10 Comics That Scared the S*** Out of Me

There is nothing I like doing more in October than feasting on candy and reading scary comics. In honor of Halloween (aka MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY EVER), I would like to share with you ten graphic novel titles that are sure to terrify and delight!

To help to gauge how scary I found these I’ve added a fear rating from 1 (not really scary) to 5 (Holy Hoot!).

In no particular order…


The Stand: Captain Trips (Stephen King’s The Stand – Graphic Novel series #1) Originally written by Stephen King, and adapted by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and  Mike Perkins

The Story: 99% of the population is wiped out from a horrible disease known as Captain Trips. Everyone else is caught between an epic battle of good and evil.

The Horror: There is something about seeing Captain Trips (the apocalyptic disease that makes you choke to death on your own mucus) in all its snotty glory that really creeps me out, and every time I get a cold I wonder if this is the big one. If you want a title with enough zing to get your blood pumping, but that’s not a hack-n-slash this is for you.

Fear Rating: 3 hoots of horror


Nailbiter, Volume 1: There Will Be Blood by Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson, and Adam Guzowski

The Story: Buckaroo, Oregon has an interesting legacy: it is the birthplace of sixteen different serial killers. When mystery and mayhem erupt, their most famous killer, Edward “Nailbiter” Warren becomes a wayward detectives best shot at putting things right.

The Horror: Buckaroo has a lot of secrets that are worth killing for. Throughout the series we become acquainted with all of Buckaroo’s best and brightest killers, but my favorite is Nailbiter. Why? He’s charming, funny, and likes to chew off his victims nails before killing them. I’m not talking about just a nibble either. I mean ALL THE NAILS. My fingers are hurting just thinking about it. If that doesn’t get you, the ample twists and turns of this series will.

Fear Rating: 3 hoots of horror


Batman, Volume 3: Death of the Family by Scott Snyder and Greg Caullo

The Story: This is basically the best / scariest Joker story ever. Period.

The Horror: Three things to know:

1. Joker cuts off his own face only to wear it.

2. He’s tired of sharing the Batman with his “family”.

3. He will go to any lengths to wipe them out.

Fear Rating: 4 hoots of horror





Wraith by Joe Hill and Charles Paul Wilson III

The Story: This one is a mini-series based on Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, aka vampire who steals kids and takes them to Christmasland, a place that is about as far form a holiday as you can get.

The Horror: Everything Joe Hill does is terrifying, but his character, Bing, is by far the one that makes me cringe the most. I can’t even write about him without getting a little twitchy. If you want a vampire / creeper story that will slightly scar you, this title is for you.

Fear Rating: 5 hoots of horror




Clean Room, Volume 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone, John Davis-Hunt, Quinton Winter, Todd Klein, and Jenny Frison

The Story: Think of this as a self-help tend gone horribly wrong. Astrid Mueller’s methods might seem like they will put you on the path of enlightenment, but after the death or her fiancé, Chloe Pierce soon finds out otherwise.

The Horror: Imagine a white room. Then imagine that white room has the ability to manifest you deepest, darkest fears. Imagine that room is also a key to something truly sinister. Gory and beautiful, this one is a new love of mine. You can find the full review here.

Fear Rating: 4 hoots of horror



The Beauty by Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley

The Story: Everyone is dying to catch The Beauty, an STD that makes you flawless and gorgeous.

The Horror: Flawless beauty can be a hot commodity, and if all you have to do is sleep with someone to snag it, most people probably would. However, all that pretty comes at a price: you can also spontaneously combust! With half the population already infected, things heat up pretty quickly ;D. Full review here.

Fear Rating: 3 hoots of horror



Black Magick, Volume 1: Awakening, Part One by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott

The Story: Rowan is a witch AND a detective… oh, and something is trying to kill her!

The Horror: Rucka wrote one of my favorite Batman arcs (The Long Halloween), and it is so hard to find a good witch story these days, so I was all in from the jump. What really sets this one apart (and increases the creepy factor) is Scott’s illustrations. This volume is stunning, which makes the ghastly bits all the more jarring. If you want a health blend of supernatural thrills with good ol’ fashion suspense, Rowan is your gal. You can checkout my past review here.

Fear Rating: 4 hoots of horror


Revival, Vol. 1: You’re Among Friends by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, and Mark Englert

The Story: Coming back from the dead is all fun and games unless they come back with extremely violent tendencies.

The Horror: There are two things that make Revival so creepy for me. One, there are white glowing things that look like a Hayao Miyazaki film gone bad who want to either kill you or chill with your kid. Not cool, creepy white things, not cool. Then there is the issue with those who have revived. Hard to kill and fairly cannibalistic, the people of this small town in Wisconsin are ill prepared for dealing with their “altered” neighbors. If you like twists, turns, and gore, this will do the trick.

Fear Rating: 4 hoots of horror


Wytches, Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Jock, Matt Hollingsworth, and Clem Robins

The Story: Flesh-eating wytches that live in trees… and your neighbors are the ones that feed them.

The Horror: Do I even need to explain why that is terrifying?! Woods: creepy AF. Killer wytches: also creep AF. No one believes you when they try to eat you: also creepy. As. Fuuuuuu… I left lights on at night after reading this one, because it seems like a) the manifestation of all things I was afraid of as a child, and b) slightly believable. Also, I heart Sailor. Best kid name ever.

Fear Rating: 5 hoots of horror

25486101Harrow County, Volume 1: Countless Haints  by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook

The Story: Harrow County has secrets. Witch burning, Haint infested secrets, and they all revolve around poor, sweet Emmy.

The Horror: When Emmy turns 18, strange things begin to happen on her little farm. People start… changing their demeanor. It gets dark and wonderful all at the same time, with its southern charm and its swampy creepiness. Even the artwork is to die for. I adore it.

Fear Rating: 4 hoots of horror



While these aren’t all my favorite spooky reads, they all have a soft spot in my heart. If you’ve read any, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Happy reading, and Happy Halloween!

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