Over the past month or so, it seems like everybody and their mother has become obsessed with the latest hit Netflix original series, Stranger ThingsThe '80s-inspired horror series blends the likes of Stand By Me and ET: The Extraterrestrial with elements of eldritch horror and X-Files-style conspiracies and the lead cast of kids is one of the most engaging group of youngster on television.

If you've found yourself craving more stories in a similar vein, we've put together a list of five of the best independent comics that deal with similar themes of horror, nostalgia, friendship and conspiracy. Love that? Try this!

  • Paper Girls

    Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang

    Paper Girls is a comic that definitely mines a similar vein to Stranger Things, as it stars three friends and a newcomer who are all teenage paper girls for the same distributor. While out on delivery, things start getting weird, and it looks like aliens have arrived in the kids' small town.

    The stakes in Paper Girls are very real and very human as the secrets surrounding the strange visitors begin to unravel and people start to mysteriously go missing. Just like Stranger Things, Paper Girls is as much about the friendships and dynamics between the core group, and it's the characters' personalities and flaws that’ll keep you invested as much as the mystery.

  • Harrow County

    Cullen Bunn & Tyler Crook

    Harrow County is set in the titular town of the same name that features lots of spooky goings on; perhaps none more spooky than the mystery surrounding lead character Emmy and her own connection to the ghosts, goblins and ghouls that exist beyond the town’s borders.

    As Emily learns more about her family’s history and what it means for her future, the comic becomes more macabre and fascinating, and the creators play with well known horror tropes in new and interesting ways.

  • Locke & Key

    Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez

    After the murder of their father, the Locke family moves to the small town of Lovecraft, Massachusetts, to start over, — but the youngest son Bode explores their new home and discovers The Ghost Door, which allows his spirit to leave his body and become incorporeal.

    While the first arc focuses on the link between the house and the Locke family patriarch’s murderer, later stories develop the history of the house and the different keys that allow the kids through different doors, granting the Lockes new and potentially dangerous abilities.

  • Rachel Rising

    Terry Moore

    Imagine you woke up in a shallow grave in the middle of the woods with rope burns around your neck. That’s the very first thing that happens to Rachel Beck in Rachel Rising, and the mystery only grows from there. Her friends and family have no memory of her, and it’s discerned that she is not technically alive at all, which begins a quest for the truth that leads to some very dangerous discoveries that have huge ramifications for the fate of the world.

    An almost tender approach to modern horror, Rachel Rising is unlike any other book in the genre.

  • Revival

    Tim Seeley & Mike Norton

    Revival is a zombie story that's unique in comics, as the dead come back to life — but instead of being hungry for brains, they’re walking, talking and going about their every day business as if nothing was wrong.

    The series follows a police officer as she tries to get to the bottom of why her town is overrun with the undead, while tackling with the religious implications of the dead rising in a very religious Christian small town.


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