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The Sleep of Reason by C.Spike Trotman
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The Sleep of Reason

by C. Spike Trotman (Editor)

Other authors: Kev Anderson (Contributor), Hillary Blair (Contributor), Lee Blauersouth (Contributor), Lisa Blauersouth (Contributor), Kristin Cheney (Contributor)30 more, JR Cullen (Contributor), Evan Dahm (Contributor), Michael DeForge (Cover artist), Blue Delliquanti (Contributor), Rachel Edidin (Contributor), Liz Edwards (Contributor), Langdon Foss (Contributor), Meg Gandy (Contributor), Melanie Gillman (Contributor), Sophie Goldstein (Contributor), Kit Goode (Contributor), KC Green (Contributor), Britt Hammerberg (Contributor), Tristan Harrington (Contributor), Der-shing Helmer (Contributor), Savannah Horrocks (Contributor), Kel McDonald (Contributor), Carla Speed McNeil (Contributor), Randy Milholland (Contributor), Leticia Rocha-Zivadinovic (Contributor), Brittney Sabo (Contributor), Gabby Schulz (Contributor), Ainsley Seago (Contributor), Isaiah Smalley (Contributor), Greg Stolze (Contributor), Gerry Swanson (Contributor), Jason Bradley Thompson (Contributor), C. Spike Trotman (Contributor), Lin Visel (Contributor), Stevan Zivadinovic (Contributor)

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An absolutely delicious and spine-chilling read perfect for Halloween reading, The Sleep of Reason is not for the faint of heart. The twenty-six short comics collected here from dozens of budding new cartoonists and writers take the varied tropes of supernatural horror in many different, unpredictable directions. You never know what to expect as people's mundane lives are interrupted by horrors unspeakable, each drawing from some of humanity's deepest fears. Taking us from suburban everytown USA to Australia to deep space, the stories included here highlight many different styles and artistic forms, and, even better, showcase much diversity, in every sense of the word. The only complaint (if one can call it that) is that some of the stories end a bit abruptly, with little resolution, which may be a consequence of the short form as well as the inexplicable, futile nature of cosmic horror. A few also attempt a message of some sort, some more effective than others.

It is also worth mentioning that many of the tales included in the The Sleep of Reason head into some pretty dark territory. While not always horribly gruesome (though some gross stuff is included, of course!) a lot of mature themes are explored which may be a little much even for a teen audience. This adds to a feeling that no holds were barred in the creative process of the included artists, increasing the chill factor even more. My favorites were Do Better, by Kristin Cheney, Out of Chaos by Rachel Edidin and Kel McDonald, The Collection by A. Seago and T. Harrington, and It Comes Back by Brittney Sabo. ( )
  Spoonbridge | Nov 4, 2015 |
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Trotman, C. SpikeEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anderson, KevContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blair, HillaryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blauersouth, LeeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blauersouth, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cheney, KristinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cullen, JRContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dahm, EvanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
DeForge, MichaelCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Delliquanti, BlueContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edidin, RachelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LizContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Foss, LangdonContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gandy, MegContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gillman, MelanieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldstein, SophieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goode, KitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Green, KCContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hammerberg, BrittContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Harrington, TristanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Helmer, Der-shingContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Horrocks, SavannahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, KelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McNeil, Carla SpeedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Milholland, RandyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rocha-Zivadinovic, LeticiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sabo, BrittneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Schulz, GabbyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Seago, AinsleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smalley, IsaiahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stolze, GregContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swanson, GerryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, Jason BradleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Trotman, C. SpikeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Visel, LinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Zivadinovic, StevanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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