Written by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Shane McKenzie
Art by Claudia Balboni
Published by Zenescope
Release date: January 7, 2015
I have to admit that over the past few months, Zenescope’s Grimm Tales of Terror has become a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. Having grown up watching reruns of Tales from the Crypt and Twilight Zone, there’s a part of me which longs for this type of self-contained horror tales which this book captures so well.
Issue #6 begins with a woman on a date with a man who is obviously trying to feed her far more alcohol than she can consume probably to take advantage of her. As he steps out to go to the restroom, she is approached by a waitress who reminds her of an event that happened during her childhood. Flashback to the past, and she is a young girl living in a foster home with a group of boys who love to torture her due to her fear of monsters and the dark. As it turns out, there is a monster living under her bed, but her room mate, a rebellious teen who often escapes the home, tells her, the monsters under the bed serve as protectors and mean no harm.
She quickly finds the truth in this as her foster father walks into the room late at night and approaches the teen to molest her. Out from under the bed comes the monster, dragging the pedophile below the bed leaving nothing but a trail of blood behind. Fast forward back to the present, and you can imagine how things turn out for her date.
While this is a great horror story, it also works well in so many levels, touching on themes of family, abandonment, fear, and the belief in something more than ourselves.
The standout of this book is Claudia Balboni’s art which brings to life this world so well. There is great contrast between the present and flashback scenes to make them clearly discernible, and the level of detail and emotion throughout this issue makes this book one of the most visually appealing in Zenescope’s lineup.
Overall, another good issue to a great series which every horror fan should be reading.