October 28, 2021
Harry Kassen writes about an incredible offering of the scares by Vault Comics!
I never thought I’d be into horror. As a kid, I was easily scared by books and movies and because of that I’d avoid them like the plague. The first part of that is still true, but now I can’t stop reading and watching horror. I don’t know exactly what changed, but I do know it was comics that did it. I started by following creators I liked into their horror work, but now I just grab as much horror stuff as I can get my hands on.
One recent favorite, and a book I can’t stop thinking about and recommending to people, is Black Stars Above by Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha, with colors by Brad Simpson and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The second book in Vault’s Nightfall line, it got a little lost in the fanfare for the launch title, The Plot(also great). For me, while I knew I would be into both, it was Black Stars Above that really caught my interest.
The reason for this is my hard to explain love for cosmic horror. Black Stars Above was probably my first strict cosmic horror book, but for years I’ve been fascinated with stories about a hidden machinery behind the world you know, and in particular a hostile machine. This probably started with The Black Monday Murders, but it’s spiraled out into something of an obsession. Something about these stories just pulls me in every time.