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March 9, 2022

DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover by various ~ a Review

by MK French

Jessica is back to college from winter break, and something supernatural has targeted her. She has no idea why it's happening, or what makes her special enough for malevolent forces to fixate on.

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DC Horror Presents: The Conjuring: The Lover
March 2022;  DC Comics; 978-1779515087
ebook, print (136 pages); graphic novel

This is the comic tie-in to the movie The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It. I hadn't seen all of these movies, but actually caught part of this one prior to seeing this book's availability. The movie is creepy, as all good exorcism gone wrong movies are and was based on real events. This comic takes place in 1981, beginning with Jessica's first day back on campus. Her mother insists that college is the route to getting ahead, even though her first semester was awful, she had poor grades, and can't seem to avoid the young man she slept with and wishes she hadn't. It doesn't take long for the reader to see the creepy things around her; more than just noises, we see the hand coming out of the dark, and odd shapes beneath her bed. The creepiness is something that only she sees and hears (and us) until it goes to its horror-filled conclusion. We also see ads for occult items, rather like old comics, and the bonus stories that outline the origins of items seen in the movie.

I loved the touches that looked like old horror comics of the '70s and early '80s. The style matched the dark and creepy nature of the stories, and the helpless victims of the stories are so confused when they're targeted. The reader knows more than the characters do and knows something terrible is coming long before the poor victims even realize something is wrong. This collection is a fun addition for any horror comic fan.

Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever.

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