Bites of Terror
Hungry for humor? Tuck into these darkly funny horror stories starring creepy-cute food folk, presented in a photographed diorama-comic format that brings the stories to colorfully disturbing life. Inspired by Tales from the Crypt and perfect fare for readers of All My Friends are Dead and Awkward Yeti.From an ice cream cone who makes a deal with the devil('s food cake), to a moldy strawberry who wants one last dip in a bowl of cream, Bites of Terror offers ten macabre, hilarious tales featuring adorable anthropomorphic food characters caught in horror story scenarios complete with twist endings. Each tale is introduced by your horrible host, the Cake Creeper, a partially eaten groom's cake with an agenda of his own. And because presentation is so important for every meal, the stories are told in "diorama comic" format: they read like a comic or graphic novel, but instead of drawings, the images are photographs of sculpted characters, looking good enough to eat and staged on custom-made sets full of fascinating details. You'll be tempted to reach into the pages and save the cute food people from their fates...but you can't. In the tradition of Tales from the Crypt and other classic horror comics, Bites of Terror proves that horror and humor are a tasty combination.

Bites of Terror Details

TitleBites of Terror
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 24th, 2020
PublisherQuirk Books
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Horror, Comics, Graphic Novels Comics

Bites of Terror Review

  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun little book! Food that kills ... literally!
  • Melissa Chung
    January 1, 1970
    First off I want to thank Quirk books for sending me this graphic novel for an honest review.I grew up on Tales From the Crypt and loved the way the Crypt Keeper encouraged the audience to play along. Each episode the Crypt Keeper would give us a peek and then start in on the story. Each story was about 30 mins and full of cheesy terror. Loved every episode. These 10 bites of Terror really brought back the nostalgia. 4 stars to this cornucopia of delicious tales. First off I want to thank Quirk books for sending me this graphic novel for an honest review.I grew up on ‘Tales From the Crypt’ and loved the way the Crypt Keeper encouraged the audience to play along. Each episode the Crypt Keeper would give us a peek and then start in on the story. Each story was about 30 mins and full of cheesy terror. Loved every episode. These 10 bites of Terror really brought back the nostalgia. 4 stars to this cornucopia of delicious tales.
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  • Cameron
    January 1, 1970
    This is very cute and entertaining. The dioramas are incredibly detailed and I loved looking at all the little things included in the scenes.
  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Killer. Cake. But Cute!Oh my gosh, I love the quirky reads that Quirk Books puts out in the world. I can always depend on them to give me bite sized (ha) reads that make me laugh and Bites of Terror is no exception!Bites of Terror is a graphic novel anthology of sorts, focused on a sculpted cake bite who tells tales of terror to a visiting cupcake. A campy dream full of adorably murderous desserts told in 10 parts (plus the main arc). No sweet or treat is safe - everything from pizza to deviled Killer. Cake. But Cute!Oh my gosh, I love the quirky reads that Quirk Books puts out in the world. I can always depend on them to give me bite sized (ha) reads that make me laugh and Bites of Terror is no exception!Bites of Terror is a graphic novel anthology of sorts, focused on a sculpted cake bite who tells tales of terror to a visiting cupcake. A campy dream full of adorably murderous desserts told in 10 parts (plus the main arc). No sweet or treat is safe - everything from pizza to deviled eggs to healthy fruits gets in on the slaying. Each story sets up a message, with my favorite featuring a pair of watermelon. How far will you go for love? This is the story’s version of Pet Cemetery and I’m here for it. As for the main arc, let’s just say everyone gets their just desserts.
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  • Jaclyn (sixminutesforme)
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun and quirky graphic novel - told in a series of stories that push forward a central narrative. It is a light-horror collection, rich in punny food-based characters, and structurally based around a menu format. Two stories in the mains section were standouts for me - pot luck and dont cry. These and several others in the collection read like fairy tales of sorts, having a twist or moral lesson of sorts within the story, and for the most part the food puns worked well for me (though This was a fun and quirky graphic novel - told in a series of stories that push forward a central narrative. It is a light-horror collection, rich in “punny” food-based characters, and structurally based around a menu format. Two stories in the “mains” section were standouts for me - “pot luck” and “don’t cry.” These and several others in the collection read like fairy tales of sorts, having a twist or moral lesson of sorts within the story, and for the most part the food puns worked well for me (though felt labored at some points). Many thanks to Quirk Books for a review copy.
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  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I got from Quirk Books to review.Story (4/5): This is a series of short stories done in graphic novel format. The stories are loosely connected, with intermissions between them to further tie everything together. This is done in a very Taled of the Crypt style but with baked goods and food as the focus. The whole thing is more campy and puny than creepy and had me laughing out loud a number of times. Both me and my 13 year old son enjoyed the Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book that I got from Quirk Books to review.Story (4/5): This is a series of short stories done in graphic novel format. The stories are loosely connected, with intermissions between them to further tie everything together. This is done in a very “Taled of the Crypt” style but with baked goods and food as the focus. The whole thing is more campy and puny than creepy and had me laughing out loud a number of times. Both me and my 13 year old son enjoyed the complete silliness of the torment these baked goods go through!Characters (4/5): I wouldn’t say that deep characterization is a strength of this book. However, I enjoyed the Cake Creeper and the birthday cupcake that he tells his creepy stories to. All the characters are fun and well done.Setting (4/5): Each story is in a new setting. Most of the stories are set in a contemporary setting where food and baked goods are amphomorphic. The stories are told from a creepy old mansion. The settings were generally enjoyable but not the focus.Writing/Drawing Style (5/5): I enjoyed the campy writing style and all the groan-worthy food puns throughout. The art style throughout it fantastic; all the sets were built and photographed...so this isn’t so much drawn as collaged. The whole thing is incredibly well put together though and really well done.Summary (4/5): Overall me and my family really enjoyed this. It’s incredibly weird but also very darkly humorous. The book is put together beautifully and I loved the art in the panels. I would recommend it if you enjoy campy horror involving food...or if you just want something a bit weird and funny to sink your teeth into. I would recommend to kids pre-teen or older, younger kids who are more sensitive might find some of this creepy.
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  • Amanda (readlingoctopus714) Turner
    January 1, 1970
    Seriously though, this book is THE cutest and is just what I needed right now. I couldn't get over the time it must have taken and the intricate detail put into each diorama. In a way, the book is more than just a book, it's also art. The Tales from the Crypt vibes had me geeking out with nostalgia. The Cake Creeper was such an awesome guide through this world of cheesy horror. I think there were a few times when I cracked a smile and even giggled out loud while traversing this evil food filled Seriously though, this book is THE cutest and is just what I needed right now. I couldn't get over the time it must have taken and the intricate detail put into each diorama. In a way, the book is more than just a book, it's also art. The Tales from the Crypt vibes had me geeking out with nostalgia. The Cake Creeper was such an awesome guide through this world of cheesy horror. I think there were a few times when I cracked a smile and even giggled out loud while traversing this evil food filled land between the pages. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this, but I'm hungering for more! My favorite stories had to be Deviled Egg, Pot Luck, and Unfortunate Cookie. For a "silly" book, the characterization was quite well done. How can an egg have a deeply evil and well developed personality? I don't know, but Cuddles and Rage made it happen. Pot Luck had quite the twist at the end, and I loved it *insert sinister laugh*! And Unfortunate Cookie had me saying, "OH no....poor fortune cookie!" If you can get your hands on a copy of this book, do it! I promise that it is exactly the campy classic horror and cute food mashup that you need in your life! You'll thank me later. **Huge thanks to @quirkbooks for sending me this masterpiece to read and review!**
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  • Michael Rhode
    January 1, 1970
    Done by friends of mine
  • Matthew Galloway
    January 1, 1970
    Did you ever see that episode of Adventure Time with the zombies? This is that level of horror with those kinds of visuals. So if you liked that, youll enjoy these. :) They definitely have a special charm to them and its easy to devour this graphic novel in a single sitting, but the anthology nature means you can savor it slowly as well. Did you ever see that episode of Adventure Time with the zombies? This is that level of horror with those kinds of visuals. So if you liked that, you’ll enjoy these. :) They definitely have a special charm to them and it’s easy to devour this graphic novel in a single sitting, but the anthology nature means you can savor it slowly as well.
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  • TammyJo Eckhart
    January 1, 1970
    This fix up of ten short stories told within an eleventh ongoing story was really unique to me. I'm not familiar with Cuddles and Rage but now I want to find them and see more of their works after reading this book. It was a fast read for me but you can also slow down and really enjoy the detailed dioramas that are shown that tell the tales in comic book fashion. I liked that every story had a little twist that pseudo teach moral lesson but which also invited me to read more carefully and think This fix up of ten short stories told within an eleventh ongoing story was really unique to me. I'm not familiar with Cuddles and Rage but now I want to find them and see more of their works after reading this book. It was a fast read for me but you can also slow down and really enjoy the detailed dioramas that are shown that tell the tales in comic book fashion. I liked that every story had a little twist that pseudo teach moral lesson but which also invited me to read more carefully and think while reading to see if I could find the twist before it was revealed.The only negative for me about his book is that the stories were not frightening or scary to me. For a grade schooler or younger these could well be scary to look at but I think some of the twists might need an explanation to kids.
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  • Shelly Hammond
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book to be hilarious. I wavered between a 4.5 and a 5 and thought that was just silly. I read this days ago and it's the whole thing is sticking with me perfectly. That just pushes it up there to that 5 star. The creativity behind the comic is so impressive. Each page, each panel, each story is so clever. This is a really good graphic comic.This consists of ten different stories and each is a haunting tale of woe told by the ever creepy Cake Creeper. Each terrifying tale has a I found this book to be hilarious. I wavered between a 4.5 and a 5 and thought that was just silly. I read this days ago and it's the whole thing is sticking with me perfectly. That just pushes it up there to that 5 star. The creativity behind the comic is so impressive. Each page, each panel, each story is so clever. This is a really good graphic comic.This consists of ten different stories and each is a haunting tale of woe told by the ever creepy Cake Creeper. Each terrifying tale has a different cast of fruits, veggies, and/or other living foods. Never have such horrors befallen the poor residents of the food pyramid and it's counterparts (the junk food pyramid? If there isn't one, there should be) as they do in this scare fest book.This is just really good and if you like fun things you should probably read this one.
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  • Buj
    January 1, 1970
    It's no wonder Liz and Jimmy Reed also go by Cuddles and Rage. Their mixture of dark humor and trope-ish horror with adorably sculpted food characters and bright colors makes for a tasteful mixture. I enjoyed the Cake Creeper narrator and how they frame the 10 tales like an episodes of Goosebumps or Tales from the Crypt, and I appreciated all the clever details like sorting the stories onto a menu or altering a character's design when something is revealed. The tales aren't anything It's no wonder Liz and Jimmy Reed also go by Cuddles and Rage. Their mixture of dark humor and trope-ish horror with adorably sculpted food characters and bright colors makes for a tasteful mixture. I enjoyed the Cake Creeper narrator and how they frame the 10 tales like an episodes of Goosebumps or Tales from the Crypt, and I appreciated all the clever details like sorting the stories onto a menu or altering a character's design when something is revealed. The tales aren't anything ground-breaking, but they're a great time.
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  • B.
    January 1, 1970
    I received this from the Quirk popup shop. Seems like most people with the horror pick ended up with this one as a Feb. "blind date" book. It was okay. It seemed a bit derivative - as someone who grew up with creep show, all I could think when reading this one was "how quaint." Had I seen it in a store, I probably would have picked it up, but it's not one I would have ever purchased for myself. I wasn't particularly impressed.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Bites of Terror is such a fun read! In usual Cuddles and Rage style, each page is filled with so much color and exceptional artistic detail. When I wasn't laughing at the playfully morbid stories, I spent a lot of time searching the background for hidden characters and references. It's a quick and entertaining read that's perfect for fans of mischievous humor and lighthearted horror.
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: MeredithCover Story: Tummy-RumblingBFF Charm: Oh DefArty Art: [insert heart-eyes emoji]Bonus Factor: Scratch & SniffRelationship Status: My New Favorite RestaurantRead the full book report here.
  • Monika
    January 1, 1970
    This book is hilarious! It's an unsettling mix of silliness and horror. The time and creativity involved in creating each scene is truly impressive. If you enjoy comics, old-school horror story shows, dark humor, and clever puns, this book is perfect for you.
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  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was so much fun to read!Thank you to the publisher for sending me a free copy.
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