15 Spooky Horror Graphic Novels To Keep You Up At Night

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Looking for a thrill that lingers? Here are 15 horror graphic novels handpicked to guarantee chills and thrills. From eerie tales of haunted mansions to spine-tingling myths of sinister creatures, each book offers a unique gateway into the dark and twisted. Perfect for a night when only the creepiest tales will do!

“Locke & Key” by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez


“Locke & Key” follows the Locke family as they move into their eerie ancestral home, Keyhouse. They start finding these bizarre keys around the house, and each key has its own creepy power that unlocks different forms of hell, literally. The mix of mystery and horror with some really sleek art makes this a total page-turner. 

“Through the Woods” by Emily Carroll


Emily Carroll’s “Through the Woods” is a collection of five stories that are both hauntingly illustrated and brilliantly told. Carroll’s art is vivid and expressive, which really brings the stories to life, or death, in this case. Each tale is a quick hit of adrenaline and eerie enough to make you think twice about what lurks in the shadows.

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack


Forget the friendly TV witch, you might remember. This graphic novel takes Sabrina into much darker territory. It has all the elements of classic horror, witches, dark magic, and a bit of the devil himself. The artwork has a vintage satanic horror film feel to it, adding to the overall spine-chilling experience. 

 “Wytches” by Scott Snyder and Jock


Imagine moving to a new town hoping for a fresh start, but instead, you find out it is plagued by ancient, terrifying creatures lurking in the woods. “Wytches” strips away the fairy-tale witch idea and introduces you to something much more sinister. The art in this graphic novel really amps up the horror with chaotic, splashy panels that make your skin crawl. 

“Uzumaki” by Junji Ito


Junji Ito’s “Uzumaki” will mess with your head. It is about a small town cursed by a bizarre phenomenon: spirals. Yeah, spirals, as in the pattern. Sounds weird, right? But trust us, it is terrifying in ways you would not expect. Ito’s artwork is meticulous and disturbing. It is that kind of story that will eventually get under your skin.

“Black Hole” by Charles Burns


This one is a classic in the genre, and for good reason. “Black Hole” follows a group of teenagers dealing with a bizarre STD that causes grotesque mutations. The storytelling is brilliant, both disturbing and deeply engaging. Charles Burns’ black-and-white artwork adds to the eerie atmosphere, making each page a compelling yet unsettling visual experience. 

“Hellboy” by Mike Mignola


If you are into supernatural and folklore with a side of action, “Hellboy” is a must. It is about a demon raised by humans who works as a paranormal investigator. Hellboy deals with ghosts, witches, and all sorts of mythological creatures. Mike Mignola’s art is iconic, using shadows and a minimalistic color palette to create a moody, gothic feel. 

“Severed” by Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, and Attila Futaki


Imagine America in 1916, “Severed” is the story of a young boy on a quest to find his father, but instead, he encounters a terrifying predator disguised as a charming salesman. The historical setting adds a layer of suspense, and the artwork is gorgeously horrifying, capturing early 20th-century America in a chilling light. 

“The Enigma of Amigara Fault” by Junji Ito


Oh man, Junji Ito strikes again with “The Enigma of Amigara Fault.” It starts with a bizarre discovery: a cliff face full of human-shaped holes that seem to call out to those who see them. What happens next? People actually start walking into these perfectly shaped voids. It is a quick read but pretty haunting.

“Harrow County” by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook


Imagine finding out you are tied to a bunch of supernatural beings on your 18th birthday. Welcome to “Harrow County,” a place crawling with witches and spirits. The artwork here is gorgeous; Tyler Crook’s watercolors bring a hauntingly beautiful vibe to every page. Emmy, the main character, has just the right mix of bravery and vulnerability as she faces her creepy destiny.

“Sandman” by Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman’s “Sandman” is a sprawling saga where horror meets myth and history dances with dark fantasy. We follow Morpheus, the dream lord, as he mingles with gods and monsters alike. This series is not just about the scares; it is deep, rich, and makes you think. The art changes with the stories, always stunning and a bit eerie. 

“Outcast” by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta


From Robert Kirkman, the person who brought you “The Walking Dead,” comes “Outcast.” This one dives deep into the darkness of demonic possession in a small town. The main guy, Kyle, has been around demons all his life and decides it is time to get some answers. The art’s shadows are just perfect for this gripping tale.

“Colder” by Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra


“Colder” throws you into the deep end of madness. It is about a boy, Declan Thomas, who can literally jump into other people’s craziness and try to fix it. But he has got his own demons, especially this monstrous villain, Nimble Jack. The artwork? It is chilling and vivid, really selling that sense of unhinged terror. 

“American Vampire” by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque


Ever thought vampires needed a refresh? “American Vampire” does just that. Meet Skinner Sweet, the first of a new breed of vampires who thrives in the sunlight and is forging a bloody path through U.S. history. The storytelling by Scott Snyder is top-notch, blending horror with historical drama, and Albuquerque’s art is rough.

“Gideon Falls” by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino


“Gideon Falls” is a horror mystery that revolves around a mysterious Black Barn that appears throughout history, bringing death and madness in its wake. The narrative follows a washed-up priest and a troubled man obsessed with conspiracies as their paths cross due to the barn’s sinister influence. Andrea Sorrentino’s artwork is both surreal and detailed, creating a visually haunting experience.


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