Pigeons From Hell by Joe R. Lansdale

Pigeons From Hell

Master horror storyteller Joe R. Lansdale throws his scathing wit and wild, otherworldly creations into the mix as he brings Robert E. Howard's classic tale of dark revenge to the present . . . and into the unwitting lives of the Blassenville mansion heirs, twin sisters Claire and Janet. When Griswell fled the Blassenville estate those many years ago, he couldn't have imagined the grotesque horrors that would eclipse the ones he saw then - but th...

Details Pigeons From Hell

TitlePigeons From Hell
Release DateJan 27th, 2009
PublisherDark Horse Books
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics, Fiction, Comix, Graphic Novels Comics, Comic Book, Animals, Birds, Mystery, Detective

Reviews Pigeons From Hell

  • karen
    i love anything that demonstrates the evil of birds. unfortunately, like the film dead birds, the birds in this book are only a by-product of the actual evil; they are more like victims of the evil than the perpetrators. which is clearly backwards. it's no kaw, that's for sure...if you need further proof of the evil of birds, look what a pigeon did to my NOOK today as i innocently walked to the post office on my way to mail out a birthday present...
  • Ashkin Ayub
    In many ancient beliefs, pigeons represented death at one time. It is also said a pigeon would land on the windowsill of a person on their deathbed and then take flight when they passed on, carrying their soul with them.Set in the deep south swamp area, two sisters show up at an abandoned plantation that they've just inherited. They plan on checking the place out with some friends, but after discovering a giant pile of dead pigeons on the second ...
  • Donald Armfield
    Teenagers end up at an old broken down house for what they call a vacation. Owned by the two sister's grandmother who are part of the vacation group. They find a pigeon cemetery in the upstairs, just dead birds stacked to the roof. The ugly strange man across the way tells them the story behind the house and how to destroy it. The artwork definitely has the look, but the end of book comes to quick and is just plan boring.
  • Peacegal
    1970s-era horror comics are a palpable inspiration for PIGEONS FROM HELL. Some of the imagery gets pretty gruesome, so more squeamish readers may want to steer clear.
  • Alex
    Joe Lansdale's updating of a Robert E. Howard short story feels as much like a Lansdale tale as it does a Howard one, and that's a good thing. The art is insane.
  • Craig Childs
    I thought this was a poor adaptation on almost every level. It tries to modernize the original short story but it loses everything that made the story great. In his afterword to this graphic novel, Joe Lansdale talks about the task of trying to update a classic short story to modern time and adapt it for a different medium. He notes that a very literal and faithful comic book version of “Pigeons From Hell” had already been done. This project ...
  • Matt Graupman
    Oh man, I really wanted to like this graphic novel. It seemed like such a can’t-miss deal, you know? Originally a creepy short story by Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan The Barbarian, this illustrated version of “Pigeons From Hell” was given new life by acclaimed mystery/horror author Joe Lansdale (I read his novel, “The Bottoms,” a couple of months ago and thoroughly enjoyed it), who happened to be a lifelong fan of Howard’s wo...
  • Frederick
    Pigeons From Hell by Joe R. Lansdale - I ordered this book from Amazon not realizing that it was a graphic novel. I noticed it because it was by Joe Lansdale, who I'm a fan of. He writes novels though, so of course I assumed this one was too. I suppose if I'd paid more attention I would have realized that it wasn't. Anyway... when I opened the box, I was surprised to see it was not a novel. So obviously I kept it anyway, I read it, and I liked it...
  • Dan
    Based on a short story by Robert E. Howard. This tale seemed really rushed, and I didn't get that it was Howard's work. I expected more from this, but it was just okay.
  • Donald
    On it's own, this is a good, creepy read! But compared to the story it's based on, it's just ok. Robert E. Howard's short story, of the same name, is much scarier and creepier and just a much better read! Maybe the weakness of this version is the expansion of the cast. Maybe it's the art. And maybe, just maybe, it didn't need to be updated. I really like Lansdale, and it is a good story, I just think that Howard nailed it the first time, and it p...
  • Lauren Munoz
    Starts out strong with some funny lines, bloody action, and good art, but it takes a nosedive into mediocrity pretty fast. Dull characters are introduced, the storyline becomes something we've all seen/read a million times, and the art becomes so busy as to obscure scenes.
  • Mark
    I'm not sure this adaptation translated that well to graphic novel form. It felt like it had a lot of clunky exposition, and then the meat of the story was just told in one big flash back. Still, there are some cool moments. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.
  • Rick
    Normally, I am not a fan of updating works to a modern time or context, but Lansdale recalls rather than emulates elements of Robert E. Howard's legendary 1930s horror piece, creating a whole new work. Combined with Fox's unusual, stylized art, the duo successfully presents yet another interesting version of "Pigeons of Hell," which has previously been shot as an acclaimed 1961 Thriller episode and beautifully adapted to comics by painter Scott H...
  • Jacki
    Summary: In this revamp of the 1938 short story, two sisters take a trip with friends to inspect the decrepit plantation house they've inherited. Unfortunately, the house is possessed, and gruesome deaths ensue before the sisters are ready to battle the house's curse.Verdict: Skip it.Yay!: The plotline is creative. Suspense runs high; once the characters first escape the house, the reader will want to beg them not to go back. The body/injury coun...
  • Kate
    Two sisters (and their group of three friends, all expendable) inherit a rundown plantation home. Dead pigeons are stacked in an upstairs room, ghosts haunt the yard outside, and a murderous shadow creature inhabits the house. Could it have something to do with a slave's curse? Of course! The sisters must find a way to defeat the evil once and for all, with the help of an unnamed lawman and a 150-year old "sentinel". Some of the pictures were rea...
  • HeavyReader
    Yesterday a big stack of graphic novels arrived in the mail. They were from my old high school friend Phil who now lives in Portland, Oregon and is an editor at Dark Horse Comics. This book had a note on it that it was one of Phil's favorite projects to work on.This is a straight up horror comic, with ghosts and spirits, blood and gore. There are dead pigeons and dead people, and the reader knows from the start that things are not going to go wel...
  • Orrin Grey
    I guess I didn't really need an updated version of "Pigeons from Hell." The stuff in the back of the book is right, Joe R. Lansdale seems like a shoe-in to adapt it, and the whole production here is pretty sharp, but it just didn't do anything for me. I wasn't a huge fan of the art, but mostly I think that I didn't like the way that the main threat got comic-booked up, complete with additional backstory, built-in exposited weaknesses, a Guy Davis...
  • Erin
    Sorry to say that while I found the story interesting and definitely frightening as always with dark illustrations in many graphic novels I couldn't tell what was going on in all the action shots - I confess I would prefer to read a description rather than try to discern several pages of small boxes. Fans of horror comics will definitely enjoy this! I haven't read anything by Howard, but became fascinated with him after seeing the movie The Whole...
  • Brent
    This isn't like Hitchcock's The Birds. The Pigeons are just part of the lore. I found this horror novel to be pretty decent vengeful spirit story but felt that I've seen this plot before. This is based on an older story and it's probably been adapted more than a few times already. I'm not sure if this was on purpose but I liked the ambiguous feeling of which era it might be. You know you're in a modern time but the characters almost look 70's and...
  • Kate
    Two sisters and their friends discover dark forces surround the old plantation house they have inherited.It's bloody and a little spooky. The art is okay. The story was so-so. I couldn't follow some parts of it. Others were too coincidental for me to suspend my disbelief. Not really bad, just unremarkable.
  • Rose
    Thoroughly spooky and violent, but artistically quite lovely. This one is a graphic novel adaptation of an old horror story/ghost tale, and it certainly delivers. Just like Jaws keeps me away from deep ocean water, Pigeons From Hell will be keeping me out of swamps for, oh, forever - but so worth it.
  • Jason
    I loved the Lansdale's adaptation- it was totally in the spirit of the original (by which I mean the original GN adaptation by Scott Hampton which is reportedly a faithful adaptation of the short story)- but the art was hard to interpret at times. I appreciated the style, but during action sequences, it was difficult to tell exactly what was going on. Still, 3 1/2 stars.
  • zxvasdf
    The adaption of the Robert E Howard novel, helmed by Joe Lansdale. The real star of this book is Nathan Fox with his visceral and haunting strokes, redolent of Paul Pope. Some panels have me squinting to comprehend the action, but that's probably how it is in the swamp.
  • Marissa
    This is a pretty fun horror/zombie comic set deep in the Bayou at an ancient mouldering mansion. It would probably work better as a movie, since there's plenty of gore and thrills along the way, but it's a good, quick read.
  • Jenny Addison
    Cool version of Howard's short story. Scary illustrarions, manic and confounding, surreal and intense. Great style for the subject matter. Quick read, worth borrowing from a friend, but I wouldn't buy it.
  • sweet pea
    an interesting update of a Howard story. creepy house, vodoun, axes, disembodied hearts, 150 year old men, evil from slavery time - how can you go wrong? it's a good story, much like a horror movie, where you get to guess who will survive. plus, the ghosts of the slaves are damn cute.
  • James
    Full review on HorrorTalk: http://www.horrortalk.com/comic-revie...
  • Jamil
    Keep yr eye on Nathan Fox y'all. For reals.
  • Michael
    Good adaptation by Lansdale, but I didn't really care for the art.
  • Lauren
    A good, old-fashioned scary story. The racist/voodoo stuff is of its time but really dates it.