Review by C.J. Bunce
Looking for something dark for your Halloween 2023 weekend? How about an anthology of stories from the minds of Sandy King and John Carpenter? From Storm King Comics, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the comics publisher, Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 9 presents a mash-up of horror that blends Creepshow and Black Mirror and the creepy stories from the Dark Horse Comics anthologies. The creative Carpenter duo has brought together 13 writers and 24 artists, which will be sure to have something for your personal brand of ghosts and goblins as we approach Halloween.
A glaring black cat, a faceless ghoul, a specter, witch, more ghouls and more witches accompany readers on their reading journey.
“Fa Kubi” is a supernatural Raiders of the Lost Ark-Hellraiser mash-up, a Saturday serials-inspired jungle tale written by John Carpenter with art by Luis Guaragna and Sian Mandrake. For a cautionary tale about whether you should journey into that haunted looking house down your block, try “Definitely Something,” by David J. Schow, with art by Andrea Mutti, Gigi Baldassini, and Valerio Alloro.
Alec Worley’s “These Walls” tells the story of a haunted house… from the house’s perspective. “The List” is the story of a cursed ship’s crew, by Mike Sizemore with art by Dave Kennedy and Pete Kennedy. It makes a good readalike in the world of John Carpenter’s The Fog.
The moodiest of the mix comes from writer-artist Jason Felix’s spellbinding painted art in “Ichor Moon Rising,” a historical dive into Lovecraftian horrors. The most surprising, and maybe even the most “funny” of them all, is a visit from a creepy little girl trapped in a pink world in “Dear Mr. Devil,” which feels like an episode from the original The Twilight Zone.
Other creators’ stories featured include Jaime Carrillo, Elena Carrillo, Kealan Patrick Burke, Sean Sobczak, Conor Boyle, Neo Edmund, Amanda Deibert, Cat Staggs, Jennie Wood, Richard P. Clark, Duane Swierczynski, Nick Percival, and Tim Bradstreet.
Here is a look inside a few pages from the anthology:
Storm King promises to bring together the best storytellers from movies, novels, and comics for another spine-tingling collection of stories that will haunt you, with each story a standalone surprise that captures the essence of the best night of the year. This anthology certainly is all that. Add this to your pull list at Elite Comics or your local comic shop. Tales for a HalloweeNight Volume 9 is all-new, available now here direct from the Storm King website, or here at Amazon. Find more horror reads at stormkingcomics.com.