Haunted Photos: A book review on Fearbook Club by Richard Hamilton, Marco Matrone, and Dave Sharpe

The new kid in middle school is tossed in with the misfits of the Yearbook Club only to uncover a mystery going back decades: One student from each class goes missing every year, and no one seems to care. Now, the “club” will be pulled into supernatural peril as they attempt to solve these mysteries, all while being harangued by their drama-inclined advisor, their creepy principal, and, oh yeah, the ghosts of those kids who have disappeared.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to study in a haunted school where students vanish every year? Fearbook Club touches on that concept as you read about the experience of Whit who is a new transfer at school. The comic starts with ‘Fatal Frame’ feel as Whit makes a startling discovery that the spirits of the missing students were showing in the shots that he was taking of the school. This discovery eventually leads him to discover the school’s dark secret which plunges him deeper into his paranormal adventure.

What makes Fearbook Club an interesting novel to read is that it isn’t just a horror story. It also touches on the experiences that students go through such as the period of adjustment that always comes when transferring into a new school and family issues. In addition, it is also a story about bullying and how bullying affects the victim.

Despite its frightening concept, Fearbook Club has a cartoony art style that reminds me of the cartoons I used to watch on Cartoon Network. Personally, I think this is great because it makes it appropriate to middle-grade readers as it lessens the fear factor of the story. Otherwise, if the artwork had a darker style, it would have been too scary for younger readers.

Overall, Fearbook Club is a great horror comic that is suitable for middle-grade readers. It hits the sweet spot of being scary, but not overly so that it would end up giving its reader nightmares.

Disclaimer: Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

The synopsis is from goodreads.com

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