A Nightmare World: 13 Tales Of Terror Vol 1 Review
I love Tales of Mr Rhee. The combination of magic, a man with a past he can’t escape, and his penchant for not walking away from trouble makes for great reading. So when I was shooting the breeze with Mr Manning at NYCC ’14 I happened upon Nightmare World. It features 13 horror stories all penned by Manning but illustrated by a host of talented people, I knew that with Dirk’s track record I could hardly go wrong.
This isn’t a Mr Rhee book however, though he originally spun off from the universe these stories exist in, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. In the forward Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi) calls it “a dark feast of stories – an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of chaos and horror” and I agree. All the weirdness feels eerily familiar as if Dirk has tapped our very nightmares and put them on the page. From stories of fairies and demons to the elder gods all are chilling in a way that reminds me of the horror anthology television of my youth. Like Night Gallery or Tales From the Crypt they all share that feeling that borders between “are they going to go there?” to “they are going to go there!” So much fun and more than a few make you stop and consider how you would behave in a similar situation.
All the art varied as it was in style was phenomenal but it was by people who save one I had never heard of. Now I know Dirk and I follow his work but after reading this book I now have a bunch of artists I have to seek out and follow as well! And notice that it’s volume one. There’s also a volume two and three! If the quality of the work in one is any indication I’ll be buying two and three as soon as I can.
You can find Nightmare World Volume One: Thirteen Tales of Terror at better comic shops, amazon, or right from the man himself at any number of convention appearances. I’d recommend that last one, he’s a great guy and loves to chat at conventions.
Nightmare World (Book 1)
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Shadowline Comics/Image Comics (December 17, 2009)
Cover price: $16.99