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TALES FROM THE PANDEMIC review – Twilight Zone Meets COVID

TALES FROM THE PANDEMIC promises “seven scintillating stories.” A brief glance at the table of contents confirms that there are indeed seven tales in this issue and they are thought provoking and quite creepy (as befits a book called TALES FROM THE PANDEMIC). The books bears a striking resemblance to the classic Twilight Zone TV show, with each of the stories introduced by a narrator.  he fact that the book is in black and white as well furthers the connection.

The book is written by Mario Candelaria, but each tale is drawn by a different artist. The artists brings a slightly different style to the table, but they are similar enough that the book has a cohesive classic vibe.

While each story is short, they pack a great deal into a few pages. Candelaria has a point to make with each tale about our society and the pandemic’s effect on it, and he makes it without any padding, making for a brisk read. My personal favorite vignette was Lips, but in the interest of avoiding spoilers, I’ll avoid telling you why. There is also a funny parody ad at the very end that is worth flipping to.

Obviously, a book about life in a pandemic is best suited for older audiences. If the idea of reading some creepy tales about a pandemic turns you off, you won’t want to read this book. On the other hand, if you’ve watched Contagion, Outbreak, and every zombie show and movie you can find during your shelter in place, this book is perfect for you.

TALES FROM THE PANDEMIC is now available from Gumroad via a pay what you like method.

Have you read the title, if not are you going to pick it up? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.

Darren Shulman
Darren Shulman
Darren is a professional lawyer and amateur movie/comic/TV reviewer who is lucky enough to have found a wife who is into the same geeky things he is. Darren has been making the trip from Ohio to San Diego Comic-Con since 2009. Other interests include, in no particular order: monkeys, LEGO, dinosaurs, and playing basketball poorly.

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