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The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night

Updated July 13, 2020 2.1k votes 283 voters 8.6k views44 items

Here are the best horror comics and graphic novels from the industry's darkest minds. Most people associate comics with superheroes and fantasy graphic novles. They certainly have the power to inspire readers to do great deeds. However, there are plenty of other comic books out there that have the exact opposite goal in mind. Plenty of comic books and graphic novels have been released with the intention to terrify and frighten readers. The best horror comics of all time and the best current horror comics can be found on this list. Which ones make you stay awake at night? 

Even casual comic book readers will find some good titles on this list they recognize. The Walking Dead may be better known these days as a popular TV show, but it got its start as a genuinely frightening comic book zombie saga. As you run through this list, you may even come across some books that you may want to read down the road. Some recent and popular titles any horror lover should check out include I Am a Hero, Infidel, and Gideon Falls or any of the other modern horror comics on the list.

The scariest old and new horror comics alike have been gathered for this list. You will find scary comic book titles from all of the major publishers, including Marvel and DC. Vote for the top horror comics you've enjoyed, so other avid readers know what to check out next.

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  • 1
    Uzumaki
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    Uzumaki

    Junji Ito

    A city is plagued by a curse that is somehow related to spirals. It's disturbing and will have you on the edge of your seat. 

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    Locke & Key
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    35

    Locke & Key

    Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez

    The Locke family has a history of murder, betrayal, and demons. Unimagined terrors arise, making way for a nightmare that never ends. 

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  • 3
    Saga of the Swamp Thing
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    22

    Saga of the Swamp Thing

    Stephen R. Bissette, Alan Moore

    A monster series that combines environmentalism. The Swamp Thing struggles with its own identity, which gives way to some of the greatest horrors ever. 

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    The Walking Dead
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    The Walking Dead

    Robert Kirkman

    Rick Grimes awakens in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. He takes the role of leader in a new community who have to navigate this new world where there is a lot more to worry about than zombies. 

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    30 Days of Night
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    39

    30 Days of Night

    Steve Niles, Ben Templesmith

    A small town in the middle of nowhere experiences 30 days of night every year. That's when the vampires come out to play. 

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    Nailbiter
    54
    30

    Nailbiter

    Joshua Williamson, Mike Henderson

    Buckaroo, Oregon has produced 16 of the worst serial killers in American history. The latest killer is Edward Charles Warren, who has a proclivity for biting off his victims' fingernails.

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    Gideon Falls
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    25

    Gideon Falls

    Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino

    The legend of the Black Barn is too enticing for some. It brings madness and death wherever it goes. This comic book series explores the true nature of evil without relying heavily on gore.

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  • 8
    Harrow County
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    20

    Harrow County

    Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook

    Emmy finds herself in the middle of an intergenerational, supernatural conflict. She's called to investigate a haunted house, and while the family seems normal at first, terrors lie waiting. 

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  • 9
    Wytches
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    25

    Wytches

    Scott Snyder, Jock

    The Rock family moves to a small town in New Hampshire after a bullying event. The family just wants a clean start, but evil lurks nearby. 

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    The Immortal Hulk
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    23

    The Immortal Hulk

    Al Ewing, Joe Bennett

    A mystery illness spreads through grief and a random small town tragedy bring the Hulk out of hiding. He has the only mind on Earth that can connect the dots. 

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    From Hell
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    23

    From Hell

    Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell

    From Hell is a long read because it dives into every aspect that could have influenced Jack the Ripper. Throughout the graphic novel, everything remains unlcear until Alan Moore lets you know everything you need to know. 

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    Ice Cream Man
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    21

    Ice Cream Man

    W. Maxwell Prince, Martin Morazzo

    A washed-up one hit wonder spends most of his time at the local diner. That is until a group of musical heroes come to upend his life. 

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  • 13
    Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
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    Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth

    Grant Morrison, Dave McKean

    Batman dives deep into the confines of Arkham Asylum to stop the Joker before it's too late. While there, Batman finds himself haunted by his own demons. 

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  • 14
    The Black Monday Murders
    30
    18

    The Black Monday Murders

    Jonathan Hickman, Tomm Coker

    The devil has long been thought of to be the master of the tricky deal. This series dives into that framework but in the world of stocks, finances, and recessions and how it all ties into the Lord of Darkness. 

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    Revival
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    17

    Revival

    Tim Seeley, Mike Norton

    A small town becomes overrun with zombies. However, these aren't your normal zombies. They walk and talk just like us, offering a fresh spin on an old tale.

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    B.P.R.D.
    26
    16

    B.P.R.D.

    Mike Mignola, Chris Golden

    A spin-off of Hellboy, this series follows a similar group of heroes protecting the world from evil threats. The team frequently comes to terms with their own mortality, and every adventure is life or death. 

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    Outcast
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    20

    Outcast

    Robert Kirkman, Paul Azaceta

    Kyle Barnes is cut off from society after all of his loved ones have succumbed to demonic possessions. He needs answers if he's to save the world. 

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  • 18
    Neonomicon
    21
    12

    Neonomicon

    Alan Moore, Jacen Burrows

    Two FBI agents visit a murderer. They're investigating a copycat killer and want to see if he has any insights into this behavior. 

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  • 19
    Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
    21
    13

    A coming-of-age story where Johnny has to learn to suppress his homicidal urges. Before he can reach any sort of epiphany, he first has to kill a lot of innocent people.

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  • 20
    Afterlife With Archie
    26
    21

    Afterlife With Archie

    Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

    Riverdale has more problems than usual in this thrilling series. Each character has skeletons in their closet, and who knows who will make it out alive. 

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  • 21
    Flinch
    21
    15

    Flinch

    Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis

    An anthology series that saw a host of talented writers and artists work on it. 16 issues of quality terror will keep you turning the page, wanting to see what horrors transpire next. 

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  • 22
    Crossed
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    21

    Crossed

    Garth Ennis

    A pandemic spreads across the world that forces people to act out their most violent urges. The inhabitants must fight against their own wits to restore order. 

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  • 23
    Moonshine
    20
    15

    Moonshine

    Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

    Set during Prohibition, Lou is sent out to West Virginia to meet with the best moonshiner in the state. The man he's meeting with will do anything to protect his booze and the dark secrets he harbors. 

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  • 24
    Hellraiser
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    Hellraiser

    Clive Barker

    A puzzle box opens a gateway to a Hell-like dimension. A race of Cenobites invade Earth where they gather human souls for their twisted experiments. 

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  • 25
    Fatale
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    Fatale

    Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips

    Jo is not your typicaly femme fatale. She is seemingly immortal, and she has the ability to hypnotize men. She goes after a group of cultists who worship Lovecraftian monsters, which seem to have some connection to Jo. 

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