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"London Horror Comic #8" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written by John-Paul Kamath
Illustrated by Craig Cermak, Lee Ferguson, and Ben Newman
Colored by Hi-Fi Design
Lettered by Matty Ryan
2020, 56 Pages


I should be suspicious of a horror comic anthology that came out right when the world plunged into a global pandemic. That doesn't stop me from enjoying the latest batch of spooky tales collected in London Horror Comic #8. Writer John-Paul Kamath delivers two stories with a healthy blend of scares and laughs and one shorter tale outlining the perils of dating in the apocalypse.

The first story, “The Lonely League of an Extraordinary Loser”, hits a little close to home as it follows Bob, a man obsessed with collecting DVDs. I type this while sitting in my office, surrounded by my DVD collection, so I feel a little targeted. In any case, this obsession strains his relationship with his girlfriend, Jane, but that changes when he picks up a cursed box set, pulling the monsters of old out into the real world. Now Bob has to duel with Dracula himself if he wants to save Jane and the world at large.

What really makes this story stand out is the fun interactions between Bob and the monsters. They represent everything that he's not, oozing with confidence at every action. Artist Craig Cermak turns in some fantastic and well-detailed work that would be fitting in any of the Big Two publishers. The designs for the monsters are suitably spooky and cool. You can see the influence of the classic Universal monsters with a bit of an update.

Some of the jokes are a little groan-worthy, but you just kind of go with it based on the overall story. It's fun with just the right amounts of scares, not to mention some nice twists and turns along the way.

The second tale, “The Hunger”, is a bit darker, following a werewolf preying upon women. Kamath keeps you guessing through this story until the very end. The final page has an incredible jaw-dropping moment. Artist Lee Ferguson (no relation) does a fine job with the human forms, although they are not as detailed as the other story in this collection. Where he really excels is with the werewolf, which is far more intimidating. It's simultaneously menacing and sickly which is an interesting combination.

Hi-Fi Design handled the colors for both stories and works to amplify the tone of each. You understand that the first tale is more light-hearted than the second based on its color palette. There's a definite air of mystery about “The Hunger”, as if a strange fog has settled around it.

Letterer Matty Ryan uses a nice array of fonts for the different creatures involved with a scratchy one used for the more monstrous characters. This is used sparingly and to great effect.

London Horror Comic has another solid batch of horror tales for you in this collection. This anthology continues to deliver a great blend of scares and dark humor that is not to be missed.

London Horror Comic #8 can be purchased online at its official website.


Story: fourstars Cover
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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