Horror Manga: Like I Need Another Hobby

Since I stumbled onto Hell Yeah Horror Manga a few days ago, I can’t stop thinking about Japanese horror. North America has nothing on the Japanese in terms of visual horror impact.

To illustrate my point:


“Fushigi no Tatari-chan”


“Corpse Party Blood Covered”


“I Am a Hero”

Even taken completely out of context, as these are, they’re immediately effective. (Tell me at least one of these won’t show up in your dreams tonight…)

I read horror comics when I was a kid, and “normal” comics when I got older. It’s been a while, but I’m getting the urge to pick up the habit again.

Any recommendations?

Love Comics? Love Horror? Brace Yourself…

Did you have plans for this long weekend?

Yeah, those might be about to change.

Enter The Horrors of it All. This is easily one of my favourite blogs, and has been for years. It’s probably the best source of Pre-Code horror comic scans.

What does Pre-Code mean?
Horror comics of the 1940s and early 1950s are often called ‘pre-Code’ horror in reference to the Comics Code Authority, a censoring board that was created in response to Dr. Fredric Wertham’s book Seduction of the Innocent and the subsequent public outcry against crime and horror comics. Since violent, gory and lurid content were what made pre-Code horror comics great, the stifling effect of censorship resulted in bland comics that didn’t sell. The horror comic market was dead, killed by the Code.” (from samuelsdesign.com)

Pre-Code is the good stuff. Monsters, murderers and the macabre await you in these pages. And The Horrors of it All actually provides full-page, full-story panels in all their delicious retro glory.

If you’re anything like me, you hated the chipper wholesomeness of Archie and gang, and thrived on comic blood and guts instead. This impeccably-maintained blog is worth a visit.

Disappointing Monsters

You like horror.

You like comics.

You’ll like Disappointing Monsters. Why? Because it’s fucking awesome.

Created by my buddy Owen Mackinder and my new pal Daniel Bradford, this comic has everything your dark little heart could want. Cthulhu. Pennywise the Dancing Clown. A snow fort with murder holes.

As my husband says, it’s a lot like Calvin and Hobbes…if Hobbes was a zombie.


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New comics on Mondays, click here to read from the start.

Judge a Book By Its Cover

I love, love, love pulp covers. Whether they were for comics or cheap paperback novels, the lurid covers spoke of dread and danger. Monsters and shadowy villains lurking around corners hinted at impending doom. I remember reading horror comics that looked like these, and they heavily influenced my tastes in horror.

I mean really, how great are these?

Side note: I specifically remember reading a comic featuring Death menacing a man in his dreams, and it culminated in him waking to find a miniature Death digging a grave in the man’s own chest. Anyone know what I’m talking about?

For countless more vintage and pulp covers, check out Cover Browser, the best website I’d never heard of.