Friday the 13th always reminds me of horror movies. Maybe because since I was young I’ve always associated Friday the 13th with the movie of the same name. When we realized today was that day, we all got excited about bringing some geeky horror to you. We compiled a list of some of the best horror games, showcased some upcoming movies, and now I bring you 13 Horror Comics to Celebrate Friday the 13th. These are in no particular order and only books or series that I’ve read.
1. Locke & Key- IDW- Written by Joe Hill- Illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
Murder, spirits, demons, magic, and inter-dimensional travel. What more could you ask for? Locke & Key spans over decades following the Locke family. The Lockes are haunted by misfortune and hellish entities. There is a television series possibly in the works that you can find out more about if you click here.
2. Nailbiter- Image- Written by Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson- Illustrated by Mike Henderson
This insanely graphic comic series takes place in an Oregon town, responsible for being hometown to some of the worst serial killers in the United States. The latest killer, Edward “Nailbiter” Charles, is known for biting the finger tips off of his victims.
3. 30 Days of Night- IDW- Written by Steve Niles- Illustrated by Ben Templesmith
Vampires go to Alaska during the winter days where the sun doesn’t shine for thirty days straight. A local sheriff fights off the horde to save the town and his wife. Simple plot leaves room for great action!
4. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac- Slave Labor Graphics- Written and Illustrated by Jhonen Vasquez
This series digs deep into the title character’s psychological path leading him to commit a string of brutal murders. With only seven issues, this is one of my favorite series due to its incredible uniqueness. This was Valesquez’s first comic before creating the Nickelodeon show, Invader Zim.
5. Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth- DC- Written by Grant Morrison- Illustrated by Dave MvKean
Batman responds to a riot at Arkham Asylum which results in the Dark Knight being locked inside with his worst enemies. This book takes a deeper look at the history of Arkham and its supernatural roots.
6. Fatale- Image- Written and Illustrated by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
This 24 issue series follows Jo, an immortal woman with the power to hypnotize men into becoming uncontrollably infatuated and obsessed with her. The series spans seven decades beginning back in the 1930’s. Jo is constantly on the run from her powers and a violent cult that worships cosmic gods that somehow tie to her.
7. Hellblazer- Vertigo- John Constantine created by Alan Moore and Stephen R. Bissette
Following his first appearance in The Saga of the Swamp Thing #37, John Constantine was featured as the main protagonist in Vertigo’s Hellblazer. 300 issues of pulse pounding occult and magic action eventually led to a self titled series, a movie, and a television series. John Constantine fights the fight that nobody knows exists against magic, the supernatural, and Heaven and Hell.
8. Colder- Dark Horse- Written by Paul Tobin- Illustrated by Juan Ferreyra
This is by far, one of the most disturbing and crazy books I’ve ever read! A former insane asylum patient whose body temperature is constantly dropping can get inside someone’s madness and possibly cure it. He is trying to cure his own madness before his body temp drops to zero. If it does, it’s game over!
9. The Wake- DC/Vertigo- Wriiten by Scott Snyder- Illustrated by Sean Murphy
The best way to describe The Wake is a post-apocalyptic deep sea horror about flesh eating mermaids. Sounds crazy, I know, but this is a must read for horror lovers. This is ten issues of never knowing what’s going to happen next.
10. From Hell- Top Shelf- Written by Alan Moore- Illustrated by Eddie Campbell
A comic book about the possible identity of Jack the Ripper. This series is based on the idea of a conspiracy to hide a bastard child of a member of the royal family. The science and research done for this book is phenomenal. So much so that inspired a film adaptation in 2001 starring Johnny Depp.
11. Outcast- Image- Written by Robert Kirkman- Illustrated by Paul Azaceta
Robert Kirkman is best known for the hit comic and TV series, The Walking Dead. He does other work too. Really good work. In Outcast Kirkman moves his focus from flesh eating zombies to demonic possessions. It’s a fairly new series, but some of Kirkman’s best work. There is currently a TV series in the works for Cinemax that is due to release this June 3, 2016.
12. Neonomicon- Avatar Press- Written by Alan Moore- Illustrated by Jacen Burrows
This four part series is not for the faint of heart and has many triggers for those faced with sexual abuse. That being said, this is one of the most frightening experiences I’ve ever had reading a comic. The series is based on Cthulhu lore created by H.P. Lovecraft. I was disturbed, scared, and enthralled by the writing genius of Alan Moore.
13. Sandman- Vertigo- Written by Neil Gaiman– Illustrated by Sam Keith, Mike Dringenberg, Shawn McManus, Michael Zulli, Jill Thompson, and Marc Hempel
I know I said at the beginning that this was in no particular order, but I did save the BEST for last. I could write twenty seven pages on why everyone must read this series. The amount of emotion and passion poured into this series is immeasurable by human accounts. The series starts off very dark and continues on creating an amazing fantasy world unlike any other. The hit show on FOX, Lucifer, is loosely based on characters from this series. If you only take one comic series from this list, let Sandman be the one. You will not regret it.