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The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night  

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Here are the best horror comics and graphic novels from the industry's darkest minds. Most people associate comic books with superheroes and fantasy. 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 can be found on this list. Which ones make you stay awake at night? 

Even casual comic book readers will find some 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.

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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Uzumaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Nailbiter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Locke & Key is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Wytches is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Arkham Asylum: A Serious House... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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30 Days of Night is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Saga of the Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Outcast is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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The Immortal Hulk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Flinch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Flinch Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Greg Rucka

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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Harrow County is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Infidel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Infidel Pornsak Pichetshote, Arthur Campbell, Jose Villarrubia

An American Muslim woman moves into a new building with a diverse group of characters. However, this building is filled with demons that feed off xenophobia. 

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Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Jhonen Vasquez

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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Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Edgar Allan Poe’s Spirits of the Dead Richard Corben

A complete edition of Edgar Allan Poe's most well-known works. From The Raven to The Conqueror Worm, everyone's favorite tales of horror have been collected here. 

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Revival is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack, Jack Morelli

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina combines elements of horror with coming-of-age stories. Witchcraft serves as a metaphor for female sexuality, and Lucifer awaits Sabrina. 

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Clean Room is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Clean Room Gail Simone, Jon Davis-Hunt

Chloe Pierce had no idea how much her life would change when her fiance picked up a self-help book. He blew his brains out in her kitchen, and something in that book caused him to do it. 

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Gideon Falls is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Gideon Falls Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart

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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Afterlife With Archie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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The Black Monday Murders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
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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B.P.R.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
B.P.R.D. Mike Mignola, Chris Golden, Tom Sniegoski

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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Aliens: Dead Orbit is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Terrifying Horror Comic Books To Read At Night
Aliens: Dead Orbit James Stokoe

A lone engineer is trapped in space. He'll have to match wits with the Xenomorphs going after him if he's to survive.