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Since comics first began, horror has always been one of the earliest genres the medium explored. But now horror has evolved and grown. Changing rapidly, constantly moving different directions, being unpredictable. If you love mature Graphic Novels and horror, this list is perfect for you and all titles are available on Hoopla!

*CCPL Staff picks are chosen by CCPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We’d love to hear your ideas too, so write to us and tell us what you’d recommend!*

Batman Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrison, art by Dave McKean

Batman is called in to save the Doctors from the inmates who’ve taken over the Asylum but Joker forces Batman into a depraved dark game where he must survive the night being hunted by the disturbing rogues he has put away. Painted to be something from a dream-like nightmare by Dave McKean and perfectly blends Grant Morrison’s classic madness in this horrifying look into the Batman’s villains. 

Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV, art by Werther Dell’Edera

After a sleepover only one boy survives and several children across town are still missing. Only a sleep deprived creepy drifter, Erica Slaughter, can clear the boy’s name and kill the monster. All much easier said than done. 

Clean Room Vol. 1: Immaculate Conception by Gail Simone, art by Jon Davis Hunt

What if a self-help book could change your life? What if that self-help book was so powerful it started a cult? To Chloe Pierce she found out by having been left to pick up the pieces of what happened to her dead fiance and who writer, Astrid Mueller, really is.

 Gideon Falls vol 1: The Black Barn by Jeff Lemire, art by Andrea Sorrentino

A priest is sent to a small town, Gideon Falls, to replace the mysteriously deceased pastor. Meanwhile in the city a mentally ill man is puppeteered to collect garbage that he believes builds the evil Black Barn. The artwork done by Andrea Sorrentino is absolutely incredible and mind bending and unlike anything ever seen before.

Hellboy vol 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and John Byrne

In the 1940’s, Nazi scientists led by Rasputin created a portal to Hell but were instantly stopped by the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense who discovered a small child came through to earth. They raised him and he became humanity’s best and worst hope against evil. This is the beginning to Hellboy’s adventures.

Hellboy vol 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and John Byrne

In the 1940’s, Nazi scientists led by Rasputin created a portal to Hell but were instantly stopped by the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense who discovered a small child came through to earth. They raised him and he became humanity’s best and worst hope against evil. This is the beginning to Hellboy’s adventures.

Fell: Feral City by Warren Ellis, art by Bryan Templesmith

Detective Richard Fell is transferred to a disturbing part of the city, Snowtown. There are only 3 ½ other officers in his new precinct. Fell decides to fight against the corruption and secrets hiding in this practically lawless town. Warren Ellis and Bryan Templesmith create a completely disturbed and twisted mystery crime series that leaves you in shock.

 Afterlife with Archie by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, art by Jack Morelli and Francesco Francavilla

If you love Archie-verse or Riverdale you might love this. Sabrina the teenage witch resurrects Jughead’s dog after an accident… but something isn’t right at all with Hot Dog. Read the nightmare of the Archie gang battling to survive the zombie apocalypse!

Infidel by Pornsak Pichetshote, art by Aaron Campbell

An apartment building of multi-racial people become under attack and tortured by the hateful ghosts of those who once lived there.

Aliens: Dead Orbit by James Stokoe

In deep space an accident occurs on board a space station. Only the engineer with limited tools must escape a truly claustrophobic nightmare of Alien creatures roaming the Sphacteria.

Aliens: Dead Orbit by James Stokoe

In deep space an accident occurs on board a space station. Only the engineer with limited tools must escape a truly claustrophobic nightmare of Alien creatures roaming the Sphacteria.

 Memetic by James Tynion IV, art by Eryk Donovan

A meme of “good times sloth” begins to spread around having weird psychological effects then suddenly people begin to go violent and crazed the longer they see the image until an extinction level event begins to unfold from the weaponized meme.

Nailbiter: Murder Edition Vol 1 By Jousha Williamson, art by Mike Henderson

If you love Silence of Lambs and Twin Peaks this book is for you. NSA agent Nicholas Finch goes to Buckaroo, Oregon to solve the mystery of why 16 of America’s worst serial killers are born from this small town. It’s not long until number 17 greets Nicholas by leaving a trail of bodies for him to solve.

Farmhand vol 1: Reap What Was Sown by Rob Guillroy and Taylor Wells

“It ain’t much but it’s dishonest work”. Jedidiah’s farm doesn’t grow plants, he grows fast healing customizable human organs. Suddenly after years of work something dark and evil infects the fields and the Jenkins family is about to find out what lies beneath the soil their miraculous crop comes from.

 Saga of the Swamp Thing Book One by Alan Moore, Art by Steve Bissette, Rick Veitch, and  Dan Day

Before Watchmen, Alan Moore reinvented the Swamp Thing from the ground up. Alec Holland discovers that maybe he never was Alec Holland and must ask himself who is he? Man or Swamp?  At the same time the government closes in on Swamp Thing to capture and study him. This is the beginning of one of the greatest graphic novels ever created, covering hard hitting topics through the lens of horror. 

Death Orb Vol 1 by Ryan Ferrier, art by Chris O’Halloran and Alejandro Aragan

America is nothing but a wasteland filled with sci-fi death cults, motorcycles, and cybernetic mutants. One man fighting his way through what’s left of this messed up world to search for his wife and child. It’s like Mad Max meets Akira in the post-apocalyptic world of Death Orb.

 The Immortal Hulk vol.1 Or is He Both? By Al Ewing, art by Joe Bennett

After being resurrected in Avengers No Surrender, Bruce Banner hitchhikes across America for a new start. Bruce has the ability to still die…but at night comes,it’s the Hulk that rises from the grave to seek out justice with a vengeance.