Sunday, October 30, 2005

Ten Books To Read For Halloween: #1

Finally! After a week of agonizing anticipation, your curiosity will be sated. The number one book to read for Halloween! But first let's have a quick recap, shall we?

10. Uzumaki by Junji Ito

9. Skinwalker by Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Brian Hurtt & Arthur Dela Cruz

8. Spellbinders by Mike Carey and Steve Perkins

7. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore & Charlie Adlard

6. 30 Days of Night by Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith

5. The Sandman: The Doll's House by Neil Gaiman, Mike Dringenberg, Malcolm Jones III, Chris Bachalo, Michael Zulli & Steve Parkhouse

4. Mnemovore by Hans Radionoff, Ray Fawkes & Mike Huddleston

3. Midnight, Mass: Here There Be Monsters by John Rozum and Paul Lee

2. Courtney Crumrin by Ted Naifeh
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1. Dampyr, written by Mauro Boselli and Maurizio Colombo, art by Majo
Yes, IDW Publishing, the company that specializes in horror has produced a comic worthy to be named the best book to read for Halloween. However, it's not written by Steve Niles. lol. It's actually a long-running European hit from Italy. I'm really glad that IDW undertook this project, as it seems that collecting something from the horror genre is easily overlooked when doing such things. I am hooked though. This series starts out with a dampyr - a half-human, half-vampire that is completely unaware of what he truly is. So, he travels Europe, making money from the superstitious townsfolk who believe their sick to be cursed by vampires. This dampyr, Harlan, performs bogus rituals upon their recently deceased to "rid" the towns of their "vampire" problems. Soon enough, however, Harlan is drawn into scenarios where true vampires are present, forcing him to examine his roots and his purpose in life. Filled with oodles of vampires, ghosts and other monsters, this is the perfect treat to read in the dark for Halloween. Great art, great storytelling and a gloomy atmosphere will transport you to a place fit to fright for the night.

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