Title: Twisted Dark (#1-6 on-going graphic novel series)
Author: Neil Gibson
Average Page Length: 190–200-ish pages
Synopsis: The first volume in Neil Gibson’s acclaimed series of twisted tales. This 200 page book contains 12 individual and unique stories which are all related.
The stories vary from 10 year old girls to Colombian drug lords and everything in between. It is left to the reader to find the connections between the stories – some connections are immediately clear whilst other connection only become clear in later volumes. This series is designed for re-reading.
The author describes the genre as psychological thriller, but the books contains horror, dark (at times demented) stories incorporating every human emotion, illegal activity, and brutal reality.
Using various illustrators allows each story and character to develop their own form. Twisted Dark has been embraced by the comic book world receiving critical acclaim and a cult following. If you haven’t read one yet, you don’t know what you’re missing.
“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.”
…as seen in Gibson’s story, “Growth”
Why did I chose this book?
So many reasons. For one, I needed some… ugh… hm.. I don’t know if “realism” is actually the word, but more along the lines of “everyday horror.” You know… the kind of horror that doesn’t necessarily come from the supernatural or paranormal, but just from regular, seemingly ordinary people who live amongst us everyday of our lives. That one coworker who everyone ignores who decides one day to come into the office and shoot everyone and then themselves… The creeps who stalk people or set up secret cameras in bathroom stalls… The intruder who breaks into your house and then takes up residence there without your knowledge… Or maybe even the one room in the house that no one ever goes into because it’s haunted — or is it? Y’know, the every day scenarios that aren’t so every day and scare us because they happen or can happen to anyone.
You never when you might be next.
(P.S. – I hadn’t thought of it at first, but it has a sort of Twilight Zone vibe to it, y’know?)
What I love/like about it:
- The progression of the stories. They’re interconnected, but not in the way that you think. It would suggest you read them in order because if not you might miss something that becomes important later.
- The gritty nature of the art. It matches the style of the stories so well. Bravo to both artist and author on choosing the combination.
- The creepy factor is through the roof at times (and then at others, a bit more mellow)
- The unexpected revelations as each story comes to its conclusion. (In most cases, not all. Sometimes it’s pretty predictable what’s gonna happen, but that doesn’t make it any less fun.)
OVERALL SERIES RATING
Warnings or Triggers
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SO. MANY. CAN’T. LIST. THEM. ALL. *shorts out*
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