Yoe is in the business of making me a very, very happy man. Craig Yoe is all about finding the old and obscure, the pre-code comics of America’s past and putting them out in these amazing looking books, and comics. I for one cannot even believe how amazing issue 3 of Haunted Horror was, and I’m actively hunting down the first two issues; which are going for a premium on eBay, and with good reason. These books are slick looking, and that isn’t even talking about the content.
The cover is thicker card stock than normal books. The pages are thick and glossy. The number of pages is high. You are really getting your monies worth when you pick up an issue of Haunted Horror. These are beautiful books, and inside are the coolest pre-code comics from the annals of horror comic history.
So the content of this book is just as amazing. With stories collected in it from Web of Evil, Tales of Horror, Chamber of Chills, Worlds of Fear, Journey into Fear, and Mysterious Adventures all these tales to chill the spine are amazing. They are like a laundry list of creature features and horror classics. A monster in a pool that is used as a tool for vengeance that back fires. Elderly vampires who prey on traveling sales men until a sheriff gets wise. A political opponent returns from the gallows to revenge himself on the kangaroo court that had him killed. A merman who wants something beautiful of his own, dead or alive. A little boy who uses glass eyes as marbles to avenge his father (you read that right). This book is just chock full of the most amazing stories. These tales are beautiful and amazing, and for the most part really well illustrated.
Here is the thing. In a world that is full of real horrors everyday on the news we are jaded to this kind of mysterious fear filled style of comic book. These stories aren’t shocking any more. They come across as silly and fun. No one could ever take this seriously, and that is a real tragedy because it means that comics like this aren’t coming out any more. There are the re-boots of Eerie, and Creepy and that is fantastic. I hope that more companies are willing to do more of the anthology style horror comics, because I just can’t get enough. While they are at it, keep releasing the old stuff too!