I get too excited each time Dark Horse releases a new issue of “Creepy,” their deliciously sensationalized, ongoing anthology comic. This vintage-style, exploitive black & white pulp rag never disappoints, and this issue is certainly no exception to that rule. Turn your lights on for this issue. Because, frankly, I had to.
WRITTEN BY: Ted Naifeh, Rachel Deering
ART BY: Ted Naifeh, Peter Bagge, Vanesa R. Del Rey
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: April 9, 2014
This balls to the wall installment of Dark Horse’s “Creepy” doesn’t pull any punches. It starts of terrifying and moves seamlessly into horrifying. It continues to showcase Creepy’s signature style via classic illustrations, gorgeous cover art, eerie anecdotes, and perfectly peppy puns from Uncle Creepy himself.
In typical “Creepy” fashion, there is no slow build up. We are tossed into a spooky vortex and aren’t released for 40 pages. “Do Not Click,” the first story, written and illustrated by Ted Naifeh (“Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things”) is reminiscent of The Ring meets the Slender Man mythos. Not a lot makes me want to look over my shoulder while simultaneously being afraid of what I will actually see if I look over my shoulder. But this disturbing little tale of technology-gone-wrong had me shaking in my boots. (Seriously, guys.)
Next up, “In the Dark” editor/author/letterer Rachel Deering brings us her signature brand of real life psychosis in “Like Clockwork,” a Norman Bates-like loves story. Both sickening and (oddly) sickeningly sweet, this morbid tale follows a young clockmaker deep into his chilling delusions of love and humanity. Evoking the likes of some of history’s most notorious serial killers, Deering sews together a unnerving as hell look at the modern dating dilemma. Now with even more rotting flesh!
In what feels like a gift from the comic gods, the Creepy Family gives us a comic adaptation of H.P Lovecraft’s “The Cats of Ulthar.” This story has always hit my horror threshold because, well, cats are the worst. It combines several of my greatest fears: cats, owning cats, being eaten by cats, and cats.
“I Hate You! I Hate You!” gets real, real quick. Exciting our sociopathic, Bad Seed-like anxieties. I don’t know about you all, but I’m terrified of raising a real-life little monster. And therein lies the genius of “Creepy.” It’s a mixture of sobering realism, exploitive surrealism, and of course, hellish supernaturalism. This is, hands down, way way down, one of my favorite issues of the rebooted “Creepy” series. Don’t pass up the opportunity to partake in these frightening comic shorts by horror veterans and newcomers alike.
Reviewed by – Bree Ogden