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    “COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE WITCH NEXT DOOR” (Comic Review)

    Despite the current success of young reader titles such as ITTY BITTY HELLBOY and KISS KIDS, it felt for a long time there were very few comics not aimed at adult audiences. Even fewer of those were horror. Fortunately, there were works such as COURTNEY CRUMRIN to help pick up the slack. Since first hitting shelves in 2002, the once “limited” series has expanded to four volumes, with a fifth collection, COURTNEY CRUMRIN: THE WITCH NEXT DOOR now hitting shelves (and a sixth on the way). Centered on a grumpy teen who finds herself imbued with magic thanks to her eccentric uncle, the series is a delightfully gothic work that dives deep into dark folklore and explores the hidden depths of the unseen world.

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    Sidesplitters: “WORKAHOLICS” actor Anders Holm on “ECHO ISLAND” and “CANNIBAL FEROX”

    Horror and Comedy go together like masks and murderers, as both set out to evoke reactions from even the most immovable of audiences. Therefore, it’s no surprise that so many funnymen are ardent fright fans. In our new column, Sidesplitters, FANGORIA chats with comedians who love horror as much as they love humor.

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    “AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE” (Comic Review)

    Launching careers, AMERICAN VAMPIRE started as a simple vampire comic in 2010 and has since become one of the most well-received horror series in years. Utilizing clever play on the creatures’ long-held mythos, while telling a compelling story that spanned a solid seventy years of American history and five volumes of graphic novel, AMERICAN VAMPIRE is new again. After a yearlong break, AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SECOND CYCLE sees original creators Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque return to finish what they started, claiming that this new creation is “the beginning of the huge machinations of the whole series, from here forward, toward the finale.”

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    “THE SUMMER JOB” / “THE FIRST ONE YOU EXPECT” (Book Review)

    True horror disciples have secret codes and sacred texts that we trade back and forth, with great passion and faith. We may not have read all the books, or seen all the films – TOO MANY, TOO MANY for mortal mind to contain! – but we explore, we excavate, we follow the trail to the next golden jolt. Digging up treasures, to share with our tribe.

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    “ITTY BITTY HELLBOY” (Comic Review)

    From fighting Nazi abominations to beating up witches to going to Hell itself, HELLBOY has seen and done it all. But there’s one thing even Big Red wasn’t prepared to do: protect his cardboard fortress from the villainy of Dr. Karl Kroenen! Miniaturized for tiny hands, ITTY BITTY HELLBOY shows lighter sides of the grim demon spawn as he goes on ridiculously fun adventures the whole family can get into. A solid introduction to comics for young readers, this new collection mixes together the quirky humor of the Sunday funnies with the established characters of the HELLBOY universe, making this a great read for fans across the board.

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    Are You Reading “HAUNTED HORROR”?

    As their numbers dwindle, pre-code horror comics have become a staple of the comic collectors’ market. From swarming the industry with ghoulish monsters and vengeful spirits in the late 1940s to mass comic burnings less than a decade later, the Comics Code Authority changed everything about what was acceptable to read. Thanks to their determination to protect America’s children, swarms of horror titles have been lost to modern readers, until recently. Publishers such as Dark Horse and Fantagraphics have been snatching up long forgotten titles and re-printing them in hardcover collections, beautifully recreating the original feel of the work. Following their success, IDW and partner Yoe Books! hopped aboard the terror train as well, re-publishing stories from the contraband comics in HAUNTED HORROR for easy reading. Unlike its predecessors though, these tales are being released in a single issue format, recalling that classic feeling of picking up your favorite, lurid title at the local dime store.

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    “EVIL ERNIE VOL. 1: ORIGIN OF EVIL” (Comic Review)

    When Chaos! Comics bankrupted in 2002, the fate of their most popular characters went up on the auction block to be picked over and sold. Luckily, the majority of the licenses were bought up by Devils Due Publishing and when they folded, were handed over to Dynamite Press, where they sat waiting for another chance. In 2012, Chaos’ most prolific character, Evil Ernie, finally got re-released in a brand new adventure: a six issue mini-series leading to a collected graphic novel that hit shelves last month. A re-telling of Ernie’s tragic origins, Dynamite attempts to continue what Chaos! Comics started: pure, unadulterated Armageddon. 

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    “AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE” #3 (Comic Review)

    If you’re of the mind that AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE is akin to those Double Digests haunting supermarket checkout aisles across the nation, let’s just nip that thought in the bud. This is not your daddy’s Archie comic. Sure, we have good old Riverdale High, ginger-coiffed Archie Andrews and his gal pals Veronica and Betty, Pop Tate, Moose, Jughead…

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    Eric Red’s “THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE” (Book Review)

    Rugged people, sprawling plains and an undercurrent of superstition and mysticism; to some, the western is an almost perfect fit for tales of terror. However, there’s also risk of awkward translation by melding genres. Somehow, both of these points can be attested to in Eric Red’s latest horror offering, a werewolf-infested western entitled THE GUNS OF SANTA SANGRE, available now from Samhain Publishing.

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