The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection

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Successor to the first book, Deep Dark Fears, The Creeps by Fran Krause collects illustrations from the popular web series. In his web series, Krause illustrates various fears submitted to him by his readership, to at times amusing or eerie effect, and often both.

The book collects the illustrations of 97 fears, which reveal the curious and unexpected corners of the human psyche, from fears of the black tiles on black-and-white tile floors to fears that the sun shining through your glasses will burn holes in your head. There are, of course, some well-known fears included (a fear that when you shiver, someone has just walked over your grave or that at any moment you could unknowingly pass your soulmate on the sidewalk), and, if anything, the illustrations of these fears both reveal their unlikelihood and their legitimacy. Of course it’s extremely unlikely that if you don’t check your phone, you’ll miss a friend’s desperate message for help sent from the trunk of a kidnapper’s car just as his phone is dying. But seeing an anxiety illustrated also gives it some small life–which can be eerie but also reassuring in that the nightmarish scenario is simultaneously contained there as well.

I found in this collection new terrifying ideas (mascot suits are empty inside until they catch a child) and personally familiar neuroses, and it was strangely reassuring to see how many other irrationally anxious people are out there, also quietly avoiding ball pits and chicken legs as they go about their day.

Krause’s illustrations use pen and watercolor to eloquently capture the creeping dread of the people in each scenario, and his spare style leaves enough to the imagination to be suitably unsettling. Recommended if you’d like to feel less alone in your micro-anxieties or enjoy the particularly titillating combination of humor and the creeps.

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Author Fran Krause
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher Ten Speed Press
Publish Date 2017-Sep-26
ISBN 9780399579141
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Issue April 2018
Category Sequential Art


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