Dead Funny is a collection of horror stories written by comedians. It is edited by Johnny Mains and Robin Ince, who is also one of the contributors.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this collection. Comedians writing horror stories doesn’t seem like a natural leap to me. Plus, some big names have contributed to the collection – this makes me wary, as it can mean that it’s being sold on the strength of their reputations rather than the content. Luckily, that’s the not the case here. Whilst I can’t say that I loved every story, the quality of writing is excellent, and each story is different – even where similar themes have been covered.
Horror stories come in various guises, and I’d say that this collections covers most of them – gore, the supernatural, psychological thrillers etc. are all present and correct.
And there are some gems in Dead Funny! The standout stories for me were:
- The Patient by Mitch Benn, a story about revenge with an excellent twist
- Anthemoessa by Phill Jupitus – with a nod to Greek mythology, I wouldn’t necessarily class this as horror, but it’s a wonderful little tale
- All Warm Inside by Neil Edmond – one of the aforementioned gore-fests in the collection
There were a couple of stories in the collection that I didn’t like, but they may have more appeal to fans of the genre.