Without spoiling, we review the Volume 4 of the popular and successful horror graphic novel series, “John Carpenter’s Tales For a HalloweeNight”.
From John Carpenter, the man who brought you the cult classic horror film Halloween and all of the scares beyond comes even more twisted tales of terror, tricks, and treats. In volume 4 of the award-winning graphic novel series, Carpenter brings together another stellar ensemble of storytellers from the worlds of movies, novels and comics for another spine-tingling collection of stories that will haunt your dreams at night.
John Carpenter, Sandy King, David J. Schow, Duane Swierczynski, Tim Bradstreet, Cat Staggs, Amanda Deibert, Jaime Carrillo, Elena Carrillo, Steve Niles, Nick Percival, Greg Scott, Felipe Sobreiro, Joe Harris, Megan Hutchison, Dennis Calero, Renae DeLiz, Ray Dillon, Frank Tieri, Jason Felix & Janice Chiang.
John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight books are famous for their creepy stories along with the startling visuals. Despite the name, it’s not just an awesome graphic novel to read during the Halloween month, but also whenever you crave for horror. It is a difficult task to put together various tales that are so diverse in their stories, tones, art, and characters yet feel blended together in the book.
The horror stories are from different creators, including John Carpenter and Sandy King. The stories are bound together by “the interstitials” section that would be a treat for cat lovers, and horror fans alike. It’s like a narration before a horror story given by a self-aware spirit now trapped in a cat, with sometimes, shocking visuals and lines that often make you think about the human life. It might be confusing at first but once you get a hang of it, you’ll love it. The narration of the cat often has a comment on the story that follows, and also a scary or often funny take on the life of cats.
The collection of stories feature ghosts, murders, paranormal creatures, a scary take on human spirit being transferred to other things, and even a brilliant sci-fi story that feels like a homage to John Carpenter’s successful Tales of Science Fiction horror comic series. There’s even a written story about a hitman (contract killer) that reminds me of DC Comics’ Deadshot but with a twist you wouldn’t predict, and the one that will leave you creeped out. It felt out of place to have a written story in a graphic novel but I think it deserves the place in it as the impact of the story is truly horrifying. The characters are interesting and believable, as they’re all humans with a normal or troubled lives that get a paranormal twist in their life. Some moral lessons like the ill effects of greed, violence, regret of not living the life to the fullest, and such things that are not very obvious as the book isn’t trying to preach but to scare you and entertain you, at which it succeeds with flying colors. With 138 pages, there’s a good amount of content for the given price.
The horror graphic novel is full of beautiful film-like visuals, narration, and scenes. The illustrations are fully colored, and feel artistic. Things are realistic and not cartoons. The facial expressions, and body language is translated perfectly to the comic pages. The violence and gore is plentiful in essential parts. There are not many swear words in this book, and no nudity or suggestive scenes are found but overall tone of the stories is suitable for mature audience with situational comedy in a few scenes, but as it’s not a horror comedy, there’s more focus on horror and thrills.
Overall, filled with scary visuals, interesting stories, and gripping narration, makes John Carpenter’s Tales For a HalloweeNight Volume 4 a must have for all horror fans. The colored graphic novel is full of quality content that can be easily picked up and read at any occasion, and especially if it’s Halloween. This Volume continues the trend of the Tales For a HalloweeNight being one of the best sources of quality horror comic stories that can be termed as modern classics.
Purchase from the official website StormKingProductionsStore.com:
Buy The Signed Copy (Signed by John Carpenter and Sandy King.)
Know more about the creators:
- Official Twitter of Storm King Comics
- John Carpenter YouTube Channel
- Storm King Productions Facebook page
Our previous reviews of the series:
Horror Comic Review – John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight Vol 5 Anniversary Edition Published by Storm King Comics
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