Written by Grant Morrison

Illustrated by Chris Burnham

“It’s like the goddamn Exorcist meets Apollo 13!” The pages of the comic explain it well enough, but frankly I would also call it Constantine in space. If you are like me and can never quite decide if you would rather watch some good old fashioned occult horror like The Conjuring or some good old fashioned sci-fi horror like The Thing, I give you Nameless.

Nameless, which ironically is the name(-ish) of our protagonist, begins with a murder/suicide and a cryptic warning. What follows is a story that is as gruesome as it is bewildering and as horrifying as it is well-crafted. The plot is nothing short of nuts: a nameless, foul-mouthed occultist is tasked with a mission to help a bunch of researchers explore an asteroid heading straight to Earth. This, however, is no ordinary asteroid. Marked with the symbol of the door to the anti-universe, this asteroid packs a far more terrifying punch than just a deep impact. This is the kind of armageddon that Michael Bay could never dream of.

Nameless is a horrifying fever dream of a comic, and definitely one of the scariest on the list. Combining biblical horror with science fiction horror is no small task, and Grant Morrison manages to weave them in a way that makes a strange amount of sense. Don’t get me wrong – this comic is not for the faint of heart. The work of writer Grant Morrison, much like Alan Moore, can sometimes bee a hard pill to swallow, and this story isn’t without it’s head-scratching moments (and artist Chris Burnham is not shy about translating his gruesome ideas). However, if you like your horror dark and with a heavy dose of the strange and unusual, than the juice is worth the squeeze with Nameless.



Written and Illustrated by Junji Ito

To be completely honest, the section of manga on my bookcases is very small. It is always the section of my local comic shop that I leave mostly unexplored. However, among the colorful spines of Akira and Sailor Moon looms the dark tome that is Uzumaki.

It is no secret that a number of American or Western horror films have roots in the Korean and Japanese film industries. Starting with the popularity of The Ring, it seemed as though every new horror film was in fact a remake of a Japanese original. The horror market from our friends in the eastern hemisphere tends to take the first steps out of the box, before we are ready to follow. This Japanese horror manga follows suit.

Uzumaki is not about zombies or ghosts. Uzumaki is experimental, arthouse horror. It is the kind of horror that makes the plot difficult to explain because you really and truly just need to consume it yourself. Uzumaki follows the citizens of a small town plagued by spirals and two people determined to escape the curse. These spirals affect every part of the townspeoples’ lives, from spiral structures to bizarre deaths and spiraling hair.

While Uzumaki fits into a common theme of someone trying to defeat a supernatural power greater than themselves, it could not be more unique. Sure, it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but for those willing to take a spin, it is one of the most terrifying horror comics ever created.



Written by Robert Kirkman

Illustrated by Paul Azaceta

First and foremost, one of the reasons that Outcast stands out as a horror read that you might enjoy is that writer Robert Kirkman has another famous horror series that you might have heard about: The Walking Dead. If you are a fan of the show or the original comic series, that alone should entice you. However, don’t expect another zombie story in Outcast.

Outcast follows Kyle Barnes, a deeply tragic figure who has had the unfortunate trait of attracting demons. From his own mother to his wife, Kyle has been surrounded by demons possessing his loved ones, but he has never been able to figure out why. The story picks up when Kyle decides to stop living as a recluse consumed by his misfortune and joins a demon-hunting Reverend in an attempt to save the possessed and find answers for himself.

Outcast is one of the more human stories on this list. With a wholesome cast of characters in what seems like a quiet town, this comic is great for anyone new to the medium because the story is composed and unfolds like a TV show. Of course, it has also been adapted into a television series on Cinemax, but start with the comic.

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