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The Scariest Comic Books of All-Time! – Pigeons From Hell

A reader named Chris S. suggested that I devote October to the scariest comic books of all-time, as suggested by you readers out there! Sounds like a plan to me! So all October-long, I’ll be featuring 31 comic book tales of terror, based on YOUR suggestions! So e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com your scary suggestions! Here is an archive of all the comics featured so far!

Reader Jon S. e-mailed me to suggest Joe R. Lansdale, Nathan Fox and Dave Stewart’s update/adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s short story, “Pigeons From Hell.”


The story opens with two sisters checking out an old house that they inherited (that used to be a slave plantation). They go visit with some of their friends, but things are quite disturbing in the house…

What Lansdale is so good at is really getting as much suspense into the comic book as he possibility can. Suspense is often an overlooked part of horror comics, as the violence often overshadows the suspense factor. But not in this comic series (that was four issues long).

Nathan Fox, meanwhile, is brilliantly disturbing (which really describes his art on a lot of projects, really).

Here, in issue #3, the protagonists learn more about just what it is that they are up against…

and then…

This is a marvelous adaptation/update by Lansdale, and the original concept was not exactly a poor one, so they end result is an impressive comic book story. This is available in trade paperback from Dark Horse Comics. Well worth a purchase!


An excellent comic. I just read this recently when Dark Horse Digital released it to their App. It was so compelling I read the original and viewed the TV adaptation from Thriller. Fans of horror, Lansdale, Howard, and good scary comics will love this one.

Holy crap am I intrigued.

It’s more a spiritual sequel to Howard’s story than an adaptation of it, but still.

I have to track down the original by Howard. All I know is the old Boris Karloff hosted series called “Thriller” had a truly scary version.

In the letter columns of the original issues, Lansdale cites that Thriller episode as an inspiration.

Anything by Lansdale is amazing! Anything! He’s one of the best writers working today, and he writes in just about every genre. I implore everyone to go out and read some of his books, but especially the Hap and Leonard series.

These are awesome. Have you made your Richard Corben pick yet?

Nate Fox is awesome. Read Fluorescent Black if you get a chance. Haven’t read this take on Pigeons but the original Howard tale is one of the scariest things I’ve ever read. The whistling sound as the thing slowly walks down the stairs! Creepy stuff.

The Scott Hampton version is far, far superior and closer the story. Well it is the story.

defintily going to have to track down the trade to see if now the main characters suffer the same fate as the early owners of the house.

Wonderful stuff.I know the story is great,the artwork is fantastic & seems to compliment the story well.The coloring is way over the top.Shame really.Also a shame that Howard is not around to see how his work bloomed.Wonder what he would make of it all?

I wish i could agree. I really do!
Howard’s story really scared the stuffing out of me, when i first read it as child.
But this adaptation…… Ummm no, not really… at all.
I mean you could turn Lansdale’s adaptation into a horrormovie. One to one.
The problem is: It wouldn’t be a very good movie just as this is not a very good comic.
It is like the movie you have already seen a couple of times pepped up with bad CGI effects.
And he even ruins the relevation who the Zuvembie is, while adding demons and ghosts and the cliched group of victims to the story. Less is more.
Howards story was about a somewhat supernatural serialkiller, who murdered everyone, who entered her home. Pretty simple, but also pretty scary. Lansdale should have stuck with the original story. Might have been only a two or three parter, but would have worked better.

What this man said. This version of Pigeon’s marks a very rare failure for Lansdale, I mean very rare. This man is simply one of the finest writers around. This is not, in any way, indicative of his work. Said it before, will say it again, find the the Scott Hampton version. “THAT” is what needed to be posted here.

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