Je schauerlicher, desto schöner
Carlsen Verlag has been publishing the comic book series “Die Unheimlichen” (“The Gruesome Ones”), in which German-speaking cartoonists reinterpret international classics of horror literature. Over the past two years, the series has featured works from some of the most renowned artists in the field. Most recent contributors include Sabine Wilharm, famous for her title page illustrations of the German-language editions of the Harry Potter book series, as well as internationally acclaimed German cartoonist, Ralf König. What exactly attracted these artists to illustrating horror stories for the project? How do illustrators approach the task of interpreting such treasured classics? And in what ways can comic books expand on the limitations of literary texts?