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Reading List: Horror

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October 1, 2021

We all love a good scary story! Blood, gore, suspense… often starring ghosts, psychopaths or even Satan himself. Here is a collection of comics and graphic novels which will send a chill down your spine in the middle of summer and keep you up all night.

The Veil

Chris Luna is your average-type cheap private eye, but her customers are the dead. That’s because sometimes she can see through the veil between our realm and the unknown beyond. But to see and speak to the dead is not enough to pay bills and earn a living, and now completely broke, she has to come back home to Maine, and to face the darkness that lurks beneath the surface of her quiet hometown… or maybe it’s only the darkness of her own past.

The Suicide Forest

Just outside Tokyo lies Aokigahara, a vast forest and one of the most beautiful wildernesses in Japan… which is also the most famous suicide spot in the entire world. Legend has it that the spirits of the suicide victims are still roaming—haunting those ancient woods. This series, from the creators of the acclaimed “The Veil,” examines the lives of Alan, an average-joe from Tokyo, his girlfriend Masami, and Ryoko, a forest ranger who recovers the suicide victims’ bodies from the woods, hoping to find his father. After their experiences with the Suicide Forest, their lives will never be the same again.

The Butcher

Looking to catch a break and make a buck, a man from a family of small-time traders takes a job on a cargo ship. But his hopes quickly fade when he discovers just what is in the ship’s holds. And he’s not the only one revolted by the ship’s cargo. The Butcher disapproves too, and he’s about to make his feelings known, the only way he knows how—with fatal force. Meting out justice to the ship’s crew is a start, but he won’t stop until he’s tracked down the ringleaders behind the band of traffickers. The story of a man who has lost his faith in the world, and who will do everything in his power to restore it.

Little Miss Cheery

What do you do when you hate your wife and you’re sleeping with your stepdaughter? If you’re ostrich farmer Pep, you beat your wife’s head in with a shovel when your stepdaughter asks you to. You might do it some rainy night, and toss the body down a well for good measure. You might even think you’re getting some money out of it. But if you’re hapless and unlucky as Pep is, you might find yourself trapped in a hell of your own making, endlessly wondering: how many times do you have to kill someone before they’re really dead?

Raptors

At first, we’d say that they’re not like us. But we soon realize that it’s actually the other way round — we’re not like them. They are the Raptors. They have the power, the arrogance of the wealthy, the memory of centuries gone by. It’s only when the danger becomes clear that they react. And everything will be turned upside down.

The Dream

With his series “The Dream,” scriptwriter Jean Dufaux creates a fresco of contemporary America. Each volume is dedicated to one of his unique characters: an empty‐headed fashion victim, a yuppie turned vagabond, rural folks in the Midwest, even a male stripper in the San Francisco suburbs. The witness to all of this is Megan, a Hollywood casting director. Her risky mission: to bring out the potential actor hidden deep inside each and every one of these characters.

Header images: The Suicide Forest © El Torres, Gabriel Hernández Walta / Dargaud