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Unlimited Highlights: Marvel Spooktacular 2009

With Halloween creeping ever closer we've got some scary stories lined up sure to keep you screaming

By Ben Chabala

Every week we'll pick a handful of awesome comics from the thousands available through Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. From creator spotlights to editor's picks and more, this'll be your spot to find something new and cool.

This week, with Halloween looming nigh, we've got five of the most horrifying tales of terror from all over the Marvel Universe ready for you to read. So turn out the lights, sit back, and prepare to be scared!

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, on an ocean liner filled with the world's richest and most eccentric socialites, a being of unspeakable horror waits to make his existence known to the passengers. Little do the wealthy seafarers realize that the the Lord of Vampires, Dracula, walks among them! While any normal human would cower at the mere sight of the Count, one who relishes the thought of battle with the Vampire King: Blade. It's the Daywalker vs. the ultimate night stalker in Blade's very first appearance and he's going to need all of his strength, cunning, and ingenuity if he hopes to stand any chance against an evil adversary with 500 years of experience in murder!

The Florida Everglades play host to a creature both terrifying and horribly misunderstood, an unfortunate child of human science and otherworldly mysticism, the Man-Thing. No longer human, the massive green-skinned golem protects the flora and fauna of the swamp from any that wish it harm. But the Man-Thing has one very important duty above all else: protecting the Nexus of All Realities from prying eyes and greedy hands. So when a powerful contractor threatens to turn his home into a shopping center, the Man-Thing readies itself for battle. Woe be to those who wish harm to the swamp, and may they never feel the burning fear of the Man-Thing's touch.

It's Captain America, the Star-Spangled Avenger vs. Baron Blood, the villainous vampire! No matter how much Steve Rogers concentrates on living in the present, his chaotic past always seems to catch up with him. This time Cap receives an encoded message from ex-Union Jack, James Falsworth, calling him to England to combat one of their oldest mutual foes. Somehow Baron Blood, the undead scion of Dracula and brother of Falsworth, has escaped his prison in the Tower of England and has returned to drain innocents of their lifeblood in a series of grisly murders. Will Captain America finally be able to put an end to Blood's rampage or will the Baron drain our beloved Cap dry?

Mister Eleven has seen his fair share of terrifying scenes since he began fighting for Heaven and Hell at the beginning of the eternal war, but what's more disturbing than watching the devil and a skeleton with a flaming skull tear each other apart in an abandoned amusement park? Unluckily for Mister Eleven, he's got a front row seat as the Devil and Ghost Rider throw down in the grudge match to end all grudge matches! With Hellfire burning rubber and the motorcycles firing on all cylinders, Mister Eleven's caught between a rock and a flaming face. Will he make it out alive?

Did you think the Marvel Zombies only played in their own universe. Tell that to the unfortunate members of the Florida Initiative team eaten alive by the undead brain-munchers infected by the Merc with Half a Mouth, Zombie Deadpool! Now A.R.M.O.R., the super-secret organization in charge of guarding the borders of the 616 reality, have found that the Zombieverse and the Marvel Universe have begun merging at the Nexus of All Realities. Not good. It's up to Aaron Stack, the Machine Man, and Jocasta, to save the day. Watch out Marvel U: the zombies have come to dinner and they're really, really hungry!

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