Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re anything like me this means you’re about to spend a week curled up with the spookiest books, comics and movies you can find.
And if you need some comic recommendations I’ve got you covered!
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them…. and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all…
Joe Hill is extremely good at writing stories that scare me (maybe it’s genetic?). I’ve only recently read the first volume of Locke & Key but it’s the first thing that comes to mind when people ask me for Halloween comic recommendations.
The Long Halloween
DC Comics. Written by Jeph Loeb. Art by Tim Sale.
As the Dark Knight struggles to find an elusive, mysterious serial killer who strikes only on holidays, he discovers no shortage of suspects in a Gotham City beset by mobsters and freakish costumed criminals, any one of whom could be his prey.
Despite having Halloween in the title, The Long Halloween actually takes place over a bunch of holidays. But Tim Sale’s fabulous and creepy and the story of Harvey Dent’s evolution into Two Face make this perfect for a little pre-Halloween party reading.
Top Shelf Productions. Written by Alan Moore. Art by Eddie Campbell
Alan Moore names Dr. Gull as Jack the Ripper, the most infamous serial murderer of all time. Together with artist Eddie Campbell, all of the conspiracies and cover-ups are considered and bound together in this vortex of terror that is the most compelling and terrifying psychological study ever undertaken!
Don’t mess with the classics. Alan Moore, one of comics most notorious creators, mixed with Jack the Ripper, one of history’s most notorious villains. It’s a winning combination.
Written by Becky Cloonan. Art by Becky Cloonan.
A fisherman’s wife tends the garden and animals while her husband is at sea, but secrets buried under the waves begin to bubble to the surface revealing a secret treachery and forgotten truth.
I just read this for the first time last night. It’s a quick read, but a spooky one – particularly if you like ghost stories. And it’s only 99 cents!
Death: The High Cost of Living
Vertigo. Written by Neil Gaiman. Art by Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham
One day every century, Death takes on mortal form to learn more about the lives she must take.
The whole Sandman series is great, and you could definitely binge read it all for Halloween. But Death was always my favourite character so I’m choosing to highlight her spin off title instead.
Afterlife with Archie
Archie Comic Publications. Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Art by Francesco Francavilla
A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in this brand-new, spine-tingling ongoing series
This mini-series just started and it is a lot of fun. How could an Archie-Sabrina the Teenage Witch mash up not be a lot of fun? Perfect for teens.
Graphix. Written by Doug TenNapel. Art by Doug TenNapel
Imagine Garth Hale’s surprise when he’s accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don’t have, but he’s stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth’s newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the pair search for a way to get Garth back home.
Ghosopolis is a fantastic all ages comics. Definitely one worth reading with your kids before you head out trick or treating!