This volume explores how horror comic books have negotiated with the social and cultural anxieties framing a specific era and geographical space.

Paying attention to academic gaps in comics’ scholarship, these chapters engage with the study of comics from varying interdisciplinary perspectives, such as Marxism; posthumanism; and theories of adaptation, sociology, existentialism, and psychology. Without neglecting the classical era, the book presents case studies ranging from the mainstream comics to the independents, simultaneously offering new critical insights on zones of vacancy within the study of horror comic books while examining a global selection of horror comics from countries such as India (City of Sorrows), France (Zombillénium), Spain (Creepy), Italy (Dylan Dog), and Japan (Tanabe Gou’s Manga Adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft), as well as the United States.

One of the first books centered exclusively on close readings of an under-studied field, this collection will have an appeal to scholars and students of horror comics studies, visual rhetoric, philosophy, sociology, media studies, pop culture, and film studies. It will also appeal to anyone interested in comic books in general and to those interested in investigating intricacies of the horror genre.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByJohn Darowski, Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

part I|56 pages

Horror Comic Books in a Socio-Historical Context

chapter 2|13 pages

From Caligari to Wertham

When EC's Horror Comics Feared for Their Own Survival
ByRui Lopes

chapter 3|13 pages

"Men Have Sentenced This Fen to Death"

Marvel's Man-Thing and the Liberation Politics of the 1970s
ByHenry Kamerling

chapter 4|15 pages

The Horrors Haunting the City of Joy

Analyzing the Traumas of the Counterinsurgency in City of Sorrows
ByDebaditya Mukhopadhyay

chapter 5|13 pages

Spanish Creepy

Historical Amnesia in "Las mil caras de Jack el destripador"
ByFernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns

part II|65 pages

Race and Gender in Horror Comic Books

chapter 6|13 pages

"A Sight to Dream of, Not to Tell!"

Orality and Power in Marguerite Bennett and Ariela Kristantina's InSEXts
ByLauren Chochinov

chapter 7|11 pages

Gendered Violence and the Abject Body in Junji Itō's Tomie

ByTosha R. Taylor

chapter 9|11 pages

The Wolf Only Needs to Find You Once

Food, Feeding, and Fear in the Dark Fairy Tales of Emily Carroll
ByAlexandre Desbiens-Brassard, Gabriella Colombo Machado

chapter 10|12 pages

Borderland Werewolves

The Horrific Representation of the U.S.-Mexico Border in Feeding Ground
ByAnna Marta Marini

part III|63 pages

Adaptation in Horror Comic Books

chapter 11|12 pages

Flesh and Blood

Zombies, Vampires, and George A. Romero's Transmedia Expansion of the Dead
ByTrevor Snyder

chapter 12|13 pages

An Alien World

A Comic Book Adaptation of The Willows by Algernon Blackwood
ByYelena Novitskaya

chapter 13|11 pages

Horror Transformed

Tanabe Gou's Manga Adaptations of H.P.Lovecraft
ByAndrew Smith

chapter 14|12 pages

Mutant Gothic

Marvel's Mainstreaming of Horror in Uncanny X-Men
ByJoseph J. Darowski

chapter 15|13 pages


Monster Hunters, Monstrous Masculinities, and the Punisher
ByJohn Darowski

part IV|55 pages

Horror Comic Books and Philosophy

chapter 16|19 pages

Dylan Dog's Nightmares

The Unheimlich Experience of the Doppelgänger in Dylan Dog's World
ByMarco Favaro

chapter 17|9 pages

Messages of Death

Haunted Media in "Kaine: Endorphins – Between Life and Death"
ByIngrid Butler

chapter 18|12 pages

Heterotopia and Horror at Show's End

ByChristina M. Knopf

chapter 19|13 pages

The Hell Economics of Zombillénium

ByAnnick Pellegrin