Graphic Novel Recs: Part 2

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There aren’t enough graphic novel recommendations (non-super hero specifically) in my opinion. So since everyone seemed to like Part 1 (link here) here’s part 2 of some of my favorite graphic novels! I will link review to the titles if they are available.

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Halloween Horror Recommendations!

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My FAVORITE part of October is getting the chance to recommend some of my favorite horror books to you all! I mean to be honest I can recommend these whenever I want but it’s more fun to do it in October!

These are all books that fall 100% into the horror genre in my opinion whether they’re actually terrifying or just an entertaining read or whether they’re full of spirits/monsters or deal with serial killers and slashers.

***I will be doing another post here soon of Halloween Recommendations for those of you who want a book that isn’t necessarily scary or horror! So some “non-spooky” books!***

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Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

(Review Here)

This is about a male teen, Cas, who hunts ghosts in his spare time and now he’s on the hunt for Anna, a vengeful spirit who murders anyone who sets foot in her home. Except she spares Cas’s life.

I highly, highly recommend this for any other Supernatural fans out there as it really has the feel to the story!


Slasher Girls & Monster Boys stories selected by April Genevieve Tucholke

(Review Here)

A YA horror anthology with some top notch stories! There were only a couple of duds in here but for the most part they were all excellent and definitely scary.


The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco

(Review Here)

This story follows a vengeful spirit who wreaks havoc on those who murder or do harm to children. She meets a strange boy the sucks her in but the boy has a dark secret that she wasn’t expecting…

Okay so with this one I know a few people didn’t enjoy it but I am absolutely terrified of any stories that are even remotely reminiscent of The Ring or The Grudge and have disjointed bodies crawling out of things. That’s all one big nope for me so naturally this story scared the shit out of me!


The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

This is a psychological thriller with a creepy twist, is it supernatural or is it something else? The story is told through video transcripts, journal entries, and newspaper clippings and the events all lead up to what ends in mysterious fire that killed three students and one, Carly Johnson, disappeared. In the ruins they find a diary that belonged to Carly’s twin sister, Kaitlyn, except Carly didn’t have a twin…..

I recommend this one for people who want more suspense than horror, it gets a little creepy but never anything super scary!


Alice by Christina Henry

(Review Here)

Trigger Warnings: Rape and other graphic violence

This is one where people are the monsters and it’s very violent and graphic. It’s a retelling of “Alice in Wonderland” that’s very dark and gritty I definitely don’t recommend this to the faint of heart, you’ll have to steel your stomach for this one. However, I recommend it to anyone who thinks they can brave it because it is still an excellent story!


Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

(Review Here)

You wouldn’t think that a graphic novel compiled of several short stories would be that scary but it is, it really is! These stories are open ended for the most part and that leaves more to your imagination in which case you’ll probably scare yourself thinking of it like I did! The illustrations are both terrifying and beautiful at the same time.

I highly recommend this if you’re looking for a quick horror read and you don’t mind open ended stories.


A Drop of Night by Stefan Bachmann

(Review Here)

This is kind of a thriller/action-adventure/horror all rolled into one. It follows a group of teens who are invited to help explore a recently discovered underground palace in France. However, there’s something else waiting for them in the depths of the palace.

Kind of an odd story but I definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a very fast-paced, suspenseful read!


The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

(Review Here)

A boy named Will Henry finds himself studying under Dr. Pellinore Warthrop who happens to be a monstrumologist, someone who studies monsters.

Pretty straight forward, this is a historical fiction and it’s a pretty dark horror story because on top of the creepy monsters there’s also just a lot of gore in general. You may get squeamish!


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Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Honestly this is one of my favorites on the list!

It’s about a pioneer family who moves out onto the prairie with a teenage daughter who is desperately trying to hide her pregnancy. However, they arrive and find a new home that was abandoned with the walls and floors covered in blood and they’ve heard rumors of the prairie being tainted by evil.

This is a wonderful mix of terrifying, gory, and twisted. You definitely will not see the twists coming at all! I recommend this one for the horror lovers out there who want to be scared silly, this one is a treat!


Welcome to the Dark House by Laurie Faria Stolarz

(Review Here)

A group of teen contest winners all get whisked away out into the middle of nowhere to meet horror director Justin Blake. However, things start to get weird and soon they’re all trapped in a game of nightmares.

This reads exactly like a classic slasher horror movie so if you’re a fan of those you’re probably going to love this one! It’s entertaining but don’t expect a lot of depth.


And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

(Review Here)

One of my other favorites plus I love the cover!

Two girls, Silla and Nori,  arrive at their aunt’s manor in the forest and soon learn that everything is not right and the manor may be cursed. They aren’t allowed to enter the woods, the trees feel like they’re closing in around the house, and there’s a strange man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night…..

So creepy and so good! The Creeper Man will definitely be haunting your dreams after reading this one….


The Merciless by Danielle Vega

(Review Here)

Four girls gang up on an outcast tying her up and attempting to perform an exorcism on her. However, it’s more torture than anything else and Sofia, the new girl, wants out but if she goes against the others she may be next…

This one isn’t too creepy or scary but it definitely is full of twisted mean girls, gore galore, and some demonic possession!

If any of those things interest you I’d recommend checking this one out!


The Women in the Walls by Amy Lukavics

(Review Here)

Lucy and Margaret are cousins who live with their respective parents in a mansion in the middle of the woods, one day Margaret’s mother goes missing and she slowly starts to believe she can hear her dead mother’s voice in the walls. Lucy watches as Margaret slowly goes insane and she soon starts hearing voices as well and must confront the legacy that has marked the women in her family for generations.

Not as good as “Daughters Unto Devils” but still very twisted and creepy! Most of the book is a bit slow but the ending makes it all worth it!


Dreamfall by Amy Plum

(Review Here)

A group of teenagers enter an experiment that is supposed to help cure their insomnia but instead find themselves all trapped within a dreamworld made up of their worst nightmares.

I thought this was going to be more sci-fi than anything but was surprised by how scary it actually got! There are definitely some very creepy nightmares the kids have to make it through.


Night Film by Marisha Pessl

This one can be both scary horror and suspenseful thriller, there are some supernatural elements to the story and the situations themselves can get pretty terrifying.

A journalist, Scott McGrath, investigates the death of Ashley Cordova, the daughter of the mysterious horror film director Stanislas Cordova. He believes there’s more to her death than anyone knows and as he digs deeper he discovers more and more disturbing things about the family and wonders if he may be next.

If you want a very dark, gritty, and terrifying thriller this one is for you. It’s extremely compelling and fast paced.


The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

(Review Here)

Trigger Warning: Rape, violence, and gore

A Romani girl studying herbcraft under her Gran’s teaching befriends an outsider but on her way home one day they are both jumped and brutally assaulted leaving her friend on the brink of death. She must now utilize her dark witchcraft to extract body parts from the boys who wronged her in order to save her friend.

If revenge stories are up your alley this one is very satisfying and I loved the addition of the witchcraft. However, if you can’t handle gore or graphic violence maybe leave this one alone.

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Have you read any of these? What did you think?

Are you going to give any of these horror books a try?

What are some of your favorite scary horror books?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

Book Review: Through The Woods by Emily Carroll

 

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Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there…

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“It came from the woods. Most strange things do.”

Before I get ahead of myself I’ll let you know that “Through the Woods” is a graphic novel composed of five short, creeptastic stories. And when I tell you not to read this book while it’s dark out, best to listen. I thought “There’s no way a couple of short stories can be that creepy”, boy was I wrong.

All five of these short stories contain “quiet horror”, they aren’t “jumpy horror”. These are the kinds of stories that leave much up to your own imagination, conjuring up what you fear yourself. The endings are all very open, leaving you to determine and imagine what you think happened making it all the more scarier. Then your mind starts thinking up what you’d be afraid to have happen to yourself, I know that’s what my mind ended up doing. “Through the Woods” is very suspenseful and immensely creepy.

I will also say that there isn’t any graphic horror or violence, no blood or guts here!

I actually really enjoyed the open endings as well, which normally I wouldn’t because I like things explained and I like having all of the information. The open endings in this case, however, really fit with the horror element well.

The art work! Oh my gosh the art work for “Through the Woods” is absolutely gorgeous, by far one of my favorites now. The illustrations blended very well with each of the stories, I could gush about them all day.

Now I’ll briefly review each of the short stories!

Our Neighbor’s House – 3.5/5

Three girls left alone in a house in the woods and a mysterious “man” wandering about.

Probably one of the most open-ended and least scary of the stories, it’s also one of the shortest. Although I really enjoyed the ending for this one and not much else, it leaves the definition of man and monster up for interpretation.

A Lady’s Hands Are Cold – 4/5

A newly wedded woman that hears a strange song in her new home at night….

This one really ups the creep factor for the book as a whole, there’s some pretty eerie illustrations to match it as well. There’s a hauntingly beautiful song that got stuck in my head….which creeped me out and there’s quite the plot twist at the end!

His Face All Red – 3/5

A tale of two brothers venturing into the forest in search of a “monster”…

This story focuses more on human monsters, which is a very different kind of creepy than expected. What I enjoyed the most was the ending and how who the real monster and what its nature is, is left for us to determine.

My Friend Janna – 5/5

Two friends who play at seeing ghosts, but things change when one can actually see them….

My favorite story personally, because the illustrations were by far the creepiest in the whole book. The “monster” is of supernatural origin which to me makes this story the scariest.

The Nesting Place – 3/5

A girl goes to live with her brother and his fiance, and ends up seeing some very strange things indeed….

This story is a little harder for me to summarize than the others because it was one of the weirdest and most”meh”. Really the only creepy part was the illustrations, the story itself wasn’t all that scary or interesting and also made less sense.

in conclusion

The only reason I’m not giving this a full 5 rating is because I’m not a huge fan of very short stories and open endings, these were very well done in this case but it’s still pretty hard for me to look past. Definitely a creepy book that lives up to my horror expectations though!

RECOMMEND

Most definitely, I’d recommend this to any one who loves beautifully illustrated graphic novels as well as horror stories!

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

 The Sassy