If you’re looking for methods of staying spooked this All Hallows’ Evening, here are some new horror/suspense/creepy pieces of media I’ve been enjoying:
- False Positive: Webcomic Tales of the Surreal, Fantastic and Macabre. Some pretty gross stuff here — a fair share of body horror. Reminds me a lot of the pacing and tone of Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt. Good in doses.
- Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas. A new horror adventure comic with novel setting that draws from Native American and Southern folklore — which despite its richness and nightmarish ideas, we barely see any of in horror. Bring me these unknown beasts.
- Lights Out (horror short film). It opens with a great conceit, and the first minute contains one of the most memorable (and thoughtful) jump scares I can recall. Very frightening in my opinion — right up to the (unnecessary) reveal in the last split second.
- A Reading of Carmilla by Shannon Saar. Shannon brings a lovely voice to this audio reading of J. Sheridan le Fanu’s Victorian vampire novella, published in 1871 and predating Bram Stoker’s Dracula by 26 years. Also notable for its depiction of lesbianism, which at the time may have been scarier than a vampire.
- Eric Heisserer’s concerned posting on /r/nosleep. Eric is a wonderful man who wrote the online epistolary scary story The Dionaea House, and he returns to the form in this series of posts. A great read with another chilling conceit.
- Abby Howard’s The Last Halloween. A fun and creepy tale with Abby’s Gorey-esque lines and shadows. Her monster design is unparalleled.
- Emily Carroll’s The Prince and the Sea. Emily is the reigning charming horror comics champion. Broodhollow is but foam in her wake. All her comics are incredible uses of the form, but The Prince and the Sea stayed with me for weeks afterward.
And a semi-honorable self-mention, Ichor Falls: A Visitor’s Guide — my collection of short horror stories, including Candle Cove, is available on Gumroad in PDF form. You can enter “$0” as your price and download it for free.
If you know any more, let me have them in the comments!