Yep! It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is on Thursday, which means dutiful consumers are already preparing for the Holiday Shopping Season. If you think you’re exempt from that, think again. Either you know a fellow horror fan (or family member) in need, or you want something for yourself! You can take this as advice for what to buy, or what to ask for.
This fourth installment is all about books and comics…lots of comics! We’ve got a few behind-the-scenes looks at some of your favorite movies, some novels, and some collector’s editions for you to check out as well. A huge thank you to BD Comics guru Lonnie Nadler who shot me some great suggestions! His blurbs are credited as “LN”.
The Cabin In The Woods: Official Visual Companion – Joss Whedon/Drew Goddard
List Price: $19.95 Order Here.
Fans of The Cabin In The Woods tend to be inquisitive types, they want to know more. This book is the perfect gift for them seeing as it contains the film’s screenplay along with a healthy host of detail specific images from and relating to the film.
The Walking Dead: Compendium Two – Image Comics
List Price: $59.99 Order Here.
“Collects issues #49–96 of Robert Kirkman’s hit comic The Walking Dead. It’s an absolutely massive book that’s over 1000 pages of zombie drama goodness.” – LN
Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th – Enhanced Edition E-Book – Peter M. Bracke
List Price: $13.00 Order Here.
I know I included the hardcover edition of this on the list last year, but this ebook version was recently released. What’s the difference? For starters, the electronic version contains a TON of video interviews. What else is in here that wasn’t in the original printed work? Additional storyboards, call-sheets, soundtrack snippets, trailers and more. Taking up 1.2GB of space, this thing is MASSIVE.
Sandman Slipcase Set – Neil Gaiman – Vertigo Comics
List Price: $199.99 Order Here.
“All ten trades of Neil Gaiman’s inimitable horror series is collected in a special edition slipcase set from Vertigo Comics. Whether you’re into comics or not, this is a series that every horror fan should read. With the approaching prequel series coming out next year, Sandman Zero, this is bound to be a hot item this year. All books are the newest softcover printings.” – LN
Fatale Vol. 1 and 2 – Image Comics
List Price: $14.99 Order Here.
“It was only a matter of time before someone combined the classic crime genre with horror. Ed Brubaker, one of comics best crime writers, dives into a world of lies, deceit, murder, and monsters. The story spans across decades, and weaves a wonderfully dark tale of mystery with one of the most alluringly dangerous femme fatale’s you could imagine.” – LN
I, Vampire Vol. 1: Tainted Love – DC Comics
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“I, Vampire has been flying under the radar for far too long. It takes vampires back to their roots, from a writer who knows bloodsuckers like nobody else. Damned vampire romance, vampire armies, Batman, and enough plot twists to make your nipples hurt, I, Vampire is a must read. ” – LN
Chew Volume 5: Major League Chew – John Layman & Rob Guillory
List Price: $12.99 Order Here.
If you took our advice last year and bought “Volume 4″, chances are you’re going to want to pick this guy up (unless, of course, you already have).
The Complete History of the Return of the Living Dead – Christian Sellers and Gary Smart
List Price: $24.95 Order Here.
This was on the list last year, but was a relatively new release and it’s hard to overstate what a joy it is. Prepare ahead though! The ship time is slow! If you want it by the end of December you gotta act soon.
Mars Attacks Mystery Box Set – IDW Limited
List Price: $99.99 (limited quantities) Order Here.
“Ack! Ack! IDW Limited has put together a sweet box set for you Martian lovers. The box set offers up graded comics, trade paperbacks, and variant covers from both the ne and classic Mars Attacks comic series. The books all come packaged and graded. ” -LN
Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft Special Edition – Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez
List Price: $100.00 (limited quantities) Order Here.
“Joe Hill’s Locke & Key is one of the most original and gripping horror stories I’ve ever had the pleasure of coming across, in any medium. IDW Limited has put together a wicked oversized edition of volume 1 so you can fully enjoy Gabriel Rodriguez’s art. The Special Edition also contains Joe Hill’s complete scripts.” – LN
Feral – Matt Serafini
List Price: $12.95 Order Here.
To my great chagrin, I haven’t had a chance to read this yet. But it comes highly recommended by several trusted sources and, if you like werewolves, is an indie book well worth supporting.
“I put these two together because if you like one, you’ll like the other. The books also run along the same timeline, ultimately colliding in a massive crossover in later issues. Animal Man may sound like a lame hero, but this book from Jeff Lemire combines the horror and super hero genres like nothing else in modern comics. Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing on the other hand is a grotesque page-turner, packed with stellar art.” – LN
Severed – Image Comics
List Price: $24.99 Order Here.
“If you’re looking for a straight up creepy-as-hell horror story, Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft’s Severed might be just what you need under the tree. It’s hard to make horror comics scary, but this one will make your skin crawl. Loosely based on the killings of Albert Fish, Served is a tale of growing up and the dangers of the outside world. If only all horror comics were this good. ” – LN