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5 GNs for Halloween Scares by Karen D

5 Great Graphic Novels for Halloween Scares

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Ghost Hunt
by Shiho Inada

PARTNERS IN FEAR

The
decrepit building was condemned long ago, but every time the owners try
to tear it down, “accidents” start to happen–people get hurt, sometimes
even killed. Mai Taniyama and her classmates have heard the rumors that
the creepy old high school is haunted–possibly by ghosts from the
Second World War. So one rainy day they gather at the told school to
tell ghost stories, hoping to attract one of the suspected spirits.

No
ghosts materialize, but Mai and her friends do meet Kazuya Shibuya, the
handsome young owner of Shibuya Psychic Research, who’s been hired to
investigate paranormal activity at the school. Also at the scene are an
exorcist, a Buddhist monk, a woman who can speak with the dead, and an
outspoken Shinto priestess. Surely one of them will have the talents to
solve this mystery. . .  (goodreads)


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Pet Shop of Horrors 

by Matsuri Akino

A smoke-filled alley in
Chinatown harbors Count D’s Pet Shop. The pets sold here aren’t your
everyday variety and the Count prides himself on selling Love and Dreams
in the form of magical creatures that come with an exclusive contract.
But buyers beware. If the contract is broken the Count cannot be held
accountable for whatever may happen. A fascinating and macabre look into
the very soul of human nature. (goodreads)

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Hopless, Maine: Personal Demons
by Tom and Nimue Brown  

Trapped on an island
off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker
and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans
rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty
of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless
childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In
Hopeless, the demons are not always abstract concepts. Some of them have
very real teeth, and very real horns. The island has been isolated for a
very long time. Partly because of being small and forgotten, partly
because the rocks and currents do not encourage visitors, Hopeless is
surrounded by fog and overrun with nightmarish creatures, from small
things with tentacles to demons and vampires. It’s a peculiar place.
Here, almost anything can happen, from the weird and unsettling to the
darkly funny. With a cast of freaks, nutters and the odd power crazed
psychopath, life in Hopeless is seldom dull. Hopeless is also about who
you choose to be. The tale is a protest against apathy, and against the
small evils that everyone takes for granted. The worst monsters
frequently aren’t the ones with the obvious teeth – who are merely
dangerous by nature – but the apparently ordinary people who choose to
do hideous things. (goodreads)

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Monster
by Naoki Urasawa

An ice-cold killer is on
the loose, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop
him! Conspiracies, serial murders, and a scathing indictment of hospital
politics are all masterfully woven together in this compelling manga
thriller. Tenma risks his promising medical career to save the life of a
critically wounded young boy. Unbeknownst to him, this child is
destined for a terrible fate. Who could have known that Tenma would
create a monster!
(goodreads)

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Courtney Crumrin and the Night Things
by Ted Naifeh 

Courtney’s parents have
dragged her out to a high-to-do suburb to live with her creepy Great
Uncle Aloysius in his spooky old house. She’s not only the new kid in
school, but she also discovers strange things lurking under her bed.
(goodreads)

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