20th century as they use the keys to fight battles big and small. From the killing fields of Europe during WWI and the depths of Hell, the Lockes are in a constant struggle to keep the dark forces of their world at bay.

Collects three standalone tales, "Small World," the Eisner-nominated "Open the Moon," and the never-before-seen "Face the Music," along with the 3-part ...In Pale Battalions Go... and the epic 80-page crossover with The Sandman Universe, Hell & Gone" all from the co-creators of Locke & Key, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez!


Why this caught my eye:

I'm practically soul bound into getting all iterations of Locke & Key, but it's nice to signal when a good hardcover compilation is finally being released. Also, there's a decent chance this will never be reprinted again due to the DC crossover content, so best to snatch it up on the initial release.



(W) Craig Hurd-McKenny, David Aguado, VARIOUS (A) Peter Gross, Vince Locke, Various (CA) Tyler Smith Owings

With a break in the action, Prescott, Delilah and The Comtesse share in the tradition of sharing Victorian ghost stories on Christmas Eve. As the stories unfold, each crafted by a different comic book creator, the night builds to the biggest shock of all... a ghastly visitor!


Why this caught my eye:

I like to support Craig Hurd-McKenny as he's a great local Seattle talent, and I've really enjoyed his previous works in this series as well as his other stories (which you can check out and purchase here). If you're a fan of the BPRD and like diverse casts of characters and some great queer representation you should definitely check out the world of Strange Disturbances.


That's it for this batch! We'll hit some sci-fi on the next round!

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