The Weird World of Webcomics: Sam Costello’s “Split Lip”

An anthology that mixes Rod Serling narrative sensibility with the visual flair of a Crypt Keeper.

It’s that time of year again. The air is a little colder, the nights a little longer, and Reese’s Pieces can be purchased at bulk discount rates. Yes, that’s right, All Hallow’s Evening is right around the corner. So, in the spirit of the season, this week we spotlight a webcomic that’s sure to give you the creeps. If you’re in the mood for scary stories Sam Costello’s Split Lip has you covered.

Split Lip is a horror anthology webcomic with over 30 self-contained stories of murder, monsters, and the macabre. The comic has the narrative sensibilities of Rod Serling with the visual flair of a Crypt Keeper tale. Costello serves as the writer for each arc, and teams up with a variety of talented artists from around the world to give every comic its own unique look.

The consistent style and tone of the writer, paired with a different artistic style, gives the website a consistently fresh feel. As with any anthology, some of the stories may be more effective with readers than others. However, Costello does an excellent job of ensuring that each of his works maintains the same high level of suspense and all-around strangeness.

Costello has already published a few volumes of his collected stories, but you can read them all for free at his website When you visit, be sure to make time to read An Old Man Looking, Ashes to Ashes, Straw Gods, and A Mother’s Love. Just don’t blame us if you have a little trouble falling to sleep after you do!

Written by Will Penny

Will Penny hails from the cornfields of Iowa, but calls the sunny beaches of Southern California his home these days. When he’s not out surfing you can probably catch him at a local coffee shop doodling away at another creepy picture for his webcomic Sex and Monsters.

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  • Wow….this looks twisted, dark, and just plain messed up. Perfect! Definitely will be reading this