Review: Tales from the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid

Posted on December 1, 2009

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Tales from the Crypt #8: Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid
By Stefan Petrucha, Maia Kinney-Petrucha, John L. Lansdale, Jim Salicrup
Illustrated by Rick Parker, Miran Kim, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook
Papercutz 
November 2009
96 pages

This graphic novel is a collection of four stories, “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” Parts 1 and 2, “Dielite” and “Carrier”. Each story is introduced with sick commentary from Crypt cartoon characters.

“Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” is a zany parody of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Follow the adventures of Glugg as he is accidentally killed by his brother then returns as a zombie to haunt those who tormented him in life. The story layout is unique and the artwork is comical.

“Dielite” is a hilarious send up of Twilight. Dedward is a pathetic vampire with a hopeless crush on Lou Anne Lugosi who wishes he would just drop dead. The artwork here is detailed and extraordinary.

“Carrier” is the wacky story about Dan Warren, a truck driving, reluctant werewolf and his murderous friends. The style is classic comic book and the artwork is action-packed.

Fans of Mad Magazine will love this book. Once they read it, middle school age boys will be hooked on the Tales from the Crypt series. Caution: You could die laughing.

Copyright (c) 2009 by Peggy Tibbetts

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