Review for Then It Was Dark

Review for Then It Was Dark

Then it was Dark, Sarah Benkin, Sarah Winifred Searle, Horror, Comics, Graphic Novel, Anthology, Ghosts, Paranormal, Short Stories, Creepy, Spooky, Goosebumps, Hands, Shadows, Dark, Bed, Blue, Hands, Arms, Mystery, MurderMany scary stories that will give you goosebumps or have you looking over your shoulder. A very good anthology perfect for scary Halloween nights… or warm summer days!

WOW, this was dark and spooky! I love it. I am glad I found this one while browsing around looking for new books. I love horror and I love graphic novels. Anthologies can be a bit hit/miss but I have to say this was quite a nice mix. There were a few weaker ones, definitely, but the ones that were great lifted the story and that is why I gave the book 5 stars. Because of those epic ones. Those that are still giving me goosebumps just thinking about them. Eep!

Each of the story features a new kind of darkness. Something scary. Something spooky. We have headless ghosts (gruesome), water coming out of the drains (I already had a suspicion what may be up given I read a Japanese story that featured the same-ish story), dark twists and turns (which I definitely didn’t always see coming and which had me squeaking in fright), a dark spot in the room (sometimes quite literally), voices in the walls (and that maybe you shouldn’t do rituals to say hi back), and more. I loved the diversity in the story. It made me happy this wasn’t just about ghosts but about all sorts of spooky going-ons.

I have to say that some stories were a bit too short for my feeling and that the only reason I knew we were in a new story was because of the different art and the sudden story title. I would have liked a couple of stories to be longer especially because the story just didn’t work in the short format. I know that all these stories are short… but some were just a couple of pages. Not enough to give me goosebumps, and certainly not enough to satisfy me and my hunger for creepiness.

The art was hit/miss but that is what you get as each story is drawn by a different person. There were some I absolutely loved and some that I just didn’t like at all.

I loved the cover and how it set the tone for the book. Creepy hands coming out of the ceiling, welp!

I would recommend this spooky book to everyone looking for something scary and paranormal.

Star rating, 5 stars

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