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The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings (The Dark Horse Book of ... #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  294 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Dark Horse's horror line launches its new prestige format with this hardcover book filled with original short stories by some of the most respected names in comics.
The longest story in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings is also Mike Mignola's only new Hellboy adventure in 2003! Come along as Hellboy investigates a haunted house and discovers his own unexpected connection to
Hardcover, First Edition, 91 pages
Published August 27th 2003 by Dark Horse
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Another library find that works very well for October Scare Fest reading. Probably my most favorite type of horror/scary story is ghost stories. Even though ghost stories have been around, well, forever, they have the potential to be very diverse. And I feel that each one can feel different. I haven't read very many graphic novel-format ghost stories, so this was a new one for me. Wasn't sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

I think that the authors successfully plumbed the deep wa
The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings has eight stories by various authors. I found this while browsing my library's catalog online. And it was a happy surprise find a Hellboy story in here! It is one of my favorite stories in this graphic novel. Some of the stories were okay, others I really enjoyed.

I liked the interview with medium Larry Dreller. And I found the final story in this graphic novel to be very original. I didn't find it scary, but I really enjoyed it. I don't want to spoil it for anyon
The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings is dedicated to Hans Holzer, Edward Gorey, and the Fox sisters, which tells you everything you need to know about its sensibilities. Only 92 pages, the volume contains nine separate entries - eight stories, and one interview with a real-life medium - of varying styles and quality. Most are graphic stories, but not all: my favorite (the traditional English-gothic "Thurnley Abbey") and least favorite (the interview with L.L. Dreller, which bored me enough that it t ...more
Almost every single story in this book was as amazing and fantastic as I expected it to be... various stories on ghosts and hauntings of sorts... but I wish, oh how I wish, they would stop putting those lengthy 'real life' interviews into them. If I want to read a real life interview with a medium, I'll find one myself. Really, guys... please?

The best in this one, if you ask me, anyway, is "Stray"... I love that story. Amazing, and I loved that it was the last tale too, because it felt like clos
Will Redd
Feb 25, 2015 Will Redd rated it it was amazing
As anyone who reads my little reviews regularly knows by now, I love a good ghost story. So, when I first saw that Dark Horse had released a collection of "Hauntings," I knew I had to read it. Took me a while to finally pick it up, but now I own it and have finally read it.

There are some great stories here from some amazing creators. "Stray" is a particularly good story (and I've been meaning to start reading Beasts of Burden, so this was a nice little intro to that series), as is "Gone." There'
Jan 07, 2016 Adam rated it liked it
The Dark House Book of Hauntings is a collection of 8 horror stories with one interview with a "real life" medium. Most of the stories in the collection are average with a few floundering below average. For me the best story in Hauntings is "Thurnley Abbey", the collections only prose offering. "Forever" and "Dr. Carp's Experiment" are the best graphic offerings. "Dr. Carp's Experiment" stands out because it was written by Mike Mignola and features an appearance by Hellboy. This is also the main ...more
Sam Quixote
Sep 19, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it liked it
The book is an anthology of short comics based on the theme of haunted houses. It’s quite short at 92 pages especially given that most of the work included is comics and as such are quick to read. It’s also just ok to read with about half the strips being interesting, the other half just dull, and a prose story that’ sub par although Gary Gianni’s artwork is amazing. There’s also a 10 page interview with a psychic and if you’re like me then you’ll roll your eyes at that one. Anyone who claims to ...more
Matti Karjalainen
Seitsemästä lyhyestä sarjakuvanovellista ja muusta kummitteluun liittyvästä aineistosta koottu "The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings" (Dark Horse Comics, 2003) oli lukukokemuksena ristiriitainen.

Sarjakuvien joukossa on pari hutia, mutta etupäässä tarinat ovat ihan onnistuneita. Mike Richardsonin ja P.Craig Russellin "Gone"" on varsin hyytävä aloitus kokoelmalle. Mike Mignolan "Dr. Carp's Experiment" osoittautuu perusvarmaksi Hellboy-lyhäriksi. Riman ylittää myös Randy Stradleyn ja Paul Chadwickin su
Susan Rose
This is an anthology of short stories by major names in the comic industry, all on the theme of hauntings and ghosts. Most of these stories are presented in graphic novel/comic format but also there are some stories simply presented as short stories.

(Also for any fans of the Hellboy series there is a Hellboy short story from Mike Magnola).

Each of the stories are presented in a different style both in terms of writing and illustration. The short nature of these isolated stories make this a very
Apr 04, 2015 Lyric rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Fantastic short stories collected together. The first story, GONE, was probably my favorite of them all. The HELLBOY story was pushing the envelope a bit and felt a little out of place. I also could have done without the interview from the psychic; instead I would have included another short story or comic. Overall, it is a fun read.
Apr 23, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
I've recently become obsessed with Mike Mignola's Hellboy of comic books and am buying anything with a Hellboy story in it, including this. This svelte hardcover (only 92 pages!) collection of visually beautiful graphic storytelling comes off as a pleasant lunchtime diversion, because I had it my office, or something you read to your kids at bedtime because they've been naughty and you want to scare the bejeezus out of them.

The highest recommendations are for the single text short story (Percev
Farhana Sufi
A mixed bag with comics, story, interview, different stories and differrnt styles by individual artists make the experience diverse
... This has been very entertaining to read.
Wendy Wagner
Not every story in this is amazing, but they're all really enjoyable and lightly spooky. The last story in this collection is beyond adorable. I'd definitely re-read this one!
Variaciones Enrojo
Primera antología de los "Dark Horse Book of...". Edición española publicada dentro de la colección Made In Hell.
Mar 16, 2015 Christopher rated it liked it
Good but not great. Hellboy was, as ever, fantastic.
Jun 22, 2012 Nick rated it liked it
This collection of horror stories, mostly told in graphic form, was good but not exceptional. Mike Richardson, the head of Dark Horse, contributed a nice little opening piece called "Gone" that was beautifully illustrated by P. Craig Russell. The ending piece, "Stray" by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson, was also well above average, and a delightful twist on the standard ghost story.
Unfortunately, there was quite a drop-off in the middle. Nothing horrible, but nothing memorable, including the text
Feb 20, 2014 myswtghst rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Gave it three stars to start, but added another star just for the last story (Stray) which was great.
Kristen Northrup
I didn't pick up this series when it first started coming out because it sounded creepier than I care for. But one of the stories is now an ongoing series (Beasts of Burden) that makes regular reference to their past adventures, so I ordered it up from the library. Very quick read and not so creepy/gory after all. Many of the stories were too short to have much impact, but the Hellboy one was excellent. The binding is gorgeous; it justifies the cost increase over a standard trade paperback.
Javier Alaniz
Nov 22, 2012 Javier Alaniz rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
A good little volume of well illustrated ghost stories, all of which are appropriate for young readers. Everything Mike Mignola does with Hellboy is always great, and Paul Chadwick and P. Craig Russell each turn in creepy tales of a boy riding on his bike that gets into something otherworldly and scary. This is the kind of book you'd expect to find being read by an 8 year old under the covers with a flashlight. Despite the all-ages accessibility it's a fun read for adults as well.
A good collection of short horror stories, great for fans off horror comics or people just looking to round out a graphic novel collection. I was impressed by the art detail and by the eclectic collection. The interview with the Medium was really interesting and not what you expect to find in something like this. Kudos to Scott Allie for thinking outside the box.
Feb 10, 2016 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, horror
Enjoyable read, if mostly forgettable. Forever by Uli Oesterle and Stray by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson were my two favourites. Because of these shorts, I'll be looking out for more "Beast of Burden" comics as well as more work by Uli Oesterle.
Feb 08, 2009 Will rated it liked it
As a series, I loved these. Yet no individual title stands out in my memory as exceptional, and each was a mix of sterling and forgettable material — though I'm sure others forgot different parts than I did. Anyway: each is worth having.
Dec 25, 2008 HeavyReader rated it it was ok
Not very scary, but the art is nice.

I got this from Vanessa when she was moving a few years ago. It may have belonged to her housemate who was also moving and had also put a bunch of stuff in the give away pile.
Jamie Rosen
Jul 31, 2012 Jamie Rosen rated it liked it
I actually enjoyed the comics in this quite a bit, but the multi-page interview with a "real life" spiritualist/medium was boring as all get out, and enough to knock a star off of my rating here.
there's a haunted house/ghost story in here for everyone. I especially enjoyed the first story "Gone" and was surprised to find that the artist is a University of Cincinnati graduate!
Nov 25, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it
Wonderful! The whole series is wonderful! I wish we had the Book of the Dead at my library system, too, but it looks like it's out of print (and $18 for a used copy on Amazon!)
Aug 04, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok
Only one piece by Mike Mignola and the others were average. Not as awesome as I had hoped.
Sep 03, 2009 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-book
some of the stories are great, some are just OK. lovely little hellboy vignette...
Matt Piechocinski
Jul 30, 2013 Matt Piechocinski rated it really liked it
Of the Dark Horse big books of scary stuff, this is probably my favorite.
Kevin Fanning
Aug 18, 2010 Kevin Fanning rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Really made me miss the old House of Mystery series.
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