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"The Sleep Stories: Volume 1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson


Written and illustrated by Michael Walsh
2020, 38 Pages


The fear of the dark is something just about every kid has experienced in some shape or fashion. Michael Walsh plays with that idea in The Sleep Stories, a webcomic you can read right now. The first batch of comics are collected in a single volume on Kickstarter and it's something you do not want to read before bed. Trust me.

Walsh presents short, horrifying stories, some coming in at only one page or even a single image. He's boiled down the terror to its purest essence and each one packs a helluva punch. The beauty of all of them is how relatable they are. They pull on the crazy ideas that run through your head like lightning before you come to your senses. Have you ever had a hangnail or a piece of skin that you pulled and wondered for a split second if all your skin would come off? Well, that's in here.

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The Sleep Stories are like one jump scare after another. While this collection is short and you can certainly read it in one sitting, you may want to get some time between some of these stories, as they're like electric jolts right to your brain. Each one is a guaranteed shiver up your spine.

I have a really hard time picking a favorite in this collection. They're all incredibly solid. Some of the ones that really freaked me out are the guy with the pimple that isn’t filled with pus. Instead, some kind of claw pops out; or maybe the big spider that comes out of the store-bought eggs; and then there's the creepy guy tapping at the window that's definitely not a tree moving in the breeze.

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Each story is presented in black-and-white, which really plays up the shadows and overall mystery. Think of every weird thing you thought you saw when you wake up in the middle of the night. That's what we're dealing with.

The Sleep Stories shook me. I needed to read some bright and colorful super hero comics after getting through this collection. I am literally having trouble flipping through this again to write this review. This is some scary shit.


Story: fivestars Cover

Art: fivestars
Overall: 5 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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