Top 3 Horror Comics To Get Into The Halloween Spirit


In this article, I will present to you 3 amazing pieces of art that will most definitely put you in the mood for Halloween and will make you sleep with your lights on. The comics I will talk about are from artists very dear to my heart, for they not only revolutionised the world of comics with their outstanding writings but also brought out ideas and different facets of our human behaviour, with its ugly and bad. 

1. Uzimaki- Junji Ito

Uzumaki is most definitely one of the best horror mangas I have ever read in my entire life. Apart from the absolutely beautiful style of the manga, which uses both stippling and cross-hatching, this illustration showcases elements of the obscure and the grotesque while modulating them with psychology, spirituality and trauma.

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“This is the front cover art for the manga Uzumaki written by Junji Ito. The manga cover art copyright is believed to belong to the publisher, Shogakukan, or the cover artist.” Source: Wikipedia

Uzumaki is written and illustrated by Junji Ito, one of the parents of horror mangas in Japan, and it follows the story of the high school teenage lovers  Kirie Goshima (五島桐絵) and Shuichi Saito (斎藤秀一) who live in Kurouzu-cho (黒渦町) , a small city where paranormal occurrences start due to a spiral curse which eats away the people of the city. The manga will follow the struggle of the teenagers with this course and will unfold a series of questions about morals, ethics and life for both the reader and its characters. 

2. Bezimena- Nina Bunjevac

Bezimena is the second masterpiece of this series. This comic is by the Serbian born artist Nina Bunjevac who uses the stippling style to create stunning elements which

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Cover of the graphic novel Bezimena, by Nina Bunjevac Source: , all right to the author

fill up the pages and intoxicate the reader with their elegant yet heart-clenching style. 

This comic is triggering for it deals with sexual assault, child abuse and mental illness, but it is a very important read. I will analyse this comic minutely in my upcoming article, so for starters, I will only give a short summary of the graphic novel. Bezimena, using pluriperspectivism and metamorphosis, reiterates the myths of Artemis and Siproites in an attempt to raise awareness about the issues mentioned prior. It tells the story of a man who develops a deviant obsession with one of his classmates and starts seeing her in all the women around him. 

3. Black Hole -Charles Burns
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Cover of collected edition of Black Hole Source: Wikipedia

My last recommendation is Black Hole by Charles Burns, an underground classic of the world of graphic novels. Charles Burns is an American novelist and illustrator who wrote and made the artwork of this absolute gem in 1995. Set in the 1970s Seattle cultural scene, the novel tells the story of a group of teenagers who contact a strange STD which develops into a mutation they call `the bug`.

Subsequently, they become mutated and ostracised by their society and thus, many of them become recluses. Burns stated that this comic is a `metaphor for adolescence, sexual awakening and the transition into adulthood.` . I hope you will find it as interesting and spooky I did.


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