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Oct 30

Visual Reads: Little Known Spooky Graphic Novels

Posted on October 30, 2017 at 12:00 AM by Elizabeth Land

Now is the time of year when spooky reads are all the rage. From Stephen King to Clive Barker, there is no shortage of books that fit the Halloween season perfectly. But to us, spooky is all about atmosphere, something that is more difficult to evoke in print then on screen. But this is where graphic novels shine.

We thought now would be the perfect time to share some of our favorite spooky graphic novels for all ages. Visit our online catalog to reserve your copy today, or check out our other horror-themed titles.

Adults
  • House of Penance—The horrific story of a haunted house and one woman's mission to wash away the blood curse of her husband's invention from claiming her own life and soul.
  • Book cover of Wytches by Scott SnyderWytches—Scott Snyder's dark tale takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.
  • Locke & Key—Horror author Joe Hill tells a sprawling tale of magic and family, legacy and grief, good and evil. In it, horrors old and new, real and imagined, come ravening after the Lockes and the secrets their family holds.
  • Fatale—Secrets, lies, horror, lust, and monsters from the time before time collide. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina—On her sixteenth birthday Sabrina Spellman is forced to choose between her unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend Harvey, but Madame Satan has other plans for the young sorceress.
  • Revival—In a town where the living have to learn to deal with those who are supposed to be dead, Officer Cypress must solve a brutal murder, and everyone, alive or undead, is a suspect.
Teens
  • Book cover for Through the WoodsThrough the Woods—Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful yet spine-tingling graphic stories.
  • Man-Thing—R.L. Stine takes a break from Goosebumps to tell the story of Man-Thing, the melancholy muck-monster who's taking Hollywood by storm. His celebrity is interrupted by an ancient evil that threatens his old swamp stomping ground, in a collection that includes other scary tales.
  • Ghost Stories of an Antiquary—Disdaining gore in favour of atmosphere and suggestion, M.R. James' enduring supernatural tales are masterpieces of understated horror in this graphic adaptation.
  • Poe: Stories & Poems—In a thrilling adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's best-known works, acclaimed artist-adapter Gareth Hinds translates Poe's dark genius into graphic-novel format. 
  • Graveyard Book—Nobody Owens is a normal boy, except that he has been raised by ghosts and other denizens of the graveyard.
  • Anya's Ghost—Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya's Ghost tells the story of Anya, who is the only girl who could fall down a well and discover a best friend in the form a century's old ghost.
Children
  • Book cover for ThornhillThornhill—Partially told in graphic novel format, this relates the dual story of two girls living in different times who each try to solve the haunting of the Thornhill Institute next door.
  • Upside Down: A hat full of spells—Harold, the sugar-loving vampire boy's nightmares are getting worse. He fears the evil witch Vermillion is still alive.
  • Oddly Normal—Ten-year-old half-witch girl Oddly Normal must travel to the magical land of Fignation in order to find her missing parents, navigating a new school, bullies, and evil along the way.
  • Camp Midnight—Reluctant Skye is accidentally sent to the wrong summer camp. She soon learns that with the exception of fellow camper and fast-friend Mia, everyone is a full-fledged monster!
  • Princess Decomposia and Count SpatulaPrincess Decomposia runs the underworld for her layabout father but when she hires Count Spatula, a vampire with a sweet tooth, as the new chef, he not only helps straighten out her life, he may become more than a friend.
  • Fear the Amoeba—Afraid to watch horror movies with his friend, Pod, Squish the amoeba feels better after learning that even comic book superheroes get scared sometimes.

This list focuses on titles that are off the beaten path. So, while you may be missing Walking Dead or Hellboy from this list, we hope you take a chance to discover some lesser-known but just as creepy reads. Check yours out today!