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Product Details

  • Series: Nightmare World (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (December 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607061562
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607061564
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dirk Manning is best known as the writer/creator of the genre-hopping anthology-style comic book series NIGHTMARE WORLD (Image Comics) and WRITE OR WRONG: A WRITER'S GUIDE TO CREATING COMICS (Transfuzion Publishing). Samples of these works, as well as his other comics such as TALES OF MR. RHEE, FARSEEKER and LOVE STORIES ABOUT DEATH are all available to read at his website www.DirkManning.com. Cthulhu is his homeboy.

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This graphic novel is a great read.
ash
Yet Reddington also ably varies his fonts and balloons, subtly fitting the art and the mood of each piece, giving each its own "voice".
Mike Luoma
The stories don't seem connected at first, but you understand that they actually do when your'e done reading.
Jack Wilson

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mike Luoma on December 28, 2009
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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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By Deadm15 on December 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
Book is good but got beat up and has the front half ruined where the binding is. Will find a way to fix it
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By Akron Reader on September 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ash on April 5, 2012
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This graphic novel is a great read. It can either be read as separate short stories or if you buy all the books, as a connected plot if you can figure out how everything connects. My book came in very promptly in two days and in very good condition. I was impressed for how much of a steal the price was. But overall, if you wanna try a new read, try nightmare world. Absolutely worth the money!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ccbassgirl on February 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
As an adult I'd never thought I'd hear myself saying that. Admiting it is the biggest hurdle to overcome. (or so they say).
But I can feel the love in this room. Thank you for welcoming me and not judging.
I've never been a huge horror fan. Never really been a comic fan either. So why am I giving 5 stars to a horror comic in this review? Read on...
A trusted friend handed me a copy of "NIGHTMARE WORLD - VOL.1" and said "Read this and let me know what you think." Candidly, I took my time cracking it open. (don't tell him that). Now I must admit, I'm so glad I did.
As a once non-believer now turned horror fan-addict I can only tell you Dirk Manning hooked me with Vol. 1.
Next step - attend a Dirk Manning book signing and buy Vol's 2 and 3. Now there's no turning back.
My biggest surprise? How in the hell can 13 short horror tales, especially in comic format, contain comedy, romance, mystery and intrigue? Not to mention a plan for world domination. It is nothing shy of brilliant. There was a tremendous amount of forethought in this series - and it pays off for us, the reader.
Start with Vol. 1 and, although you'll be tempted, do not read ahead!
You won't realize it when you're in Vol 1 but the stories and characters are connected. By the time you finish Vol's 2 & 3 you'll be jaw-dropped.
If you've never read horror, I encourage you to take Dirk Manning's hand and let him lead you where you've not ventured before. Even though his photo resembles Jack the Ripper, he's really not that bad of a guy. Just don't stare into his eyes for too long!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jack Wilson on December 2, 2010
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Good stuff here. I was fortunate enough to meet the writer, Dirk, at Mid-Ohio Con in Columbus. I flipped through, and he explained the premise too me. I was sold! Excellent Twilight Zone style horror stories. The 8 page stories really work in this book. The stories don't seem connected at first, but you understand that they actually do when your'e done reading. It left me wanting more!
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