Many Lovecraft fans are excited about Alan Moore’s upcoming comic Providence, available May 27 from Avatar Press. In the meantime, though, here are some excellent Lovecraftian comics that you may not know about!
There are a lot of Mythos comics, and this is not a comprehensive list — just the opposite, in fact. These are what I consider to be some of the best. Enjoy!
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Coffin Hill: Cory Doctorow calls Coffin Hill “a horror comic that mixes HP Lovecraft with black eyeliner”. Following a night of sex, drugs and witchcraft in the woods, Eve Coffin wakes up naked, covered in blood and unable to remember how she got there. One friend is missing, one is in a mental ward–and one knows that Eve is responsible. Years later, Eve returns to Coffin Hill, only to discover the darkness that she unleashed ten years ago in the woods was never contained. It continues to seep through the town, cursing the soul of this sleepy Massachusetts hollow, spilling secrets and enacting its revenge. Set against the haunted backdrop of New England, COFFIN HILL explores what people will do for power and retribution. Noted novelist Caitlin Kittredge, author of the Black London series, brings a smart, mesmerizing style to comics. Artist Inaki Miranda (FABLES) brings his dynamic storytelling to COFFIN HILL, following an acclaimed run on FAIREST. (Synopsis from Amazon.)
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham is from DC Comics’ Elseworlds series. This 3-part story is set in the 1920s. As the story opens, Bruce Wayne and pals (Dick, Jason, Tim, and Alfred) are in Antarctica searching for survivors from the “Cobblepot Expedition”. They discover a frozen ship, with almost everyone dead. Everyone, that is, except for Professor Cobblepot and another survivor, who have both gone crazy and are muttering things like “I am chosen by Him to be His messenger to the world” and “Hark, the lurker is on the threshold, and behold a shadow out of time.” I won’t spoil the story, but suffice to say that it was written by Mike Mignola, of Hellboy fame. The Doom That Came to Gotham scores high on mood and gets a lot right, but it’s not perfect. It’s a bit more Derleth than Lovecraft, but still… Batman and the mythos? Sold. All in all, it’s a pretty good graphic novel. Buy Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham: Book one – Book two – Book three
Fatale: Secrets, lies, horror, lust, and monsters from the time before time all collide in Fatale: Death Chases Me. In present day, a man meets a woman who he becomes instantly obsessed with, and in the 1950s, this same woman destroys the lives of all those who cross her path, on a quest for… what? Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ bestselling series will leave you craving more! (Book one – Book two – Book three) (Synopsis from Amazon.)
Alan Moore’s The Courtyard: The most celebrated writer in the industry, Alan Moore, teams up with brilliant artist Jacen Burrows, to unleash this timeless tale of Lovecraftian psychological horror. FBI man Aldo Sax has an amazing service record with the FBI. His legendary skills at piecing together the most baffling of cases has gotten him assigned to what may be his most confusing case yet. Several murders – no, more like lethal dismemberments – from the most unlikely of suspects just don’t addd up. And what few leads there are, all point to The Courtyard. (Synopsis from Amazon.)
The Wake: Winner of the 2014 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series. New York Times bestselling author, Scott Snyder (American Vampire, Batman, Swamp Thing) and artist Sean Murphy (Punk Rock Jesus, Joe The Barbarian), the incredible team behind the miniseries American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, are reuniting for the powerful miniseries: THE WAKE. When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won’t take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery. But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean!
Haunter Of The Dark: And Other Grotesque Visions: H. P. Lovecraft is the most important and influential horror writer of the twentieth century. His stories of occult nightmare and cosmic terror have drawn praise from William S. Burroughs, Angela Carter and Jorge Luis Borges, and continue to inspire new generations of writers and artists. John Coulthart is one of H. P. Lovecraft’s major visual interpreters. As an artist for David Britron’s Lord Horror series, his work has been described as “shocking… harmful”, “harrowing” and “brilliant”, and has been banned on the grounds of obscenity by British law courts. This collection presents all of Coulthart’s Lovecraft-inspired work from the past decade including two complete comic strip adaptations – The Haunter of the Dark and The Call of Cthulhu – plus over forty pages of previously unseen drawings and paintings, and selections from the controversial Lord Horror series Hard Core Horror and Reverbstorm, which have evolved Lovecraftian imagery in bold new directions. Material specially created for this volume includes The Great Old Ones, a kabbalah of Lovecraft’s gods with accompanying evocations by acclaimed author Alan Moore. (Synopsis from Amazon.)
Afterlife with Archie #6: “The Nether-Realm”: The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues! Definitely NOT for all ages! (Synopsis from the Archie website.)
Young Lovecraft: An alternate vision of the biography of H. P. Lovecraft, this fanciful, gothic account imagines the childhood years of an author who would go on to write such innovative, weird fiction as the Cthulhu Mythos story cycle and the classic tome Necronomicon. Derived from the popular webcomic, each panel in this series imagines how Lovecraft’s childhood would have occurred had he been visited by the horrendous creatures that later appeared in his finest fiction. Fans of Lovecraft will enjoy this humorous view of a misanthropic boy dealing with bullies and literary rejection as only a gothic can—with a large book of witchcraft and a few miscast spells. (Synopsis from Amazon.)
As Sam mentioned, the graphic adaptations by Culbard are excellent and should definitely be on the list. Haunter of the Dark has some really detailed and dark illustrations, plus I love the insane rantings at the back of the book.
i would add the cthulhu tales books (a series of short comics of the lovecraft mythos) as well as fall of cthulhu (a larger multipart story dealing with cthulhu, nytholotep, dreamlands and others). both series by boom studios. can get these via amazon and comixology.com
Great list, Mike! But what about the excellent graphic adaptations of HPL by I.N.J. Culbard? He’s done fantastic adaptations of AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS, THE DREAM QUEST OF UNKNOWN KADATH, THE CASE OF CHARLES DEXTER WARD and THE SHADOW OUT OF TIME. All available through Amazon!