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In The Dark is a monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics and prose. Featuring an introduction by American Vampire, The Wake, and Severed scribe, Scott Snyder, and a frightful feature on the history of horror comics, through their rotten rise and dreadful decline, by comic book historian, Mike Howlett!


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In The Dark is a monstrous collection of all-new, original terror tales from the darkest and most brilliant minds in comics and prose. Featuring an introduction by American Vampire, The Wake, and Severed scribe, Scott Snyder, and a frightful feature on the history of horror comics, through their rotten rise and dreadful decline, by comic book historian, Mike Howlett!

30 review for In the Dark: A Horror Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Big beautiful book full of quick shockers. And the history of horror comics piece at the end is almost worth the price of admission alone.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sooraya Evans

    Not nearly disturbing enough to my liking. There were some hidden gems among mostly forgettable entries. Final Meal, In Plain Sight, Why So Sad and Not All There were not bad. The Lost Valley of The Dead featured cowboys and zombies. I thought it was cool right until the dinosaurs showed up. Swan Song had the most gorgeous artwork. But I had no idea at all what the story was about. Like I said, a mixed bag.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kaisersoze

    As a backer of this anthology collection on Kickstarter, I may well be biased, but this is a generally excellent collection of 24 short horror stories told by a mixture of familiar and new names in the horror comics field, separated by dated adverts that evoke feelings of yesteryear when comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear graced shelves. In a tome this large - that features opening and closing essays talking about horror and its development through comics over the decades - t As a backer of this anthology collection on Kickstarter, I may well be biased, but this is a generally excellent collection of 24 short horror stories told by a mixture of familiar and new names in the horror comics field, separated by dated adverts that evoke feelings of yesteryear when comics like Tales from the Crypt and The Haunt of Fear graced shelves. In a tome this large - that features opening and closing essays talking about horror and its development through comics over the decades - there are inevitably going to be hits and misses for each reader. What is surprising is just how few of these tales were misses for me. Instead, I was regularly pleasantly surprised by how good each new tale was. The stand outs for me were Brian Keene and Tood Galusha's THE LOST VALLEY OF THE DEAD (not surprising, as it's based on a nifty short by Brian Keene called THE LOST CANYON OF THE DAMNED that appeared as a bonus story in An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley), THE UNSEEN by Justin Jordon and Tyler Jenkins, ALL THINGS THROUGH ME by Mike Oliveri and Mike Henderson, Scott Nyder and Nate Powell's THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY, and finally, GESTATION by Marguerite Bennett and Jonathan Brandon Sawyer. There's even a killer gallery at the end of the collection that contains some jaw-dropping artwork. Rachel Deering was the driving force behind this anthology and she deserves full credit for bringing together a huge array of talent that delivers in spades ... and with nary a Cryptkeeper in sight. 4 Creatures in a Crate Advertisements for In the Dark: A Horror Anthology.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This was a great horror graphic novel anthology. All of the great tropes are here: ghosts, vampires, werewolves, psychos, etc. but with a new twist in most cases. The art is great too. The stories were overall of better quality than most collections of this nature. There is also a great article on horror comics as well. I highly recommend this to horror comic fans.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Wow. This is a quality anthology. I'm putting this in my top ten of the year I think. Wow. This is a quality anthology. I'm putting this in my top ten of the year I think.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Aritra Dasgupta

    EDIT : 69th book read this month. NICE. Also crossed 10,000 pages for this month. Feeling proud ;-; I really think this is a great book for Horror fans. 24 stories all different and varying very differently in genre and story. The art was gorgeous. There's that glorious pin-up gallery which has amazing jaw-dropping art. A epilogue covering the history of horror comics. Yeah. I would even say a must-read. Of course all the stories don't hit. That's fine. Where there's variety,there's a high chance EDIT : 69th book read this month. NICE. Also crossed 10,000 pages for this month. Feeling proud ;-; I really think this is a great book for Horror fans. 24 stories all different and varying very differently in genre and story. The art was gorgeous. There's that glorious pin-up gallery which has amazing jaw-dropping art. A epilogue covering the history of horror comics. Yeah. I would even say a must-read. Of course all the stories don't hit. That's fine. Where there's variety,there's a high chance of this happening. But I do appreciate the sheer variety and I think there's something here for everyone to like. And even hate I guess, such is the variety. I didn't. I think all the stories added something to this collection. A different genre, a wild different take at the very least. Yes, as a whole book, I loved this. I loved Famine's Shadow,the Body,Final Meal,Shadows(this one is my favourite for just the unexplained mood building),Lost Valley of the Dead,Road to Carson and Body in Revolt(5/5 just for the dialogue and art). The following's ideas intrigued me or I just liked them : Guilloteens, All Things Through Me,When the Rain Comes( THE ART!!), In Plain Sight(Nice twist, fresh take),Not All There( Sex Addicts Unite), Doc Johnson( the grey shades here <3), Proximity(such blocky contrast heavy deliciously stylish art LOVE IT), Lost Valley of the Dead(DID NOT EXPECT THIS TO LAND), Set Me Free (short n sweet woo), the Cage(the last parallel art and implications were so fun) and the Girl on the Corner(sad that women suffer so much but also SO DELICIOUS) IK. I KNOW. I KNOW. I namedropped so many stories. Should be enough of a hint of how great this book was. Read it. Tell me your favourite ones. Such a debatable book. Very very very fun.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tanja L

    This is an anthology of short horror comics. Some were excellent, some were meh. The problem was that most of the stories are 5 to 8 pages, so there's not a lot of room to flesh them out. Maybe if there were fewer stories with more room to develop them, more of them would have had a greater impact. A lot of them had really great concepts and it was s quick read. This is an anthology of short horror comics. Some were excellent, some were meh. The problem was that most of the stories are 5 to 8 pages, so there's not a lot of room to flesh them out. Maybe if there were fewer stories with more room to develop them, more of them would have had a greater impact. A lot of them had really great concepts and it was s quick read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Echevarria

    In the Dark: A Horror Anthology is a impressive collection of various short fiction illustrated by some of the most talented artists the comic book industry has to offer. I felt these illustrators really captured the essence of the majority of these pieces. My personal favorite was The Lost Valley Of The Dead written by Brian Keene and art provided by Tadd Galusha. The original short was included as a add on in An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley, however it did appear in a lot of other collectio In the Dark: A Horror Anthology is a impressive collection of various short fiction illustrated by some of the most talented artists the comic book industry has to offer. I felt these illustrators really captured the essence of the majority of these pieces. My personal favorite was The Lost Valley Of The Dead written by Brian Keene and art provided by Tadd Galusha. The original short was included as a add on in An Occurrence in Crazy Bear Valley, however it did appear in a lot of other collections as well. The story itself is a spin off of Dead Sea, set in a alternate reality where Hamelin's Revenge took over the world during the American frontier or Old West era of American history. The Pied Piper is a very unique and often creepy fairy tale, it is neat that both Brian Keene and Geoff Cooper created a intriguing zombie mythology with it. In The Lost Valley of The Dead a group of survivors seek shelter from the rotting dead, only to stumble into a prehistoric lost world filled with dinosaurs. This was a clever use of Brian's ever expanding Labyrinth mythology and I loved every second of it. Observant fans can follow the fate of these characters in The Lost Level, in which one of the main characters pops up in a later chapter. Overall it is hard not to give this entire collection a five out of five stars. I loved every single page featuring the fake advertisements, in which they imitated the Silver Age horror comics of old. If you were a fan of Creepshow or Tales From The Crypt you will definitely appreciate the fan service given in In the Dark: A Horror Anthology. The artwork featured in every short is appropriate and I felt the quality was something that any horror fan could appreciate. If you are craving a horror collection to satisfy your needs during Halloween season, you really can not go wrong with this anthology. It is beautiful to look at and admire, at the same time the stories are creepy enough to keep you thinking about them for a long time.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    The first thing I noticed upon receiving this (note: I was a Kickstarter backer and got the hardcover due to my pledge level, which was basically the cost of the hardcover. I had the PDF for a bit, but had not read it) was the size and heft of it. Even for your average 336 page graphic novel, this is weighty. Much closer to solid shape of the various "Ultimate" style sets. Flipping through, it contains dozens of short (a few pages, I would guess 6-8 pages on average, but that's a guess) horror c The first thing I noticed upon receiving this (note: I was a Kickstarter backer and got the hardcover due to my pledge level, which was basically the cost of the hardcover. I had the PDF for a bit, but had not read it) was the size and heft of it. Even for your average 336 page graphic novel, this is weighty. Much closer to solid shape of the various "Ultimate" style sets. Flipping through, it contains dozens of short (a few pages, I would guess 6-8 pages on average, but that's a guess) horror comics dealing with a wide range of themes, with many different authors and artists. The delight and heart of the collection is the "tribute" to the old horror comics of old, as expressed and updated by current writers who are free to break free from the often patternistic morality of the old stories, as well as free to bring in updates from the horror genre as a whole. The breadth of stories is impressive: a couple of morality tales, a bit of Bradbury-esque, a handful of classic creature yarns, a couple with Lovecraftian flavor, a slice of science fiction, a few dark fairy tales, and dark Western or two. There are stories clearly inspired art and story by EC's holy horror trio, some that are closer to Heavy Metal, some that are their own thing. The vast majority of the stories work really well at their length, having enough time to get a wind-up, a pitch, and a catch without slacking on any of the three (a few stumble, but just a few). The editing is generally well suited, both in undoubtedly keeping such compact stories flowing fair and in combining stories together in a way that makes such disparate styles and themes feel like natural cousins, which they are. A few glitches in the text are unfortunate (a wayward closing quote in a speech bubble, a slip of "where" where "were" was intended), but perhaps expected in such a dense collection. The added bonus of old-time adverts (and some spoofs of old-time adverts) is a nice touch, as is a collection of "pin-ups" and a short but informative essay on the art-form. Thumbs up all around. Great stories, great art, a wide range of talents, and great packaging that both references and builds upon the horror comics of note. Recommended for fans of horror, graphic novels, EC's New Trend line, and generally people who like horror art. For those not needing a sizable book, there is a cheaper ebook version that would like nice on a Kindle Fire or an iPad.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    All graphic novels should be this size. At least all graphic novels with gorgeous art like this one has should be this size. It might be a little unwieldy to handle, but it's worth it. The stories were very short, a lot of times I thought they were too short, but most of them were pretty good. But it was the art that really made this special. The pictures aren't always pretty, but the artists who contributed to this collection are clearly some of the best in horror. There's an interesting piece All graphic novels should be this size. At least all graphic novels with gorgeous art like this one has should be this size. It might be a little unwieldy to handle, but it's worth it. The stories were very short, a lot of times I thought they were too short, but most of them were pretty good. But it was the art that really made this special. The pictures aren't always pretty, but the artists who contributed to this collection are clearly some of the best in horror. There's an interesting piece at the end of the book about the history of horror in comics. I'll never be able to keep all the names straight, in fact, they've already fallen out of my head. But it's still worth reading. Horror fans should check this out.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shazia

    I really enjoyed this anthology and think it's a great collection of spooky comics! There were a few that I wasn't a fan of but most of these stories were really good. The artwork throughout the anthology was also amazing, I don't think there was a single comic in here that had subpar illustrations. I do think collections like these are a great way to get to know comic writers and artists. In fact, I noticed there's a comic in this book by Tynion and Donovan, whose work also includes Eugenic, wh I really enjoyed this anthology and think it's a great collection of spooky comics! There were a few that I wasn't a fan of but most of these stories were really good. The artwork throughout the anthology was also amazing, I don't think there was a single comic in here that had subpar illustrations. I do think collections like these are a great way to get to know comic writers and artists. In fact, I noticed there's a comic in this book by Tynion and Donovan, whose work also includes Eugenic, which I just reviewed. I'm not going to review each comic individually like I did with my review for SHOCK Anthology. However, I think I may have enjoyed this collection a lot more than the Shock Anthology.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Dávid Novotný

    Collection of short horror stories, some supernatural some more psychological, from various authors. It's clearly visible, that to make good story in few pages, is not an easy task. While some pieces are pretty good and able to build tension, other would need some work, and maybe also few more pages to grow to full potential. So book serves as good preview of interesting ideas, and many talented artist, some pretty know, some not so much, but only few stories were memorable enough to stuck with Collection of short horror stories, some supernatural some more psychological, from various authors. It's clearly visible, that to make good story in few pages, is not an easy task. While some pieces are pretty good and able to build tension, other would need some work, and maybe also few more pages to grow to full potential. So book serves as good preview of interesting ideas, and many talented artist, some pretty know, some not so much, but only few stories were memorable enough to stuck with me after I closed it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    ☺Trish

    Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh, my! In The Dark is an assortment of short horror stories told in graphic novel form (the art is mostly awesome and pretty gruesome). Lots of these tales of terror end with a twist, which works well as they are very succinct and are not allotted the time or space to truly flesh their characters out. Anthologies are usually a mixed bag of hits and misses. My favorites of this bunch: The Road To Carson, The Cage, and The Lost Valley Of The Dead. As a reader of S Vampires, werewolves, and zombies, oh, my! In The Dark is an assortment of short horror stories told in graphic novel form (the art is mostly awesome and pretty gruesome). Lots of these tales of terror end with a twist, which works well as they are very succinct and are not allotted the time or space to truly flesh their characters out. Anthologies are usually a mixed bag of hits and misses. My favorites of this bunch: The Road To Carson, The Cage, and The Lost Valley Of The Dead. As a reader of Strange and Weird, as well a few other classic horror magazines back-in-the-day(thanks, dad!), I really enjoyed The History of Horror Comics by Mike Howlett - good stuff!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    Now that summer is upon us and the heat is coming in waves, I'm in the mood for something to give me some chills. This appealed to me because I like my horror short. I want spooky but I don't want to get too attached to my doomed characters. I've currently been listening to the No Sleep Podcast and, much like the tales in this anthology, some are hits and some are misses. Overall, I liked the different aspects of horror contained within, from zombies to ghosties to...lost world-esque...zombie din Now that summer is upon us and the heat is coming in waves, I'm in the mood for something to give me some chills. This appealed to me because I like my horror short. I want spooky but I don't want to get too attached to my doomed characters. I've currently been listening to the No Sleep Podcast and, much like the tales in this anthology, some are hits and some are misses. Overall, I liked the different aspects of horror contained within, from zombies to ghosties to...lost world-esque...zombie dinos? Likewise, I appreciated the different art in each story. Some stories were gratuitous, some were subtle. Others contained almost no substance. All in all, this was okay. I wouldn't necessarily pay for this as I don't usually reread comics. I was able to read this on Hoopla at my local library.

  15. 5 out of 5

    P.

    I bought this thinking it was another recent horror comic collection, but kept it because it looked interesting. There are many hooks in these stories, but I think it would be more memorable if less people had been included and the volume developed longer, stronger stories. it's hard to be horrifying in 3-7 pages, especially in the graphic format. so a lot of the time the stories would consist of a cool conceit with nothing to tether it to the reader. maybe the writers/artists will develop more I bought this thinking it was another recent horror comic collection, but kept it because it looked interesting. There are many hooks in these stories, but I think it would be more memorable if less people had been included and the volume developed longer, stronger stories. it's hard to be horrifying in 3-7 pages, especially in the graphic format. so a lot of the time the stories would consist of a cool conceit with nothing to tether it to the reader. maybe the writers/artists will develop more of these ideas later, I hope.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Progya

    I don't know why this book bored me the first time around. I was really impressed this time. Gestation, Final Meal and Not All There are the best stories in the book. My favourite stories were (in order of their place in the book): The Unseen Famine's Shadow When the Rain Comes Why So Sad Doc Johnson The One that Got Away Set Me Free Road to Carson Special mention: Gestation. Murderous butterfly hybrid lesbians. What a strong note to end the book on. I don't know why this book bored me the first time around. I was really impressed this time. Gestation, Final Meal and Not All There are the best stories in the book. My favourite stories were (in order of their place in the book): The Unseen Famine's Shadow When the Rain Comes Why So Sad Doc Johnson The One that Got Away Set Me Free Road to Carson Special mention: Gestation. Murderous butterfly hybrid lesbians. What a strong note to end the book on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    What a fun read. In the Dark reminded me of the old EC horror comics with a dash of Twilight Zone/Outer Limits thrown in. If you dig Creepshow or Tales from the Crypt this is a must read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Francis

    Anthologies are like going to a party where you don't know anyone. If you're incredibly lucky, you like almost everyone. If you're incredibly unlucky, no one strikes your interest. I'd put In the Dark somewhere middling. There were some very strong, interesting stories. There were a handful of stories that I felt were more pitches than standalones, and then there were some that felt like three dudes at a bar were making bets on which one could out-bro the others. It's a library pick, I'd say. No Anthologies are like going to a party where you don't know anyone. If you're incredibly lucky, you like almost everyone. If you're incredibly unlucky, no one strikes your interest. I'd put In the Dark somewhere middling. There were some very strong, interesting stories. There were a handful of stories that I felt were more pitches than standalones, and then there were some that felt like three dudes at a bar were making bets on which one could out-bro the others. It's a library pick, I'd say. Not a run out and buy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Hamilton

    Horror is a slightly exaggerated description of this collection of tame stories. All of the industry standards are represented here: vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts... Sometimes they’re the villain, sometimes they’re the hero, but not once do they ever contribute to a story that I found even slightly unsettling. The current political climate is more conducive to a sleepless night than anything in this tome. On the plus side, I bought this book purely for Marguerite Bennett’s offering, and Horror is a slightly exaggerated description of this collection of tame stories. All of the industry standards are represented here: vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts... Sometimes they’re the villain, sometimes they’re the hero, but not once do they ever contribute to a story that I found even slightly unsettling. The current political climate is more conducive to a sleepless night than anything in this tome. On the plus side, I bought this book purely for Marguerite Bennett’s offering, and it turned out to be a precursor to her Insexts comic series. Worth the price on its own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dimitris Papastergiou

    I always tell myself to never buy an anthology because I can't remember when was the last time I really liked one, but I always fall into the trap of "Hey, it might have a few good stories in it? Right?!" "It HAS to have a few at least that's good and that'll be mysterious enough and creepy and whatnot right?" WRONG. 1 star because of the nice artwork in some stories and because of some decent ones in there. Other than that, it was boring made me fall asleep, made wanna lose interest in life. A hu I always tell myself to never buy an anthology because I can't remember when was the last time I really liked one, but I always fall into the trap of "Hey, it might have a few good stories in it? Right?!" "It HAS to have a few at least that's good and that'll be mysterious enough and creepy and whatnot right?" WRONG. 1 star because of the nice artwork in some stories and because of some decent ones in there. Other than that, it was boring made me fall asleep, made wanna lose interest in life. A huge no!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    One of the better horror anthologies I've read, and I've read a lot. Even the weaker stories are elevated by uniformly excellent artwork. The sheer size of this beast is a bonus for horror art fans, with a nice pinup section in the back, and a brief history of horror comics anthologies through the decades, reminiscent of Steve Bissette's nonfiction articles in Gore Shriek and his own Taboo. A great starting place for modern comics lovers that nods to the past. One of the better horror anthologies I've read, and I've read a lot. Even the weaker stories are elevated by uniformly excellent artwork. The sheer size of this beast is a bonus for horror art fans, with a nice pinup section in the back, and a brief history of horror comics anthologies through the decades, reminiscent of Steve Bissette's nonfiction articles in Gore Shriek and his own Taboo. A great starting place for modern comics lovers that nods to the past.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    An absolutely delightful (and variety-filled) mix of spooky stories that started me on a huge horror-comics kick. Also, the essay on the history of horror comics in the back was SUCH a good and useful primer in the subject.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Albert

    I really love your story, it deserves a lot of audience. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on NovelStar, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

    A great compilation of stories. Some really made me shiver.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shellina Nefelibata

    Some were really good, some kinda good, some awful. Par for the course for anthologies.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Digital copy on Comixology- own item

  27. 5 out of 5

    Syon Das

    ARTWORK - 10/10 WRITING - 7/10 STORIES - 8.5/10 OVERALL - 8.5/10

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mark Pedigo

    (Included in the 2018 Halloween Terrors Humble Bundle.)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Matt Graupman

    This collection of short horror comics is a surprisingly tame (though enjoyable) affair, punctuated by a handful of really excellent pieces. The creators included in this anthology have an obvious love of the genre and, despite the underwhelming stories, it's a pleasure to flip through the book and marvel at some the the truly beautiful and gruesome art work. This is a definite must-read for horror comic fans but I doubt it will convert many novices. FAVORITES: "Final Meal" - A disturbing tale abo This collection of short horror comics is a surprisingly tame (though enjoyable) affair, punctuated by a handful of really excellent pieces. The creators included in this anthology have an obvious love of the genre and, despite the underwhelming stories, it's a pleasure to flip through the book and marvel at some the the truly beautiful and gruesome art work. This is a definite must-read for horror comic fans but I doubt it will convert many novices. FAVORITES: "Final Meal" - A disturbing tale about a foodie whose appetite for exotic fare goes to some terrible extremes. "The One That Got Away" - An attempted kidnapping takes an unexpected turn (featuring gorgeous - of course - artwork by Nate Powell). "The Lost Valley Of The Dead" - A pulp-y story about a group of cowboys fleeing from the undead who discover a very unusual desert oasis.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jesse

    I discovered this anthology at Baltimore Comic Con. It was one of the first things I saw and I hesitated to buy it since it was $50 but I knew pretty quickly that I had to come back to it. It's gorgeous with a ribbon to mark your place and a lovely smooth texture. People greatly under appreciate the sensory experience of physical books. My favorite stories were The Unseen, Famine's Shadow, All Things through Me, When the Rain Comes, In Plain Sight, Not All There, Shadows, Doc Johnson, Lost Valley I discovered this anthology at Baltimore Comic Con. It was one of the first things I saw and I hesitated to buy it since it was $50 but I knew pretty quickly that I had to come back to it. It's gorgeous with a ribbon to mark your place and a lovely smooth texture. People greatly under appreciate the sensory experience of physical books. My favorite stories were The Unseen, Famine's Shadow, All Things through Me, When the Rain Comes, In Plain Sight, Not All There, Shadows, Doc Johnson, Lost Valley of the Dead, Gestation and Inside You. While we all have favorites, there was nothing in here I didn't like. Even the history of horror comics at the end was incredibly interesting. I think my favorite thing was that it was numbered. I'm hoping to see more of these in the future. A big thanks for putting this one together.

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