Thursday, July 12, 2018

[Comic Review] Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

Comic Review of Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause is a wonderful collection of illustrated fears that range from silly to the absolutely terrifying.

Let's dive in!

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause


Synopsis:
We all have weird fears, from getting sliced to ribbons in subway station revolving gate to getting turned around by the wind while swimming and going too far out to sea. Based on the wildly popular eponymous Tumblr, Deep Dark Fears explores our odd, creepy, and hilariously singular fears. Animator, illustrator, and cartoonist Fran Krause brings these fears to life in vividly illustrated comics based on real fears submitted by readers (plus a few of his own). These "deep dark fears" run the gamut from unlikely but plausible to completely ridiculous, highlighting both our deeply human similarities and our peculiar uniquenesses.


My thoughts:
This was such an interesting collection! One of my takeaways was simply how one thing said by one person can stick with and totally haunt another for years and years!

One of my fears as a kid was about accidentally swearing...

I grew up in an old farm house that had a pond in the yard. When I was young, my parents told me that a thin blue dragonfly that we always saw flying around would come and sew my mouth shut if I swore. I was so terrified by that that I would keep my mouth pressed tightly closed when I was near the pond for YEARS so the dragonflies couldn't reach my lips, just in case. And of course I was so young that I never thought to ask why they didn’t sew Nana or my Dads mouths shut...

Back to the book!

Some of the fears from this collection were rather strange to me, some were creepy, and some had me chuckling. Some of the fears made me nervous because I hadn’t thought about something like that happening before. While other fears were shocking because they were SO accurate for me.

I mean, fears #7, #18, #43, and #61...

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 7

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 18

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 43

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 61

I had seen this one before and I LOVE it: 

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 35

And this one made me say "Oh, ALL THE TIME" right out loud!

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause Fear 86

I also really loved how the book was framed. First there was a short introduction where the author explained the collection. Getting a little background info on the comics that were coming up was lovely and the dramatic effect was fun! Then later, the book ended with shoutouts to those that sent in their stories.

My final thoughts:
Overall, I thought this was a wonderful collection! Though not one to read right before bed.... when I went to the bathroom I couldn’t look in the mirror... And when I went to get into bed after shutting off the light, I ran and jumped onto the bed, making sure no body parts hung over the edge....

And then the book didn't end there! I immediately logged on to Instagram when I got into bed to check out the Deep Dark Fears Instagram feed. I spent far too much time very late at night scrolling through and reading additional comics!



Thanks for reading!
What was one of your silly childhood fears?

16 comments:

  1. I've read one of these volumes, but I need to check out the other - and the Insta feed. But yeah, some of the fears really did connect with me. haha

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I can't wait to read more! :) They're so fun!

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  2. This is right up my sister in law’s alley!!

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  3. Very cool! I would definitely say #7 is one of my fears also!

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  4. Ha ha! I don’t know why but I find these funny. We fear such silly things. I need to check this one out.

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    1. Right?! One of my biggest fears is having to swerve while on a bridge and going over the edge... like... what are the chances of that? I'm so afraid it will happen that I've white-knuckled the steering wheel while going over bridges since I got my license.

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  5. That's awesome! I always used to be scared that all of my teeth would fall out at once... Then again my dentist's name was Dr. Payne.

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    1. OH NO! haha that's a bad name for a doctor...

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  6. You've officially gotten me wanting to review more comics, this is awesome!

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    1. Wahoo!! In that case, I definitely recommend the Sarah's Scribbles collections as well! :)

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  7. Wow, this is new to me! What an interesting comic! And fear #7 IS scary lol. This does look both scary and funny at times!

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    1. For sure!! I bet you'd love it!! It's a very quick read though. I wish it was longer!

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  8. This looks so good! I had never heard of it but now will def check it out. I think one of my fears as a kid (maybe still?) are big bodies of water and the crazy monsters that live in it!

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    1. My fiancé fears the same thing! I grew up on an island off the coast of Maine... He HATES taking the ferry over to the island! :)

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