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Issue #67: The Best Horror Comics and Why We Love Them

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Another week, another podcast. This week Stephanie steps out once again, and we are joined by contributor Melissa Megan to talk about the best horror comics and what really scares the Talking Comics crew.  We’ve got night terrors, Locke and Key, Colder and even the Tomb of Dracula, so get ready for a thrill ride!

As per usual though, we also discuss our Books of the Week, which has more or less evolved into a talk about the books we’ve read in general (love, hate or somewhere in between). Some of the books we talk about this week include: Batman and Robin, Hawkeye, Emily and the Strangers and Mara. We also answer your listener questions, weigh in on Marvel’s plans for the Hulk and DC’s WTF initiative.

Annnnnnnnnnd… we say it on the show, but just in case you missed it, the Talking Comics crew on Twitter are:

Bobby: @bobbyshortle
Steve: @dead_anchoress
Stephanie: @hellocookie
And Bob’s email is

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The Comic Book Podcast is brought to you by Talking Comics (, a blog dedicated to covering the latest and greatest in comic book releases. The editorial staff is composed of Editor-in-Chief Bobby Shortle (Fanboy Remix, Doctor Whocast), Stephanie Cooke ( and Steve Seigh ( contributor) who weekly dissect the releases and give you, the consumer, a simple Roman yay or nay regarding them. Our Twitter handle is @TalkingComics and you can email us at

10 Responses

  1. thisjohnd

    Why oh why did you have to put that Colder cover up in this article? It’s easily the most unsettling comic book cover I’ve seen in a while. But I also love it. I’m so torn.

    On the subject of WTF month, I said this already in the original post but it’s worth repeating: I really, really hope that these “WTF” moments are organic. I’d hate to see these “shocking moments” shoehorned into the middle of a great story arc, kind of like how the 0 month issues went.

    But hey, maybe WTF stands for What The Fun and every book is going to turn into Superman Family Adventures. Just a thought.

    • Sean Lamont

      Best case scenario would be a ‘What the Frankenstein?’ month where Frankie just wanders into every book, Hrrrrrn’s, and wanders off into the next cameo.

  2. Bob Reyer

    I’m quoting a fellow named Ronald Joseph, who posts on the John Byrne Forum: “All I can think of to say to the DC WTF is GFY.”

  3. Luciano M

    Thanks for the info Bobby. I am new to podcasts ( your is the only one I listen to) so I was not aware of being able to subscribe. I’ll have to do that thanks.

  4. RepStones

    hey guys, i couldn’t download this podcast last week either. Top of the list anytime i went to itunes was the previous show.

    Anyhoo – so glad to hear Steve enjoyed Gambit #1 🙂 Even if its a rather poor iteration of comics greatest Cajun.

    A few thoughts about the topic. First off I was screaming Salem’s Lot as i was driving in the car as you guys listed some of your fav movies. Steve alleviated my worries when he mentioned it. I first seen it when i was about 6 or 7 and couldn’t sleep right for a week. It still holds up well in my book and james mason has rarely been better (Odd Man Out). That scene where the elder brother taps on the window of the younger sibling to let him in…ughhhh, still get a shiver. I always wonder if the funnier rerun of that in Lost Boys was a kinda homage?
    The part where the handyman gets the urge to dig up the grave again and gets bitten is another memorable scene. It affected me so bad (in a good way) because my father is an undertaker and as kids we use to play hide and seek and oftentimes hide in the numerous coffins he had out the back of the house…how creepy is that?
    I gotta say, growing up a Catholic (long since abandoned) and doing the whole altar boy (i managed to avoid the molestation part thankfully 😉 catholic guilt thing, i love horror movies with a religious aspect. The Exorcist is good but a bit too much in your face attempt at shocking you. I much prefer the likes of the Omen, where the unsettling nature is implied and we know he is, but the other characters don’t. The more subtle nature of the Omen puts it above the Exorcist for me.

    I remember watching the likes of Cannibal Holocaust and all those gore fests, Driller Killer etc as a child of 7 or 8 (my Dad also ran a grocery store with a small video rental section – so we got VHS rentals for free) they all got banned pretty soon after.

    Great to hear Fatale get props and was it Bob who said he likes to read it in a lump of 3 or 4 issues? Im the same. I like a good hours worth of it when i sit down. Ive been doing that with Animal Man and Swamp Thing Rotworld crossover as well.

    Bobby, night terrors…i can sympathize. I had them up til i was around 10 or 11. My parents use to have calm me down and they say I use to be awake and it took 10 mins or so. I have vague memories of being chased by an army of teaspoons who wanted to throw me into a cavernous pit of some sort. Don’t ask me to explain it further because i can’t. I think Pink Floyd’s The wall with the army of hammer’s marching might have cross pollinated into my mind somehow.
    And yes, i love when Freddy and Jason et al show up in my dreams. Its like im so use to seeing them that in the dream you end up being the leader because you’re confident you can defeat them. Brilliant.

    As always folks, great show.

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