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Descent into Dread – A Horror Anthology Review
The creation of two writers and nearly a dozen artists, Descent into Dread is a horror anthology filled with a variety of stories by modern creators. Everything from the worst entry level job ever, to cosmic beasts, and monsters everywhere from big cities to remote jungle settings. It’s a creator owned book, published through Caliber Comics.
All of the stories within Descent into Dread are written by Wells Thompson and Dalton Shannon. Overall, as an anthology, it’s really diverse and enjoyable. There’s a little bit of something for everyone, and each artist brings their own flare to their stories, helping each piece stand out on their own a bit more. Some stories were better than others, but that could boil down to personal preference. Horror is a fairly subjective genre, and what works for some readers may not connect as well for others.
For example, the story that really stands out to me is also the first in the book. The Myth of Tomorrow, drawn and lettered by Antonio Russo Tantaro, compacts so much story into just eight pages, it’s perfect. The reader is left in suspense the entire story, piecing everything together until it all beautifully wraps itself up at the end. I enjoy eldrich horror, grand scale cosmic beasts, and the tension and fear that comes with the helplessness of facing these scenarios. This story just nailed it for me.
But there’s a lot of fantastic horror to be found in Descent into Dread. You can preoder a copy on Comixology, currently buy it on Amazon for $15.99, and physical copies are expected for comic shops around October.