Best of From the Tomb Magazine

Best of From the Tomb Magazine

TwoMorrows Publishing has published The Best of From the Tomb Magazine! Order your copy today!

Since 2000, From The Tomb has terrified readers worldwide, as the preeminent magazine on the history of horror comics, with stellar writing and intensely frightening illustrations from the best talent in the industry. Produced in the UK, issues have been scarce and highly collectible in the US, and here's your chance to see what you've been missing!

The 2013 Ghastly Award Winners

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The 2013 Ghastly Award Winners

The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the Winners of the 2013 Ghastly Awards. The Ghastly Award Judges chose the nominees from the books submitted by Comic Creators and Publishers throughout 2013. Winners were chosen by the Judges, Comic Book Creators and the Fans. The Ghastly Judicial Panel congratulates all 2013 Winners and Nominees. It is an honor to be recognized by your fellow professionals for such outstanding work in horror comics.

The 2013 Winners are:

Best Ongoing Title:
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)

Best Mini-Series:
Locke & Key: Omega (IDW Publishing)

Best One-Shot: 
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven & The Red Death (Dark Horse)

Best New Series (Fan Voting Decided the Winner):
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)

Best Anthology:
Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror (Independent)

Best OGN:
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (Dark Horse)

Best Archival Collection: 
Steve Ditko Monsters Vol. 1: Gorgo (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

Best Writer:  
Joe Hill (Locke & Key: Omega)

Best Artist:
Richard Corben (Edgar Allan Poe's: The Raven and the Red Death)

Best Inker:
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)

Best Letterer:
Clem Robins (B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Hellboy in Hell, The Strain)

Best Colorist:
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)

Best Web Comic:
The Last Halloween (www.last-halloween.com)

Hall of Fame Inductees:
Gene Colan
Archie Goodwin
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Named for acclaimed comics creator "Ghastly" Graham Ingels, the Awards are in their 4th year. Created to honor excellence in Horror Comics, Comic Creators and Publishers can submit their books for nomination consideration throughout the calendar year. The top five nominees in each category will be chosen by the Judges, and will then be voted on by the Judges, Creators and Fans to decide the winners.

We thank everyone who took the time to vote in the 2013 Awards. The submission process is now open for the 2014 Awards!

We congratulate all of the Winners and Nominees for what they bring to the comic reading community. To be nominated by your comic book creating peers is a big honor and the Ghastly Awards are here to celebrate your achievements.

For more information on the Ghastly Awards, or to submit your horror comics for the 2014 Award season please go to www.ghastlyawards.com.
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2013 Ghastly Award Nominees

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The 2013 Ghastly Award Nominees

The Ghastly Award Judges are proud to announce the 2013 Ghastly Award Nominees. The nominees, chosen by the Ghastly Award Judges, reflect the wide range of horror material being published in print and web comic form today. All Nominees were selected from work that was submitted by comic Publishers and Creators throughout the year for Ghastly Award consideration.

Named after acclaimed comics creator “Ghastly” Graham Ingels, the awards are now in their 3rd year.

Fan and Creator Voting will be open from January 10, 2014 until January 24, 2014 at www.ghastlyawards.com. You may only vote once for the 2013 Nominees, and Fans will decide the winner of the Best New Series Award. Winners will be announced in January 31, 2014.

We thank everyone who took the time to submit their work for this years awards.

The 2013 Nominees are: 


Best Ongoing Title:
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
B.P.R.D. (Dark Horse)
Coffin Hill (Vertigo)
John Carpenter's Asylum (Storm King Comics)
Rachel Rising (Abstract Studios)

Best Mini-Series:
Colder (Dark Horse)
Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray (Image Comics)
Killogy (IDW Publishing)
Locke & Key: Omega (IDW Publishing)
Lot 13 (DC Comics)

Best One-Shot: 
'68: Hallowed Ground (Image Comics)
Baltimore: The Widow and The Tank (Dark Horse)
Edgar Allan Poe: The Raven & The Red Death (Dark Horse)
Fubar: Free Comic Book Day (Alterna Comics/Fubar Press)
The Living Corpse: Haunted (Dynamite Entertainment)

Best New Series (Fans Will Decide the Winner):
Abe Sapien (Dark Horse)
Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics)
Coffin Hill (Vertigo)
Ghosted (Image Comics)
Ten Grand (Image Comics)

Best Anthology:
American Vampire Anthology (Vertigo)
Bela Lugosi's Tales From the Grave (Monsterverse Entertainment)
Bloke's Terrible Tomb of Terror (Independent)
The Witching Hour (Vertigo)
Twisted Dark (T Publications)

Best OGN:
Aliens: Inhuman Condition (Dark Horse)
Eldritch (SLG)
Flesh & Blood Vol. 3 (Monsterverse Entertainment)
Hellboy: The Midnight Circus (Dark Horse)
The Shadow Out of Time (SelfMadeHero)

Best Archival Collection: 
B.P.R.D. 1948  (Dark Horse)
Creepy Archives Vol. 17 (Dark Horse)
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics: Haunted Horror (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)
The Human Gargoyles (Bleeding Moon Comics)
Steve Ditko Monsters Vol. 1: Gorgo (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books)

Best Writer:  
John Arcudi (Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D.)
Cullen Bunn (Helheim, Sixth Gun)
Joe Hill (Locke & Key: Omega)
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Paul Tobin (Colder)

Best Artist:
Richard Corben (Edgar Allan Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher, The Raven and the Red Death)
Glenn Fabry (Lot 13)
Juan Ferreyra (Colder, Kiss Me Satan)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key: Omega)

Best Inker:
Terry Moore (Rachel Rising)
Jason Paulos (EEEK!)
Drew Rausch (Eldritch, My Blacks Don't Match)
Emma Rios (Pretty Deadly)
Rob Sacchetto (Rob Sacchetto's Cape Fear)

Best Letterer:
Jack Morelli (Afterlife with Archie)
Nate Piekos (Billy the Kid's Old Timey Oddities, Colder, Kiss Me Satan, To Hell You Ride)
Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key, X-Files)
Clem Robins (B.P.R.D., Baltimore, Hellboy in Hell, The Strain)
Rus Wooton (Ghosted, The Walking Dead)

Best Colorist:
Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly, The X-Files)
Jay Fotos ('68, Locke & Key: Omega)
Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie)
Miroslav Mrva (Ghosted)
Dave Stewart (Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Hellboy: The Midnight Circus)

Best Web Comic:
Chopping Block (choppingblock.keenspot.com)
Crossed: Wish You Were Here (crossedcomic.com)
Last Halloween (last-halloween.com)
My Blacks Don't Match (drewrausch.com/comic/its-alive)
The Eighth Seal (thrillbent.com/comics/the-eighth-seal)

Hall of Fame Inductees:
Gene Colan
Archie Goodwin

We congratulate all of the Nominees for what they bring to the comic reading community. To be nominated by the Ghastly Award Judges is a big honor and the Ghastly Awards are here to celebrate your achievements.
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Monsters & Metal: Episode #9

Posted by Decapitated Dan On 7:17 AM 0 comments
Welcome to Monsters & Metal Episode #9, the internet's hardest hitting, in your face mix of Horror Comics and Heavy Metal! Join Decapitated Dan and F(r)iends each month as they keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of Horror Comics, while playing some of the World's best Metal tracks!

On this Episode:

• Decapitated Dan and Dirk Manning introduce the show.
www.decapitateddan.com AND https://www.facebook.com/dirkmanning

• Soulfly “Bloodshed”
http://www.soulfly.com/

• Monster Messaging Segment with Dave Elliott
https://www.facebook.com/AtomekaPress AND http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/

Century Media Spotlight: Deicide “End the Wrath of God”
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialDeicide

• Strange Kids Club Presents: What’s Crackle’n
http://www.strangekidsclub.com/

• Quiet Riot “Let's Get Crazy”
http://www.officialquietriot.com/

• Tales From the Water Cooler interviews Dan Fogler
http://www.dan-fogler.com/ AND http://www.archaia.com/archaia-titles/moon-lake/

Metalblade Spotlight: The Ocean “Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams"”
http://theoceancollective.com/pelagial/
 
• I Hate Everything You Love Segment with Douglas Paszkiewicz
http://www.arseniclullabies.com/

• Avatarium "Boneflower"
https://www.facebook.com/avatariumofficial

• Tales From the Water Cooler Reviews - '68 Hallowed Ground
www.comicattack.net

Century Media Spotlight: Ingested “Titanomachy”
https://www.facebook.com/ingesteduk

• Decapitated Dan & Dirk Manning recap the past month sponsored by the Ghastly Awards
www.GhastlyAwards.com

• Thy Art is Murder “Dead Sun”
https://www.facebook.com/thyartismurder

• MassiveFantastic.com Presents Horror Theater - Nightfall “Wind Chill”
http://massivefantastic.com/

Make sure to check out our website www.monstersandmetal.com for info on all the Hosts and Bands on this episode. Make sure to send in questions to Doug's I Hate Everything You Love segment, as well as give us feedback on the show. And join us on facebook to take part in the What's Crackle'n Contest!

So until next month, Keep them Horns Up, and Support Good Horror!

Download Episode #9 Here
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Ghastly Awards - October 2013 Update

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Horror comics are becoming more and more frequent in our reading culture, and the Ghastly Awards are here to recognize, through Horror Comic submissions, those that shine the brightest. We encourage all Comic Creators to take the time to head over to www.ghastlyawards.com and submit your work for 2013 Ghastly Award Nomination consideration.
    
Creators please remember that you can submit your Horror Comic work through out the calendar year! For the month of October 2013 the judges are recommending you take a look at: 

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #9 (BOOM! Studios) - IIn this issue Tiffany has rescused Kristy from her mental prison that D’Amour had trapped her in, but a threat is still arising. The war in Hell with the Cenobites and Leviathan’s Damned rages on and Kristy and Tiffany intend on battling in it .This series has a lot of different twists and turns to the story line with some striking visual art. I enjoy the journey Kristy is on and how she deals with being the High Priestess of Hell.The issue was a fun read and had a nice twist that will appeal to any Hellraiser fan. - Spaced (http://youknowyourcertifiable.blogspot.com/)

The Memory Collectors #1 (IDW/44Flood) - “If you’re looking for some hero’s tale, you’re not going to find that here...” Says Edith, our fetish model turned protector of all things dark and dangerous. So... I have my bachelors degree in philosophy, and I’ve read it all friends. I’ve studied it all, pondered it all. And this, I can honestly say, is one of the most philosophical comic books I’ve ever read. Probably ever produced. We (all horror comic fans) were expecting a lot from The Memory Collectors. How could we not? With Menton3’s daringly dark and creamy art, passion for high fashion and buxom vixens, and unique take on the human form... We were ready for greatness. But then add to that the fact that Menton3 also penned The Memory Collectors, expectations were sky high. And not only did this meet my expectations, it took a grenade to them and blew em’ up. I must have read the first 4 pages nearly seven times before I could continue. I couldn’t decide whether or not it was a comic or a manual on how to properly view the world (and its inhabitants) around you. Immediately drawn into the comic from the first sentence, “It is said the best place to hide something is in plain sight...” The world blacked out around me and I was a part of The Memory Collectors. That’s something Menton3 excels at, making you an intimate part of his art. Art that’s so unique, you wonder if you’re even looking at it or dreaming it. Something I’m almost hesitant to say but feel it’s too true to ignore, is that Menton’s writing is almost biblical. The way he takes us on a first account journey and the tone he utilizes, feels so important and epic, it’s not to be dismissed--it’s to be archived for generations to come. The mix of comic and prose is an absolute delight. I wasn’t expecting that, and it made the comic a genuinely fascinating experience to read. One last thought before I give the whole story away, The Memory Collectors utilizes very subtle meta elements that I must applaud Menton3 for... meta elements are my absolute favorite and they are very hard to pull off without tearing the reader right out of the story. And he pulled it off beautifully. Now go forth and read. And enjoy all the bonus features in the back of the comic!  – Bree Ogden (agentbree.wordpress.com)

Afterlife with Archie #1 (Archie) -  A childhood fave takes a wild leap into adult terror-tory in this excellent new alt-universe spin-off series from Archie Comic Publications. Leave it to Sabrina to trigger an undead apocalypse of epic proportions after she helps Jughead with his awful pet problem! Of all the zombie comics in recent years, this one stands tall by erupting from the grave with an superb first issue, and it’s obvious Riverdale will never be the same after writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla get done with us because NO ONE is safe! Smart, sexy, gruesome and violent, this could easily be the sleeper creeper hit of 2013 for many fans of horror and the Archie’s. WARNING: NOT FOR THE KIDDIES!!

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Spongebob Comics #25 (Bongo/United Plankton Pictures), these are for the kiddies! --fun spooky tales from under the sea featuring all the lovable doofuses vs. living jack o’lanterns, zombies, sea creatures (of course), and a super stand-out Flying Dutchman story illustrated by Mr. Monster’s Michael T. Gilbert! Chillies and sillies abound, matey! – Steve Banes (http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/)

Red Run (Alterna) - This new One Shot, written by Brandon Barrows and illustrated by Joel Cotejar, fits nicely into the “family struggling with supernatural forces” sub-genre, which has brought us films like Insidious and Poltergeist. Cotejar’s artwork is solid throughout and Barrows certainly goes the extra mile to give the family some personality with believable dialog (though the husband calls his wife “babe” as a pet name, something which I detest and makes me bristle... but that’s just me). This is a brisk 30 pages and my only quibble is that very little time is spent on the actual horror situations, which is a shame because Cotejar has some fun with the few pages of flaming specters that he’s allowed. Still, this is worth a look to see some horror that isn’t all up in your face and bombastic, but is inevitably uplifting. Available as a digital comic on Comixology. - Mike Howlett (http://eeriepublications.blogspot.com/) 

Baltimore: The Infernal Train #2 (Dark Horse) -“FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!” That seems to be the theme of this issue. Baltimore and Judge Duvic fend off the vampiric fiends who swarm them in a hotel lobby, all the while having a pleasant little chat about Duvic’s unrelenting drive to “purify” Baltimore, and Baltimore’s inability to see eye to eye with that plan. After the scuffle, we are treated to some of the lore within Baltimore’s world and how the higher order of vampires tie into the whole story. Aside from one very Bond-Villainesque revelation of plans, this issue was absolutely fantastic! I cannot wait for the conclusion.  - Rachel Deering (https://twitter.com/racheldeering) 

Who Needs the Moon #1 (Todd McCullough/Digital) - Who needs the moon? I sure do! Wow what a find this book is going to be when you all stop reading this review and go read this book! First of all, McCullough will grab you right from the start as two people are running from something, and then… fade to black. That is the only spoiler you get people. This issue has a great mystery to it, I mean we know it’s a werewolf, but there is still so much more to learn about. The story is only half of this book though, so now allow me to tell you about the how GORE-Geous the artwork is. I can’t barley even sum up into words how great it is. I love the use of color in certain scenes, but then keeping things in black and white in others. I think that the Todd’s style is refreshing, and so needed to make this book all that much more special. Look I really don’t want to give anything away, but I really do want you to go out and get this book. You just have to trust your old pal Decap, this is a must read! - Decapitated Dan (www.decapitateddan.com)
 
Creators and Publishers please make sure to go over to www.ghastlyawards.com to submit your books for 2013 Nomination consideration! More informaiton on how the submission process works can be found here http://ghastlys.blogspot.com/2010/10/submit-your-horror-comic-to-be.html
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Monsters & Metal: Episode #8

Posted by Decapitated Dan On 11:10 AM 0 comments

Welcome to Monsters & Metal Episode #7, the internet's hardest hitting, in your face mix of Horror Comics and Heavy Metal! Join Decapitated Dan and F(r)iends each month as they keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of Horror Comics, while playing some of the World's best Metal tracks!

Welcome to Monsters & Metal Episode #8, the internet's hardest hitting, in your face mix of Horror Comics and Heavy Metal! Join Decapitated Dan and F(r)iends each month as they keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of Horror Comics, while playing some of the World's best Metal tracks!

On this Episode:

• Decapitated Dan and Dirk Manning introduce the show.
www.decapitateddan.com AND https://www.facebook.com/dirkmanning

• Doomriders “Dead Friends”
https://www.facebook.com/pages/DOOMRIDERS/53771008100

• Decapitated Dan interviews Riley Rossmo pt.1
http://rileyrossmo.com/

• Saltillo “A Hair on the Head of John the Baptist”
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saltillo/35656246401

• Dark Horse Discourse with Aub
http://www.darkhorse.com/

• Withering “Eye of the Tiger”
http://www.withering.org/

• Monster Messaging Segment with Dave Elliott
https://www.facebook.com/AtomekaPress AND http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/

Century Media Spotlight: Necrowretch “Sadistic Expiation”
http://necrowretch.net/

• Decapitated Dan interviews Riley Rossmo pt.1
http://rileyrossmo.com/

Metalblade Spotlight: Artillery “Chill My Bones (Burn My Flesh)”
http://artillery.dk/

• Strange Kids Club Presents: What’s Crackle’n
http://www.strangekidsclub.com/

• Chthonic “Takao”
http://chthonic.org/

• Tales From the Water Cooler Reviews
www.comicattack.net

Century Media Spotlight: Paradise Lost “Gothic 2013”
http://www.paradiselost.co.uk/band-biography.html

• Decapitated Dan interviews Monty Borror
http://www.famouscomicartist.com/

• Cradle of Filth “Hallowed Be Thy Name”
http://theorderofthedragon.com/

• I Hate Everything You Love Segment with Douglas Paszkiewicz
http://www.arseniclullabies.com/

• Attila “Middle Fingers Up”
http://attilaband.com/

• Decapitated Dan & Dirk Manning recap the past month sponsored by the Ghastly Awards
www.GhastlyAwards.com

• Hester Prynne “Heat”
https://www.facebook.com/hesterprynnemetal

• MassiveFantastic.com Presents Horror Theater - Escape “Three Skeleton Key”
http://massivefantastic.com/

• @RachelDeering Recommends: Slough Feg “ I Will Kill You/You Will Die”
http://www.sloughfeg.com/

Make sure to check out our website www.monstersandmetal.com for info on all the Hosts and Bands on this episode. Make sure to send in questions to Doug's I Hate Everything You Love segment, as well as give us feedback on the show. And join us on facebook to take part in the What's Crackle'n Contest!

So until next month, Keep them Horns Up, and Support Good Horror!

Download Episode #8 Here
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Monsters & Metal: Epsiode #7

Posted by Decapitated Dan On 6:45 AM 0 comments

Welcome to Monsters & Metal Episode #7, the internet's hardest hitting, in your face mix of Horror Comics and Heavy Metal! Join Decapitated Dan and F(r)iends each month as they keep you up to date on what is going on in the world of Horror Comics, while playing some of the World's best Metal tracks!

On this Episode:

• Decapitated Dan and Dirk Manning introduce the show.
www.decapitateddan.com AND https://www.facebook.com/dirkmanning

• Aaron O'Keefe Presents "46 and 2"
http://www.aaronokeefe.com/

• Decapitated Dan interviews Vincent from Howl
https://www.facebook.com/HowlHeavyMetal

• Howl "Your Hell Begins"
https://www.facebook.com/HowlHeavyMetal


• Dark Horse Discourse with Aub
http://www.darkhorse.com/

Shining"I Won't Forget"
facebook.com/shiningnorway


• Decapitated Dan interviews David Quinn pt. 1
http://inwalkedquinn.com

Century Media Spotlight: The Browning "Gravedigger"
https://www.facebook.com/TheBrowningOfficial

• Monster Messaging Segment with Dave Elliott
(https://www.facebook.com/AtomekaPress AND http://deevelliott.deviantart.com/)

Metalblade Spotlight: Noctum "Liberty in Death"
http://www.noctumofficial.com/

• Strange Kids Club Presents: What's Crackle'n
(http://www.strangekidsclub.com/

• Fear Factory "Disassemble"
http://fearfactory.com/


• Tales From the Water Cooler Reviews
www.comicattack.net

• Pantera "Suicide Note Pt.1 & 2"
http://www.pantera.com/
 
• Decapitated Dan interviews David Quinn pt.2
http://inwalkedquinn.com

Century Media Spotlight: Devin Townsend Project "Grace"
http://www.devintownsend.com/

Lunatic's Fringe Segment with Edward Dunphy and Andrew Kudelka  http://www.mongrelcomic.com/
• John Stevens of CinemAcide Media"Heart Beats"
https://soundcloud.com/cinemacide

Metalblade Spotlight: Hail of Bullets "Pour le Mérite"
http://www.hailofbullets.com/

• I Hate Everything You Love Segment with Douglas Paszkiewicz
http://www.arseniclullabies.com/

Iron Maiden "Run to the Hills"
http://www.ironmaiden.com/

• Decapitated Dan interviews Gary Reed
http://reedgary.blogspot.com/

Witchcraft "Deconstruction"
http://www.witchcrafthome.com/

• Decapitated Dan & Dirk Manning recap the past month sponsored by the Ghastly Awards
www.GhastlyAwards.com

• Sylosis "All is Not Well"
http://sylosis.com/


• MassiveFantastic.com Presents Horror Theater - "The Dance of the Devil Dolls"
http://massivefantastic.com/

• Sanctuary "Die For My Sins"

Make sure to check out our website www.monstersandmetal.com for info on all the Hosts and Bands on this episode. Make sure to send in questions to Doug's I Hate Everything You Love segment, as well as give us feedback on the show. And join us on facebook to take part in the What's Crackle'n Contest!

So until next month, Keep them Horns Up, and Support Good Horror!

Download Episode #7 Here
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Ghastly Awards - August 2013 Update

Posted by Decapitated Dan On 12:09 PM 0 comments


Horror comics are becoming more and more frequent in our reading culture, and the Ghastly Awards are here to recognize, through Horror Comic submissions, those that shine the brightest. We encourage all Comic Creators to take the time to head over to www.ghastlyawards.com and submit your work for 2013 Ghastly Award Nomination consideration.
    
Creators please remember that you can submit your Horror Comic work through out the calendar year! For the month of August 2013 the judges are recommending you take a look at: 

The Final Plague #2 (Action Lab) - When you put animals in a comic you get my attention, when you put animals in a comic that are rabid and eat people then you really have my attention! This comic is in the vein of 28 Days Later in terms of spreading an infection from animal to human. Issue #2 seamlessly picks up where issue #1 left off and for those that haven't had a chance to read issue #1 I say do it now! I had such a fun time reading this comic.The writing was on point, engaging and the art really fit with all the various elements that were happening in the comic to create a really great cohesive story and I for one am chomping at the bit for issue #3!  - Spaced (www.twitter.com/Spaced4SimonPeg)
Bedlam #8 (Image) -I admit when I first read the first issue of this series I thought of it as little more than a strange pastiche of the Batman/Joker relationship. But Bedlam has proven to be much, much more. While there is definitely some influence from the Caped Crusader, Bedlam has managed to create its own world filled with complex and grotesque characters. The latest arc introduces a terrifying new villain able to seemingly control people from a distance and have them unwittingly commit acts of mass violence, such as public bombings, or more personal attacks - such as those witnessed on the genuinely disturbing final page. Along the way we peel another layer from the mystery surrounding Fillmore Press - the former serial killer Madder Red - and a surprising revelation about super hero The First.   – Pedro Cabezuelo (http://www.rue-morgue.com/) 

Godzilla: Rulers of Earth #2 (IDW) - I love me some kaiju.  So to see Godzilla get the A+ treatment in a new comic book series makes me all sorts of happy inside.  Especially when lettering is so remarkably on-point -- can a drawing be onomonopoeic?  Because with Shawn Lee's gorgeous work, it sure is.  I'm loving the Godzilla vs. a brand new ‘Zilla (picture the T-Rex mutant from 1998’s Godzilla) face off in Honolulu.  Honolulu may lose that fight, but readers win y'all!  Chris Mowry and Matt Frank definitely deliver the goods here, and even with aliens in the final pages (too much of a good thing, maybe?), I'm in this series for the long haul.  You should be too. - Denise Dutton (atomicfangirl.com) 

The End Of The Fucking World [TEOTFW] (Fantagraphics) - TEOTFW is one of those graphic novels that reminds you how simplicity (done well) can really tug at your emotions. Sometimes more so than really intricately illustrated and worded graphic novels. TEOTFW is not about a world apocalypse, but rather an apocalypse of the mind. I tend toward more esoteric horror than the type of horror that's so in-your-face. TEOTFW is just that: a kind of avant-garde, esoteric horror that lingers on your mind for days. It's really daring...it's brutally simple while remaining unexplainably complicated. It takes the most common fears that we are taught to avoid or feel icky about and adds those to simple line drawings and copious amounts of black and white space. The combination is fascinating and dreadfully terrifying. TEOTFW utilizes our innate fear of things like strangers, sexual predators, bullies, murder, loneliness, feeling lost, dying alone, feeling out of control of your own life--like you might do something that you cannot control, and the "feeling of nothingness" to evoke a sense of dread and wonder. In fact, there's a strong feeling of dread throughout the entire graphic novel. If it's the realistic, hard up nature of life that terrifies you, read this graphic novel. If it's not...read it anyway, you'll still feel the exhilarating panic. – Bree Ogden (agentbree.wordpress.com)

Kitaro by Shigeru Mizuki (Drawn Quarterly -  Drawn & Quarterly introduces the western world to Japan's coolest, creepiest kid hero character of all time--Kitaro! Created over half a century ago by manga mastermind Shigeru Mizuki, Kitaro is a kid with an arsenal of supernatural abilities, yokai (ghost) friends, and an eyeball for a father! He assists humans and horrors alike in keeping the balance between good and evil, with clever, inventive writing and a superb illustration style that can be fun, funny, scary, and downright horrific all within the same panel. Kitaro is a pop culture phenomenon in his own country, on par with Astro Boy and Ultra Man-- do yourself a favor and check out this collection immediately! – Steve Banes (http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/)


Five Ghosts #5 (Image) - Every Sunday night my Twitter feed floods with posts ejaculating over how amazing Breaking Bad is (which is warranted), but I wish the same thing happened in comics because Five Ghosts reaches the same levels of insanity. Issue #5 concludes the first arc of the series, and what an wild, bat-shit crazy ride it has been. This comic has everything from horror to mythic fantasy, and the artwork is nothing short of gorgeous. Frank J Barbiere and Chris Mooneyham are just getting started, and you'd be nuts not to embark on this journey with them. – Lonnie Nadler (www.Bloody-Disgusting.com)

Dead House #1 (Self Published) - It's not all about the established comic book companies and their product! There are plenty of young, hungry creators out there trying to break in and show the world what they have. A great place to find these people is at Comic Cons. I ran into artist Brian Flint at the Boston Comic Con and picked up a copy of his and writer Mike Spera's Dead House #1, a horror comic whose colorful cover caught my eye. Flint is a very unassuming guy ("the artwork gets better as the story goes on") who is clearly a fan of the genre. Dead House is about a reality show (called Dead House, naturally) which is like Survivor with zombie attacks. While this idea isn't exactly brand new (aren't there at least two television shows with that premise out or in the works?), the comic gets points for a bevy of interesting characters, though most can't get fleshed out in the scant 26 pages. But this is horror and it delivers what it should... gore and zombies! The artwork is pretty solid throughout, with bold blacks and lovingly detailed zombie-rot. There are eyes poppin', flesh fallin' and zombies being mangled, exactly what we want in a zombie comic. There were a few frustrating things in the print comic I bought; some misspellings and a page getting printed twice, but Flint informs me that those errors have since been corrected. The only other thing I can pick on is the varying lettering. A silly thing for me to mention but it managed to distract me a bit. But Dead House is worth a look for zombie fans and this should whet their appetite and hold them over while Flint works on the Graphic Novel, which should flesh out those characters and bring us more horror and gore! This is available as a digital copy at Lulu. (http://www.lulu.com/shop/brian-flint-and-mike-spera/dead-house/ebook/product-21168531.html) - Mike Howlett (http://eeriepublications.blogspot.com/) 

Ghosted #2 (Image) - Ghosted #2 continues the slow burn pace of the series, established in the first issue. We are given further background information on the heist team as well as the Trask family through flashback scenes, but we still don't know much about the operation at hand, or what dangers might lay ahead. There are a few scenes of supernatural activity, but they are short lived and don't really create any tension. Just when things are starting to heat up, the team leaves the house, safe and sound. Here's hoping they're trapped after sundown within the next few issues. - Rachel Deering (https://twitter.com/racheldeering) 

Rob Sacchetto's Cape Fear OGN (Zombie Portrait Productins) - Where on Earth has the artwork of Sacchetto been all of my life? To say that this book is GORE-Geous is seriously an understatement, because panel after panel it left my jaw on the floor. It reminded me of Dave Cooper’s style from the Aircel days, with it’s detail in a fun animated style. The werewolf in this is by far one of the most solid monsters I have ever seen on a page and man I could not get enough of it. The lettering done is what really pushed this book to get the score that it did though. The sound effects jump off the page, and add that little extra touch to make this a book not to be missed. As if the artwork was not enough to pick up this book, I have to mention the story. At first I was not sure where this one was going, but as the chapters played out, and it all came together, I was hooked. The concept of a realm where fear is something that one being controls, and that privilege is fought over is very interesting. Add into that the mix of having Earth totems and how the monsters and people interact, and you have one compelling story. Do not read this review and think this is a book you should pass on, instead read this and know this is a book you need to check out. It delivers on all levels and will not let you down for even one second. This is what we call a hidden gem, so lets all work together to make sure it is hidden no more. Pick this one up!!!. - Decapitated Dan (www.decapitateddan.com)
 
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