Illustrators: Atula Siriwardane, Casper Wijngaard, Heru Prasetyo Djalal,, Jan Wijngaard, Ant Mercer and Dan West
Summary: Twisted Dark is a sinister collection of short stories, each with a unique feel and “level” of darkness. Neil Gibson leads the reader through varying perspectives of people from different backgrounds for a well-rounded stack of grim tales.
When I first spotted Twisted Dark at in New York Comic Con, I was immediately drawn in by the book’s simple, yet mysterious cover. It took me about a month to sit down and finish the book, but I wish I had’ve read it sooner(blame the procrastinator in me). Neil Gibson gave me a little bit of Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt and Stephen King wrapped up in a perfect graphic novel burrito and I STILL felt like this was something that I hadn’t read before. I’d like to think that I’m a very perceptive human being, especially when it comes to figuring out what’s going to happen next, who killed who, etc, etc and Gibson made me give up my pedestal and go with the flow.
Twisted Dark has it’s “happy endings” but it’s never in the traditional sense; it’s literally twisted and you feel like a rug has been pulled from up under you. Sore ass from the rug pull and all, you’ll keep coming back, while making futile attempts at what Gibson has planned next for you to devour. Just a small note here: I loved that Gibson added diversity to his stories. It was nice to read settings in places like Norway and India – places that I never think of in terms of a horror/thriller tale. If I had to go back to NYCC 2013 all over again, I’d have purchased more copies and given Twisted Dark as a gift to quite a few of my closest friends, especially those that appreciate work that doesn’t use horror/thriller cliches or step into the realm of gross use of gore. Twisted Dark is a must have for any collection and I couldn’t be any more ecstatic that I purchased it on a whim.