Review By Patrick Scattergood
Art and Cover By
Anthology, Comedy, Horror
A six story anthology. Six tales to delight and titillate you, something to tickle your funny bone while gnawing away at your neck to get to your sweet sweet brains...
After getting this title recommended to me by a few of my readers, I was very eager to read it as it sounded like it was very much my style of humor.
One thing hit me while I was reading this one and that's the best way to describe this title would be that it's a bit of a mix between the macabre and strange stories found in the 'Tales from the Crypt' and the kind of stories that Roald Dahl is famous for.
That's not to say that this one isn't inventive, it really is. The stories themselves have a really off kilter strange of humor running through and read like a strange set of poems. The rhyming scheme for the most part is really successful and incredibly funny. The best of these, for me, was the story title 'Vampyre'.
David McCluskey really has done a superb job of creating a morbid, funny and very entertaining set of Roald Dahl style fairytale stories and moral fables. The quick pacing and funny characters really made this a great read.
Art wise, there's a child like quality to Andrew Morrice's work here but with a darker, cynical edge. Morrice and McCluskey really seem to be a good pairing for this type of anthology and really reminded me a bit of the partnership between Dahl and Quentin Blake. At times the art also reminded me a little bit of issues of the old comic books like 'The Beano' and 'The Dandy'.
All in all, this is definitely a title worth picking up and really shows just how varied and different the comic book talent in the United Kingdom is these days.