“Haunted Horror” #10 takes readers on a nostalgic blast to the past. The ‘House of Horrors’ series presents spine-chilling short stories of moral descent with a supernatural twist. Though this is a reprint, the scares still hold up and the colors are wonderfully eye-popping.
WRITTEN BY: Various
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: IDW Publishing
RELEASE: April 16th, 2014
The “Haunted Horror” anthology contains six tales that mix black humor and scares. Though the short tales are drawn differently, the illustrations share a similar ’50s style. Each panel is drawn using primary colors, focusing on bright blues and sunny yellows. Rather than tell a dark mortality tale with dreary colors, the old-school color scheme has a way of making the scares seem clear and apparent.
Sal Trapani’s “Epitaph” represents the moral message and style of the 50’s horror comics at its best. The story revolves around a distraught husband searching for his missing wife. He suddenly finds himself lost in a cemetery, surrounded by open graves. Each tombstone is carved with all the sins committed by the guilt-ridden person. The hilarious twist at the end is that the married couple were both unfaithful to each other.
Lou Cameron’s “Prey For The Vampire Horde” takes a step further with the common fear of heights and airplanes. Imagine being stuck on a flight where vampires are chasing after the passengers. In an impressive wide shot, Cameron illustrates these monstrous flying bats circling around the airplane. Because the flying bats are crashing into the engines, the plane is forced to go down and land into a trap.
Joe Certa’s “Midnight Unlimited” is my favorite piece amongst the collection. A passenger without a ticket is about to take a train ride to Hell. The only customers that get on this train are walking skeletons. Certa illustrates men with suits, who all have skulls on top of their collars. The only human passenger has fight his way through, punching and kicking at the skeletons. This short tale was a lot of fun to read and has a nice little twist at the end.
Take a fun and scary trip to the 1950s with “Haunted House” #10. Though time has passed, the “Haunted House” series proves that good storytelling never grows old.
Reviewed by Jorge Solis