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"The Horror Comic Never Dies" Book Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by McFarland

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Written by Michael Walton
2019, 178 Pages, Reference
Book released on January 31st, 2019

Review:

It's no secret that I'm a fan of horror comics. Where did our fascination with spooky four color funny books come from? Author Michael Walton digs into this in his book, The Horror Comic Never Dies: A Grisly History. He outlines how the macabre periodical has stood the test of time even when it faced obstacles like psychologists and industry regulation.

Before he gets into the history of horror comics, Walton spends a good amount of time with the history of comics as a whole. This feels rather unnecessary. Comics are a niche medium to begin with and horror comics are a niche within that, so odds are, anyone that's going to pick up this book already has a basic understanding of his background. This also means that we don't get to the actual meat of the book for a bit.

The history itself goes into some decent detail, but it does come across as rather dry. There are some interesting anecdotes buried in here, however you have to sift through bulky paragraphs that go on and on.

It's also a little odd that a book about comics doesn't have a single picture of one. It is a visual medium, after all. Obviously some of those images will cost money to use, but there are a ton of books and characters out there in the public domain that could have been incorporated to some extent.

The second half of the book is little more than a listing of publishers and their horror comics. This is nice is you're looking for something to read. You can also try a quick Google search or a run through ComiXology.

The Horror Comic Never Dies is a noble effort, but falls short on the delivery. The paperback copy will set you back $35 which is a pretty high price for a book that's less than 200 pages, with half of them consisting of a glorified Wikipedia list. There are a handful of interesting tidbits in here, but it leaves something to be desired.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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