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The Scariest Comic Books of All Time! – The Braille Encyclopedia

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!

Commenter Jackson Edge suggested I feature an adaptation by Eric Burnham and Ted Naifeh of a Grant Morrison short story, “The Braille Encyclopedia.” It appeared in 1994’s Verotika #1. Note the name – Verotika. There is some graphic stuff to be seen here if you keep reading. Be forewarned!


This disturbing little tale follows a young blind woman who has lived a sheltered life. While on a tour of France, she meets a man known as L’Index and he enthralls her with tales of the Braille Encyclopedia. She has led such a barren existence that she embraces the life he offers and she disappears.

She is holed up in a mansion along with a seemingly captured (and castrated) angel. She offers herself up to L’Index in some graphic sex scenes where we discover that L’Index’s whole body is tattooed – in braille!

This brings us to these pages…

Disturbing stuff.


Laurence J Sinclair

October 18, 2011 at 5:22 am

Similar in concept to Clive Barker’s Book of Blood.

AAUUGGHH!!! That IS disturbing.

Started reading this and I was like, “This looks like Glen Danzig stuff.” Then I went back and saw the Verotika. Man, haven’t seen that name in ages.

omg that is a really disturbing pick for this list. the ones who adapted this thing had guts.

Still a big mass of creepy bummer. I picked this book up when I was 13 because the Biz did the cover, and I am still scarred for life.

Always good to see work that encourages reading…

Within Morrison’s work, there was the boy in an early Doom Patrol arc whose body was the sacred book of an evil cult.

This seems like a properly disturbing story. Great pick. You say this is an adaptation of a Grant Morrison short story so where was it originally published? Was it in the Lovely Biscuits compilation?

It was included in the Lovely Biscuits compilation. It’s been collected in a few different horror collections, as well. Most notably Best New Horror Volume 3.

You should also have included nearly every title in the Tapping the Vein series of Clive Barker adaptations.

I remember years ago when I believed nothing could scare me I picked up a compilation called “Hotter Blood.” This was the very last story…it haunted me for days. It’s been years since then, and here I am, googling to see if I remember it right. Turms out I do…lol

Not sure if this made the list, but “A Taste of Cherry” from, i believe Verotika #4?, definitely scarred my fragile teenage mind back in the day. More disturbing than scary perhaps, but Dammmmnnnn!!

Too overwrought for my tastes perverse and bleak for sure.

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