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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9 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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9 months ago

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

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Illusion

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fro_st puppy
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9 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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9 months ago

Deserved, served chilled.

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Dilemma

Dilemma

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Patty Stier
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9 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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9 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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9 months ago

Our hero

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#8

Beauty

Beauty

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Why?
Community Member
9 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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9 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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9 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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9 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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9 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
Community Member
9 months ago

Give that guy a Big Hand!

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#14

Inflatable Man

Inflatable Man

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Lyop
Community Member
9 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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9 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
Community Member
9 months ago

Wack-a-man!

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#17

Blacklash

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Full Name
Community Member
9 months ago

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

Hermione Granger
Community Member
9 months ago

We were forced to, but if we needed, we could go outside if it smelled too bad, so I spent the whole period outside that day.

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Brenda
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9 months ago

Well, well, well how the turn tables

*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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9 months ago

Ohhh, how the turns have tabled.

I_Love_Food🍰🍨🍱🍤🐕🐈
Community Member
8 months ago

i am catholic, and this always reminds me of Jesus, so i refused to do it (oh, and i WENT TO A CATHOLIC SCHOOL! aren't we supposed to be against things like this?)

Jace
Community Member
8 months ago

I was forced to do this in school too, but the animals were dead. Back then, I didn’t think enough about it. Today I would refuse to engage in it. Grade school doesn’t need this exercise. It’s a waste of life. There’s *some* argument for animal testing in medical research, but it doesn’t require overt cruelty. There’s argument for experience with actual animals in learning surgery, but we have human bodies donated after death. Etc.

Mary Dellenbusch
Community Member
8 months ago

Humans need to experience the suffering animals do more often. Then maybe we may have some damn compassion in this world towards them.

Jace
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

It’s not the suffering. People ignore that easily on a constant basis, except for when it’s arbitrarily special animals. What really needs to be changed is not seeing animals as our fellows. We are just other, fellow animals. So long as we can judge other animals as inferior, we can also dehumanize each other. Humans have very little truly unique qualities not found in the rest of the animals. Some of our “special” features, like our enlarged frontal cortex, seems to enable us to have way more fucked up mental states than any other animal.

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pebs
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8 months ago

From the film, books and so on, I know that in the USA schoolchildren are forced to do this, but for an European it is truly unthinkable.

Clare E
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8 months ago

We did it in the UK.

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Water Bottle
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8 months ago

Well at least the frog I dissected was already dead

Mishte Tine
Community Member
9 months ago

Vivisection should not be a thing. Anywhere ever. Still, amazing art and storytelling.

Mommyofboth
Community Member
9 months ago

We did fetal pigs... one of the students named theirs Jennifer, after the teacher.

Wottermehlon Doge
Community Member
9 months ago

At least when I did it, it was dead

REDNEKNATION
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9 months ago

But wernt the frogs dead?

Gabriel Marquez-Davis
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8 months ago

i just feel so bad for them. all they want is a normal day then the next thing you know. a kid opens ur GUTS

Gabriel Marquez-Davis
Community Member
8 months ago

this is the reason why i plan doing home school at middle school age. i love frogs so i dont wanna kill them. because imagin THIS HAPPENING

Balencia Erskine
Community Member
8 months ago

Freak-a-Zoid!!

Fudspuckle
Community Member
8 months ago

Nah I wouldn’t do this at school... meanwhile somewhere in a parallel universe...

Ayasophya Alturas
Community Member
8 months ago

poor frogs though

Debbie
Community Member
8 months ago

Yep - they look like us inside.

Jessica Muñoz
Community Member
8 months ago

Omg. So dark.

SweetPsycho
Community Member
8 months ago

I loved dissecting, but this gives me quite a new perspective... oh my now I feel a little bad. 😭😭😭

Pat Sahas
Community Member
8 months ago

that man looks similar to some folk in who. ^_-

Bill
Community Member
8 months ago

What nobody on here has taken human anatomy in college?

Angela Campbell
Community Member
9 months ago

man I feel bad for the teacher since it just a part of there job I blame the schools for allowing it to happen.

Don Jon
Community Member
9 months ago

The WHO director

SilverLining
Community Member
9 months ago

Did they make you cut them up alive?? I'm from the UK, we don't do this

I'm A Lazy Panda
Community Member
9 months ago

No, not alive. Doesn't make it any easier though.

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Hans
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9 months ago

Frankly, the pants spoil the message somewhat.

Sel Bonda
Community Member
9 months ago

But, we don't dressup frog with undies before dissection! Hence, RESPECT!

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

My friend was trying to cut the stomach open with the small scissors and it squirted on her. Also some kids cut off the head and took out the eyes, claiming they were going to give them to Shrek. And then the kid who cut off a leg and "ate" it (put it in his mouth and the teacher made him spit it out) for $50. Fun times lmao

Jace
Community Member
8 months ago

How fun for you to enjoy the process. Have you matured any or attained any empathy yet? There’s a difference between having to do this (in a biology class) and reveling in it...

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#18

Bedsheet Ghost 2

Bedsheet Ghost 2

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FatBaby
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9 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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Paper Cranl

Paper Cranl

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elia 84631
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9 months ago (edited)

Imagine if they were 1000 origami cranes

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Jail

Jail

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Sel Bonda
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9 months ago

You can't escape the (c)law!

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Fitting Room

Fitting Room

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Bruno Duarte
Community Member
9 months ago

Pervert 3

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#22

Disappear

Disappear

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Ginny Weasley
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9 months ago

OMG THE DINO ATE HIM!!! :(

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#23

Medicine 2

Medicine 2

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Hans
Community Member
9 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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9 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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9 months ago

be happy the way you are'

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#26

Slug

Slug

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KateKat
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9 months ago

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

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Bubble Bath

Bubble Bath

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Max Han
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9 months ago

Pervert 3.0

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Automaton

Automaton

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Max Han
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9 months ago

How the tables have turned

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Snail Man

Snail Man

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

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

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Jogging

Jogging

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Hermione Granger
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9 months ago

Unicycle 2.0

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