Halloween Shopping: Best Bargains Of The Horror Season
One thing we love about the holidays around here are the slashed prices on some of our favorite things — books, movies, and comics. As it turns out, I made quite the haul this year and thought I would share some of them with you guys. If you’re worried this will be rambling and inappropriate, don’t be. Each of these purchases was thoroughly geektastic and horrific enough to belong on any Halloween shopping list. While some of the deals are now over, you may still be able to squeeze in some last minute bargains. My picks!
Creepy And Eerie Digital Archives
I am and will always be an EC horror comic fanatic. However, once the crazies ran publisher Bill Gaines out of the horror business in 1955, it left a void that I’m glad I wasn’t alive to see at that point in American history. But just when you thought all hope was lost, Warren launched Creepy and Eerie in the late ’60s, and featured some of the best writers and artists in comic books, including several old EC guys. Since Dark Horse has picked up the license, they’ve put out a gorgeous hardcover collection of both titles, but that’s a lot of space to take up in one’s house or apartment, and they would cost you a fortune. For the Halloween shopping season, however, DH opened up the two titles to their megabundle treatment, offering Creepy digital volumes 1-19 for the paltry asking price of $79.99. Eerie 1-16 received a similarly awesome discount to $69.99. Almost 10,000 pages of some of the best horror comics ever created. Unfortunately, the sale just ended, but it’ll come back around eventually, and when it does, we suggest you grab it. (Oh yes, and sign up for email notifications so you can stay updated.)
Prom Night Blu-ray
I almost gave up on buying physical movies, and my Blu-ray collection is admittedly weak. However, some stellar horror releases have been hitting shelves over the last few months, and so I was able to build some enthusiasm for picking up some discs this Halloween shopping season. Of the four purchases I made that are absolutely perfect for this time of year, the 1980 Prom Night Blu-ray is the best. The bonus materials are stellar, the transfer crystal clear, and the original cover art makes for a striking display.
Other Blu-ray titles I’d suggest picking up while you still can: Nightbreed: Director’s Cut (it’s 20 minutes longer with around 40 minutes of new footage to make up for some of the edits), Pumpkinhead (the original, of course), Seizure (Oliver Stone’s film and horror debut), John Carpenter’s The Thing, and last but not least, the reissue of To All a Goodnight (one of those OTHER Killer Santa film from the ’80s).
Amazon’s Halloween Horror Book Deals
If you buy nothing else from the list of available titles that Amazon is running on Kindle for just $1.99 each, I recommend focusing on two authors — Jack Ketchum and Richard Laymon. These guys are talented writers (were in the deceased Laymon’s case), and they have a clear love for the genre. I’ve read a lot of horror books, and these guys are more fun than any Stephen King tome I’ve ever picked up, at least from the genre standpoint. This sale is good through October 31.
What is on your Halloween shopping list? Share some of your favorite purchases in our comments section!
Also, for more Halloween fun, check out our 5 DIY Comic Book Costumes.