Hellbound V: End of Comics

  • Twenty Small Press
    Anthologies Of Note!

  • …a series of attractive and fairly conventional horror anthologies. The stories and styles in this volume are actually more idiosyncratic than those in many of the other volumes.
  • Folks talk about normal stuff in the face of disaster, hunt monsters, and use vampiric powers for good across a high-quality book that’s a great pick-up for horror fans.
  • ...a publication that would get the blood pumping again. Just taking in the intricate and highly-detailed cover art done by Hellbound anthology legend and River Bird Comics frontrunner Roho was enough to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand up before I opened the book. In regards to what happened when I opened this bone chilling collection of horror tales…
  • Delivering a satisfying conclusion at the end of anything can be a tall order, and providing one to cap off an entire series might seem like an impossible feat, but Hellbound V manages it

Hellbound IV: Gulp!

  • ...make this anthology well worth adding to any collection. It’s a treasure trove of stories for all ages, whether you’re just dipping your toes in the dark pools of horror for the first time, or you’re a veteran of the genre want a bit of creepy/funny nostalgia.
  • ...There are no clunkers in this collection and the editing by Moynihan and Dan Flynn carefully shuffles the stories so as to avoid repeating themes on a story-to-story basis. The duo-tone orange and blue from the Risograph printing adds to the attractiveness of the overall work. This was by far the most skilled set of contributors and the most attractive presentation of stories yet conceived for this series, a trend that I hope continues for 2014.
  • ... my daughter was really drawn to this book. Her overall comment was how she really appreciated the diversity of the styles and stories, feeling like she could recommend the book to her girl or boy friends. As she put it, there’s a story for every personality.
  • ...there is no shortage of creatures that haunt, scare and sometimes even pull a heartstring or two. These stories are short, ranging from two to five pages, but they are far from slight. Every entry is a satisfying bit of graphic storytelling.
  • From kids high jinks to thoughtful reflections on the ways we live today to demented humor, New England is a hotbed of quality comics making these days. Here are nine cartoonists whose work stood out at the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo—aka MICE

Hellbound III: Darkness

  • ...each individual short story was creative, original and distinctive to the individual styles of each artist and writer. In a compilation of numerous works of art or literature, (or in this case, both), it is important to feel like each story or composition has a fresh new tone and voice to it; and that is exactly what the creators of the Hellbound series have accomplished. If I were forced to choose a favorite story from the compilation, I don’t think I would be able to. Therefore, I’d like to give a brief analysis on a few stories that I have hand picked.
  • With stories ranging from the sinister side of baseball to the treachery of high school perfectionism, the variety of graphic influences alone in Hellbound III: Darkness is enough to buy a planner for.
  • Hellbound anthologies have grown increasingly stylish in presentation. The 2012 edition, "Darkness" starts out especially strong with stories by Janaka Stucky/Josh Wallis and Kimball Anderson.

Hellbound II

  • Hellbound Vol II is interesting because it's a focused anthology with a dedicated production staff and a list of contributors that doesn't stray too far from the Boston Comics Roundtable. With regard to the former, the organization of this anthology shows in the high production values and the sense of continuity in terms of design, which is owed to editor Jesse Lonergan and editor/designer Roho. From the stark yellow cover to the sharply-lettered table of contents, Hellbound 2 is a pleasant object to peruse.

  • The craftsmanship in this volume is impressive. John Hilliard’s “Eugene” is the story of a hairy, vampire-like monster stalking innocent victims, but the cheerful storytelling style makes it seem charming–right up until the surprise ending. Joshua D. Hoagland’s “Mt. Auburn Night,” set in the Cambridge cemetery, is a beautiful romp of skeletons and gravestone statuary, drawn with strong blacks and white in a style reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley. Both are wordless stories (well, “Eugene” has one word balloon) that use strong visuals and creative panel layouts to pull the reader in and tell the story. I have to mention “,” written by my MoCCA travel companion J.L. Bell and drawn by Andy Wong, a clever story about burglars who use the web to scout out potential victims.
  • I am impressed by the passion of the group to create and compile such a wonderful set of frighteningly fiendish stories. Hellbound 2 is a wonderful homage to things that go bump in the night, and our affection for what terrifies us the most.

  • The new anthology is a collection of eerie stories accompanied by equally creepy artwork
  • I thoroughly enjoyed reading this collection of horror stories and hope that the Boston Comics Roundtable and their associated publishers continue making them. Hellbound 2
  • Hellbound 2 is perfect for the horror fan
  • Hellbound 2 is great, so go buy it, you chumps. Laugh and then scream.

Hellbound I

  • This one has a lot of blood splattering going on. From serial killers to evil clowns, this book has a collection of one-page stories to add suspense or make your skin crawl. These stories take you back to the ‘50s when monsters and UFOs dotted the big picture screen. My favorite is “The Pukwudgie,” a little dude who asks for a buck and you best give it to him. Plenty of ghost stories fill the pages also. This one is best read when it gets dark to make you think of the possibilities.

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