No zombies. No vampires. No werewolves. No familiar solutions. No safe havens…. THE SLEEP OF REASON produces MONSTERS. Let us give you something to be afraid of.
The Sleep of Reason (2014) is an anthology of 26 original short horror comics by 34 creators. The project launched as a Kickstarter, and I received an extra copy from Kathryn at japaneselit.net.
Because the anthology isn’t about monsters but rather about becoming a monster, the stories focus on body horror, infestations, insects, parasites, demons, ghosts, creepy plants, aliens, and supernatural creatures.
In addition to featuring queer characters and POC, 2/3 of the contributors are women. My favorite story was “Growth” by Melanie Gillman, about an adorable interracial carnivore/vegan queer couple, whose date-night meal goes horribly awry.
The comics are all very different in style, but the tone of the unsettling horror within (sometimes attempting to come out) is constant. If the mundane becoming monstrous is your style of horror, check out this anthology from Iron Circus Comics.
Additional content warnings: eating disorders, gore, domestic abuse, parent-child relationships, medical horror, android bodies, PPD, mold/fungus, food horror, nudity, evil taxidermy, animal abuse, natural disasters.