Reviews

March 2017
Sonar 105.3 FM

“An Old Man, Looking … has painful things to say about the deep fear of losing someone close.”

 

July 2016
A Place to Hang Your Cape

“Not picking it up would be a disservice to yourself.”

 

Jan. 2016
Horror Made

“The details grab you like a really vivid nightmare … This one hit me right in the heebie-jeebies.”

 

Jan. 2016
HorrorTalk
“Mixes haunting scares with great character development.”

 

Nov. 2015
Horror Made
“‘Termites in your Smile’ still makes me shudder … I’ve had nightmares like what happens … 5 out of 5 blood spattered stars.”

 

June 2015
The Comics Alternative
“The variety of artists … is one of the strengths of Split Lip … [Costello] knows the essence of what you can do with a horror story.”

 

March 2015
Haunting TV
5 stars

 

Feb. 2015
Ghastly Awards
Finalist, Best Web Comic 2014

 

Jan. 2015
Comic Monsters/Horror News Network
Winner, Best Web Comic 2014, Horror Comic Awards

 

Dec. 2014
Rue Morgue
“Stark, gritty, and unflinching”

 

Oct. 2014
Between the Panels
“A little something for everyone, from creepy campfire stories and cryptids to overbearing mothers and the eerie feeling of being watched.”

 

July 2014
Geek Insider
“Very unsettling … much like the stories of The Twilight Zone.”

 

June 2014
What’cha Reading?
“Grimly riveting”

 

March 2014
io9
“Will keep you wide awake all night.”

 

Oct. 2013
The Week
“A kind of contemporary variation on E.C. Comics.”

 

Sept. 2013
Hideous Energy
“I kinda don’t want to read it. That sounds too scary.”

 

Oct. 27, 2012
io9
“Costello refuses to give us the comfort of an unambiguous ending.”

 

Oct. 16, 2012
Infernal Reviews
“In a world where virtually all ‘horror’ web comics include actual horror more as an afterthought to their story or as a means of morbidly dark humor,’Split Lip is an anthology of pure horror tales akin to those of the’Twilight Zone or’Tales from the Crypt.”

 

April 30, 2012
The Theatre of Terror
“One of the finest horror comic websites on the interweb.

 

Feb. 29, 2012
The Broken Infinite
“The art from David Hitchcock is very beautiful … Sam Costello knows how to weave a great tale of suspense … If you like the Twilight Zone meets the Outer Limits, then you will love this great site.”

 

May 28, 2011
Comics Should Be Good
“As far as I can tell, Split Lip is the best horror anthology on the internet.”

 

Jan. 26, 2011
Webcomic Overlook
“The only (webcomic) to ever give me the chills was Split Lip.”

 

Oct. 20, 2010
Webcomic Overlook
“If you’re looking for something frightening that, at the same time, makes you ponder deep thoughts about mortality, the comic … is well worth the read.”

 

Aug. 4, 2010
Storming the Tower
“Costello has a real knack for matching artists with his tales, and in Volume Two, they’re especially up to the task.”

 

July 25, 2010
Robot 6
“I’m enjoying it, if one could be said to ‘enjoy’ stories that deliberately induce discomfort. Let’s just say they are very effective.”

 

Feb. 10, 2010
Storming the Tower
“For fans of horror, Costello … has plenty to offer.”

 

Oct. 8, 2009
io9
“The webcomics answer to anthology series like The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery.”

 

Aug. 16, 2009
From the Tombs Review 

“This is such a solid collection of stories. The artwork and stories both compliment each other so well. 158 pages worth of content is worth it for the price. If you like the strange collections of horror stories you need to check this one out. It’s worth it.”

 

April 25, 2009
Comics Should Be Good
“They’re all very well-done, very professional stories.”

 

Nov. 14, 2008
Broken Frontier
“Overall, Split Lip is a great horror comic with plenty of satisfying twist and turns. In a day and age when the cliffhanger endings of many box office thrillers leave us wanting our money back, Split Lip offers a terrifying anthology so engrossing we don’t mind reading the tales again and again”

 

July 13, 2007
Damn Good Comics
“Costello writes in just the right tone to keep the reader off balance. He manages to track down artists from all over the world, each with their own style – but always a style that fits the story perfectly. Always a style that captures the almost surreal imagery infusing the story…”

 

Oct. 3, 2007
The Horror Blog
“Split Lip is the predominant original horror comic work on the internet.”

 

May 14, 2007
Comics Worth Reading
“This caught my eye not only because of its skill but because of its unusual subject matter: the relationship between two men on death row…”

 

April 4, 2007
Forbidden Planet
“Lovely feeling of building dread, the fear of mortality and our powerlessness in the face of it which has something of Poe about it.”

 

Oct. 22, 2006
Larry Young, AIT/Planet Lar

“Sam Costello and Brian Laframboise deliver a small little gunshot of a story with ‘The Executioner is a Lonely Man.’ With a deft touch, the two deliver a neat little magic trick of a tale that puts you in mind of good Twilight Zone, Jim Thompson noir, and that good ol’ O. Henry sting. Even if you don’t like reading comics on the web, make time for this one.”