“Dark Horse Book of Hauntings”
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I’ve always been partial to collections and anthologies, for the simple fact that variety appeals to the ADD nature that comes with being born after 1970. I personally blame the hormones in fast-food, but I’ll leave that for another posting. Regardless, I’ve also been a big fan of the Dark Horse company, as they are a brand that isn’t afraid of taking chances on a new artist or new author.
In this case, they were given the task to make an anthology, but they really didn’t know what sort of theme to give it. To get it kick started, they were given a short comic from current Hellboy team, which was set in a haunted house…and the theme was born.
This 92 page book features seven comics, one short story, and an interview with spirit medium L.L. Dreller within its pages. Edited by Scott Allie, he has chosen a good variety of stories, all staying within that theme of haunted houses.
All of the stories were good, but the two that really stuck out to me were “Forever” and “Stray”. In “Forever”, it is a story of a man who gets a tattoo and promptly runs away without paying for it. In his escape, he runs over the artist with his car. The artist naturally curses the man, whose tattoo begins to grow. This story is a like something straight out of Twilight Zone, or Outer Limits. Even more impressive, Uli Oesterle was both author and artist for these pages.
In “Stray”, we have the classic tale of a haunted house, the bones of a long deceased female who has been estranged from her family. It includes the doubting Thomas neighbor who doesn’t believe a word of it. But the twist to the story? The house is a doghouse. All the players are dogs, with a cat playing the next door neighbor.
With this variety in stories, there is also a matching variety in art styles. Each story gives its own unique flavor of artwork and coloring. There truly is something for everyone in here, when you include the short story and the interview.
Having no foul language, and no bloody scenes, this book gets a PG rating. (It does deal with ghosts and death and what-not, after all. But you never actually SEE a death, much like most Disney movies.)
For only $11.96 on Amazon, that’s a pretty cheap price for some good entertainment.
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Stories: Mike Richardson, Mike Mgnola, Perceval Landon, Scott Allie, , Uli Oesterle, Milton Freewater Jr., Randy Stradley, Evan Dorkin
Art/Colors: P.Craig Russell, Dave Stewart, Gary Gianni, Pail Less, Brian Horton, Lucas Marangon, Jason Hvam, Paul Chadwick, Michelle Madsen, Jill Thompson
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