I really enjoyed this collection of zombie comics. Most of the stories really delivered with maybe one or two that could be classified as "meh". Vario...moreI really enjoyed this collection of zombie comics. Most of the stories really delivered with maybe one or two that could be classified as "meh". Various takes on the zombie tale ranging from zombies in space to zombie myths and legends to tales told from the zombies point of view.
A great addition to my zombie collection that did not disappoint.(less)
Uncle Creepy, where have you been all of my life?!?!? How is it that I've almost reached my prime without being aware that Uncle Creepy even existed?!...moreUncle Creepy, where have you been all of my life?!?!? How is it that I've almost reached my prime without being aware that Uncle Creepy even existed?!?!? A small part of me mourns as I ponder on all the time I've spent in this world without knowing that such an amazingly morbid individual graced the pages of such a fine collection of horror tales. How could this be?!?!? Alas, our paths have finally crossed as if by fate and I vow to never let you go!!!
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce Uncle Creepy, the ghoulish narrator of the stories found within this graphic novel. Reminiscent of the Crypt-Keeper from Tales From The Crypt, Uncle Creepy provides comic relief in his own deliciously dark way throughout. My favorite parts of the volume were the "Loathsome Lore" where the readers are treated to interesting and gruesome tidbits in history covering everything from cult leaders to Hitler's women. I loved this section! I found myself pausing in my reading to Google such names as Marilyn Manson and Leni Riefenstahl (did anyone else know that Hitler had a sado-masochistic relationship with his niece? I didn't even know he had a niece!).
The stories were awesome! My favorite of the lot would have to be Joe R. Lansdale's Mine. THAT STORY SCARED THE STANK OUT OF ME! As a child, I'd first heard the tale about a woman who died and someone stole a bone from her grave to make soup and the ghost of the woman shows up to claim what's been taking from her all the while calling out in a ghostly wail, "Who has my boooone?" I remember my body tensing up more and more as the ghost got closer and closer to her prey and then all of a sudden the tale bearer yelled out, "You've got it!" and grabbed at me.....and I think I might have fainted. Still not sure. Well into adulthood that story and its many variations has remained with me and still it scares me like no other. Lansdale offers yet another variation of this story and this time the setting is in the Wild and Wicked West. I promise you Joe R. Lansdale and artist Nathan Fox conspired together to put together a tale that would make my already sleepless nights even moreso. I promise you they did!
A close runner-up would have to be The Field written and illustrated by David Lapham. I really enjoyed this story because I thought I pretty much had it all figured out and then Wham! So close and yet so far away. I would say that the story itself was darn good but it was that final work of art that blew me away! I couldn't tell you how much time I spent just looking at that final illustration - wow. Just wow.
Speaking of awe-inspiring illustrations, the one featuring the most terrifying clown I have seen to date (and I've seen some pretty scary clowns) holding an ax in one hand and what I assume is a severed head in the other....yeah, so I had to buy a new mouse because I'm almost positive that I broke my last one trying to scroll past that drawing. The look in his eyes alone freaked me out. *shudder I don't know who to credit with that drawing so if you know - please feel free to provide me with the name of the individual who has sealed the deal on my "the only good clown is a...THERE ARE NO GOOD CLOWNS!!!" theory. If you don't believe me, read Commedia dell'Morte! by Christopher A. Taylor and illustrated by Jason Shawn Alexander. Trust me, you'll be buying into my theory and stocking up on night lights.
There wasn't one story I wasn't impressed with in one way or the other. This gal is officially a fan of Creepy Comics AND Uncle Creepy.