Illustrated Horror Books for Halloween Weekend


I love when Halloween falls on a Saturday.  If you're looking to just relax with a good book instead of a scary movie after all the trick-or-treating is done, here are some that I recommend, each with some good illustrations.

Nevermore: A Graphic Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories - Various artists and writers bring some of Poe's best spooky stories to black-and-white comic book life.  Some of my favorites are here: "The Raven," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Black Cat," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "The Masque of the Red Death," and others.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft - This full-color graphic novel, about a New England mansion whose doors transform all who walk through them, is written by Joe Hill (bestselling author of the horror novel Heart-Shaped Box and the collection of scary short stories 20th Century Ghosts) and beautifully drawn by Gabriel Rodriguez (whose credits include a bunch of great stuff, including Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show.)

The New Annotated Dracula - In my opinion, this is the definitive version of Bram Stoker's vampire classic, edited with a foreward and comprehensive notes by Leslie S. Klinger.  There are pictures, maps, and renderings throughout the book.

Wrightson's Frankenstein - Bernie Wrightson adds his stupendous black-and-white illustrations to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's amazing words, bringing the lengendary monster tale to new life.  This large, gorgeous book features an introduction by Stephen King.

Elsewhere - William Peter Blatty, author of The Exorcist, brings us another frightening tale, this one about a haunted house.  The short novel includes interior artwork by Alex McVey, four atmospheric, black-and-white, full page illustrations that perfectly capture the mood of Blatty's words.

Happy reading, everyone!

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