Review: Haunted Horror #18

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IDW Publishing continues the trend of reprinting classic 50s short horror stories in neat little collections like this. It’s a trend that pleases me greatly as I love all kinds of horror and it’s always interesting to see how things were done 30 years before I was born. I grew up reading The Beano, Oor Wullie and the likes before getting into 2000ad so I have always had a great deal of love and respect for short comics. To nail a succesfull story in two or three pages is one of the most difficult skills in writing and I would suggest that when the emphasis is on horror then it’s even harder. Horror storytelling is built on building tension, creating a viable antagonist and developing a successful twist which is awfully difficulty with the confines of a couple of pages.  That’s why in most horror anthologies of any era the content is very hit and miss. That is the case here as we see a bunch of tales from sea monsters devouring boats full of sailors to dead fathers hearing the screams of their children. As is to be expected, particularly for sixty year old comics, the quality is very much up and down but any genre fans who are intrigued by old school horror could do a lot worse than getting on board with Haunted Horror. It’s from the time of the Universal monsters’ popularity and that can be seen from the amount of hideous beings and bogeymen that are seen within the series. IDW have done a great job in selecting different shorts from several 50s publications and presenting them with an old school aesthetic. Strictly for fans of the genre, I can’t see anyone who isn’t a horror nut getting anything from this.