Whether we’re scared senseless or all pumped full of adrenaline, horror captures many of our imaginations and doesn’t want to let go. Taiwanese artist Ben Chen draws eerie horror comic stories with surprising humorous twists that captivate the hearts of cartoon fans and lovers of spooky things.

“Before these horror comics, my illustrations already kind of had a horror or dark style,” Ben told Bored Panda. Scroll down for the rest of our interview with the artist, upvote your fave comics illustrated by Ben, and let us know in the comments which one you loved the most and why. Also, be sure to check out Bored Panda’s other post about Ben’s clever pop-culture illustrations right here.

The artist has more than 4.3k followers on Flickr and he describes his drawing style as dark, humorous, and full of imagination. He’s a big fan of movies and illustration books, states that his brain “never stops running,” and he enjoys how his imagination lets him create something out of nothing.

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Fishing

Fishing

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Patty Stier
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7 months ago

Money ... best human bait on the market!

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

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fro_st puppy
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7 months ago

aw that's so sweet now neither of them are alone on Christmas. thanks santa

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Illusion

Illusion

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fro_st puppy
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7 months ago

i dont think this is horror i like it. it shows how we just don't notice things sometimes that are right there.

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According to Ben, he decided to change the way he approached illustrating when he felt that his art was reaching a different stage. 

“My comics are the sequels to my illustrations,” Ben explained to us.

“My art was inspired by the things around me and by my own experiences. So, being aware of the little things around us is very important,” the illustrator pointed out the importance of firsthand experience when it comes to finding inspiration and for creativity.

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Pervert 2

Pervert 2

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Mishte Tine
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7 months ago

Deserved, served chilled.

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Dilemma

Dilemma

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Patty Stier
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7 months ago

Better to use your head than lose it!

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Make Fun Of

Make Fun Of

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Hermione Granger
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7 months ago

Oh my

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“I love creating art! It’s so much fun! So I will keep drawing until I can't,” Ben revealed just how much he loves what he does.

Whether he’s drawing a comic or working on an illustration, Ben needs some time to figure out the idea he wants to express to the world. He also does a few sketches and scribbles before he gets down to business and starts drawing for real.

Ben told Bored Panda that it usually takes him 2 to 3 days to finish an illustration and 4 to 5 days to draw a comic. That’s not including the time he spends refining the idea and working out what elements should be in the final pieces.

#7

Bad Guy

Bad Guy

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Hermione Granger
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7 months ago

Our hero

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#8

Beauty

Beauty

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Why?
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7 months ago

It looks like they both have butterflies in their stomachs.

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Love

Love

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fro_st puppy
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7 months ago

whoa this cracks me up lol

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The illustrator also had some advice for all illustrators out there who want to become professionals. “Try out multiple things to find what fits you and works best for you,” he said.

Ben advised illustrators to “build up the character” they’re drawing and using their own personality for inspiration. Art is also a great way to learn more about yourself. “Then keep having fun and keep passionate through your own works of art,” he added.

#10

Hand Shadow

Hand Shadow

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Hans
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7 months ago

It would have been drastic if he would have no hands anymore in the last frame...

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Window

Window

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Well, I Tried
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7 months ago

I had to look at it twice to realise

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Road Roller

Road Roller

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FatBaby
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7 months ago

hmmm the question is whose dream was it...

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When it comes to horror, whether we’re watching a scary movie, reading a frightening book, or looking at Lovecraftian illustrations, there are several reasons why it’s so alluring.

First of all, horror provides us tension in the form of shock, mystery, and terror. Secondly, it enthralls us when it’s relevant and creates personal connections to us and our fears. Finally, there’s the element of unrealism that helps separate us from the horror—this lets us enjoy the story while being completely safe and snug under a blanket with a cup of hot cocoa.

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Visual Dislocation

Visual Dislocation

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Sel Bonda
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7 months ago

Give that guy a Big Hand!

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#14

Inflatable Man

Inflatable Man

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Jesus!! I've always felt those things were creep af! Thank you. Thanks a lot!

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Off Set

Off Set

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Sel Bonda
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7 months ago

Good ol jack the ripper!

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Psychologist Christopher Dwyer elaborated that watching horror movies, playing scary video games, and enjoying frights from the safety of our homes turns horror into entertainment. In his opinion, people seek controlled fear and suspense, not real fear: this lets us experience our bodies going into fight or flight mode while also knowing that we’re not at risk.

Meanwhile, media expert Dolf Zillmann and his colleagues came up with the so-called ‘Snuggle Theory.’ In short, this theory suggests that fear helps create stronger physical and emotional ties between people and brings them together.

For instance, his research showed that men enjoyed horror clips twice as much if their female companions were distressed. On the flip side, women enjoyed horror movie clips far more if their male companions were calm, cool, and collected.

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Unknown Hole

Unknown Hole

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Lyop
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7 months ago

Wack-a-man!

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#17

Blacklash

Blacklash

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Full Name
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7 months ago

This was the worst. I refused to do it in school.

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#18

Bedsheet Ghost 2

Bedsheet Ghost 2

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FatBaby
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7 months ago

For those who didn't understand, I'm guessing the ghost kid was tryna go home with someone else and act like he was a "real boy" but then the mom/dad found em and took em back home disappointed?

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#19

Paper Cranl

Paper Cranl

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elia 84631
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7 months ago (edited)

Imagine if they were 1000 origami cranes

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#20

Jail

Jail

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Sel Bonda
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7 months ago

You can't escape the (c)law!

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#21

Fitting Room

Fitting Room

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Bruno Duarte
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7 months ago

Pervert 3

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#22

Disappear

Disappear

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Ginny Weasley
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7 months ago

OMG THE DINO ATE HIM!!! :(

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#23

Medicine 2

Medicine 2

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Hans
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7 months ago

And this with hairdressers on lockdown. Nooooooooooooooooooo!

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#24

Pizza

Pizza

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REDNEKNATION
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7 months ago

It's a pizza Titan.

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#25

Follow Suit

Follow Suit

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fro_st puppy
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7 months ago

be happy the way you are'

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#26

Slug

Slug

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KateKat
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7 months ago

I hate when people do that. In elementary I talked a classmate to stop them.

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#27

Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath

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Max Han
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7 months ago

Pervert 3.0

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#28

Automaton

Automaton

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Max Han
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7 months ago

How the tables have turned

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#29

Snail Man

Snail Man

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
Community Member
7 months ago

this kind of reminds me of the 3 little pigs, with the houses lol

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#30

Jogging

Jogging

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Hermione Granger
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7 months ago

Unicycle 2.0

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