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Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in 35 stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead. Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, a Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in 35 stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead. Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, and many others. In addition to the comics, Gary Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea) illustrates stories by legendary authors such as Robert E Howard (Conan) and William Hope Hodgson (The House on the Borderland), and Scott Allie interviews experts in the occult fields, including a seance medium, and witch who specializes in love spells. Collects: Dark Horse Book of Monsters, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, and the Dark Horse Book of the Dead


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Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in 35 stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead. Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, a Mike Mignola, Hellboy, and a roster of great creators and characters explore the dark corners of the horror genre in 35 stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and the risen dead. Originally published in four award-winning anthologies, these stories featured the debut of Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson's Beasts of Burden series, and standalone stories by Kelley Jones, Kurt Busiek, and many others. In addition to the comics, Gary Gianni (Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea) illustrates stories by legendary authors such as Robert E Howard (Conan) and William Hope Hodgson (The House on the Borderland), and Scott Allie interviews experts in the occult fields, including a seance medium, and witch who specializes in love spells. Collects: Dark Horse Book of Monsters, the Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, the Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, and the Dark Horse Book of the Dead

30 review for The Dark Horse Book of Horror

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Daviau

    This is one hell of an amazing omnibus! It has something for every horror fan, no matter your preference. I love that it’s divided into sections, monsters, witchcraft, haunting and the dead. You really get a little bit of everything and it’s a delightful treat. I also really love that it’s not just comics but short stories and interviews with experts in each field as well, it really adds a whole other dimension to this collection. Everything about this omnibus was fantastic, from the content to This is one hell of an amazing omnibus! It has something for every horror fan, no matter your preference. I love that it’s divided into sections, monsters, witchcraft, haunting and the dead. You really get a little bit of everything and it’s a delightful treat. I also really love that it’s not just comics but short stories and interviews with experts in each field as well, it really adds a whole other dimension to this collection. Everything about this omnibus was fantastic, from the content to the illustrations and everything in between. This is a MUST for any horror fan!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Quirkyreader

    This anthology was one wild ride. The stories and artwork in this omnibus were amazing. And some of the creepers in this collection will make your skin crawl.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    I love horror anthologies, so I knew right off I'd probably like this one. You have several comic stories, some prose short stories by such authors as Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith and even some interviews with experts in the horror medium. Top notch creators including several Hellboy stories from Mignola, Beasts of Burden from Dorkin and Thompson and more. Just a really cool collection featuring ghosts, witches, zombies and monsters. Great October reading! I love horror anthologies, so I knew right off I'd probably like this one. You have several comic stories, some prose short stories by such authors as Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith and even some interviews with experts in the horror medium. Top notch creators including several Hellboy stories from Mignola, Beasts of Burden from Dorkin and Thompson and more. Just a really cool collection featuring ghosts, witches, zombies and monsters. Great October reading!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Dark Horse put these out almost kind of like annuals about 10 years ago in a smaller digest format. They all follow a loose format of a Hellboy story followed by an old prose story with illustrations by Gary Gianni and closing with a Beasts of Burden story. This is worth a read just for those Hellboy and Beasts of Burden stories. The other stories as with most anthologies are a mixed bag, some good, some not. There's also some interviews with real life mediums and witches which I just skipped. Re Dark Horse put these out almost kind of like annuals about 10 years ago in a smaller digest format. They all follow a loose format of a Hellboy story followed by an old prose story with illustrations by Gary Gianni and closing with a Beasts of Burden story. This is worth a read just for those Hellboy and Beasts of Burden stories. The other stories as with most anthologies are a mixed bag, some good, some not. There's also some interviews with real life mediums and witches which I just skipped. Received an advance copy from Dark Horse and Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pop Bop

    Excellent Horror Anthologies With Something for Everyone. There are four Dark Horse books on offer - they are the books of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead, and Monsters. Each book is available individually, (they were sort of like annuals), and as of September, 2017, they are all available in a single collected megavolume. Each book stands alone; there is no story arc that runs through the series. The collected megavolume is mostly appealing for its convenience, completeness and solid look and fe Excellent Horror Anthologies With Something for Everyone. There are four Dark Horse books on offer - they are the books of Hauntings, Witchcraft, the Dead, and Monsters. Each book is available individually, (they were sort of like annuals), and as of September, 2017, they are all available in a single collected megavolume. Each book stands alone; there is no story arc that runs through the series. The collected megavolume is mostly appealing for its convenience, completeness and solid look and feel. Each volume has a generous helping of Mignola's Hellboy, the individual tales designed to match each book's theme. (Actually, the Introduction acknowledges that Mignola wrote his stories first and the book's themes took their cues from each story.) Each volume also has an illustrated old school tale drawn from classic authors like Robert E. Howard, (who was much more than just "Conan"), and William Hope Hodgson, (whose mind blowing "House on the Borderland" is worth finding as a public domain ebook). Also, each book has a long episode from the Dorkin/Thompson "Beasts of Burden" series, which is a remarkably appealing series that features a gang of neighborhood dogs who deal with, as it turns out, hauntings, witchcraft, the dead, and monsters. At least to me, in story, execution and depth of characterization, the "Beasts of Burden" contributions were the happiest and most unexpected finds in these books. The balance of the stories on offer are intended to showcase a few established artists and writers, but mostly to showcase new talents. As might be expected the results are a mixed bag. But that depends mostly on the individual reader's tastes, and what works for me might be of less interest to you. The important point, I guess, is that everything is at least worth looking at, and there are way more hits than misses. (There are a few "Q & A" style interview pieces, one with a medium and one with a Wiccan lawyer, that seemed pretty out of place, but otherwise everything was at least credible.) There are 35 stories in the complete set, and if you hold out the Hellboy and Beasts of Burden, that leaves more than 25 new items. For each you get a new writer, a different artist, and often yet different colors and letters. That's a lot of variety and a nice way to find some new talent. I was happy with this and generally admired the efforts that were exhibited. (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen

    A phenomenal collection of short comics and scary stories, this book is perfect for a little light halloween reading. The only part of the book that marred my personal reading experience was the interviews with real witches and spirit mediums. While that sort of thing is interesting, it didn't really suit the tone of the rest of the stories. It seemed to go spooky, scary, funny, frightening, emotionless nonfiction interview, spooky, scary, funny. Other readers might appreciate that sort of break A phenomenal collection of short comics and scary stories, this book is perfect for a little light halloween reading. The only part of the book that marred my personal reading experience was the interviews with real witches and spirit mediums. While that sort of thing is interesting, it didn't really suit the tone of the rest of the stories. It seemed to go spooky, scary, funny, frightening, emotionless nonfiction interview, spooky, scary, funny. Other readers might appreciate that sort of break in an anthology, but I didn't love it. I would still highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys comics or horror. I even discovered a few authors and titles to look up and read more work from because their short stories were that good.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Cordero

    Very nice collection. The Beasts of Burden stories are my favorites.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alex Jones

    In general, the comic book stories in this were fairly average (except for the fantastic Beasts of Burden quadrilogy), but the presentation and artwork were all gorgeous. I didn't appreciate the two interviews, and the latter was bizarrely passive aggressive. However, the addition of illustrated editions of early 20th century weird short fiction was a brilliant idea, and I wish there were other similar collections out there. In general, the comic book stories in this were fairly average (except for the fantastic Beasts of Burden quadrilogy), but the presentation and artwork were all gorgeous. I didn't appreciate the two interviews, and the latter was bizarrely passive aggressive. However, the addition of illustrated editions of early 20th century weird short fiction was a brilliant idea, and I wish there were other similar collections out there.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Thaddeus Rice

    These are remarkably good shorts, a compilation of compilations, that shows the breadth and depth of horror comics, and really the cream of the crop. This is especially important since short form comic stories are often ignored in favor of longer, sprawling epics, but the medium is well suited to short powerful tales where meaning is compacted into every panel. Good horror, good art, good storytelling, and a good cure for the decompressed storytelling blues.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This is an interesting mix of grapic novel versus straightup horror short stories. As all collections go some are going to grab you and others will not. I will say this was a clever compilation of all of the various authors efforts and put this one at the top of that three star review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Octavi

    Tiene sus altibajos, como todas las recopilaciones, pero en general el nivel es alto. No decepciona y además incluye relatos ilustrados y entrevistas.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marcus

    Great collection of pretty neat stories about the undead, ghosts, witches, and monsters

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    What's not to like? What's not to like?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Pretty good collection. I can't say there were a lot of stories that I absolutely loved, but they were solid, decent stories, with amazing artwork. A segment from each of the sections was given to an interview-type narrative from someone with expertise in the area (of witchcraft, ghosts, etc). Those were interesting as well. There was one set of stories I did thoroughly enjoy - the "Beasts of Burden" collection, which followed a group of dogs experiencing paranormal events. Imaginative and enjoy Pretty good collection. I can't say there were a lot of stories that I absolutely loved, but they were solid, decent stories, with amazing artwork. A segment from each of the sections was given to an interview-type narrative from someone with expertise in the area (of witchcraft, ghosts, etc). Those were interesting as well. There was one set of stories I did thoroughly enjoy - the "Beasts of Burden" collection, which followed a group of dogs experiencing paranormal events. Imaginative and enjoyable. Beyond that, the rest I am fairly ambivalent about.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Gordon

    I love anthologies, comics, and horror, and Dark Horse did not fail to deliver a really great combo of all three! In this book are a variety of stories clustered around topics like monsters, witches, hauntings, and zombies. There are some great writers and excellent illustrators, and even a few non-fiction bits. Almost all of the stories are quite strong, ranging a broad variety of types of horror. All in all, a... well, not pleasant read, but a good one!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Layne

    Beasts of Burden is a real delight, so I'm probably giving it an extra star just for those stories. The others are hit or miss, but mostly hits. Lots of good, old-fashioned tales of creepiness and some excellent art. Beasts of Burden is a real delight, so I'm probably giving it an extra star just for those stories. The others are hit or miss, but mostly hits. Lots of good, old-fashioned tales of creepiness and some excellent art.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Some of the short story comics were excellent and some were just ok, but overall a solid collection that made be want to explore the work of a few of the contributors. Reminded me of supernatural short story collections I read as a teenager/tween.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Danelle Our-Wolves-Den

    Review to come

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sean M Sanford

    Such a great compilation from varied writers and artists. All so good, and nightmarish. Freaky deaky.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Variaciones Enrojo

    El libro de todos los The Book of de Dark Horse.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ian Carpenter

    Great, fun tiny stories with a ton of excellent art.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hudder

    A collection of the four Dark Horse anthologies. Pretty even given the different topics and the many artists. Lots of fun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Not great, but not terrible. The Hellboy stories are the only real standouts, honestly.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alicia Riley

    As name suggests bunch of horror comics and stories that horror fans might love.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Bea

    Book #1 done for the 24 Hour Readathon!

  26. 4 out of 5

    ashes ➷

    This was... fine. Extremely, extremely fine. As most people said, the interviews completely cut the momentum, but I'd argue the short stories also do that. There was also (mostly in the short stories) an ungodly amount of Backwards Attitudes (racism, sexism, you know the drill) and that kind of killed my vibe! Trust me, you can write horror without being an asshole. I swear to you it is possible. Three stars because I can't hate the artists; they really have great work and I was surprised by how This was... fine. Extremely, extremely fine. As most people said, the interviews completely cut the momentum, but I'd argue the short stories also do that. There was also (mostly in the short stories) an ungodly amount of Backwards Attitudes (racism, sexism, you know the drill) and that kind of killed my vibe! Trust me, you can write horror without being an asshole. I swear to you it is possible. Three stars because I can't hate the artists; they really have great work and I was surprised by how invested I got particularly in the dog stories! Oftentimes the comics didn't feel very important, but the sheer amount of space those were given really worked to their advantage.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tropo Alegro

    Recopilatoruio en tapa dura que aúna los cuatro Dark Horse Books of...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jules Waack

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jipi Perreault

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Wing

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