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Nightmare World: 13 Tales Of Terror Volume 1 Paperback – August 21, 2012

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  • Series: Nightmare World (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607061562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607061564
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 6.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #491,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DIRK MANNING is best known as the writer/creator of comic series such as TALES OF MR. RHEE (Devil's Due Publishing) and NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics/Shadowline). Dirk is also the author of the ongoing inspirational column/book collection WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Caliber/Bleeding Cool). More of Dirk's gripping and exciting stories can be read in comic titles such as DIA DE LOS MUERTOS and LOVE STORIES TO DIE FOR (Image Comics/Shadowline) and THE LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST (Aspen/Big Dog Ink) among various other anthologies.

Don't let Dirk's penchant for writing horror comics and his tongue-in-cheek publicity photo with the black hat and scarf fool you into thinking that he offers anything less than gripping, emotional, thought-provoking stories based in the horror and speculative fiction comic genres. If you're looking for graphic novels that you'll re-read again and again, congratulations, you've just found the author you've been looking for all along.

Dirk Manning hails from Hell, Michigan, is rarely there, as he continuously does book signings and panel presentations at comicbook conventions across the country. As such, he primarily lives on the Internet, where can be found online at www.DirkManning.com as well as at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr @dirkmanning. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

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Began reading Dirk Manning's "Nightmare World" on-line a couple years ago. At first I wasn't sure what to make of it - the eight page stories were shorter than I was accustomed to in comics. Funny thing, though - the more stories I read, the more I wanted to read! Each story stands alone - Manning has become a master of the short form he's employing here. But there is an over-arching BIG narrative that connects them - the more you read, the more the "big picture" emerges. Manning's attention to detail grounds his stories in the world he's created, a world much like our own, where things are going awry. The stories are titled after songs - been meaning to ask Dirk if he's got the mix tape...

Long time fans of "Nightmare World" are rewarded with a glimpse of the "big picture" in this collection, as Manning includes a prose piece ("The Long Hard Road Out of Hell")giving us the POV of one of the primary actors in the grand scheme. The piece actually details the thought process going on behind one of MY favorite pages in the series ("Wrath" from "MINE"). I was pretty sure I knew what was going on overall before reading it, but now have a better grasp of the meta arc thanks to the piece.

The art is fantastic throughout the book. Each story features a different artist, giving each its own look and vibe. I'm a big fan of Josh Ross' work on "Nightmare World", and you get the classic "MINE" in this collection, centered on the seven deadly sins. Manning writes to his individual artists' strengths, and in turn the artists deliver strong performances. Anthony Peruzzo is perfect for the violent chaos of "Break Stuff", Mark Winters' tragic samurai kick ass in "Bitter Wine", and Len O'Grady provides the period look that suits the grim "The Same Deep Water As You", just to highlight a few.
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I'm ashamed to admit it but I hadn't heard of this anthology before meeting Mr. Manning this year at a convention. I bought the first 2 volumes of Nightmare World and after reading the first chilling story I was hooked enough to go back the next day and pick up the third volume. Scintillating prose combined a wider diversity in artistic interpretation of each story makes the Nightmare World series and devilishly good time that will bring you back again and again to read and re'read these stories. Much like Lovecraft or Doyle each reading just makes you want to read it again. Manning is just that good. I could see people still perusing his work 200 years from now.
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I read this series when it was online in college and loved it. I was sad to see it disappear from the interwebs but glad he decided to publish. I'm looking forward to reading these again. These stories are a great blend of Chthulu mythos, Christian end-times teaching (ok not all Christians teach this particular eschatology but it's fun to read), and other assorted folklore, legends, and stories. It's well written and I like most of the artwork (all of the art is good, I just prefer some styles over others). This series was my first real introduction to Chthulu and, after having read some H.P. Lovecraft, I find it true to the source material but with Manning's own creative twist. Each story stands alone but if you pay attention you'll see characters reappear so when you finally finish it you have a great "ah-ha" moment and realize how well the author weaved the stories together.
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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.
Dirk's books are always fun, always creepy, always surprising. I can't recommend his stuff highly enough.
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Sexy Cthulhu priestesses!! I can't even begin to describe how great this collection of stories is. So many other reviewers have captured what I wanted to say. It's kind of Twilight Zone-y, but not as predictable as the show. I love that it's so many separate stories in one book, in Stephen King fashion. A great book to keep by your bedside (if you dare) . Certainly much more entertaining than waiting for some creepy show you've probably already seen to come on television. I do hope that at least one of these stories gets made into a movie so more people might get turned on to this excellent writer. Amazing and original writing!
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I picked this up (along with volumes 2 & 3) from the writer himself at a comic con a couple years ago and it finally made its way to the top of the reading pile. The stories are short (8 pages each), but well developed and well written. I like the way they're related, but not directly. And there's a good build up of suspense. The artwork is impressive too and there's a good variety of it, with each story illustrated by a different artist. Anyone into graphic novels and horror will easily get into this collection.
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