Posts Tagged ‘horror’

Wytches #1 – Scott Snyder & Jock

Wytches 1 - coverThe first issue of Wytches is a striking thing. Part of what I’m thinking of as a current strain of graphic-design-influenced comics, it uses layout and a rich play of digital colouring and texture to create something really quite unusual. It’s also heavily infused with a kind of Southern Gothic creepiness, the vibe of small communities and close-pressing forests that is absolutely my narrative catnip.

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Uzumaki (collected edition) – Junji Ito

Uzumaki (spiral) was on our reading list for the horror comics podcast, and for a putative future edition on Manga. It’s a collection of short but connected horror stories by Junji Ito, centring on the town of Kurouzu-cho, which has been “contaminated with spirals”.

Uzumaki - cover

It’s been available in English, on and off, since 2001, and I remember leafing through the early Viz Media editions back when I was shifting comics and manga for a loose approximation of a living. The 2013 “3-in-1 Deluxe Edition” collects all the stories for the first time, and is a genuinely handsome piece of publishing.

That cover and binding are where the nice things about Uzumaki start and stop. This is a creepingly unpleasant book – a taut and unsettling one-volume lesson in how comparatively simple words and pictures can be deployed to make you want to sleep with the lights on.

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Podcast Episode 13 – Horror Comics

Horror Comics Podcast

There are a whole bunch of horror comics, and we help navigate you through some of the best of the last 50 years, stopping to define horror along the way and make off-colour jokes. Read On…

Adamtine – devils and details

It’s going to be hard to review Hannah Berry’s Adamtine without spoilers, so I’ll start with a tiny one to get us going: the crossword solution is “rhadamanthine”; the missing letters make up the book’s title. That’s not much of a spoiler, but it fills in a blank, a tiny detail. If you do know the word – and I had to look it up – it adds a layer, too. That’s kind of the real spoiler: Adamtine is built up of these details and layers, and I’m going to talk about that. The plot has twists and reveals, and I’ll try not to spoil them too much, but what really got me was how well the book is assembled to produce its effects.

Hopefully, me banging on about how well Adamtine creates atmosphere won’t spoil it doing that for you, but if you think it might, go and buy it and read it first. Really, do.

You can download a preview from Hannah Berry’s website.

Adamtine 1

It may actually take less time to read than this article. I loved Adamtine, and got a little carried away.

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