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Exclusive: 'Swamp Thing' and 'Animal Man' Writers Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire on Their Top 10 Horror Comics


Last week I had the opportunity to speak with comic book writers Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire about their plans for the horror books they're penning for DC Comics' New 52 relaunch. (Snyder is handling the new Swamp Thing, while Lemire is responsible for Animal Man and Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. You can check out our conversation here.) During our chat I asked them if they could name for me their top 10 horror comic books of all time. Find out which titles made their list after the jump.

Lemire: 1.) The entire Hellblazer run I love. Especially the Jamie Delano stuff. 2.) Alan Moore's Swamp Thing and 3.) Len Wein's Swamp Thing are huge. Those are the big ones, as far as horror books go. Those are always the two staples for me, Hellblazer and Swamp Thing. And 4.) the Marv Wolfman-Gene Colan stories in Tomb of Dracula from Marvel. Those were incredible.   

Snyder: Yeah, I read Tomb of Dracula. 5.) If Mike Mignola's Hellboy counts, that's my favorite series in the world. But Swamp Thing from the start… 6.) I've always liked House of Mystery as well, as a creepy book. 7.) But I feel like a lot of Batman is pretty horrible, you know? The way it's written. Arkham Asylum by Grant Morrision. That's almost straight-up horror. The same with something like The Cult. It's pretty straight-up horror in a lot of ways. Even something like Batman: Red Rain. Those things. When I was a kid, those were the things that really spooked me out. Even something like 8.) Spider-Man: Kraven's Last Hunt and that stuff. I remember reading that as a kid and being completely creeped out by Vermin, and about being buried alive, all that stuff. I feel like there's horror everywhere you look. I feel like Jeff and I write everything like a horror book half the time. [Laughs.]

Lemire: 9.) Charles Burns' Black Hole is kind of a horror book that I really like.

Snyder: 10.) The Walking Dead.

Lemire: Yeah, that's fun too.